I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions, never really have been. Do they work for some people? Possibly, but in my experience, big sweeping life changes are not sustainable unless you have a plan to incorporate them into your daily life. Instead of making big broad resolutions, I like to incorporate small habits that will amount to the big change I want to make. This year, in partnership with California Almonds, the sponsor of this post, I want to make sure that I incorporate these three habits that will help me balance my health and schedule.
1. Don't Over Schedule
I am THE WORST at trying to cram too much into my schedule without taking into account travel time or other eventualities. Inevitably, I am late and rushing around. All the over-scheduling ends up creating unnecessary stress in my day and forces me to take time from “less demanding” items in my schedule like meals or breaks. This year I am establishing the habit of creating space in my schedule by giving each appointment an extra fifteen minutes. I know that the extra time will actually help me to be more productive and present during the time I have allotted for each task.
2. Be Prepared
I don’t know about you, but hanger (hunger + anger = hanger) is a legitimate problem in my life. If I over-schedule and miss a meal or skip breakfast, I start getting really hangry. I can’t focus and I actually start to feel physically ill. Hanger kills my productivity. This year I am creating the habit of being prepared with a hanger-killing snack. One of my favorite hanger killers? ALMONDS! I love almonds because they are easy to transport and they are a good source of fiber and protein. They are the perfect snack (think mid-morning or mid-afternoon) that holds me over until my next opportunity to eat.
3. Fill Up Your gas Tank When It's at 1/4 Tank
I know, that one caught you off guard. It seems simple, but you will be surprised how much this will remove stress from your life. For the record, I have never actually run out of gas, but I have been really close, and it always seems to happen when I am running late. This year, I am creating the habit of treating ¼ tank as empty and fill the tank up ahead of time, so I don’t have a gas emergency if I am running behind.
Knocking out the day’s priorities is something I thrive on. Unfortunately, as much as I like to cram a ton into my schedule it is sometimes not good for my health or hanger. I need sustained energy to keep me productive throughout the day. Almonds are the perfect snack to help me be prepared for whatever the day throws at me. They provide sustained energy (health and nutrition) to conquer any task at hand, they are convenient, and can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere! This year, I challenge you to prioritize your health and your schedule and adopt these habits to help you balance it all!
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of California Almonds.