Last week I posted a graphic on Instagram that read "There is an entire generation of women who are drowning because they were raised with traditional gender roles while being empowered to be independant. These women still take on the majority of house duties while simultaneously killing it in the workplace. They're tired". The many reactions to this post in agreement clearly outlined that most followers of Grounded Movement Co. are in this position and/or feel this way. I thought to myself, if this many people feel this way, then what tools can actually be of help to reduce 'drowning' 'tiredness'.
The not so funny thing is the number 1 thing that 95% of our clients would struggle with is 'time constraints' or 'perceived time constraints' = drowning + tiredness.
Overall, yes, most people are 'busy'. Their minds are often not functioning logically or practically, and they are chewing up any ounce of energy they have spare on scrambling through their day, their week, the month, the year.
PLANNING + PREPERATION is absolute key for reducing 'busy-ness' or organising 'busy-ness' and help to reduce and manage load.
Write your day down. Use your phone calendar or old school diary and pen to block in each part of your day. (template here).
Look the night before at the day ahead. What do you need to do, or what can you do to make the day run as smooth as possible?
Learn to sacrifice. Things that are most important to you need to stay in your day/ be completed. Somethings will have to be missed or must wait.
Often when you write your day down, you soon realise you do in fact have gaps and space in certain areas of the day.
You shouldn't and don't want to trash the one roof you have over your head (your body). Your body is the only place you have to live in. You need to be as healthy as you can be and look after your house. So how can PLAN + PREP to create space in your day or week to move to make this happen? Here are some ideas below:
Before you go to bed at night do ONE JOB you would normally do in the morning? eg. empty the dishwasher, make lunchboxes, fold a load of washing, tidy the lounge, get meat out of the freezer for the slow cooker. This will help reduce the chance of your morning spinning out of control and sending your day off track before it's even started.
Have a BAG OF EXERCISE GEAR packed and leave it in your car or workplace. If a meeting is cancelled, a client cancels, you finish a job quicker than expected, kids are happy by themselves at sport practice, grab that window of small time and use it.
Identify things that make you LESS PRODUCTIVE when you need to be productive. eg. turn your phone over on your desk. Only have working tabs open on your computer. Wear noise cancelling headphones to reduce distractions. Move grab and go snacks off your desk. Turn do not disturb on, on your devices. Turn noise notifications off on email notifications. If you want to make time slots to move in, you must be productive and efficient when you should and need to be working.
ACCEPTING that the least inviting part of your day, may be the most trusting time slot for your movement. Often, we hear 'I hate getting up early', 'I like to do other jobs in my lunch break', 'I have no energy or motivation after work and before dinner'. These are often regularly available time slots if you choose and want to make movement a priority.
Don't get me wrong this isn't a fairy tale fix. Life is and will still be busy and tiring at times. But you can make it slightly better by being crafty by planning and preparing.
If you enjoyed the simplification + prioritisation template above, then here is a link to our free resources tab with all learning modules. Click here.