10 MORNING HABITS TO JUMP START YOUR DAY

10 Morning Habits to Jump Start a Better Day

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Morning routines is something  that I  often fantasize about. You know, that mythical, magical hour or so where I might  have all the time I want to work out, meditate, eat a healthy breakfast and enjoy a few moments of creative bliss. But can that actually happen in real Life ??I’ve  gathered up tips from the productivity pros to help me make it a reality. SO i thought of sharing it with you guys aswell !!

Get ready for your mornings to be both productive and relaxing. And remember, research has proven that it only takes 21 days to establish a habit. Let the countdown begin…

1. Get up an Hour Earlier: 

This first one is going to hurt. But having an extra hour in the morning could make all the difference when you are establishing morning habits. 

Research has shown that early risers are more optimistic and are better at solving problems that come up during the day.

2. Do Something Active

Don’t even let yourself make it a debate. When exercise becomes a habit, you just do it, because that’s what you do. 

Whether it’s 15 minutes of stretching and yoga or an intense cardio session at the gym, I just meditate and trust me  you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel once you get your workout done first thing in the morning.

3. Take a Moment to Visualize Your Day: Before you’ve even been up long enough to start feeling overwhelmed, take some time to map out your day and write out all your to-dos and top three goals. The more prepared you are for your day, the more productive you’ll be.

4. Listen to Some Good Music or an Audio Book: Do you wish you had more time to tackle that big reading list? Try listening to an audio book while you’re getting ready in the morning. You’ll be amazed at how fast you get through a book, even if it is only in 15-minute increments. Waking up to music is also a great way to prepare for the type of day you want to have, whether you need some fun beats to get you excited for a busy day, or something a little more soothing for a more mellow day.

5. Tidy up Some Clutter: You know those things that would only take you five minutes to finish but you just keep postponing? Take just a couple minutes to make the bed, clean up your desk, put away the laundry or tackle any little tasks that will nag at you and keep you from focusing on the real goals of the day.

6. Drink a Glass of Lemon Water: All you’ve got to do is squeeze a few drops of lemon into some water to get your day off to the right start. It will only take a couple minutes and it helps boost your metabolism and jumpstart your digestive system.

7. Take Your Vitamins: Just do it. Put them out the night before if you keep forgetting, but just make it a habit already.

8. Say Something Encouraging: If you have kids, take a minute to tell them how special they are. Or send a text to a loved one with some words of encouragement. It doesn’t have to be anything big, but you’ll feel better after connecting with them. When you cheer someone up, you make yourself happier too. Talk about a win-win.

9. Meditate for Five Minutes: Why is the thought of doing “nothing” so intimidating? Just start with a few minutes of mindfulness and see how it makes you feel. Meditation has been proven to have numerous benefits, including less stress, more focus and increased creativity, so it seems worth a shot, right?

10. Give Yourself 15 Minutes of No Screen Time: If your alarm is your phone, resist the urge to check your email as soon as you open your eyes. It sets you up for stress when you should be spending your extra hour of morning time focusing on you.

Do you have a regular morning routine? Tell me how you stick to your habits in the comments below!

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SEPTEMBER CLEANING CALENDAR EDITABLE AND PRINTABLE

The easiest habits to keep are the ones that are automatic, which is why I am a  big fan of the cleaning checklist. Never waste time contemplating where to start or be caught off guard by a task that should have been done months ago. MY printable checklists will tell you what you should be doing every day, week, month, season — or every once in a while — to keep your home shipshape year round.

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SEPTEMBER CALENDAR 

HOPE YOU ALL ENJOY THIS MONTH !!

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15 TIPS FOR MEAL PLANNING .

It’s whatever way you organize yourself to cook a meal, whether that’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It is the plan you make before you shop. Some people plan a month in advance, freezing neatly labeled packets of soup and stew. Others wing it, shopping for that evening’s meal at the farmers’ market and picking up whatever looks good to them.( I am amongst  both People )

Secondly, I was asked by many readers how I plan  my menu . There’s no right way to plan your meals; you should just do what is effective for you!

This list of tips is all over the map — there are plenty of ideas here for getting more organized and helping yourself think ahead. 

This is just a rough idea of how to plan the week’s menu 🙂

15 Tips for Meal Planning 

GETTING INSPIRED

1) Spend time each week looking for recipes.

This may feel like an indulgence, but just let yourself do it. Browse websites for recipes that look delicious.

2) Create a place to save recipes, and keep it SIMPLE.

Do whatever works for you. Don’t get caught up in a system, just use whatever works best and most easily.

3) Ask your partner, family, and roommates what they like to eat.

This might sound obvious, but it’s easy to get caught up in our weeks and forget to ask our husband and kids  what they would like to eat?

4)Check the Weather.

Again, you may say, duh, but seriously. Right now, the weather is changeable in many parts of the country. Look at the weather forecast, and try to predict if you’re going to be in the mood for soup or grilled shrimp salad On Friday.

5) Weekly Menu Plan

 I use a blank WEEKLY CALENDAR and plan the week’s meals on the weekend, basing my grocery list on only those items.

GETTING ORGANIZED 

1) Start a calendar.

Now that you’re getting inspired in what to eat, start a calendar of what you’d like to cook over the next few days or few weeks.This always helps BTW.

2) Go with theme nights (soup night, pasta night, beans).

I use general guides like Soup Night, Pasta Night, Beans to make it easier. Every Wednesday is Taco night  at my place …just saying!

3) Choose a shopping day and make a shopping list.

Some of the meal planning and recipe-saving services let you do this easily, extracting ingredients from the recipes you have saved.

4)Check what’s on Sale .

Some folks really like to organize their meals around sales. I used to do this but not anymore. 😦

5) Plan for Leftovers !

Most of us have at least some tolerance for leftovers. Try to make you’re cooking always do double duty. Make a little extra of everything, and if you don’t want it right away, freeze it.

GETTING IT DONE

1) Prep food as soon as you get back from the store.

Wash and dry lettuce. Chop onions. Roast vegetables. Shred zucchini for quick stir-fries. Stack up glass containers of prepped ingredients in the refrigerator and bask in your own awesome preparedness. 

2) Cook components of your meals.

Going beyond prep, cook components of the meals. I cook large batches of components(gravies )on the weekend, then mix-and-match them according to what I’m craving during the week. 

3)Be strategic about freezing.

The freezer is your friend. Actually, it’s the friend of future you. Make a double batch of that sauce mentioned above and freeze half for later. Don’t Judge me but my Life has been saved plenty of times by my freezer !

4) Don’t overstuff the refrigerator.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when your fridge is over-full. Also, things get hidden in the back, lost behind the veggies . Don’t let things go bad.

5) Keep a well-stocked pantry.

Meals are easier and quicker to prepare if you keep your pantry well-stocked. 

All right! What did I  miss? What keeps you motivated, inspired, and on track with cooking for yourself during the week? Please let me know !! Dying to read about your menu planning !!

WEEKLY MENU PLANNER & GROCERY SHOPPING

Hi Everyone , Sorry for the delay in posts I was super busy for the Last 2 weeks , Aishwarya had asked for Menu planning and Inventory List ,but I could only do the menu planning one this week and I honestly think Indian kitchen Inventory planning is something so huge that I literally need at least a week just to write down the items ! ( don’t Ask) !!

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So anyway about my menu planning ,I   literally sit down for 30 mins every Saturday  and plan out our menu so that we can shop accordingly  on Sunday at the Market or Grocery stores  and also not have another thing adding up to my headache.

 I think  this is a problem everybody seems to have. So hopefully this post solves the problem :)

This planner has helped me tons already to save money on groceries + lower my sugar tantrums (yeah I have those, sometimes) + boost my productivity. And that makes me happy + happy + happy!

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This Above menu planner is what I used to have but since I am back in India , I stick to the one Below 

Weekly Menu

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What I do with this above menu is that I write it on Post its and then stick them on to the  paper and it goes on my command centre  And I change them every week ,this helps a lot to keep my mind stress-free !!

Hope fully I have solved at least one of Aishwarya’s Problems ,  and about inventory lists of the kitchen grocery items ,

To make sure I always have the essentials in my pantry (rice, beans, etc) I use lined post-it notes that I stick to the inside of the pantry doors.
List what you should always have on hand, add a tick when you’ve ran out of any item  and take a photo with your phone before you go grocery shopping.! 

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Right now I do this but since Aishwarya has got my brains to work towards Inventories ,who knows I might even end up making a fridge/pantry/freezer Inventories !!

Wish me Luck !!

AUGUST 2015 PRINTABLE & EDITABLE CALENDAR

When it comes to organizing, the best system is the one you come up with to suit your particular life circumstances.  Systems devised by others can give you ideas, but it rarely works when you try to follow them to the letter.  (Not that I haven’t tried.)  

There’s something irresistible about other people’s systems,

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The promise being that if only you could stick to a system, you’d never be caught with an empty fridge or messy living room ever again. YES ! The thought always brings a smile to my face ,but honestly it hardly works ! but it doesn’t hurt to try ! Right?

  Anyway here is an Organization Plan for August 2015  . 

I’ve tried to create something simple, easy to use, and practical for even the busiest mom. I have broken things up into daily tasksweekly tasks, and monthly tasks There are some tasks that must be done every day to keep a clean home. 

To keep it simple for you,I have  very easy ROUTINES  To do throughout the day here . Most take only a few minutes. 

This July Printable Calendar is so easy to use ,just print and keep it in your HOUSEHOLD NOTEBOOK  and u won’t forget even a single task ! Trust me this method really works ! I can only hope ! 

There’s a different organizing suggestion for you to do every day of the month–all easy, down-to-earth, and no thinking’ what should I do?’ required.

so here is a Calendar for AUGUST  2015 a sneak peak at the whole month ahead of you !

AUGUST 2015  

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I JUST FEEL LIKE HER RIGHT NOW !! I really Have come up with this system to help my family needs , it is editable so u can download it and Edit Away!! 

Just feel free to join the messed up home on Facebook ,I update many things there , Like my page and Please do Share !

Until then Happy AUGUST  to ALL!!