Being productive means more than spending all day in front of your computer. It also means finding time to get in a good walk, listen to good music, and connect with your loved ones. It can even mean going out to eat. Here’s a guide to making the most of your time with those who matter the most.
Get out and walk. Not only will this be great for your health, it will be an especially good way to meet people, get exercise, and gain a sense of well-being. A study from Oxford University found that walking could add 3.4 years to your life and reduce your risk of heart disease by 40 percent. A walk along the Bering Strait in the summer or a jog in Central Park at night are all good ways to get a little walk in. Set some time aside every day for a quick stroll, and with your GPS your guide, you will soon notice that time on your calendar goes by at a very, very fast clip.
Light some candles. A flameless candle, called a paper lantern, is ideal because it burns on the touch instead of through the heat of your hand. There are almost endless, inexpensive-looking options at all price points. Choose warm-toned cloths like the bright orange polyester clothlets by Target, or opt for an easier-to-clean basket weave designed by Neiman Marcus, a popular buy among so many of the brand’s loyal customers. Add one or two figurines like stuffed animals or trinkets of shells and long-stemmed stems, and the simple act of lighting a candle can turn an otherwise quiet day into a joyful one.
Write things down. Don’t just read the news or write in a journal. Use a pen and paper to write thoughts, issues, and techniques that matter to you and store them away. Not only can you be sure you never get lost in a sea of unedited notes, but it will help you stay sharp and focused. After all, writing is definitely harder than reading or speaking.
Go for a swim. If it’s warm enough outside, and you’re feeling brave enough, hit the pool. If the pool is empty, jump in a hot tub and make yourself a snack.
The bathroom is a wonderful place to pamper yourself. Unscrew your shower doors, take out the soap, and grab an at-home facial cream. If you’re in the mood to spend a little money, either purchase a facial mask (the best bang for your buck), or order an eco-friendly body scrub online.
Listen to music. Does your kitchen have bookshelves and a large countertop to store the rest of your household’s books, appliances, tools, and glassware? These tools often take up a lot of space. Spend an hour putting everything away, turn on some music, and listen to some tunes. The next time you hear your pet’s barking, leave it on, or appreciate your neighbors’ music, put your brain back in a relaxed state.
Be nice to others. Those people who care about you and give you time with their children and in your life are some of the best things that could happen to you. Give them a little time to chat with their friends and relax. A little gratitude goes a long way.
Listen to good music. Not only does it make you smile, but it can give you a little stress relief too.
Have a glass of wine. Many moms don’t have the luxury of being able to have a glass of wine with dinner each night, and who can blame them? Many nights could be spent watching Rizzoli & Isles with co-workers and listening to country music. Take a minute to enjoy a glass with the people you love, and don’t limit your experiences to just one sip. A bit of wine can take the edge off for everyone involved.
Snuggle with someone. Sometimes we get a little too down and out. Grab a friend or family member and a blanket and play a little game of catch. The little ones will like it, too, and you’ll have a chance to get away from the chaos of the household and feel human again.
Set your alarm for 5am. At the very least, put your little ones to bed early, and get your workout in at the same time. This is a good way to remind yourself that you are more than just a person who sits at home all day. It’s important to break up the monotony, and a little movement can do wonders.