No one can disagree that we should take care of ourselves now so that we can be healthier in the future. Our gym memberships, hours practicing yoga, cooking healthy meals and annual checkups prove that. We’re living in a constant state of improvement right now so that we can live longer later. I don’t know about you but I often forget about doing things for myself that aren’t just for the long term. I forget about taking care of myself for an hour from now or for tomorrow. Mindful meditation on the present is a great start (obviously) but that doesn’t keep my kitchen clean. I’ve put together a short list of simple, semi-glaringly obvious points that may make your next hour or day a little more enjoyable.
- Make Your Lunch at Dinner. This is my first suggestion to anyone who says they want to spend less time in the kitchen. Planning and food waste issues aside, if you’re cooking dinner, make something you can bring with you to work. You can show off your kitchen prowess and save a few bucks. Two birds, one scone, amirite?
- One Hour. Do whatever you want with it. Ignore everyone that tells you that looking at your screen is taking away your humanity. If your humanity lies in beating that temple you’ve been dreading, by all means, be a human.
- Give Yourself a Break. You can see it. You can smell it. Your laundry and/or your rotten veggies are taking over the apartment! Outsource a normal task from time to time like sending your laundry out or having your groceries delivered. You can spend those newly gained hours doing a fun thing and use that money that you didn’t spend buying lunch.
Honorable mentions: make your dressings, marinades and sauces ahead of time and use as you go; quick pickle your veggies that are about to go (all you need is vinegar, water and sugar); clean as you go (I tidy up for 5-10 minutes in the morning); set your coffee maker to start brewing around the time you wake up; pre-package trail mix or granola for a quick snack; make enough grains to last you a few days (leftover quinoa is great with yogurt!).
A little planning goes a long way, in my opinion.
What did I do for future Shayla? I made her a lunch and enjoyed a fancy coffee drink that I always tell myself is too expensive. Well, maybe the afternoon coffee wasn’t a great idea for 11pm Shayla…