How Planning & Organization Can help you achieve your goals April 23, 2015 11:48

Let’s face it, working out and a healthy lifestyle can be hard to accomplish when you’re living life at a fast pace. Between work, family, life, and other events there’s often little time or energy to stay on track. Planning and organization can help bring consistency to your lifelong commitment. First, by planning your week of workouts in advance on Sunday night or early Monday morning, you can create a plan that already takes into account appointments you have scheduled. Rather than waiting till Tuesday morning to realize your evening workout won’t happen because you forgot your husband has a work dinner you’re required to accompany him to, you review your work and personal calendar Sunday and realize that Tuesday you will have to get up super early to get that day’s workout in. You adjust your schedule accordingly. Planning also gives you a chance to come up with a “backup” plan. If Tuesday won’t work at all, perhaps Saturday or Sunday can be a makeup day or Thursday can be an extra long session to make up the difference. In the age of electronics, there are apps and tools out there for this kind of planning. However, sometimes it’s just a plain piece of paper labeled Monday-Sunday that works best with a number two pencil for changes. A national pharmacy store chain often sells a tablet of weekly planning pages that can be torn out and filled in at the start of the week. These are often great for that weekly view one stop shop view.

Secondly, planning your meals a week in advance, can you help you stay on track with a healthy eating plan.  Often logging your favorite “go-to” meals in an app or tool, means you can simply review the master list and decide what the meals will be all week long. You can then lookup new recipes to fit in between old standbys.  Using the master list, you can then create a grocery list before the week begins. Easier said than done? Yes, sometimes planning does take a lot of work when we’re most tired (or lazy) on Sunday night.

Is it worth it? Absolutely – Planning is one of the keys to having lifelong fitness and health. Anyone can plan for one diet for one month. But looking at healthy living for the rest of your life means making planning itself part of your routine just as you would fitness or rest or fun!

Next, organization is another key to helping you achieve your lifelong fitness goals. Keeping your gym bag stocked with key essentials you need every workout helps you to stop scrambling and wasting key workout time and get into the gym quickly. A workout bag that has exterior pockets such as the SmartGirl Ladies gym bags, helps keep what you need most at your fingertips. Keeping a stock of essentials – water bottles, protein bars, headbands, helps you to be prepared for your workout. Having a power bank in your bag helps keep your phone charged so there’s no excuse for skipping a workout due to a dead phone battery. Lastly, having all of your sweaty, wet clothes in a tethered wet bag, helps you to get home, throw dirty clothes into the laundry and head to the next item on your list.

SmartGirl Bags intends for their bags’ designs to help the woman on the go make things happen smoothly and easily. Between planning and staying organized, you are able to achieve lifelong goals. We throw in a bit of fun too with our sassy designs.