So I’ve had to come to terms with something the past few years- as Americans, we live a very go-go-go lifestyle. It’s become a part of our culture… when we’re not at work, we’re either with friends, going here or there, at soccer/baseball/softball/fill-in-with-your-sport practice and games, or simply getting things done around the home. And I don’t know about you, but it can get exhausting and overwhelming sometimes. And important things like my nutrition, keeping the house clean, and my overall sanity can go down the drain.
That is why I thought it would be the perfect time to share 5 ways to manage being a woman on the go, because let’s be honest… We all need some help! I am nearing the end of the school year, which means my workload is bigger than ever. And that, along with my photography and LipSense businesses, has me working from the minute I wake up to the minute I go to sleep. So the necessity for some simple ways to keep me sane is an understatement!
These management tools won’t make everything rainbows and butterflies, but they should help you stay organized and on top of things, even when life gets crazy.
Y’all, I don’t know how I got remembered anything before I started using Google Calendar. I’ll have people come up and ask me how I am able to get everything done that I need to get done, and my answer has always been “Google Calendar”. I’ve gotten into the habit of immediately entering in a photo shoot session, reminders to do things, and all of our social events before life gets crazy and I forget completely about them. It’s seriously the only reason I am able to stay on top of our busy schedule, and not miss out on something important.
I also like that I can set alarms on each event to remind me of them before they happen, and that it is SO easy to get to. I can access it on my phone or computer, and all my different email accounts sync together on one calendar. A little trick I’ve learned is to change the color of an event based on what business it pertains to. That way I can just glance at my calendar and see immediately if I have a photoshoot, LipSense meet up, personal business or fitness event simply based on the color. Awesome, right? If you don’t use Google Calendar yet, then I highly recommend you do. It’s a life saver, y’all!
I will never tire of stressing the importance of meal prep. It is a game changer, and something I will continue to do as long as I can. It’s the key to eating healthy meals throughout the week, and it keeps you from stressing about what you are going to eat every day. And, bonus, it has helped us save money on groceries, because I no longer buy more food than I need for our meals that week! Interested in reading more about meal prep? Check out this post and this post. : )
So this can go towards many things in life, but I like to especially apply it to household work and any other thing that I dislike doing. I have to be real with y’all… I love a clean house, but I don’t like having to clean it. I find so much more joy and fulfillment in other things that I could be doing instead of cleaning, so I usually opt for those things rather than the work I should accomplish.
I mean… let’s be honest with ourselves. That episode of Gilmore Girls is way more interesting than sweeping and mopping. Amiright?
So rather than putting my chores off all week till Sunday (when I’m busy enough already), I have decided to divide and conquer instead. This means that each day I do one little thing that will take me 10-15 minutes to do. It cuts down on what I need to get done on Sundays, I don’t take out too much time in my day to get things done, and I never have to suffer through a super messy apartment. Win, win, win y’all!
I also cannot live without my to-do lists. ‘Nuff said.
Okay so this may not be a “way to manage life” per say, but it’s SO important for staying sane throughout the week. I can tell a definite difference in my attitude and overall stamina throughout the day if I worked out that morning. When you get your heart rate up, your metabolism is stimulated, your body wakes up, and you don’t have to worry about working out for the rest of the day. Also, when you start your day with a good sweat session, you are more likely to stick to eating healthy and be more active throughout your day. Don’t believe me? Check out this post to read more about the benefits of working out!
I LOVE this way to manage life, because it involves one of my favorite things- food. YUM. I don’t know about you, but I live for my snacks. One of the ways to avoid overeating at meals, or having a low blood sugar crash is keeping healthy snacks with me wherever I go (yes, I’m that person). It’s also great to have snack bars at the house that I can grab and go if I’m running late somewhere, or if I know I’ll be out for a while.
One of my favorite snacks to keep on hand is KiZe bars. They are made in Oklahoma City, OK and my oh my are they delicious. I tried my first bar at a Barre and Bites event in January, and I’ve been hooked ever since. KiZe bars are gluten free, non-GMO and all natural raw energy bars. They come in a variety of flavors (my favorites are Cookie Dough and Peanut Butter), with different butters as the binding ingredient in the bars. They are great options for a healthy snack, or a tasty pre or post workout meal. You better believe I bring these on road trips as well!
Something else I love about this company is that they give back to charity. They donate a percentage of every purchase to give to those in need. The passion KiZe Concepts has for the people they serve, and the community they live in is inspiring, and I love how they share that passion in everything they do.
Now it’s your turn to talk! Answer one of these questions in the comments below:
What are some of your life hacks to make a busy life easier?
Do you have a favorite snack bar you LOVE?
I received the KiZe bars in exchange for my open and honest review. All opinions are my own.