The famous quote “Failing to plan is planning to fail” holds true in more ways than one when trying to prepare for an upcoming work week. Life tends to move at such a rapid pace that schedules can get crazy with the drop of a pin. One full-time job? Two full-time jobs? Hard work doesn’t seem to be something out of the ordinary anymore. The faster technology advances the harder it can be to shut down from the outside world. Making time to “make time” is something important that individuals can do to help create a successful upcoming work week.
Plan Ahead :
It seems as though our youth allowed for everything to stick to our brain like glue, and a weekly schedule was easy as pie to remember. As we get older and our schedules grow with countless appointments, classes, travels, and keeping in touch with friends and family, it seems to be slightly more challenging to keep track of the daily grind. Whether it’s taking the time to manually plug in the week’s events into some sort of tablet or actually writing it down in a planner, scheduling in advance makes all the difference. Breaking the week up into a day-at-a-time mentality keeps you from feeling bombarded when it seems like it will take a month to get through three days alone. It may seem tedious to decide which day of the week grocery shopping is most feasible or which day of the week to fit personal workouts in, but it’s as if the fear of not completing a task diminishes when the week is thought out in advance. Allow yourself to be in control of your time. If something pops up that maybe wasn’t in the plan at the beginning of the week, it will hopefully seem less stressful because time has been created for other tasks.
Check In :
It’s easy to hit autopilot and go through the daily motions to survive this thing called life. Wake up, eat, work, eat, work some more, sleep, repeat. Someone recently told me that they “took their life” back and started making it an actual priority to be happy on a daily basis, and it really resonated. Checking in at least once a week allows for goals to be set, achieved, and celebrated! Why teach fitness classes? Why go to school? Why continue working toward certifications? Putting a definitive answer to each question will help to decide if your day-to-day activity is in line with achieving your end goal.
Listening to your body is important for the long run! Constantly being on the go can take a toll mentally and physically on a personal well-being. Days off are sometimes few and far between depending on someone’s line of work. Using a day off to plan for the upcoming week can also double as rest and relaxation. It’s almost an excuse to stay on the couch for a portion of the day to allow your body to recover and regroup. Relaxation varies for each individual. Maybe the couch isn’t for you, but you find that you can best quiet your mind in a yoga or meditation class. Whatever it may be that allows your mind and body to power down, make time to take care of yourself. At the end of the day, you’re your longest commitment!
Sarah Grooms is a Carbon38 #Team38 Trainer and a trainer at Body By Simone in New York City. Find her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and use her #Team38 personal link or code SARAHGRO50 for her #Team38 discount when you shop Carbon38.