We all struggle with it. The older you get, the more you have on your plate – it’s somewhat inevitable. And unless you have crazy good time management skills, you’ve probably dropped the ball a few times. I’m talking about balance: Making sure to make time for that which you must do and that which you want to do simultaneously. Making time for your work, passions, relationship, friends, family, social life and “chores,” all without skipping a beat.
After I graduated college I went through a string of different jobs, many with unconventional hours and flexible schedules. My most recent job, prior to my current, was a part-time, fully remote position for a design company based in Michigan. It was HARD at first, you guys. Figuring out how to separate your personal space at home with your work space is not an easy feat. But I absolutely loved it and I began to thrive. Fast forward to May of 2015, to my current job in digital marketing. I work 9:30-5:30, Monday to Friday, with a 45-60 minute commute each way. Pretty typical, right?
It’s the norm – but that doesn’t make it easy. If I’m leaving the house by 8:30 and not getting home until after 6, how much time do I have leftover in the day for everything else? I ask myself this constantly – but it wasn’t until recently that I considered an alternate solution to my problem. A hour of time I hadn’t previously taken into consideration? Lunch.
It’s time to take back our lunch hour – and Flywheel and Snap Kitchen wanted to help me make it happen. I was lucky enough to pop in for a 45 minute spin class at last week, followed by a delicious, healthy salad. Think you can’t exercise because your day isn’t long enough? Think again!
Encouraged by the “take back the lunch hour” concept, I came up with a quick list of ways to fit in a variety of tasks or hobbies right smack in the middle of the day. These might not work for all of you – but I hope you feel inspired to come up with a few things you could accomplish during a time you hadn’t already considered!
- First and foremost; get in a quick workout. We often let this one slide to the bottom of the list, putting others before our own health and sanity, and it’s got to stop. Find a nearby group class that lasts just 30-45 minutes, or map out a quick route around your office or house to walk or jog. If you can’t totally unplug, try these “at your desk-ercises” while you work.
- Try to pack your lunch ahead of time instead of buying it. If you put in the meal prep time up front, you’ll save time each day by skipping a run to the store, and you’ll probably make healthier choices. Bonus points if you make something you can eat while you take a walk! Alternatively, Snap Kitchen offers TONS of healthy, ready to go salads or easy, nutritious meals that only need to be heated for a minute or so.
- Take time to focus on YOU, instead of work, or the kids if possible! That could be a quick polish change or mini facial, a run to the store to grab those shoes you’ve been eyeing up, or taking a break from your 9-5 to get in a little bit of planning for your passion project. If we don’t allot ourselves time to recharge our own batteries, everything else we do will suffer as well.
- Reconnect – Find a quiet spot and call someone you’ve been meaning to catch up with. Note: plan this with them in advance if they have an office job so they’re ready to take your call!
- Get creative – Craft, make jewelry, paint, work on re-doing a room in your house, write a blog post, write a poem, make a quick new recipe or color. Give your right brain a few minutes to dominate each day : )
What do you think – can we take back the lunch hour? And if we do – what’s next?! Will I start getting up an hour earlier to work on my blog? Unlikely – but a girl can dream ; ) Happy Monday!
Thank you to Flywheel Philly & Snap Kitchen for providing an awesome workout and post-cycling salad in exchange for an honest review! : )