Have a Guilt-Free Week!

No. I don’t mean with food. Well…not necessarily.

As we all move on towards another week we are thinking of both, the usual tasks and some new things that’ll need to be done. You may have a clear plan in mind for not only your budget, but time, and maybe food. And others may have no plan at all. For myself, these little bits-of-tips have DRASTICALLY helped me move forward without dwelling in how I, perhaps, could’ve used my time better.

  1. Have a plan for your week.

Jot down your Things to Do or Goals or events that you may planned. I suggest doing it in a way that doesn’t seem like a chore in itself. I tend to do better with visuals and just quick words. Nothing crazy. I have a journal that is primarily for my planning and budgeting that I use for words like “FOLD CLOTHES!” or “FUN MOVIE NIGHT” …or even sometimes “RELAX!!!”

2. Label your days

Every day I make a deal with myself. I can usually tell within the first couple of hours after waking up what kind of day it’s going to be. Productive. Lazy. Determined. Energetic. Meh.

For example, I’ve been exercising pretty consistently but I knew as soon as I woke up this morning that today would be my “lazy” day and I would put my energy into writing, journaling, and working. I would sip on a yummy drink and be productive in other ways. Suddenly, there’s no guilt about skipping leg-day. Of course, this method works best when you stay committed. Then I have the day where I do nothing productive. But it just seems to not feel as bad, and actually enjoyable, when I’ve already made that decision.

3. Have an emergency back-up plan!

My mental health is most important nowadays, as I think it should be for a lot of people. If you have some bad days like me, this is for you.

First, come up with things that you know inspire you or bring you joy. It could be your favorite song, movie, a hobby, or even just sitting outside and taking a breather. Once you have some ideas, make sure you have them somewhere that you’ll remember them. You can write them down on a paper that you’ll see often, your bulletin board, type it on your computer, or your phone…anything. When you suspect a moment coming, (your “dark place”), quickly do one of those things. Honestly, I would say that at least 75% of the time, this helps me. And to me, 75% is better than not trying at all.

Have a great week!

With love,

Jewel

Published by Maybe a Musician

I'll start with the things I really love that are unquestionable. 1. My husband & family 2. Carbs 3. Coffee 4. Animals 5. Cancelling plans (just the thought of this excites me.) 6. Going places (either to the other room, or out-of-state. There's no in between.) 7. Music

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