Monday Motivation: 5 Things To Do Today

>> Monday, March 14, 2016

Spring is giving me this whole new awakening. I'm shedding layers and embracing what's ahead with as much positivity as I can muster. The thing is, I am often lost for inspiration. I need a little nudge to get myself going and fully riding these good vibes. So, I thought I'd share a few things that have me feeling good lately. And they very well might be things you want or need to do, too.

Here are 5 things to do for yourself today. They might seem small or insignificant or even silly, but I'm betting that we all need a reminder to get going from time to time. If you're short on time, try to dedicate just 10-15 minutes to each "task" and go from there. That's just around an hour to a better day/week.

#1: Move your body.

I don't care if you run a marathon or just do a workout video for 10 minutes. But move your body. I'm sure we've all made so many excuses for why "today just isn't a good day" for working out. Try to shift your mindset. Moving your body doesn't always have to mean intense calorie burn or exercise for gains. It's just, well, movement. Motion. Getting into a good flow can help your mind move to new locations, too.

What I'm doing today: During nap time (or quiet time), I'm working on some freelance deadlines. Still, I'm going to bust out a 30-minute Barre workout, even if it means I need to work into the late night hours. Probably one that's more focused on stretching than strength.

#2: Go outside.

It's rainy and cold here today, but I'm still planning to go outdoors when we get a break from the precipitation. The time change -- however exhausting -- is incredible because it means so much more daylight. And even though it's still a bit chilly, that fresh air does wonders for these stuffy lungs. Even in the dead of winter when it's below zero, I try to get myself outside for at least a bit each day (10 minutes is better than nothing!).

What I'm doing today: Rain or shine, I'm going to walk outdoors for 30 minutes before dinner.

#3: Clean out a corner. 

Or a drawer. Or an entire room. Let it breathe. You can spend 15 minutes or hours on this activity, depending on your workload. Toss away anything that has been hanging around for far too long. Give something once cherished to a friend. Move the rest back into their intended spots in your home. Then marvel at the emptiness and organization of that space. Let that empty space sink in and make room for new opportunities and goals.

What I'm doing today: After a weekend of massive clearing out of our main living level (hooray for progress on my Spring Cleaning Goals!), I'm turning my attention upstairs to my office (whoa, I don't know how it got this messy!) and Ada's bedroom (the big winter to spring clothing switch!). I'll probably spend an hour organizing these space while Ada does art after her nap.

#4: Feed yourself.

Cooking doesn't have to be this intense process that takes hours. Heck, I work from home and still manage to not find time to cook a "proper" meal on many days. Whether it's a smoothie or a salad, a stir-fry or a full-on 3-course dinner, take time to connect with food. One trick I've been using lately since Stephen has started coaching is buying bags of frozen veggie mixes. I can prepare a protein and side like rice and then just steam or otherwise cook the veggies for a quick meal.

What I'm doing today: I already made myself (and Ada) a glorious smoothie this morning with bananas, strawberries, blueberries, kefir, oats, peanut butter, and arugula. Great way to start the day. I'm hoping to prepare some kind of creative carrot soup for dinner tonight because we have SO MANY CARROTS and I don't want them to go to waste. I also need to plan our meals for the week because I fell behind.

#5: Cross something off.

We all have to-do lists. Mine sits in a mental drawer that I often forget to open. And then days and weeks will pass, and those items stay on there -- stagnant. Eventually, they contribute to this unsettling weight of mental clutter. I find myself feeling behind and disorganized and otherwise frenzied, which just paralyzes me on certain days when life is hectic. Time to get to doing.

What I'm doing today: I'm writing down my to-do list so I can post it someplace in my home and stop fretting over it in the hour or so before I fall asleep. The item I hope to cross off today? Finishing a chunk of tax-related stuff that has been sitting in my folder for a week. I cannot wait to get my taxes done!

What are you doing for yourself today?

Happy Monday. I hope it's a good one!

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