One Day at a Time: Finding The Balance Between Peace and Productivity in Quarantine

This smile is fleeting. I’m stressed AF too.

We’ve all had our worlds turned upside down and those of us that aren’t sick with or treating somebody with COVID-19 are struggling to figure out how to cope. It’s hard because we’re not allowed to do most of the things we used to do to cope with stress… which makes things stress-ier.

I closed my fitness studio on March 16th and have been holding classes and TRX workshops online since then, but my workload has dropped drastically. While my first month of quarantine was filled with chaos (and lots of evening cocktails) just trying to adapt and pivot my business, my second month is mellowing out and I’m starting to find my groove. I’ve gotten around to accepting the “new normal” (already tired of hearing that phrase) and am figuring out what works for me and what doesn’t.

Since this is looking like how things will be for a while, I can’t realistically live like I did in March and still be able to function at a high an acceptable level. Last week, week 6 of quarantine for me, I implemented some new things that are resulting in better daily habits for me. It’s bringing me a little bit more peace and helping to get me through the days a little easier. If you’re looking for ways to feel slightly better right now, here’s what’s working for me:

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Resting My Body Then Organizing My Sh*t for The New Year

Rest & Organizations

I end my year usually by taking the last week of the year off work. I need at least 4 or 5 days to chill and rejuvenate. This typically includes lots of naps, indulging in yummy food and holiday dranks, and much needed time with my family. After not working or working out for several days, I finally feel ready to put myself back in the game… slowly.

In order to set myself up for smarter productivity in the new year, I find that I operate better in spaces that work well. For me, this means no clutter, adequate space for everything that goes there, and an easy, quick way to deal with it all. It needs to be functional. I’m more relaxed and more productive in spaces that are simple and efficient, so with my time off this holiday weekend, here’s where I’m spending my time organizing: my purse & wallet, the kitchen, my closet, and my workspace. I tackle just one thing per day so it’s quick & doesn’t feel overwhelming. [Read more…]

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How Changing My Monday Routine Has Improved My Weekly Productivity

Can I get a show of hands of who feels like this EVERY Monday?

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For me, this has been the case for almost a decade. If you’re new around here, I’m in the fitness industry. For the past ten years I’ve gotten up at 5am nearly every day of the week. I teach and train early mornings, late nights, and I travel on weekends to teach professional education courses and present at conferences. Earlier this year I moved from Louisville, KY back to San Diego, CA, with a peaceful 3 month reset road trip in between. When I got here to San Diego, I made a vow to myself: [Read more…]

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