Simplify 2016: Schedule

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One of the best things I did for my schedule was delete my Google calendar. I had it color coded, organized by tasks and activities, could share it with classmates and family. And I was addicted to it. I lived by what that calendar did and filled every inch of space I had with something that needed to get done. After switching to a paper planner (this one is my absolute favorite <– affiliate link), I still color coded everything, but I craved the white space that came from NOT filling in every open space. White space left room for last-minute projects, lunch with friends, a 10 minute mental break. And it forced me to single task. Online calendars let you schedule multiple items at one time. Paper gives you ONE line. Life-changing.

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Ready to simplify your schedule? Start with these three tips:

  1. Stop multi-tasking. We live in a culture that promotes and celebrates doing as much as we can in as little time as we can. But how much are we focusing on the task at hand or completing it well? Try doing just one thing at a time and focusing on that one task until completion (or if it’s part of a longer project, until a break is needed). I promise you will not only get just as much, if not more, done, but you will also have done it better. Read more.
  2. Block schedule tasks. In addition to single tasking, block scheduling tasks helps ensure that your larger and most important tasks get completed. It also makes room for those little tasks that you keep putting off. Prioritize what needs to get done, write down a schedule, and follow this effective 7 minute strategy for all those small items. Read more.
  3. Plan breaks. It is easy to get in a zone and go go go when it comes to some projects. Set a timer, get up and stretch every hour. Take a walk around the block during lunch. Get away from the computer and phone screens for a few minutes in the middle of the day. Exercise, a change of scenery, and a little rest can go a long way to preventing the afternoon slump and keeping your day productive. Read more.

How do you simplify your daily schedule? Any tried and true tips or tricks?

Catch up on previous Simplify 2016 posts:

Celebrate! September

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Hello September! I am so ready for so many things this month, but most of all actually cooking something! Anyone notice that there have been zero recipes here this summer? The thought of cooking, let alone anything involving salad or vegetables, was absolutely appalling to me. A travesty I was not very happy with, but that’s what happens in early pregnancy. Yup, a little Darby is arriving next Spring, and I am looking forward to finally sharing the tricks I have learned so far in terms of what I have managed to enjoy eating and keep down while still ensuring adequate calories and nutrition for a growing baby. Stay tuned!

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August was rough. I was still exhausted and sick, and so my goals were disguised efforts to build up energy and maintain balance through the first trimester. Some days were successful, some not so much, and I had to learn to be okay with each day as it came. And while I am still not feeling the energy spike that is supposed to be coming, I am eagerly anticipating its arrival, so I can return to my cooking and running routines. Because I cannot function without routine!

August in Review:

  1. Connect once a week (1. Plan for it) // This didn’t happen every week, but the few times it did were wonderful times of fellowship with friends.
  2. Add income streams (3. Grow it) // This is still in the works here. I’ve been a little picky about what and whom I am willing to work with.
  3. Exercise 5 times per week (5. Prepare it) // Most week days have been good, as long as I get out the door before 9:00 AM. The heat is still a little rough here.
  4. Drink more water (5. Prepare it) // This one has surprisingly been the easiest on the list to follow. I blame the Yeti I finally caved in and bought. 3 refills each day, and I’m at my goal!
  5. Be consistent with content ( 8. Share it) // This fall is going to have some fun recipes coming, as well as some pregnancy nutrition tips and tricks, and possibly a return to racing.

September Goals:

  1. Bring back Supper Club! (1. Plan for it) // This has been on hold this summer, as managing to cook and eat and entertain have not been remotely fun or easy to pull together. But I miss these evenings of fellowship and food, so hoping to revive them through the end of the year.
  2. Grow photography skills (7. Capture it) // I have had this as a goal all year, but with school, then starting a business, it’s not been a priority. But with only a few months left this year (yikes!) it’s time to start improving. Perfect timing for creating some new meals!
  3. Work/Life Balance (4. Schedule rest) // Being a new business owner, makes it easy to work ALL THE TIME. Nights. Weekends. Whatever it takes. And while some of this is necessary, so is rest. (I love this post on this topic.) This month, I am going to try to stick to my office hours, and limit weekend work to Saturdays.

Here’s to a September back on track!


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Celebrate! A New Chapter

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As many of you may have guessed from my goals over the past few months, I am very excited to be finally launching my own nutrition counseling practice! When I first went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian, having my own business was something I thought of as a very far-reaching goal, never actually believing it was something I would or should or could do. There were so many avenues I was interested in pursuing in nutrition, so I kept studying and figured time would work it all out.


Then I got to my Dietetic Internship, and in the place that terrified me the most, clinicals, I discovered that I genuinely enjoyed educating people on nutrition. Especially those who had a medical need for very specific, specialized diets and were desperate for someone to tell them what they could eat, not just what they had to avoid. At the same time, I was engaging with friends who were going through similar battles, and the challenge and reward that came along with being able to help these people made me feel fulfilled and whole in my work. I began to think, maybe I could do this, maybe I should do this.

So onward I went from clinicals to shadowing an RD in private practice. And she was transparent and genuine and real with me about her journey, the day-to-day, the good, the frustrating, all of it. Three weeks later, I came home knowing this was something I would do. One day.

As the internship ended, I fell in love with community nutrition. Here I was blending my background in marketing and business with nutrition and making a real difference in people’s lives. And this is something I still desperately want to focus on. It’s why I went back to study nutrition in the first place. And there is absolutely more to come here as this journey progresses over the years. But for now, in my current stage of life, I came to a point where I realized starting my own business wasn’t for one day. It was for today.


So just as this year has been about celebrating others and cultivating gratitude, it’s also now about celebrating food. Celebrating life. And celebrating the extravagant balance between enjoyment of life and nourishing the body. And so Celebration Nutrition began. (You can read more about my nutrition philosophy and what guides my practice in this post over at CelebrationNutrition.)

I cannot wait to see where this path goes. And while this business will remain separate from Neat & Nutritious, you will continue to see healthy recipes, nutrition information, and healthy living discussions in this space, with a more personal spin on them. And for anyone looking to partner with me on any nutrition projects or counseling needs, you can easily connect with the new Services and Contact Me links at the top of the page. Thank you so much for supporting me in this space and this journey over the past few years!