19 Apr 8 Lifestyle Edits to Make Tomorrow Easier
Your life shouldn’t be this hard. You are working, momming, juggling, and you are probably exhausted without a break in sight. If this describes you, take respite in knowing that small lifestyle edits can make great changes.
Here are 8 ways to make tomorrow easier than today:
1. Routinize Your Schedule
Even if you don’t live by a train, act as though you do. Make a daily departure time and proudly stick to it. This makes you more dependable at home and more reliable at the office. Colleagues will steer clear of the 5pm conference call if they know you leave at 5:30and your family will be more organized if they know when to expect you.
2. Plan Your Dinners
Schedule the week of dinners on Sunday when you are calmer and more relaxed so that you aren’t scrambling anew to come up with a plan for dinner each evening. Make one or two recipes on Sunday that can be used throughout the week. Throw in a weekly pizza night or a Brinner (Breakfast for dinner) for fun and ease.
3. Choose Your Outfit the Night Before
Designer and mom of two, Liz Lange is obsessed with this trick because it reduces stress and saves time. She explains, “Before I go to sleep I look at my schedule for the next day and figure out an outfit that is appropriate for all my various activities.” You should too.
4. Wake Up 10 Minutes Early
If you are like most people, your morning timing was created based on the always-going-smoothly scenario. Since it doesn’t, wake yourself and your kids up 10 minutes earlier to insert sanity into the daily morning rush.
5. Schedule a Weekly Blowout
It sounds decadent but if you are in a major city this will cost you as little as $30 plus tip and leave you feeling super put together. The hour you lose sitting in the chair you will gain in not washing or drying for three days.
6. Think and Spread Good Thoughts
There is enough negativity in the world without you adding to it. Smile, give out unexpected compliments, believe in yourself more and feel the difference.
7. Turn Off Your Technology
Take two hours daily where you can only be reached on the home phone. As pediatrician Dr. Jay Gordon tells it, “When Mom and Dad aren’t looking kids in the eye, kids feel less respected.” Pay 100% of your attention to your family and watch the dynamic improve.
8. Drink All Day
Buy a big BPA free bottle, fill it with water and sip it all day long. It will give you more energy, better skin and quench your thirst. What could be easier than that!
Samantha Ettus is a bestselling author, media personality and speaker, passionate about helping working moms to design a successful and happy lifestyle. Connect with her at firstname.lastname@example.org or @samanthaettus.
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Samantha Ettus is a bestselling author & corporate speaker. The Pie Life: A Guilt-Free Recipe for Success and Satisfaction will be released in September.