This year I’ve had a revelation. I never knew that living my best life could be so easy. I started making a few changes to be the best I could be at work and the side effects I’ve felt shocked me. I suddenly feel on top of everything and as if I’m coming into my own as a professional woman. Being your best self means living life to its full potential, and although it feels like its 100% more effort, it’s actually only around 10%.
There are a few of the strategies and changes I’ve made to my life that have truly made a difference to everything. So if you feel like you need a helping hand getting back on track, try incorporating these habits into your daily life.
Edit your diet
I decided to play with the things I ate and started tracking my meals more seriously in my Getting Things Done planner. I was shocked to see how much sugar was in my diet. I never chose to add sugar to things, it was usually in condiments and drinks. So I made a decision. I stopped adding it to my tea, chose the low or no sugar versions of everything, and kept recording my choices in the planner.
You can edit your diet if you start taking notice of what you’re eating by writing it down. It’s really important if you want to get back on track with everything. I’d recommend writing your meal plan every day, and if you want to go in depth with it, track the bad choices you make as well as the good ones. Having a written record will make you less likely to cheat, unless you really deserve it of course.
Take your workouts seriously
With the launch of our new fitness planner, getting healthy and fit was on our mind. I had tried before, working out for other people’s approval, or for a short goal. And funnily enough, I never stuck at it. My mindset was all wrong. I started filling out one of our brand new Fit Is The Sh*t planners and it changed everything. I still have a way to go but the changes in my body and mind have been incredible. This planner will be launching this week and we’ll be sharing more exciting things about it, we can’t wait. If you’re as excited as we are, make sure you’re signed up to our newsletter to be the first to know when it launches.
Working out is as easy as making a promise to yourself every week and following through with it. I started off with HIIT every other day for three days. Then I started running. I never thought I could love running, but the mental space it gives me is addictive. Every week I get stronger. Keep yourself on track by counting your non-scale-victories every day. The first complete push-up, the first time you ran without stopping. You will feel yourself getting stronger mentally and physically.
Creating a Sunday routine
On Sunday, I prepare for Monday. I don’t like feeling as though I’m unprepared walking into the office, so I research, check up on big to-dos I need to check off and prepare documents before I head in. I also do some writing, both fiction, and non-fiction, and make sure I read. I love to collect journals and magazines and read different opinion pieces, not only does it inspire me, it helps me stay up to date with the world around me.
Making every day count towards being your best self is the number one life hack that will help you get back on track. If you’ve been feeling a bit lost or as if you don’t have enough hours in the day, take a deep breath and use a few hours of your weekend or after work to get back on track. You’ll feel much better afterwards. I love using my Sunday to prepare, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done and I feel so creative and inspired when I shut myself in my office with my planner and my inspiration materials.
Create a solid plan
The best thing I’ve ever done is created a solid plan for my life. Not just my to-dos but the nitty gritty of my daily life. I like to plan my meals and track my calories, but also keep track of all the daily to-dos I forget. Everything I do is founded in a solid plan now, so I can be really confident that I’m making the right choices. I not only plan my day with time slots for all my major to-dos, but I also plan the things I want to make time for in my free time.
I remind myself I have to work out, and I keep my planner with me as it gives me structure for my entire life. The way it’s laid out means it’s just really convenient for me to write things down and get them done. I never would have thought it could be so easy to feel on top of every single thing I have to manage, but it is as simple as taking care of myself, creating a new routine and making a note of it in my planner. Get the Getting Things Done planner here before it’s gone.