Hello and happy almost Easter Friday!
Here it is another Friday and all I can think about instead of getting things done is what would taste so good for Easter brunch (because last weekend’s bridal shower brunch was pretty amazing) and why is work taking me so long and the lessons I need to remember from my golf lesson and I need to get my flowers planted but what if it freezes after I do and why is this post taking me so long to finish?
Could it be it’s because I’m an adult female who deals with balancing family-life and work-like and hormones and pleasing others and what the heck is going on with Kim Kardashian’s sinks and probably adult onset ADHD all within the span of 30 minutes?
That’s it. I’m done. I’m making this my new mantra: When you’re working, be at work. When you’re not working, stop working.
That’s what I’m trying to do. But man, it’s hard. As one who spent the first five years building this business by squeezing in extra time to work toward my goals whenever I could, to then becoming an I’m-all-in-work-aholic and everything else takes second place, bad habits are hard to break.
I’ve found as I get older I am that much more easily distracted. Staying on task is harder for me when I suddenly realize I’m not drinking enough water so I should get up from my computer to fill up my glass. Or when I stop in the middle of writing a post so I can call and schedule a doctor’s appointment. And why the heck does it take me just as much time today to shoot one recipe where I used to fit in two?
But I realize now what my problem is.
I am allowing myself too much time to do my work so I’m letting my work take up all of my time.
This article explains it to a T. “The most productive countries in the world do not work 8 hours per day. Actually, the most productive countries have the shortest workdays,” Benjamin Hardy explains. “Most people’s ‘working time’ is not done at peak performance levels. When most people are working, they do so in a relaxed fashion. Makes sense, they have plenty of time to get it done.”
I’m putting myself on a schedule and forcing myself to stay focused. I’m setting time limits to get things done within the day and moving my non-negotiable to-dos to the most productive time of my day. Why do I feel like I need to take 72 photos of the same salad set up when the first half dozen look exactly the same as numbers 70 and 71 and even more in between? Why do I let Friday Faves take 6-8 hours to complete because of distractions in my day when if I sit and really focus I should be able to complete in 2 to 3 hours instead?
Studies say it takes 25 minutes to return to a task after it’s been interrupted. It’s just one more reason I’m feeling distracted these days. You too?
No more. And you guys are going to keep me accountable to it.
My goal for work is the same as my golf swing: Keep my head down, and drive through the ball.
Who knows what will happen when I do? Maybe I’ll get better at both.
But enough about me, let’s dig into this week’s Friday Faves.
Unbelievable. This dog was found swimming 130 miles away from shore, and rescued. #happyending
I haven’t watched Beyonce’s documentary yet but it’s broken the internet in the best way.
Do you live in one of the happiest cities in the U.S.?
This has been one of my goals this year. (texting works too.)
Oprah thinks avocados are expensive…so she bought herself an avocado orchard. Think she’ll share?
How to eat healthy food and lose weight without dieting.
Could this eating plan be the new Mediterranean Diet?
This spring salad makes me want to go back to France.
Easter recipe favorites:
- My favorite quiche (so far)
- Bird’s nest cookies
- These deviled eggs are literally everything
- This egg salad is the BEST
- And this egg salad has some bite (love the photo too)
- The easiest brunch bar they’ll all want a bite of
- 27 DIY Easter egg ideas for all your little egg decorators
And, my Easter dinner menu is:
- I’m totally going to make this ham
- And serve these potatoes
- With these carrots and probably a simple salad
- And finish things off with this gorgeous carrot cake (the lemon cream cheese!!!)
Plus, everything you need to know about cooking a ham.
Thus… because I’m making a ham for just 5 of us –> 17 recipes to make with leftover ham.
How to be a stronger runner in eight steps. It might take me 32.
White sneakers are back big time, and a few you’re seeing now. I’ve been wearing these everywhere.
Travel-friendly leggings with pockets for your iPhone + keys.
I did a 20-minute spree at Target and came out with some favorite spring and summer staples:
- This blazer is totally inexpensive but absolutely doesn’t look like it. Loved wearing it to last weekend’s tea.
- Chances are when you see me this summer you’ll see me wearing this as my uniform.
- And who else is loving the return of the wide leg pant? No sweaty bottom parts this summer.
And, your partner wants to know: How often should you have sex? (It IS the weekend afterall…)
Okay! My time is up so this is for this week. Wishing you a hoppy happy Easter, and get in the kitchen to cook something good.
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