My Tips For Getting It All Done

It’s really no secret around here that my days are VERY full.     I pretty much get asked on the regular, “seriously Amanda how do you pack it all in?“.  Some days I look at my planner and shake my head.  How did I do all of this and plan a wedding?  I think the biggest secret to all of it is planning and prioritizing.  Also, when I’m busy, I need to stay extremely task oriented.  It’s like when you were in school.  What classes do you have to focus on today?  Then, what classes don’t have a test till next week? Those are the ones you can put on the back burner till next week.  There is no assignment due for teaching until Monday, so I won’t have to grade papers till then. Now it’s about writing posts and preparing for my barre class tomorrow.

Tools For Getting It All Done

First things first.  It’s about prepping the night before.  I laugh when I leave most mornings.  Let’s talk about what a bag lady I can be. When I leave in the morning, I am not home until most nights until 7.  I have to plan for lunch, work, teaching barre and blogging.  This consists of work bag, gym bag and lunch travelers.  How much do I love this structured work bag?  It looks extremely high end and it’s under $30.  This bag looks like the Elizabeth and James Sling bag for the price of the tax of it.  This workout bag is a perfect size.  


 

Numero Uno of Importance

My planner is my lifeline.  If it’s not written down in my planner, it’s not going to happen.  I used to have an Erin Condren planner.  I do love them but it does add a ton of weight to my work bag.  I am a monthly over view kind of gal.  I need a calendar that has wide monthly days to write into without being too big.  If that makes any sense.  This planner has been my hands down favorite.  Thin, non bulky and just perfectly sized monthly overview.  I feel like Goldilocks on this one.


 

Travel Lunch Bag

This is a loyal reader throwback item.  From one of my original posts.  What did I used to call this?  I am happy to report that mine is still going strong.  Pack it the night before, grab and go.  Just remember to take it off the kitchen counter.  That is a sad day when you leave a perfect lunch on the counter.  This striped one is next on my list.


 

Favorite Energy Packing Snack

Speaking of what to pack in that lunch traveler.  Y’all know one of my favorite go to breakfast meals was overnight oats.  The only problem with that, it was adding to my list of prep work the night before.  I found these new Yoplait® Plenti™ Greek Yogurt and that problem is now solved.  This one has whole grains, flax and pumpkin seeds.  The best part is that it is 140-150 calories and packs 12 grams of protein.  Also, when it comes to yogurt and mixins, before you know it, the sugar content has skyrocketed.  I was very impressed with the vanilla that the sugar content was at 12g for the entire container.  I have seen some Greek yogurts with sugar content at almost 27 grams. Yoplait plenti Breakfast is so important because it gets your metabolism going.  Under 300 calories is a good rule of thumb and something I tell my patients to shoot for.   Plenti™ Greek Yogurt is under 140-150 and keeps you full with the grains and protein.  I also have been eating one for a mid-afternoon snack when that bewitching 3pm hour comes.  It gives me good energy to get to the second half of my jam packed day.  I need good brain food before I teach my barre classes.  I reach for.  I reach for this and I’m good to go for class and it holds me over until dinner. Yoplait plenti I definitely recommend checking it out!   What are your go to things you need to help you get through the day?  Have you tried Plenti yet?  What flavors would you like to try?       Follow me on Bloglovin ||  Follow my looks along on Instagram || Get my latest blog posts daily to your email here || Pin along with me on Pinterest || Like Meet @ the Barre on Facebook || Check my latest tweet here

32 Comments

  1. October 22, 2015 / 2:37 AM

    You are superwoman! I would be lost without my planner, I just can’t do any of the online ones or apps, I need my paper planner in hand. And packing the night before, that is so key!

  2. October 22, 2015 / 3:35 AM

    It’s so amazing, like your blog :)

  3. October 22, 2015 / 5:59 AM

    All important things for being super woman, thanks for sharing your super powers with us today :)!

  4. October 22, 2015 / 6:18 AM

    Between my phone and to do lists I’m not sure I would remember anything! Prioritizing is so important like you said and I try to limit myself to two bags (purse and workout bag) commuting on the t is no joke with lots of bags lol!

  5. October 22, 2015 / 6:36 AM

    Does your monthly planner have a ton of note pages in it? I had a great monthly planner from Target last year that was just the 12 month overview and a TON of note pages (talking like a true notebook of pages) which was excellent for blog planning, but I can’t find it again!

  6. October 22, 2015 / 6:42 AM

    I’m the same way! Prepping the night before is something I have done since high school and it has saved me time again. It makes mornings so much better. I am addicted to planners!

  7. October 22, 2015 / 6:51 AM

    I need a good to go lunch bag one day…one that has the separate pouch for the ice pack. Right now I have a cute Vera Bradley one, but that extra ice pack pouch would be awesome for travel days!
    I get tired just reading about all of the stuff you do in one day…you really are a busy bee! :)

  8. October 22, 2015 / 7:38 AM

    How cute is that seahorse lunchbox?? I don’t even need a lunchbox but I want that one!

  9. October 22, 2015 / 7:55 AM

    I try to prepare as much as I can the evening before since I am not a morning person! And how cute are those travel lunch bags, I definitely could use an upgrade to my current one :)

    Green Fashionista

  10. October 22, 2015 / 8:01 AM

    I need to find a good planner! I had one that just wasn’t cutting it for me and it was making me more anxious than necessary, so I got rid of it. And I definitely need to get my hands on one of those cute lunch travellers once I am back in the work force! Those are freakin’ so cute! x

  11. October 22, 2015 / 9:15 AM

    Where would we be without our planners?!? I agree about the Erin Condren one – too big and bulky. The yogurts sound delish, will definitely be checking those out!

  12. October 22, 2015 / 9:31 AM

    Haven’t tried it yet but I’ve seen it and been curious!

  13. October 22, 2015 / 9:38 AM

    I can’t fit my planner into all of my bags, (even though it is small) but otherwise I take it with me everywhere. I have to make a list every day otherwise I’ll never remember to do something. Like getting Chris’s 15 shirts at the dry cleaners… yeah. Anyways… A good tote bag is also essential. Thank you for sharing your tips, and keep on being amazing every day!! :-)

  14. October 22, 2015 / 10:06 AM

    Great post! I definitely need to get a planner in my life. I feel like most days I am completely lost! I tried those yogurts they are sooo yummy! I ry to stay super low carb so I can’t have them often but sometimes I just go for it and have them as a dessert :)

  15. October 22, 2015 / 10:10 AM

    I have no idea what I would do without my planner! I don’t even want to think about it…

  16. October 22, 2015 / 10:10 AM

    Amen to having a planner- total lifeline. That and Google Calendar keep me organized.

    I need to grab some of that yogurt- it looks SO good and I love it has grains included!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  17. Tracy
    October 22, 2015 / 10:41 AM

    Im in love with those Plenti’s my favs are spiced apple and black cherry!! So yummy!

  18. October 22, 2015 / 11:00 AM

    My planner is my life, I find that when I write something down I remember it better. Plus, I love having a cute planner at my desk. I need to find that yogurt, looks yummie.

  19. October 22, 2015 / 1:04 PM

    You are a true bag lady, but the super organized kind, which is the best! I love how you make it all work and accomplish so much in a day!

  20. October 22, 2015 / 2:43 PM

    I recently started using a planner and it is helping me so much! I tried using my phone as my planner and I still do for appointments but for day to day tasks, I’ve realized I need to write them down in a real planner.

  21. October 22, 2015 / 2:44 PM

    I am always amazed by how much you cram in to each day! Make me feel like a slacker over here. I leave with my lap top bag, my purse and my lunchbox so I feel you on the bag lady crisis.

  22. October 22, 2015 / 4:32 PM

    I wish I could part with my Erin Condren because you are right, it is so bulky! It just makes me so happy! It fits in my giant Kooba purse that doubles as a work bag, I can fit that, my I pad, camera, all my personal stuff and my meeting materials! I feel like I look homeless when I walk out the door at 6:52 am for pre-work pure barre with all my bags!! So glad I’m not the only one!

  23. October 25, 2015 / 10:12 AM

    Prioritizing and paper planners are on the top of my list for getting so much done during busy times. Everything has a deadline and a due date, and every day I ask myself what has to get done TODAY so I stay on track!

  24. October 25, 2015 / 10:23 PM

    ooooh that yoghurt sounds yum. girl, all you get done in a day – amazing. legit superwoman ;)

  25. October 26, 2015 / 1:17 PM

    I have a bag from Forever 21 very similar to that one in black. I love it! I have got to look for those yogurts next time I’m shopping!

  26. October 26, 2015 / 11:47 PM

    You are dead on about the planner! I use an old school planner too over an app, and do not know what I’d do without it! Totally digging your selections in this post!

  27. Julie Joy
    November 4, 2015 / 7:02 AM

    It’s inspiring how much you get done in a day! I remember when I worked 3 jobs, went to school, and went to the gym 5 days a week. I look back now and think how did I do that because I sure as hell couldn’t now! Lol. I definitely agree with the planner thing! It’s my life saver. Thanks for sharing those yogurts! Sounds perfect and delicious!

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