I used to be really bad about motivating myself to do anything that required me to change- even if it would help me feel better, look better, or be more productive. Now I have begun implementing the routines and techniques I have always used for my patients- and surprisingly enough, they work.
There are many I use now but today I’ll only be going over a few (otherwise we’d be here all day).
1. A Productivity Station
This is basically a designated location to organize ideas, inspiration, to-do’s, notes, goals, and finances, mine is located above my coffee station. I chose this location because I use it constantly throughout the day and it’s also in clear view of where I normally sit. I used to have a similar thing on the back of my door but moved it because it is pretty useless if you forget it exists and it’s a hassle to update.
I also created a “Can’t decide jar”, you could also call this a “Boredom jar”, I chose the first name because I don’t really get bored I just can’t decide and then end up not doing anything. I filled this with pretty folded and sealed pieces of paper(which are fun to design) and wrote an activity in each one, I also put a gold sticker on the outside of ones that require money so that I don’t open them if I have no money.
Mine is a piggy bank I chose because I can easily put new ideas in as I think of them through the top.
2. Organized Food Choices
I realized that it’s actually super fun to plan menus and cook weird recipes, however when I’m not feeling it I usually just grab a snack- this house is full of chips and soda and nothing else so I did a few things.
- I decided to buy my own groceries (which I realized ends up being cheaper if you choose healthier choices due to less taxes, items going further, and because a lot of items can be on sale). For $20 I bought 2 pounds of nuts in the shell, a box of 20 chai honey sticks, 2 grapefruits, 5 avocados, a bar of extra dark chocolate, 6 bags of lightly buttered popcorn, 3 pounds of clementines, 4 packs of flavored tuna, and then still had some left over to buy shampoo/conditioner and some other toiletry items- I was barely charged any taxes.
- I organized everything- I picked out one of my millions of craft caddies within my grasp and decided to designate specific areas to different item types- I also came up with a daily game plan.
- 3 Pieces Fresh Fruit
- 4 Honey Sticks
- 1 Cup In Shell Nuts and Nut Proteins
- 1/2 cup Lunch Meat
- 1 Cup Cut Fruit
- 1 Cup Cut Veggies
- Unlimited Black Tea and Coffee
- 1 Tuna Packet or Popcorn Bag
- A Handmade Parfait or Homemade Apple/Cranberry Sauce
- Lots of Water
- 1/2 Cup Whole Cheeses
- One Serving of a Home Cooked Meal if Needed
- I set up portions – My portions are pretty general but I picked various disposable containers and measured baggy sizes to be able to portion things, the art caddie helps too. For example I know have these little 4 ounce cups with lids that I fill with veggies and cut fruit in my fridge, so I can just grab one, as for my lunch meats and sliced cheeses I put three slices of meat and one slice of cheese in each baggy.
3. Bedtime Bag
The last thing on this list that I started doing, is that I set up a bedtime routine bag- which basically has things to help me relax before bed so I can fall asleep on time more often, since I feel that having a bedtime routine is one of the most important routines and the one we have the most control of- it also influences a lot of aspects in our life. I picked my bag because it reminds me of a tiny sleepover bag, so probably even just going out and buying a kids sleepover bag would work well.