5 Tips to Get Organized After: Moving, Starting a New Job, or Traveling

Hello, gorgeous human!

I'm writing this snuggled up in my brand-spakin' new living room!!! If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that Mark & I recently moved into our new place. 

This weekend was a whirlwind of moving, decorating, shopping and trying to get everything sorted out — but it feels SO good to be back to writing on this bloggy blog. 

Since my mind (and our home, to be honest) are ALL OVER THE PLACE, I wanted to offer some words of encouragement for anyone who just: moved into a new place, started a new job, got home from traveling, or you're just feeling 'off' and need to refocus.

It's totally normal to feel discombobulated, but there are a few things you can do to get back into the swing of things in no time.

Here are a few ways I get organized after a big transition:

Photos by  Ellie Neely  | IG: @ellieonahill

Photos by Ellie Neely | IG: @ellieonahill

Schedule Out The Week Ahead

Whether you've just gotten back from a trip, you started a new job, or you've moved into a new place — chances are, your schedule has been all over the place. Take some time to sit down and plan out what you want to happen in the next week, HOUR BY HOUR. 

You can do this in a planner or on your iCalendar, but it's important to do it hour-by-hour (even if random things pop up and you stray a bit). Having my week planned down to the hour helps me to get (and stay) focused, since my mind tends to be all over the place after a big transition. This will shorten your adjustment time to your new situation dramatically

If you want to see more about how I plan for the month, week and each day, check this out: PLAN WITH ME | How I Set Goals and Get Organized Every Month

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Get Back Into Your Routine ASAP

After a trip or transition, your routines are likely off as well. This is usually when morning routines go out the window (what are thoooose? *has anyone seen that video??), your workout routine can become non-existent, and it feels like you're 'busy' but not getting anything done. 

Get back into your normal routine ASAP, as in the day you get settled. It may not be exactly what your old routine was, but try to make it similar in order to normalize your life as quickly as possible.

Here's my morning routine (that I'm doing as we speak, actually!) if you need some inspo:

  • Wake up, brew coffee, drink a shiz ton of water
  • Put in my contacts, scrape my tongue, brush my teeth
  • Meditate for 10 minutes (guided or just deep breathing)
  • Write my daily schedule in my planner + my top 3 to-do's
  • Journal + write (this blog post is today's focus!)
  • Head off to my workout

Yours can look similar or completely different, but adopting a morning routine has been proven to 10x your productivity, help you stay grounded & calm as you head into the day, and honestly just make you feel like a BOSS who tackled a bunch of tasks before you head to work!

Schedule Gym Time

GET YOUR BOOTY MOVIN' ASAP, SISTA!

Do something to get your body moving: go for a run, schedule a gym sesh, take the dog for a long walk while listening to a podcast, do yoga at home (I love yoga with Adrienne on YouTube)... whatever floats your boat!

This especially applies after vacation, because chances are your eating was a bit different than it usually is. Or, if you're like us and have to enjoy some pizza after you move (gotta be a nice host to the movers, ya know?) — moving your bod can be a great idea here, too ;)

*If you need some workout ideas, I've been sharing them on Instagram. Go to the 'fitnessing' highlight on my page for some ideas! There's even a 10-min workout on there, which would be a perfect place to start to get back into the swing of things.

Refocus on Healthy Eating Habits

Similar to your fitness routine, your nutrition habits may be a bit 'off' at this point, too. 

Instead of stressing out about how far you've gone off track with your nutrition and training, use that energy to focus FORWARD. What's done is done, so what can you do NOW to get back in alignment with the habits that make your body feel the best?

This is the time I like to prep a bunch of healthy food, start my morning with my fave smoothie, and get back into my GPF (Greens, Protein, Fat & Fiber) eating. 

If you need a little guidance for getting back on track, check out this article: 3 Simple Steps to Make Every Meal Healthy and Satisfying Using #GPF

Be Gentle & Give Yourself Some Time to Adjust

Change can be HARD. Really hard. 

Whether you've started a new job, moved into a new place, just got back from traveling, or life has thrown you some other inevitable curve ball — give yourself some space & grace to get back into the swing of things. 

You won't have it all together right away, and that's totally OK and normal!

The most important thing you can focus on is working every day to get a little bit closer to your goals, which starts by doing the 4 tips before this.

When you're disciplined with your schedule, treat your body well with movement and healthy nutrition, and give yourself some GRACE to adjust (meaning you don't beat yourself up if you don't get it 100% right after 2 days or even 2 weeks)... you're one step closer to living the life of your dreams.

As always, be GRATEFUL for this new chapter. This is an exciting time. Have fun with it! ENJOY the ride.

Use this new beginning to create whatever you want in your life.

I love fresh starts, so let this be a chance to refocus, get organized, and live your best. freakin. life.

CONGRATS ON YOUR NEW JOURNEY! Let me know: what are your favorite ways to get organized after a major life transition? Comment below or let me know on IG.

LOTS OF LOVE & HAPPINESS! xo,

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PLAN WITH ME | How I Set Goals and Get Organized Every Month

Hey beautiful!

At the beginning of every month, I have a ritual:

I make a cup of coffee (with unsweetened almond milk, duh), turn on the "Hanging Out and Relaxing" playlist on Spotify, and set my intentions and goals for the month.

I'm a huge fan of dreaming big and having a HUGE vision for your life, but really it's the day-to-day habits that you develop that GET you to those huge goals eventually (with consistency and effort, of course).

I realized that when I'd plan my life in 1, 3, 5 or 10 year intervals, I would be super pumped and motivated for about 2 minutes, then life would get busy and I'd lose sight of those big dreams.

That's why I reverse engineered the process and said to myself,

"How can I have my bigger vision in mind, but actually trust that I'm doing enough on a monthly, weekly or daily basis to get there?"

That's where I came up with my monthly ritual that I do EVERY SINGLE MONTH NOW. It goes a little something like this:

1. JOURNAL MY INTENTIONS. I sit down with my coffee and a journal and just write out what I would love to happen for that month in different areas of my life. I break this down into four sections:

  • Business
  • Love
  • Health
  • Self-Care

2. TRANSFER EVERYTHING TO MY MONTHLY WALL CALENDAR. This is where I get the bigger vision of my must-do's that month. Whether that's going to a concert, a fundraiser or work event, dinner with friends -- these are the things you've already scheduled out for the month.

3. BREAK IT DOWN IN MY DAILY PLANNER. This is where I get into the nitty-gritty details: when my client appointments are, when I'm going to work out, and all the day-to-day tasks that I need to get done that will set me up for success to reach my larger goals.

I break this into SO MUCH DETAIL in my new YouTube video, including what my personal intentions and goals are for March 2018!

Side note! I'd love for you to subscribe to my channel, as I have so much content planned for SPRING TIME: think spring cleaning, fresh start, healthy habits kinda vibes.

Watch it, and then comment below with one of your goals and intentions for the month. I'd love to hear from you!

Love ya tons, and I can't wait to see the progress you make this month!

IN HEALTH & HAPPINESS,

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How to Buckle Down and #GSD

This blog post comes at an ironic time... a time where I know I need to buckle down and #GSD, so naturally I'm writing a blog post about the topic to hopefully motivate me to get off my bum, change out of my PJs and get to work.

OK, maybe I'll stay in my PJs...

Something that has been instrumental in my success is the art of what I like to call #GSD (or getting sh*t done). If you're part of my challenge groups, you know we talk about this ALL the time in our Facebook accountability group.

GSD is the art of putting your head down and grinding it out, even when you don't feel like doing something. It takes practice, but here are a few ways you can stop procrastinating and start moving forward in your fitness and life goals.

1. Get clear on the bigger picture.

WHY are you doing what you're doing? For example, WHY do you want to lose those 10 lb.? To feel confident and sexy in your own skin? So your clothes fit better? So you can have more energy throughout the day because you're eating healthy and exercising? Whatever the reason may be, this big WHY is going to be key in your success when your motivation fades -- because it will. Motivation is a fleeting emotion. Discipline is what keeps you going even when you don't feel like doing something. This means going to the gym on the days you don't feel like it, choosing a healthy option instead of giving into cravings all the time, etc. -- all because you have sight of the bigger picture and know that one small step in the right direction will bring you that much closer to achieving your goals.

2. Come up with a plan.

What is your most important task you need to accomplish? Work on that FIRST before you do anything else. Usually, the larger projects are the ones we tend to procrastinate more -- either because we don't know where to start, or it just seems too overwhelming, or we don't know the correct plan of action to take to tackle it. My recommendation? JUST START. That's the only way you'll ever GSD - by starting.

As far as delegating actual tasks, I'm kinda OCD about it:

- Once a month, I plan my goals for the month.
- On Sundays, I spend time reflecting on the past week (what worked? what didn't? what could I have done better?) and planning for the week ahead.
- Every night before I go to bed, I write down the most important things I need to accomplish the next day.

Having a plan for anything is like having your own GPS system -- sure roadblocks may pop up that change your path, but you'll have a better idea of where you want to go and how you're going to get there if you take the time to attack your plan with full force.

3. Create a sacred space to GSD.

There are certain spaces I know I can work and know I can't. For example, I'm totally fine with working at my kitchen table -- it's become my second desk. I'm also OK with working at the desk in my room. I'm NOT ok with working in my bed, on the couch, or anywhere else where I can get too comfortable because being TOO comfortable is distracting to me. I recommend finding or creating a space in your house that's free from clutter (cluttered space = cluttered mind), or that won't tempt you to start doing something else (i.e. working near the laundry room and doing loads of laundry while trying to work without interruptions, by the kitchen so you keep running to the kitchen to grab snacks, etc.)

4. Get rid of distractions.

Turn off the TV. Get off Facebook. When I'm working on a project, I like to light a candle, play some classical music and just completely immerse myself in the task at hand. This means NOT multitasking -- I only focus on one task at a time to give it 100% of my attention. You'll be surprised how much more you get done in a shorter amount of time when you're not trying to switch between 5 different tasks at one time.

5. Work in intervals.

Depending on the task at hand, I usually work in intervals -- 30 minutes of uninterrupted work (this includes not checking my phone or any social media/Internet sites), followed by a 5 minute break to get up, stretch, walk around, go to the bathroom, eat a snack, whatever. When the timer goes off after 5 minutes, I'm right back to it. And yes, I set a timer -- if you're not strict about the "rest" period, chances are you'll rest way longer than you need to. You get better results when you give 100% effort in a shorter period of time then rest a little bit; this has been KEY in me GSD. Kinda parallel to working out, isn't it? ;)

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So, there ya have it! I hope this inspires you to go out there and #GSD.

Always remember how good you'll feel once you start taking little steps toward your dreams and goals -- in fitness and in life. One step in front of the other, one day at a time. You got this.

<3

Coach Julie

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