A typical day for me is kind of insane. Let me explain… I wake up and do a 10-minute meditation followed by 5 minutes of reading the news via The Skimm, followed by 30 minutes of answering emails and checking my social media on my HP Pavilian 17″ lap top. Then I write out my day’s to-do list (more on that later). I get ready for work and make myself a green smoothie for breakfast.
I spend my working hours (9-5) in the Nourish Snacks offices either creating content for our blog, writing and strategizing on our marketing emails, working with influencers, or coming up with new marketing campaigns.
After work I workout 3 times/week (Either SoulCycle, weights, a run if it’s warm out), followed by an hour of blogging, followed by cooking a healthy dinner for myself and my husband, followed by shutting down the computer so that we can have some time to either chat, have a cocktail, or watch one of our favorite shows!
At around 10pm I start my nighttime routine, which consists of reading, a series of deep breaths, and absolutely no electronics. You can read my tips for a better sleep here.
You can imagine that in order to get all of that done every single day, I have to stay very organized. I have a ton of apps, lists, and processes in place to keep myself on track.Last week, my friend Meg Biram featured me in her GSD column which inspired this post. Here are a few of my secrets!
Because I’m glued to my computer (I wish it weren’t true), I keep my calendars all in one place on my lap top so I can easily see what’s going on in any area of my life on any given day. I color code my 4 calendars: Lemon Stripes (yellow), personal (blue)/joint with my husband (orange), and work (green). I a reminder on almost every event so that nothing falls through the cracks.
I plan my personal on a weekly basis, usually a project for Sundays. I start by booking my 6:15pm Soul Cycle class on Mondays. Tuesday nights are reserved for me to work on Lemon Stripes. I allow myself plans with friends on Wednesday and Thursday if I’m not too busy and then Fridays are for date night with my husband (unless we’re traveling). On Sunday evenings, we sit together over our calendar for the next week. At work, my team and I go through our calendar for the week in our Monday morning meetings.
My to-do lists…
Anyone who has ever worked or lived with me can tell you that I’m obsessive about my to-do list.
Here are my rules of the to-do list:
+ I have two to-do lists. One for work and one for home & Lemon Stripes.
+ I have to handwrite them. I’ve tried every app under the sun but handwriting is the only way that works for me.
+ I start every morning by rewriting both of my lists so that they are clean for the day. It is also how I remind myself what is coming up for that day/week.
+ I put a star next to each item that MUST get done that day and I will not go to sleep until it’s crossed off. No exceptions.
I wake up 30 minutes before I need to every morning and dedicate that time specifically to my Lemon Stripes email account, answering and categorizing emails. If I skip this, the rest of my day feels like catch up!
When I get to work, I spend the first 30 minutes of my day reading emails from my Nourish account. So when 9:30 hits, I’ve gone through both to do lists and gone through most of my emails. It sets the tone for a productive day!
In the evenings I have the same routine. Before I leave work, I make sure that all important emails are answered (I try not to check work emails at all from home). Then before I shut down for the night, I browse to make sure I’m not missing anything important for Lemon Stripes!
Emails are my third full-time job.
In the kitchen…
I cook a lot (probably 4 times/week) and get sick of the same old recipes. I have a bunch of great cook books but somehow always ending up bringing my computer into the kitchen to follow recipes from a few of my favorite recipe sites like Smitten Kitchen, 101 Cookbooks, Be Well with Arielle, and Inspiralized.
HP Pavilian 17″ with Windows 10 for my lap top
SleepRate for sleep improvement
Snapseed for editing my Instagram photos
Hootsuite to preschedule and check up on social media
Waze to get around in the most efficient way
Spotify for music
Learnvest for personal finances
Read more about how I stay organized here.
My Lap Top…
+ The screen on my HP Pavilion 17″ is gigantic which is great for editing blog photos
+ It’s easy for me to switch apps and projects now that I can toggle between my desktop and the tile screen that holds all of my apps.
+ Multiple desktops allow me to have one for personal, one for Lemon Stripes, and one for work.
+ You can buy it at HSN in silver, white, blue, red or purple
+ It’s only $699.95 with free shipping & handling (HSN offers a flex payment plan so you could pay $120/month for 6 months)
Thank you to HP for sponsoring this post.