When we get busy, our rituals or preparation for things seem to fall off our schedules. Finding ways to make rituals quick during busy times will keep us one track while still enjoying life.
1. Meal Prep
This is one thing that saves more time than we even know. Finding 30-60 minutes to prep meals for the week ensures we make better choices for our bodies and energy. Each night take 5 minutes to set things out for the next day and this will also make the morning run smoother. My recommended foods to eat weekly are dark leafy greens, avocado, protein, and nuts and seeds for snacks. I also choose a fruit to eat each week. And a simple nutritious meal to cook ahead of time that keeps in the fridge well is rice or beans.
2. Evening calendar check in
Take 5-10 minutes each evening to check the next day's schedule so your mind prepares for what's ahead, and also if things need to be shifted. This alleviates some of the rushing thoughts about what needs to be done the next day when you lay down to sleep.
3. Top 3 focus
Looking at your entire to-do list every day is overwhelming. Instead, each morning look at your 3 things that are the most important to get done for the day. This helps clear your mind of all the extra clutter. Once you have a clear mind you can manage tasks more effectively, get them done quicker, and have more time to complete the extra less-important tasks on your list.
4. Use essential oils to stay focused
Great oils to help you stay clear and focused are the Mints and Citruses. Diffuse or place on temples and sternum. My favorites are peppermint and grapefruit.
5. Just Breathe
So many times we run from one thing to the next that we can't even remember what happened in our day! Create a reminder (either on your phone or a post-it note) to take 1-3 deep breaths before each new task. Some examples are breathing before you start your car, before you walk out your door, before you eat, or even before you pick up the phone. This slows down your action, checks your mind in with your body, and grounds you to the present moment.