Tag: productivity

Nighttime Routine

Lifestyle Blog August 1, 2018

As soon as I get home from the gym (after work), I change into my PJs which is usually a pair of comfy bottoms and a t-shirt. Taking off my make-up is perhaps my single most favourite part of the day. I love putting it on and love how it looks, but after wearing it all day at work and then sweating at the gym, I am more than excited to get it off my face, ASAP.

I wash my face with water just to start moving some of that product off my face and then I go in with two cotton swabs and make-up remover. I use my MIA 2 Clarisonic with Olehenriksen face wash to really get right into the pores and do a complete deep clean. Often times, I’ll go in with my favourite scrub the Olehenriksen facial sauna scrub. I moisturize with Hope in a Jar night cream and eye cream and if I have active break-down (which I usually do), I’ll go in with a spot treatment using EradiKate. I’ve tried a lot of different products over the years and I would hands down recommend both the Clarisonic and EradiKate to anyone looking for acne prone skin remedies. I use them both on a daily basis for make-up removal and spot treatment.

 

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Flossing, brushing and mouth wash are obvious ones but Tyler and I recently invested in the Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush. It’s been about 3 months and I can feel a few differences. My gums are healthier, my teeth are whiter and I can get into the very back of my mouth with the brush. So overall, I’d recommend it to anyone who is looking for a new toothbrush. PS- We bought ours at Costco for a fraction of the price!

I’ve been listening to audio books through my Audible app every day while I’ve washed my face and brushed my teeth. It’s usually at least 15mins which is enough time for one chapter. I’m currently listening to “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg.

Now that the obvious parts of my night are done with, I want to get into why I actually wanted to write this blog post. There are two things I do every night that have had an incredible impact on both my mental health as well as how I respond to stressful situations.  We’ve been really lucky that everywhere we’ve lived so far, I’ve been able to have a yoga room. In this new house, I’ve made my yoga room both my space for peace but also as a guest bedroom when needed. A 15mins yoga practice is all that I feel I need most nights, because I usually always get a workout during the day either at the gym or at soccer twice a week. I usually practice yoga with videos on Youtube and ‘Yoga with Adriene’ is by far the best one. I’ll always light up a candle or turn on my diffuser from Saje with oils like ‘Yoga” or “Eucalyptus.” Often times Oreo will come in with me and try and figure out what I’m doing. This very short practice helps me forget the day and lets me live with my breath. It’s an escape from my head and a chance to live freely in the moment with complete awareness. A lot of us go through the day without getting out of our heads and it can get extremely fatiguing. Both prayer and yoga have helped me do that when I do it with the right intention.

 

When I finally get into bed, I’ll usually write in my notebook. It’s not a diary, it’s my gratitude notebook which is different. I write down at least three gratitudes  for the day and on days I have a hard time thinking of any, it’ll usually be about Oreo. My frame of mind has slowly shifted with this practice. I feel as though, no matter how bad or difficult a situation is, this practice has forced me to acknowledge the good in every day. I’ll admit, I’ve skipped days when I just couldn’t possibly bring myself to do it but the more I make it a habit, the easier it’s been to see that there’s always so much we can be grateful for.

My nighttime routine is one I have perfected over the years, there’s still a few things I’d like to incorporate but life is always a work in progress and half the fun is the process to get there.

My Morning Routine at Work

Lifestyle Blog July 30, 2018

Living on my own and doing everything for myself hasn’t always been a walk in the park but over the years, I found ways to make everything efficient and enjoyable.

I’m slightly OCD and like to have everything planned out. I usually meal plan, and make food for my work lunches as well as my dinners. They’re always easy but delicious. I throw in a granola bar, some cheese, fruits and a yogurt.

We’re very fortunate at NLCHI and have freshly brewed coffee each morning with milk and sugar provided. I take full advantage of that by making a cup of coffee first thing in the morning after I get to work. As I make my coffee, I also prepare my water which consists of a slice of lemon and fresh mint leaves that I grow at home. I take my vitamins with my water and have my yogurt with granola. As I sip my coffee, I write out my To Do list in my Day Designer. I absolutely LOVE my Day Designer; it’s literally the perfect agenda for someone like myself. Each page allows you to write you 3 top To Dos, other key items like due dates, money you owe, dinner plans and ‘don’t forgets’ right at the top under a motivational quote. It provides hourly task boxes to chunk activities and meetings in a realistic way. And at the bottom, it has a little box for notes and ‘gratitude’ which helps you start the day on a really positive note.

I always feel really sure of what I’m going to be tackling that day when I have everything laid out for me. Often times, I have the same project I’m working on several days or weeks in a row. I still continue to write it down, it helps re-establish it’s importance but also is a great way to assess your productivity when you look back.

Now that I work full-time, I really treasure this morning time that I’ve made for myself and feel as though I personally benefit from it greatly. The simple pleasures in life are truly what make every day fulfilling for me because I do extremely well when I have a consistent routine. Throughout the day, I listen to either podcasts or music (I’m really boring, I listen to one instrumental song on repeat and have been for years now called “Intro” by The XX).

I have a very laid back work environment and my productivity is largely dependent on my personal ability to stay concentrated throughout the day. My goal now is to be up earlier for work and to reduce my time on my phone during work hours. I’ve been watching videos on how to be an early riser, but it’s definitely still a major hurdle for me!

If you have other ways that help you start your day off right, let me know 🙂