We are all busy. I don’t think that is up for debate, EVER!
As a working mom, my to do list grows by the second, and you all know that self-care is non-negotiable for me. So, how do I fit it all in? Well, I’m gonna tell ya right now….
I was introduced to an idea called “batching” and it was a game changer. An amazing business coach suggested batching work, like writing for example. If you write one blog post a week, she suggests setting aside a few hours, a day, or a weekend to get a bunch done at one time.
This works because once you get in your creative zone of genius it is easier to stay there than jumping in and out constantly. I really respect and think that this coach is awesome so I gave it a try, and you know what, I loved it. So much so that I began to wonder where else in my life I could use the batching concept. I started experimenting in the kitchen.
I love to eat healthy food that nurtures my body and spirit, but if it isn’t available I may fall subject to eating cheese and 70% dark chocolate for meals because I could literally live on both of them.
The past few weeks I have spent an hour on Sunday afternoons preparing a few healthy things to have on had all week long, such as two kind of oatmeal (I am a big fan of mixing rolled oats and steel cut together after they are cooked – if you have never done it you must try!) lentils, quinoa, and hard-boiled eggs, so that I can grab something for a quick lunch, or use them to add to a dinner easily. I realize that I don’t want to be over the stove every single day, so if I batch my stove time I am much happier in my kitchen throwing together salads, quinoa fried rice, or a yummy lentil dish.
I now batch my exercise planning too. I decide on Sunday what my schedule will be for the week based on when I have clients or classes. Doing so allows me to schedule a variety of workouts such as yoga, running, and boot camp, and my mind is clearer not having to organize my schedule on a daily basis.
I love reading self-help and spiritual books but I try to limit my time on Amazon because I get completely sucked in! So I batch my book buying now. I will order a few titles to have on hand, and when the stack is read I will buy a few more.
I also find that I am most productive when I have days that are mostly work, or mostly play. Once I get in my zone of genius I don’t want to leave the computer, and once I am enjoying a mani/pedi I am more inclined to hit a store, meet a friend for a juice, or do something else relaxing for myself. I have started batching work days and self-care days so that I can make the most of both.
Where in your life can you batch? How can you get your groove on and be your most productive, balanced, happy self? Let me know in the comments because I love hearing from you and I always crave new ideas!