Simplify: To-Do Lists

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For me, the new year is always a busy season. Everyone has a resolution, a goal, a plan to get healthier, eat better, increase fitness, become more organized. Which translates to a lot of fun and exciting projects and new clients for me. However, as baby Darby’s due date is fast approaching, my usual to-do list has slowly become a very daunting list. I generally only give myself 6 top things to get done each day, and add other small things as needed, maxing out at 10 tasks in addition to appointments. But with my waning energy, 6 things has now become 3 or 4 some days. And as I’ve come to embrace this as both necessary and okay, it is making my days much happier, leaving more margin for the unexpected, and letting me appreciate the work I am doing more fully. One of my goals for February was to cross one thing off my to do list each day. That as well as a few other tips have been extremely helpful in letting me slow down. So whether or not you’ve got a baby coming soon, these ideas are still helpful in helping to make any day just as full and present.

1. Pick a number. 

For me, it’s 6. For you, it could be 3. Or 10. Pick a number of MOST IMPORTANT items you know you will want to get accomplished in a day. That is how long your to-do list is. Get everything done and ready to tackle more? Start on tomorrow’s list. Or add to it. But don’t give yourself more than that number of things to focus on for the day. You know your limits. Don’t stress out over what isn’t as important.

2. Cross one thing off.

This doesn’t mean cross off one thing you don’t want to do, or one thing you didn’t get to at the end of the day. Look at what you’ve given yourself as agenda items each morning before you start your workday and consider the feasibility of everything. Is your list realistic? Is it manageable in the time frame you have for your day? Find what doesn’t work and cross it off! Move it to another day. Or just eliminate it all together. Breathe a sigh of relief.

3. Just do it. 

First thing. Work on those most important tasks first in your day, before distractions and emails and phone calls pile up. Carve out time to focus on your tasks before checking your inbox. Especially if it’s a hard item or something you have been putting off and procrastinating doing. Don’t think about it. Just do it. And then breathe, take a break, and get back to the rest of your list.

Happy Simplifying!

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Be Present: February

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One month into 2017, and I am already feeling calm and confident with the rate of progress and balance this month has provided. While focusing on each moment, person, situation, has not always come easy, the notion of being present in what is currently happening has helped keep me calm through a lot of otherwise hectic events. An extra busy work season, unexpected major home projects, and a mile-long to-do list before baby arrives can easily make me go crazy. Instead, I leave the house, focus on today, and get things done! One day at a time.
2017 PowerSheets Collection

January in Review:

1. Read one book.

Read two! Last year I read over 65 books, so a goal of only 12 this year was a little silly to me, but once baby comes, reading time will be harder to come by. For anyone interested, Grace Not Perfection is a highly recommended read for anyone else trying to focus on being present this year.

2. Finish baby’s room.

Pictures still need to be hung on the walls, but we do now have all the furniture delivered and set up, clothes washed and folded, and gifts put away and organized.

3. Update Celebration Nutrition website.

This was going to be a big, one chunk project, that I realized is currently more doable for me with my work schedule if I break it down into baby steps. One item from my massive to-update list per week happening currently and through February, until I get it all done.

4. Have a date night out.

This did not happen, but honestly, the idea of going out is not appealing to me right now. Takeout and a date on the couch with the DVR or Netflix is all I need to be happy. Scheduling a few of these evenings in February to relax and recharge.

5. Make 3 freezer meals each week.

I was overly ambitious and made about 5-7 recipes each week, and my freezer is now filled to capacity. Lots of nutrient-dense, easy-to-eat meals ready to heat and go!

6. Take 1 day completely off each week.

This is harder than it sounds, but I stuck to it, and it greatly helped to make the weekdays more productive and efficient. I used Sunday as my off day, and one week when that did not happen, I was able to take a weekday off instead. Grace and flexibility!

February Goals:

  1. Read 3 parenting books.
  2. Connect with 2 friends.
  3. Do 1 thing for myself each week.
  4. Delete 1 item from my to-do list every morning.
  5. Walk 3 miles every day.

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Friday Favorites: January

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As January comes to an end, it’s time to reflect on those 2017 goals that we were so excited about on New Year’s. How are you doing? Still going strong? Losing steam? Planning and ready to start in the coming months? To give us all a mindset boost to keep going into February and beyond, here are some great nutrition-related articles from fellow RDs and other reputable sources. And to add to the momentum, a roundup of delicious, nutritious foods for on the go or to freeze for quick meals later when we’re really running out of steam!

Neat:

  1. This is How Your Body Detoxes // Skip the juice cleanse, and let your body go through its natural detoxifying process.
  2. How to Make Almost Any Recipe Vegan // Trying a plant-based diet for the first time? Here are some super simple swaps for your old favorite recipes.
  3. 7 Tips for Sticking to Your New Vegan Diet // To go along with the above article, a few terrific tips from The Vegan RD.
  4. Adding, Not Subtracting for a Healthier New Year // Tired of cutting out foods and feeling deprived? Try adding a few things instead.
  5. Healthy Habit Challenge // Continue the “adding, not subtracting” by starting a healthy habit challenge next month!

Nutritious:

  1. Curried Cauliflower Chowder // Simple, flavorful, and filling on a chilly night.
  2. Loaded Garlic Kale Potatoes // Hearty and freezer friendly!
  3. Buckwheat Green Apple Cranberry Avocado Salad // As the weather starts to warm up and the days get longer, this salad makes me long for Spring!
  4. Marinated Peanut Tempeh // A protein and healthy fat packed addition to your standard salad or stir fry.
  5. Morning Glory Breakfast Cookies // Treats for breakfast! Or a midnight snack. Or freeze for anytime.