As discussed briefly in my previous post, I recently packed my car with a few big suitcases and relocated to Brisbane. I was lucky enough to get a great job pretty quickly and to find a place to live in with Austin very close to the city.
While I am super grateful for everything I have and the situation I am in, I always purposely seem to plan a lot into my day, and lately since moving out of home I have found it quite overwhelming. I very easily thought that I could get away with this same routine I have had before moving to Brisbane, but little differences such as, working full time instead of part time, cooking dinner, doing laundry and cleaning has really taken more time out of my week than originally anticipated. The first few weeks were admittedly hard. I still wanted to make it to the gym 6 times a week, study part time and prep and cook all of my meals. I was waking up at 5:30am and not getting to bed until 11:00pm. Whilst I knew how to cook and clean, I wasn’t very quick or efficient at managing time to do it. A month or so down the track I now feel that I have a good routine going that allows me to do everything and to still have free time in the day.
I know a lot of my friends moved out of home to study when they finished high school, so I am late to the party…but in general if you are like me and have quite a busy schedule, I hope these 4 tips are helpful.
When you are writing your shopping list for the week, write down all of your meals on the weekend and list the ingredients for each. I have been trying to do only one big shop on the weekend for all of our meals for the week. This way each day you don’t have to think about what you are going to cook or try to get to the grocery store after work. This saves a lot of time in the afternoon/evening. Sometimes we have to top up on a few things closer to the end of the week but it usually a quick shop.
Schedule time to clean thoroughly. While you don’t want to spend your
whole weekend cleaning and shopping, jobs such as putting laundry on, cleaning
the toilet and the kitchen can feel like they can take a lot of time but, if
you set a timer for an hour and get into it with no distractions and your
headphones on, it flies by. Usually I like to get it done first thing in the
morning on Saturday, so I don’t have to think about it for the rest of the
week. I have found cleaning is easier to maintain if you put the effort in to
just get it done, rather than constantly doing it quickly or little bits each
day, I have found this takes up a lot more time in my week.
Not everyone enjoys going to the gym, but I really enjoy it for the mental and physical benefits. While I never really have to force myself to go, I still have to fit it into the day. A good way to ensure I get there, the night before I plan or book in exactly what I am going to do in the gym the next day. If I book a class or write down my work out before I go to bed, I can go to gym and know exactly what I need to do, then I don’t find myself wandering around the gym trying to make something up on the spot. I love HIIT training, if I can push myself for 30 minutes and get a really good sweat on, I feel like I have accomplished something and get the most for my time (and the money I pay for a gym membership!) I feel like having a plan and a schedule makes me accountable to show up.
Go easy on yourself and take the easy option if you want. When I envisioned myself moving out of home, I saw myself in the kitchen making my own healthy muffins and prepping so much food and to only cook with organic ingredients, and man was I so wrong!! While I still do buy quality food and eat healthy 80% of the time, I really don’t want to spend all my free time on Sunday cooking all day, I would rather spend time with Austin or my friends. So, it’s really okay to buy that ravioli that you throw into water with the packet sauce mix every now and then, and I never thought I would buy a frozen pizza for dinner, but when you are at the end of your pay cycle and are feeling lazy, the $7 frozen pizza is really the highlight of that day. Whilst I say that, I do prep a little for my lunches, like to cook some chicken or pumpkin to throw into salads or wraps in the week ( I will probably write another blog on that another day!), but while I am working full time and studying, I don’t have the time to make my own hummus and milk my own almonds haha.
This is quite a long post so I am going to wrap it up there. Please leave a comment if you can relate to me or have found these helpful in anyway 🙂