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Going Through the Motions

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“Same thing, different day.” You wake up. You go to work. You stare at the clock all day long just hoping time will pass a little bit quicker. You go home. You eat dinner. You watch TV. You get ready for the next day… and repeat. Does this sound familiar? If so, you’re not alone. Many people put their heads down and grind it out just trying to make it through another day (turning into robot zombies in the process.) We live life just going through the motions. While there are some things that we can’t get out of, like working every day (BOO!), we don’t necessarily have to go full zombie mode. motions

I had entered zombie mode, and up until a few weeks ago I didn’t even realize it. I would go to bed each night just stressing out about something I had to do the next day. I would sleep terrible because of it. I’d wake up in a bad mood because I had an awful night’s sleep. I’d be drowsy all day long and everything in my life began to suffer. I wasn’t being productive. I was too tired to workout. I didn’t have the motivation to meal prep and my diet began to suffer because of it. All of these things made me feel more crappy and the cycle would continue… If I didn’t get a hold of it!

My wake up call came in the form of a major panic attack that I told you about in the last post. Since I didn’t get any information about why I had a panic attack, I took it upon myself to reevaluate my life. There had to be something I was doing wrong, right? Well, there was. I was focusing too much on all of the “negative” things and not enough on the positive. Now, when I say negative, I’m referring to anything that I wasn’t looking forward too, not actual bad things. It was consuming me. I had to figure out what to do.

motions“Make a list. I know it sounds silly, but it’s worked for me,” Mike said. “Make a list? Like a to-do list?” I asked. “Yeah. Write down everything you need to get accomplished for the day, week, or month and cross it off as you do it. I like to write down little things too, because it feels good to be able to cross them off. By the end of the day, you’ll be able to see all of the things you accomplished and it will make you feel productive.” So, I tried it, annnd now I’m obsessed with making lists. He was right. The feeling of crossing things off was a stress reliever in and of itself. It helped me realize all of the time I was wasting. I set my day up into time slots. An example would be: I work 5am to noon. I give myself an hour to workout, 20 minutes to run into the grocery store, and I’m usually home by 1:30. I’ll give myself 30-60 minutes to do something I enjoy, like sit in the sun or work on my blog. I’ll set aside time for laundry, cleaning, meal prepping, an hour to watch a favorite TV show, working on my continuing education, etc. Writing all of these things out sets me up for success. Most to-do lists consist of only chores or “negative” things. I make it a point to write out the positive things too, because those are just as important. If I’m too stressed out mentally or physically, I’m not going to be as productive or happy. Those little breaks are crucial.

Even if you don’t have a schedule like mine that allows you to be home mid-day, you can still do this. Take your lunch break out in your car, roll down the windows and listen to the radio. Escape the grind for a little while. Throw your laundry in the washer right after you wake up, throw it in the dryer right before you leave for work and fold it when you get home. There’s something highly satisfying about putting everything in it’s place. Pack your lunch and lay out your clothes the night before so you can take your time and relax with your cup of coffee in the morning. These are just a few examples of ways that you can be more productive and live a happier, more relaxed life. Organization is key to productivity. 

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Time passes fast enough as it is. Don’t waste your days just going through the motions, waiting for the weekend or your next vacation. Enjoy the moment you’re in to the best of your ability. You’ll be surprised how your mood will change. You don’t want to turn 80 and realize you’ve grinded your life away without stopping to enjoy all of the little things in life. Heck, sometimes it’s the little things that are the best (Like coffee.) 😉

Until next time…

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6 Comments

  1. Dave

    May 6, 2016 at 7:36 am

    That was great Erin, I thought I was reading about myself there…
    But you are absolutely right, I feel a sense of relief when I cross something off of my list. But my lists are always work related things, I’m gonna try the kind of list your referring to and include some of the little things too.
    Good Job!

    • Chinups_and_Cupcakes

      May 6, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      Don’t forget to write down “hold Bailey”, because we all know how much time that can take 😉

  2. Steve Pitruzzello

    May 6, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Well said, Erin. It’s all too easy to get caught up in all minutiae life throws at us. Stopping to smell the roses, as the saying goes, is thereputic! Love ya!

    Ur Unk 🙂

    • Chinups_and_Cupcakes

      May 6, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      For sure! Love you too!

  3. Francesca

    May 6, 2016 at 11:08 am

    I would add..try meditation for 10 minutes every day….you’d be amazing at how it grounds you and gives you energy to co0mplete your lists!

    • Chinups_and_Cupcakes

      May 6, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      Very true! When you meditate, what do you focus on? Do you try not to think about anything? I’ve always wondered…

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