8 Simple Life Hacks To Have A Killer Week
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Do you know why the way you spend your days is so important?
Because those days turn into the life you live. I firmly believe that your success is found in what you’re doing daily: the actions you’re taking, the thoughts you’re thinking, the dreams you’re chasing.
That being said, I’m giving you some major best practices and life hacks, so that you can infuse some major badassery into every single day of the year.
Let’s give pre-gaming a whole new meaning, HB. The time has come to use the weekends to your advantage. Yes, you absolutely should make time to binge watch the latest episode of RHOC AND you might want to consider getting ready for the week ahead.
When you first start doing this, it may more time, but stick with it. Pretty soon you’ll be whipping through these tasks faster than you can say
Best Practice: Use the weekends to your advantage.
Hack #1: Meal plan and meal prep on Saturday.
One thing that I have struggled with during the week is eating healthy meals. I realized that the “going with the flow” approach I have been using to wing it was NOT working for me.
I started meal planning on Saturday and ordering my groceries online. Sure, they charge you a delivery fee, but I see it this way: that’s time I can use to work on my business or be present with my daughter. I don’t have to fight for parking spots at the HEB or say, “Excuse me,” a million times as I try to maneuver my cart through the aisles. I also miss out on the temptation of adding random selections to my purchase. Plus, it gives another person gainful employment, so I feel good about stimulating the economy.
I love to scroll Pinterest and save the ones that look interesting, healthy and don’t require too many obscure ingredients. I also love Clean Eats: Over 200 Delicious Recipes to Reset Your Body's Natural Balance and Discover What It Means to Be Truly Healthy.
Here’s a look at my homemade digital planner meal planning spread:
Granted, you may not be able to understand my shorthand and I didn’t completely fill it out for the week of July 29th. What can I tell you? Progress over perfection, boo.
Hack #2: Pick out your wardrobe for the week on Sunday.
Let me ask you a question. How much time do you spend each morning standing in front of your closet wondering to yourself, “What should I wear?” You can be honest. I won’t judge.
I want you to consider that you may be causing yourself some unnecessary decision fatigue later in the day. You see, your brain is like the battery on your cell phone. When you are well rested and you wake up, you’re at 100%. With each decision you make, you deplete your brain battery. The tougher the decision, the more your brain battery is drained.
If you’re expending a lot of mental power trying to coordinate the perfect outfit, you may feel really exhausted by the time it comes to make an important decision, like which way to take the marketing campaign you’re spearheading at work.
Do yourself a favor. Pick out your clothes for the entire week on Sunday night. It’ll take 30 minutes tops and you can literally grab and go each morning. Conserve that precious brain battery so that you can use it towards those beautiful dreams you’re going after.
Hack #3: Look at your schedule for the week ahead on Sunday evening for 30 minutes.
Start the week off right by knowing what’s coming your way. Have any major work or school deadlines this week? Cell phone need to be paid on Tuesday? Lunch with your mom on Wednesday? Did you double book yourself for happy hour on Thursday? Wanting to go to the gym for 30 minutes on MWF?
Take an eagle eye view approach on Sunday. If you know what’s coming up for you, you can game plan. Stressful meeting with your boss on Monday morning? You can spend some time gathering your thoughts on Sunday, so that you don’t feel blindsided by the questions she’s gonna launch at you when you walk through the door.
BEST PRACTICE: Set yourself up for daily success.
Hack #4: Every morning take 5 to 10 minutes to look at your planner.
I have had a love affair with planners since I was in elementary school. Here are my absolute go-to planners:
This planner is so popular that the 2019 version sold out. It’s perfect for entrepreneurs who need to stay on top of their content marketing across social media platforms. I use it to plan my content here at LaTisha Cotto Presents, The Red Carpet Collective, The Honey Bunny Inner Circle and From the Front Row with LaTisha Cotto. I also follow TCP on Instagram because CEO, Kat Gaskin, gives the best tips and practices for growing your online following.
Just a heads up: the private pre-sale for the 2020 planner will be held on September 12, 2019 at 5 PM EST. You have to be on the mailing list to gain access, so sign up ASAP. (Ya girl will definitely be in the building.)
2. CGD London’s Getting Stuff Done Planner
I love the flexibility of this planner. On one side, you can plan out your day by task, appointments and/or notes. On the other side, you can plan out your day, keep track of stuff you need to buy, daily exercise, water intake, self-care, meals. I have the pink version, but it also comes in black. They are very chic and even photograph beautifully (because if it’s not on Instagram, is it even real?)
CGD London also has a variety of planners to fit your every planner need: fitness, gratitude, goal setting, etc. I also love reading their blog posts because they give helpful planning tips that help me stay on top of everything I have going on, while keeping my eye on the prize.
3) Holly Pixels’ Pixel Planner 2.0 in Lilac
I recently made the switch to digital planning because:
2) I wanted to consolidate the number of notebooks, planners and paper I have floating around. #goinggreen
I love this planner because it’s 100% customizable. Holly offers a membership program (kinda like The Red Carpet Collective, my monthly membership program), which I just joined. Every month I’ll receive access to new digital stickers, hex codes and planning ideas. My inner fifth grader is stoked.
Anyhoo, every morning spend 5 to 10 minutes reviewing your planner of choice. Think about what’s really important to you and how you would intentionally like to use your time.
Then ask yourself, “If I were only able to get three things done today, which ones would I choose?”
Choose three things that move you forward in your life and your career. This helps you create intentional focus because working just for working sake is played out.
Always remember that busy work is not necessarily productive.
Hack #5: Curate your entire life.
Your energy is precious and you’ve got to guard it with everything.
Playlists. Instagram feed. Netflix queue. No more sad songs or IG profiles that make you feel like shit. No more watching stuff that haunts your dreams. Infuse every single aspect of your life with high vibe energy. Follow people who inspire you and make you dream bigger. Watch shows that make you laugh. Listen to music that gives you joy and makes you hopeful for the future.
Hack #6: Eat one healthy meal a day.
When you try to bite off more than you can chew (pun totally intended), you start feeling overwhelmed. Pretty soon, you’re binging on chips and queso on your couch. The best changes are the ones that are small, powerful and consistent.
Instead of revamping your entire diet, aim to eat one healthy meal a day. This could mean replacing your morning Starbucks fix with a healthy, delicious smoothie.
If you want to create healthy momentum in your life, start small. Keep it consistent (and delicious). Once you’ve got the hang of one healthy meal, then add more healthy meals and snacks throughout the day.
Hack #7: At the end of each day, write down three things you’re grateful for that happened that day.
Oh, the life changing magic of gratitude. The truth is that you get to choose what you focus on AND what you focus on expands. By focusing on what you’re grateful for, what’s going right in your life and what makes you smile, you are inviting more of that goodness into your life.
Pro tip: Specificity is your best friend.
Instead of writing down, “I’m grateful for my dog,” try out, “I’m so grateful for the way Sparky runs to me when I open the front door. I am sweaty, tired and cranky, but, to Sparky, I am Beyoncé. He runs to me, tail wagging, and wants nothing more than a few small moments of my time. He follows me around the house and snuggles with me while I catch up on Love Island.”
Hack #8: One hour before your desired bedtime, stop using technology.
I know you’re rolling your eyes at me, thinking, “LaTisha, did you really just tell me to put my phone down before I go to bed. My phone is my best friend.”
Hear me out, though.
According to sleep.org, “The blue light emitted by screens on cell phones, computers, tablets, and televisions restrain the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep/wake cycle or circadian rhythm. Reducing melatonin makes it harder to fall and stay asleep.”
I invite you to try out these simple life hacks for 40 days and see the difference they make in your life. You deserve to live your best life and the secret to your success lies in your every day actions.
Now it’s your turn. Drop me a comment below and let me know your favorite life hacks. I love hearing from you.
I’m cheering for you. Like you are killin’ the game, boo.
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