6 Steps to Put Yourself Back on the List Today!

Wake up, change the baby, feed the kids, get the preschooler dressed for school, clean up the mess from the day before, call the boss, do the dishes, conference call at 3pm, walk the dog, do the laundry, cook dinner, the list is never ending.  If you’ve fallen off your own list this blog post is for you!  Often times we are so busy we sometimes forget a very important person in all the chaos, you!  In order to keep things running smoothly you have to be functioning on all cylinders.  The only way for you to do this and keep your sanity is to make time for yourself.  So here are some tips to get you moving in the right direction and back on your list today:


  • Be Selfish – Yes you heard me right, be selfish and take the time that you deserve. Many of us sacrifice for others regularly but never make the time for ourselves. Sometimes you have to make a point to sacrifice for yourself; this is key to keeping your sanity. What I mean by this is you have to know when it’s time to take a break. Starting today be selfish at least once a week and take some time for yourself. If you can find the time to do it more than once a week great! I encourage you to try to find the time daily, even if it’s just 15-20 minutes.


  • Stop Judging Yourself – Most times we are our own worst critics. I’m too fat, I’m too skinny, I hate my hair, I wish I had more time to spend with my family, I’m a bad mother/father sound familiar? Stop being so hard on yourself. The only person judging you most of the time is you, so rise above it. We all have our share of struggles but judging only makes it harder to make it through the day. Most days are already hard enough so don’t make them any harder than they have to be. Instead of judging yourself read some positive, pick me up affirmations to get you back on the right track. Here are a couple of my favorites “I trust myself to make the best decision for me” or “My thoughts are my reality so I think up a bright new day”.


  • Do What You Love – Remember the person you were all those years ago before your career, marriage and kids? What did that person like to do? What did that person feel and enjoy most? We all get so wrapped up with our family and jobs that we forget about the person we were before. It’s important to stay connected to that person; after all he/she got you to where you are today. Think really hard, what did your former self love to do, now go do it! I promise you won’t regret it.


  • Listen to your Inner Self – Be quiet and listen, what would make you really happy right now in this very moment? If it’s something that can be done immediately do it! If not make the time to do it. I know this is easier said than done sometimes. If it’s hard to make the time now schedule it in advance. Hire a babysitter or ask a friend/relative to watch the kids while you go out and have some “me” time.


  • Imperfect is Perfect – No one is perfect and anyone that tries to hold you to that standard (including you) is crazy. Stop trying to attain the unattainable. We all fall and make mistakes. The true measure of character is how we rise when we fall. You are perfect just the way you are. So embrace the imperfection and be the best you can be, that’s all any of us can do.


  • Love & Accept Yourself – Enough said! Love yourself, accept yourself and be true to you; everything else will fall into place.


Now that you have the list I hope you put it to good use.  If you don’t use all of the tips use the ones that work best for you.  If you have other tips that work, please share; let us know what you think below.  We are all ears and can’t wait to hear from you!  Make sure to sign up for our blog so you never miss a thing!


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Rise & Grind: 5 Steps to a More Productive Day

I ran across a t-shirt the other day that said “Rise & Grind” on the front of it. The message really resonated with me; it spoke to the essence of who I am in every sense of the word. Most days I feel like I’m on roller-skates buzzing around with a to-do list in my hands and my hair in the wind. I’m sure if your days are anything like mine you can relate. You probably wish there were more hours in a day; unfortunately we’ve only been given 24, which may be a blessing in disguise. So what’s the best way to utilize these hours and make the most of the day you might ask. Here are five things that have helped me over the years and truly hope they will help you too:

1. Get a good nights sleep – Sometimes it can be hard to turn off when the day finally comes to an end but this is a necessary step to being more productive the following day. The body needs rest to be effective and at its peak performance. Make it a point to get in bed at a decent hour, your body will thank you!

2. Eat right – The food we eat fuels our bodies for the day. Eat healthy throughout the day. It is recommended that you eat 5-6 times during the course of a day (3 meals and 2 small snacks). If you’re always on the go like myself pack small snacks that are healthy and filling for a quick bite. I love a mix of almonds and raisins, or even an apple. Remember “Garbage In = Garbage Out”.

3. Make a list – Compile a list of all the tasks you need to accomplish that day first thing in the morning. Make sure to prioritize your list so you know what things are most important. When your list is complete start with the most pressing task and work your way down the list. Try to check off at least the top three on your list before the end of the day.

4. Stay Positive – Expect great things to happen and they typically will! If I go into my day with a positive attitude expecting to accomplish great things I normally do.

5. Reset – Understand that even if you do have a bad day today, tomorrow is a clean slate. Mistakes are bound to happen so in the words of Taylor Swift “Shake it Off” and move on. Identify what you learned from them and try not to make the same mistakes again. Self improvement is daily so live, learn & let go.

Now it’s your turn to share. Let me know what helps you to be more productive. What does “Rise & Grind” mean to you? If you like what you see make sure to sign up for our weekly blog posts for more tips, insight and fun. Looking forward to hearing from you!