If you’re in the same boat, here are a few life hacks that have worked for me that might work for you too:
Multitask during your commute
One of the best ways to make the most out of your commute is to listen to a personal development podcast or audio book. Some of my favorite podcasts include Raw Talk with Sheena, the Highest Self Podcast with Sahara Rose, The Melissa Ambrosini Show, Earn Your Happy and The Balanced Blonde. Learning about new, thought provoking concepts while commuting makes me feel productive and more balanced because I get a little “me time” in during the day. Of course, I always make time for my guilty pleasure podcasts, Bitch Sesh and Watch What Crappens.
Replace screen time with “me time”
Are you guilty of plopping down in front of the TV to unwind after a long day? Ever find yourself going down a rabbit hole on Instagram (how did I even get to this person’s profile anyway?!). When trying to get more out of your day, it’s important to know what’s worth your time and what’s not. Scrolling through Instagram is fun and mindless, but it certainly doesn’t make me feel good about how I’m spending my time. My favorite “me time” activity is going to SoulCycle, which I make time for a couple times a week. The minute I clip into the bike, I instantly forget about the day and everything on my to-do list. For 45 minutes, it’s just me and the bike – no phone, no distractions. While this does take time away from my day, I always leave feeling refreshed, focused and happy. Worth the 45-minutes that would have otherwise been spent in front of a screen!
Turn off notifications.
Up until a couple of months ago, I was constantly checking the notifications on my phone just to clear the number. I couldn’t stand to see that little red circle telling me how many emails I had, how many messages were waiting for me in the Sephora app, etc. I went into the phone’s settings and turned off the notifications for every app other than texts and phone calls. This has enabled me to spend less time checking email and social networks, which was becoming a huge time suck each day.
Use a meal delivery box service
I've tried a few meal delivery services like Blue Apron and Green Chef, but they typically required too much work after a long day. I recently started getting meals delivered from Hungry Root, an affordable brand of healthy comfort foods that uses vegetables and other wholesome ingredients. Unlike the other delivery boxes I’ve tried, I can whip together any one of the Hungry Root meals in 10 minutes or less, making it perfect for busy weeknights (and I love indulging in their chickpea pancakes on the weekends)! If you’re interested in giving Hungry Root a try, use this link for $30 off your first order.
Let hypnosis put you to sleep
I often hear from clients that they don’t have time to meditate. And to that, I’d advise you to try hypnosis, which is simply meditation with a goal. I’m obsessed with Grace Smith’s ‘Grace Space’ iPhone app, which has an amazing sleep meditation track that puts me to sleep within minutes. The best part is, you’re already in bed so it’s not taking time out of your busy day. All you need to do is crawl into bed and let Grace’s hypnotic voice take it from there. If you can stay awake for the first 10 minutes, you’ll learn some relaxation techniques that can be used even when you’re not listening to the hypnosis! If you don’t want to invest in the monthly membership fee for the app, Grace also has one-off hypnosis tracks you can purchase and download directly to your phone.
Do you have any tips for getting more out of your day? DM me @moonlightandsage – I’d love to hear from you!