Afternoons are the hardest time of the day for me. Once I put my two little munchkins down for a nap at 2:00, it takes everything my power not to get under my own covers. I confess, sometimes I do. However, I need every bit of energy in the afternoon to be productive: get some blog work done, clean up the disaster from the morning, fold a load of laundry and get dinner prepped.
Today I am participating in the #FitDish linkup hosted by Jill Conyers and Jessica Joy to share with you ways I boost my energy in the afternoon because let’s be real here: 99% of the time I want to nap too.
Every morning is busy at our house. I may be a stay-at-home mom, but we are always moving. We are gone most mornings until lunch time at the gym, the park, maybe preschool or just exploring the outdoors and meeting up with friends. When we get home in the afternoon I am usually scrambling to get lunch on the table, go for a walk and then it is nap time.
4 Ways I Keep Going
Often times I get asked, “how do you do it all?” and my answer is usually, “I am not sure.” I need to use nap time to be productive. These are ways that help me boost my energy and tackle that to-do list in the afternoon instead of burying myself under the covers.
1. Get ready
Yes, you read that right: get ready. I don’t mean you need to put on heels and dress slacks, but a pair of jeans and a little mascara will do wonders. When I first became a stay-at-home mom, I loved that I could wear comfy clothes all day- and still do love that perk. However, when I am not feeling motivated, I make sure I blow dry my hair, put on jeans, and add a little mascara. There is something about looking cute that makes you feel better and more productive. On days when I am dressed and ready, I don’t feel like hopping in bed during that 2pm hour.
2. Move (Preferably Push Ups)
You don’t need a full out workout to get the blood flowing and give you some energy, 10 push-ups will do just fine. Whenever I am feeling like I need a burst of energy, I drop down and do some push ups and I am immediately ready to rock.
I have also been working to master the headstand for longer than a millisecond and I whenever I spend about 5 minutes practicing this I immediately have more energy. I don’t care what it is, just try moving for a few minutes and see how it boosts your energy.
3. Turn on some music
Plain and simple, music is good for the soul. Turn on music of your choice and get motivated to knock out your to-do list. I love having my JBL speaker so that I can turn on any type of music and have it wherever I am in the afternoon while working my to-do list. Music is a for-sure energy booster for me.
4. Set a timer
It is amazing what setting a timer does for boosting my energy. Whenever I have a long to-do list in the afternoon I always start with cleaning. I set the timer for 15 or 20 minutes and I race myself to get it all done before I can do anything else.
If my to-do list consists of a lot of blogging work where I am sitting, then I set a timer then too so that once it goes off I get up and move a little to keep up my energy.
Do I do all four of these things every day? Absolutely not, I am human too. Sometimes I need to listen to my body and plop myself on the couch with a book, which usually turns into a nap. Other times you can find me still in my workout clothes at 4:30pm when the kids wake up and then I don’t have a second to shower until they finally go to bed. I may not follow all of these every single day, but when I do you better believe I knock out that to-do list. Like yesterday for example, I got ready, did a few push ups, turned on some music, set a timer and my to-do list (and then some) was done by the time nap time was finished.
Your turn- tell me.
How do you keep up your energy in the afternoon?
What is the hardest hour of the day for you?