If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly doing more than one thing at the same time. I always have at least three writing projects I’m working on, aside from my regular job, and I also try to maintain a social life and get enough sleep every night. I’ve developed some life hacks to make sure my health stays on track without driving myself insane, and I thought I’d share a few of my favorites.
Whether your new year’s resolution is to get eight hours of sleep every night or snack a little healthier, we at Munchery hope these simple life hacks help you reach your goal.
1. Save time in the morning by making your breakfast on Sunday
If “eating breakfast” isn’t one of your new year’s resolutions, it should be. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it’s also the most rushed. (Unless you’re a morning person, which I am not.) And no, grabbing a leftover cupcake from your five-year-old’s birthday party this weekend as you run out the door doesn’t count. Like Munchery’s resident nutritionist Kate told you in her healthy breakfast blog post, protein is an essential component to a healthy breakfast, since eating a protein-heavy breakfast will help you be less hungry during the day. Try to take 20 minutes every Sunday evening to prepare an easy, yet protein-packed and healthy breakfast you can eat on the go Monday through Friday.
My personal favorite are egg and kale wraps. Scramble eggs with kale (and cheddar cheese if you’re into it), and wrap everything in wheat tortillas. Roll up each tortilla, wrap with saran wrap, and put them in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat your wrap, all you have to do is heat it up in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, and then put it either back in the saran wrap or in a Tupperware and take it with you.
2. Never be caught snack-less
Imagine having to go to the bank before it closes, arriving only to find that there’s a line out the door—and you suddenly realize you’re starving. Keeping healthy, light snacks in your car or bag can help you stave off hunger during errands or on your commute home.
Bags of trail mix, either homemade or store-bought, are an easy, portable hunger fix. To make your own, mix nuts, seeds and dried fruit in a Ziplock bag. For maximum protein, we recommend almonds, pistachios, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, dates, and/or dried apricots. Protein bars are also a good go-to portable snack. Like trail mix, protein bars are light, and won’t go bad easily if you leave them in your car for a few days.
3. Check things off as you get them done
There’s nothing quite like the sense of satisfaction you get from being able to draw a great big checkmark next to something when you finally get it done. Of course, few people these days walk around with a pad of paper and a pen. (I do, but I’m old-fashioned like that.)
However, there are plenty of apps for iPhone and Android phones that give you the same checklist experience right from your mobile device. Here are some of favorites (all free and available for both Android and iOS devices):
Todoist—Available for both iPhone and Android, Todoist makes it easy to keep up with everything from reminding yourself to pick up butter from the store to making sure you get that big project done for work. The app lets you color code tasks as well as collaborate on them with others and leave notes about the task for others in the app to make it extra easy to communicate progress.
TickTick—This app is especially convenient for users that have both an iPhone and an Apple watch, as it automatically syncs your tasks across all iOS devices as well as providing you with multiple reminders, making it even easier to get things done. TickTick also works well for Android phones. You can create checklists, set recurring tasks, and mark important tasks as priority.
2Do—2Do lets you make various lists and separate them by type and due date, so you can manage several tasks at the same time.
4. Use your phone to keep your health on track
It’s no secret that you can use your Apple Watch or other fitness tracker to remind you to take your vitamins on time or drink 8 glasses of water every day. However, even if you don’t have an Apple Watch, fitness tracker, or iPhone, you can still use your device to make sure you stay on track with your health goals.
Regardless of the type of phone you have, chances are your phone comes with a timer feature. I’ve been a vegetarian for most of my life, and therefore I’ve been anemic (lacking in iron) for most of my life. To combat this, I’m supposed to take iron pills every day, but I frequently forgot. That is, until I discovered all the different ways I could use the timer feature. Now, I set a timer every day to remind me to take my iron. (It has an emoji of a clothing iron, because I think I’m funny.) You can also use apps to plan your meals and make sure you’re eating right. If you wait to decide what to eat for lunch until you’re in a rush and hungry, it might be harder to make sure you eat healthy meals. You can use the app MyFitnessPal to log your meals and keep track of your calories.
Don’t forget to join our New Year, New You challenge for the chance to win more than $500 worth of health-oriented goodies, including a MyFitnessPal membership and an Apple Watch!
What’s your favorite life hack to make sure you stay on track with your health goals? Let us know in the comments!