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Hey there, friends! Who made a resolution this year and how’s everyone doing on those goals??! Although I usually don’t make a ton of specific resolutions, I do think now is the perfect time to start fresh and begin new practices. Oftentimes people (including myself) hesitate to try something new or set a big goal in fear of failure or not following through. BUT taking small steps to improve and de-stress your everyday life is so important! Today I want to share three practical ways (and lots of easy tips) to help the “New You” feel less stressed and more productive in the New Year!
1. SCHEDULE OUT YOUR DAY
Start the day off by making a plan for your day. Whether it’s creating a to-do list on paper, on your phone, or writing in a planner or journal, seeing a physical list and prioritizing tasks will set up your entire day. Setting goals for the day, no matter how big or small, can help you stay on task and feel even more motivated to check everything off your list.
Practical steps to take:
- Buy a journal, notepad, or planner OR download a fun, list-making app on your phone
- Make a habit of creating a to-do list first thing in the morning
- Prioritize your tasks
- Celebrate the tiny victories after completing a few tasks and reward yourself with a coffee break or time to watch a TV show
2. MISSION DECLUTTER
At some point in your day, set a timer on your phone and commit that time to cleaning the house and/or putting things back in their place. I feel like I personally get more done with a set amount of time, otherwise, I often get distracted, get off track, or just drag things out. If I know I only have a certain amount of time then “Mission: Get Things Done” gets accomplished. In addition, making a point to declutter or pick-up before you go to bed can relieve stress and help you feel more relaxed!
Practical steps to take:
- Decide what day of the week or time of day will be set aside for cleaning/organizing/decluttering
- Be intentional, set that clock, and hustle
- Pick up the living room, kitchen, and other areas on your way to bed at night – Create a clean space to wake up to
3. PLAN AHEAD MEALS
Meal time can be one of the hardest areas of life to feel organized in. Between everyone’s schedules and coming up with meals to cook, it can be a big undertaking. Try scheduling and planning meals ahead of time. Whether it is planning out your entire week of meals or just a few days at a time, meal time will be less stressful and more enjoyable! Another idea is to search the web for new recipes to get some fun inspiration or buy a new cookbook and add a few new recipes into the rotation. One of my favorite meal time solutions is using my slow cooker – a total time saver!
Another time saving tip is to try out a grocery delivery service! Recently I tried out Giant Eagle’s Curbside Express Delivery program. Talk about convenient! Giant Eagle recently launched this service in select locations in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, and Indianapolis (if you live near one of those cities, definitely check it out!). A trained personal shopper does the shopping for you and I was impressed with the ease and effectiveness of the entire process. Here’s how it works:
- Head to Giant Eagle’s Curbside Express page and choose your store
- Browse the different store departments and add items to your cart
- Check out, and reserve a day and time that you want your order delivered
- Kick back, relax, and wait for your items to arrive
It was my first time trying it out so the delivery fee was free! (Every time after that, the service fee for delivery is $12.95) I wanted to get a variety of items from different departments to see how it worked out. These are a few of the features that I appreciated: a page to search this week’s ad to see the current sales, the area under each item to add a special note, and the option to check or uncheck the “Allow substitution” button under the items in case something goes out of stock. Also, you are able to connect your Advantage Card to your account so you can load your shopping history and checkout even faster in the future. A few of the items I purchased included a case of water, fresh produce, frozen fruit, cleaning supplies, makeup wipes, coffee (of course!) and more.
Two of the items I ordered actually did go out of stock, but I received a call asking if I wanted my personal shopper to choose a substitution for those items or not. I appreciated the call, the ordering process was a breeze, and my delivery came right on time!
I do think that a grocery delivery service has big advantages. Not only can you plan ahead meals and shop from the comfort of your home, but you save time by not having to run to the grocery store and purchasing unnecessary (and often, unhealthy) items just because you are extra hungry as you walk up and down those aisles #guilty. I can also image how this would be a life saver for those of you who have little ones at home and dread the thought of having to drag them out to the store – especially during winter!
So those are just a few tips to getting organized and being more productive this New Year! What are some of your tips and tricks to staying focused and getting things done? Would you or have you ever tried out a grocery delivery service? What organizational practices do you and your family put into place? I’d love to hear them! Thanks for stopping by today! xo.