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3 Ideas A Busy Person Can’t Live Without

by Elise Museles

I’ll come right out and say it: I love being busy!

My clients do, too. Lately, one of the things I’ve noticed is that many of us get “swept away” with the excitement of a full and bustling life.

You end up feeling threadbare, worn out, and at the mercy of your “to-do list.” You KNOW what you need to do to take good care of yourself, but you end up not doing it…because you are so busy!

So here are my suggestions on how to stay nourished and energized in your hectic life:

It’s all about planning.  By definition, people with full lives and lots of “balls in the air” need quality energy. And we also tend to eat what is easy and at hand. We aren’t sitting around—we’ve got things to do! This means we’ve GOT to invest some effort into planning food ahead of time.

For starters, pick a day to cook and organize meals. For me, it’s Sunday. Make a batch of soup, cut up fruits and veggies, steam kale, roast a turkey breast, cook quinoa. See K&C Eat Page for inspiration. Then, throughout the week, you can put these ready-to-go ingredients together to create a variety of dishes on the fly.

When you have a plan and prep food ahead of time, you won’t be scrambling after a long day with your stomach growling and your blood sugar on the floor.

Edit. Sometimes, busy is just too busy. When my clients experience this, it’s often because they have said yes to too many things. They are overcommitted. More often than not, it’s about stepping back and focusing on what really matters. Of course, there will be times when you just need to barrel through a busy period. But maybe there are things you really need to say “no” to, with grace.

Curiously, I notice this overwhelm in our kitchens as well. You may have the best intentions to cook a delicious recipe—but the truth is, it’s the end of a long day, and you’re EXHAUSTED.  No problem. Edit your plan!

I’ve taught my clients how to stock their kitchen so that at any given moment, they have at least two other go-to meals they can whip up in a pinch, no matter their energy level.  Keep a ready list of ingredients for quick yet nourishing meals.  Stock your pantry with seeds and nuts to add in to your grain dishes or salads. Fill the freezer with frozen veggies to increase the nutritional profile of your omelets. Or store some homemade soup in individual size containers to pull out of the freezer.  Simple enough!

It’s not about being perfect.  Life really is about the experience of being alive, not about doing everything “right”.  We do our best, or we do the best we can do in that moment, and we hope it will all work out. I’ve noticed that it often does.

The older I get, the more I want to become a person who takes life’s speed bumps in style. We may drift from our exercise routines and good eating habits.  Life happens, but the real wisdom is in learning how to shorten the time it takes to get back on track.

Being busy can be wonderful—there are so many things to do in the world. Just make sure that you take exquisite care of yourself, so that you can be as busy as you want to be, and never miss a beat.

Question of the day: What’s one thing you do that really helps YOU through a busy day?  Post it in the comments below.

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7 Responses to 3 Ideas A Busy Person Can’t Live Without

  1. peter April 19, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    Elise, I so enjoy reading your emails. I personally write down on a list what needs to be done to stay organized. Helps. Thanks for your continued help for a better life.

    • Elise April 26, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

      Peter, I am a big list person myself:). Glad you are enjoying the posts.

  2. Meredith April 19, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    Hi! As I fall asleep each night, I go through the basic logistics of the next day….much like many of us, I am sure. I figure out how food and exercise fit in with my commitments, and plan out whether I need to pack lunch and snacks for myself- and when that will happen. I never find myself caught hungry and without a solution, since nutrition is what keeps me happy and running. Cheers!

    • Elise April 26, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

      Meredith, you are so organized. The planning is key, and it seems like you have that covered!

  3. Mary April 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    One thing that helps me through a busy day is to start my day with exercise! Whether it be a brisk walk to the hinterlands with my doggie or with friends or a smile filled zumba class, exercise makes me feel alive and centered for my new day.

    • Elise April 26, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

      Hi Mary,
      I also love exercising first thing in the morning. Seems like you have a great routine!

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