How to Slay Your Day
You hear me talk about breakfast often. I feel that starting the day off right sets a positive tone for the rest of it. It also transfers the positive energy into other tasks that you have to cross off your to-do list.
Here are a few simple things that lead up to boosting my productivity levels:
A healthy day starts on the evening of the previous one. Our bodies function best on a healthy amount of quality sleep. Sleep is when our muscles recover, our bodies relax and brains get a break from the overflow of information.
A good night’s sleep will lead you to a well-rested morning when you can beat the flood of emails and enjoy the fresh flow of inspiration in peace. You could possibly leave wi-fi off ’til mid-morning if you are not expecting any vital information or requests. No matter how many hours of sleep you need for proper functioning. Make sure the sleep you do get is sound; quality over quantity works wonders. So, adopt a calming nightly routine that will make you fall asleep soundly as if you were on a colorful cotton-candy cloud.
Also, get a consistent sleep schedule. As intricate and complex our body might seem, it actually responds best to routines. Everyone is different, but what I learned about myself is that I function best when going to bed earlier (by 10 pm) and waking up good 8 to 9 hours later.
I understand that each of us is different and you might not be an early bird, rather a night owl, and that is perfectly OK too. Just transfer those same suggestions to the part of the day when you feel you get the most out of your energy spikes.
I know that the catch to my successful day lies in the preparation. I might have to swallow my word about being constant now, but when it comes to food, I like switching things up. To clarify—not entirely switching them up— I at least create variations of the same basic foods that I cannot see myself eating in the rotation without altering a little. My breakfast could usually be interchangeable with any of the day’s snacks. The basic variation usually consists of seasonal fruit and oats in combination with some nuts for attaining healthy fats and receiving the best possible outcome of all foods in the mix. I’m talking about better absorption into the system.
I get excited about food. The other day I even heard myself say right after a filling dinner that I cannot wait for lunch the next day because I had something yummy planned for us. I might be obsessed with food, but I know that it is what keeps me strong and positive and uplifting. So, eating right goes a long way past the empty plate at the kitchen table.
I like to plan my meals ahead. There’s nothing surer than being ready for success. Overnight oats are just the perfect thing to put you at a head start.
For 2 serving you’ll need:
I’m assuming you’ll be sharing them with a partner or a friend.
1 cup of rolled oats (you could use the regular one, lightly blended)
1 cup of non-dairy milk of your preference (you can add more later if the mixture gets too thick for your liking)
2 tablespoons of a nut/seed butter of your choice (my favorite is almond butter, but I like to switch things up by occasion)
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
2 tablespoons of unsweetened shredded coconut
1 / 2 of a tablespoon of cinnamon
Mix them together in a mason jar. I like to use a fork to do so and refrigerate overnight or for about half an hour until the chia seeds bulk up and oats soak.
Then go little nuts with toppings which I always like to add right before eating. I’m partial to bananas being refrigerated, and nuts and seeds have no need to be cooled. But, that’s just my picky taste talking.
When I also like to add fresh seasonal fruit on top for extra sweetness.
These are all results of years of changes, breaking habits, routines settings, and life adaptations before I set this basic routine that (currently) works for me. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to adopt it at some point in time again.
Now off to practice what I preach. What are your practices for success?