Whether your busy season is in the spring, the holidays, or whether its like now- the last day of October, when winter is just around the corner, and we are in full busy season at work, city living is as hectic as ever, life at home is crazy, and just about everywhere… We all seem to be rushing to get things going and happening, maybe this is our caveman pre-hibernation mode? I don’t know… but I do know that arriving at home around 6:30pm, and giving myself a “strict” bedtime of about 10pm (which usually means 11), leaves me approximately only 3.5 hours each evening… I use this time to cook, unpack (I know… I KNOW… we are still unpacking ;), do laundry, spend time with hubs &/or friends, and just unwind… OY! 3.5 hours can fly like that! Especially with a Greys marathon on… anyone else FEEL me? How can we remedy this? Is there a way to make our time more efficient? How do we prioritize? And if we get sick- forget it! We are running on small amounts of precious time and we need to make the most of it.
Well, I’ll tell you how I’m doing it, or attempting to do it 😉
- Make food/cooking clean and easy! This means hey- if I’m going through a phase where I have less time to cook, it means using my oven daily, and a day spent to meal prep are my best friends. And these quick tips are golden for me:
- perfect easy healthy dinner = roasting veggies (carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, zucchini, asparagus, etc…) in the oven or stovetop with some good spices! add a protein (chicken sausage is a favorite in our house) and you are set perfectly for a healthy dinner without too much time or prep work
- take a regular inventory of your fridge, and make sure to not overlook eating leftovers! (these make great lunches)
- using foods creatively (aka- whats in the fridge tonight) instead of rushing to a grocery store multiple times a week- which has saved me both time and money – Yessss!
- freeze fruits & veggies when they are ripe if you are not using them immediately (fruits can be made into smoothies, and veggies into soups, stews, or meal additions)
- the crockpot is your best friend in the fall and winter 😉
2. Be realistic- our time is precious, and we have limited amounts of it. So I like to plan one night a week to see a friend or group of friends, and plan it around an event, or special restaurant, etc… and that makes it both more meaningful and fun for me to look forward to. I also don’t feel too overwhelmed trying to plan and schedule so many meet ups and events.
3. Make time for yourself- how funny is it that we often leave this priority to the last? No way man, if there’s something I have learned about myself, it is that I need my me time. Whether meditating, blogging, reading, napping, relaxing with a cup of tea- whatever it may be! Some nights – it’s literally just that, and hey there’s nothing wrong with that. We all need some quality time for ourselves.
4. Make the most of your morning. I started getting up earlier and its hard, but I’m able to not leave the house so rushed. I have time to make a healthy breakfast to go, throw that last load in the laundry, etc…
5. Plan your workouts/active time – we’re only human here… we go in cycles on and off track. In the colder months we use our stationary bike at home, or yoga, or I’ll gear up for a run outside. I work in town now, so Hubs and I are walking more together which is nice too. If we plan time a few times a week for a workout, we are more likely to partake in them.
Anything more than this? Well, it will have to wait to the weekend 😉 I’m no superman…
There’s no telling that life will get less hectic, but we definitely can plan to handle it better… by being prepared and taking those precious 3.5 hours every evening the best way we possibly can. Cheers to end of another whirlwind month! But November is tomorrow and that means thanksgiving is just around the corner… another one of my favorite times of year 🙂