Productivity: How to Squeeze More Time Out Of Your Afternoon

I’m sharing MiO in my life as part of a sponsored series for Socialstars™

I’ve been doing some deep digging into the analytics of Glass of Glam, and I think that I need to do a better job of helping you get to know me. After all, blogging is about connections and relationships, even from afar. I was shocked to find that my most visited page is my “About” page – which I haven’t updated in about a year – yikes! That tells me something – that you want to know about the girl behind the glam. I can do that for you.

Lifestyle blogger Roxanne of Glass of Glam's tips for increasing your afternoon productivity with MiO

I’ll get to updating my about section, but one of the questions I frequently get is how do you squeeze so many things into one day? How do you have the energy, focus, and motivation?

I like having a fast-paced life. Doing the conventional makes me bored. Having a full life is crazy, but also so rewarding that I wouldn’t have it any other way. So I’ve figured out ways to make that work for me.

A little background for those of you who are just joining me. I work as a contract attorney during the day. That means I help firms and companies with their litigation process on a project basis. I jump from one project to another, some of which last 2 weeks and some which last months. The hours can be anything from 40 hours a week to 70! I like it because it allows me to have some flexibility (at times, haha) which allows me to work on my side hustle, my passion, and something I never knew would make me as happy as it does – Glass of Glam.

Lifestyle blogger Roxanne of Glass of Glam's tips for increasing your afternoon productivity with MiO

As for Glass of Glam, I started it a little bit after I moved to DC, in December of 2015. A lot of people ask me how I’ve grown in such a short time. I don’t think I’m a blogging all star, but I’m proud of where I am and what this little space on the interwebs has brought me! The short answer is hustle. But I have a longer post about that coming soon.

My typical day (at least right now because things change):

  • Wake up around 7-7:30 and feed Jake and Elwood, catch up on social media
  • Head to the office until around 5:30-6:30
  • Gym between 6:30-7:30 (I got to a Crossfit gym and the workouts take an hour)
  • 8-9 dinner
  • 9-11 work on Glass of Glam.
  • Read, wind down, sleep.

Lifestyle blogger Roxanne of Glass of Glam's tips for increasing your afternoon productivity with MiO

As you can see, most of the things I really enjoy like the gym, cooking dinner with Dan, and my blog all happen after an 8-10 hour work day when most of us have the tendency to plop with pizza and Netflix. It is so important to me to have a positive mindset to increase my afternoon potential. I have goals, and in order to make those happen I need to be firing on all cylinders!

First, I segment everything in my mind. Every “piece” of my life is its own compartment in my brain. For instance: work, family, friends, gym, blog, me-time. Once I compartmentalize each area, it is easier to prioritize and move things around. It might sound crazy, but I visualize each life category as a literal block, as if it is written down in a schedule. I can easily swap the blocks around in my head to maximize my day.

For instance, cooking dinner is a time block. Sometimes that block gets replaced by gym or connecting with a friend. I once asked the former Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, Carole Rendon, how she has time for her career, husband, and four children. And she told me “takeout.” I’ll remember that all my life.

Next, I take care of myself. I try to start every day with a greens-heavy breakfast (whether it is kale and sausage or just throwing a handful of spinach in my smoothie). The greens give me a kickstart and help me avoid the carb-monster slump when I get home from work. When I start my day right, then I usually end it right with a productive bang or a boost of creativity.

Lifestyle blogger Roxanne of Glass of Glam's tips for increasing your afternoon productivity with MiO

I drink a lot of water during the day. I know this might not seem like a typical way to boost your potential, but hear me out. I allow myself 1-2 cups of coffee. After that, I know I won’t sleep at night and that’s a disaster. Other than coffee, it’s water all day. There’s nothing worse than feeling dehydrated and tired when you have a big project to tackle, or you are headed to the gym to reach your goals. Visualize your water intake like a bank account. If you don’t start saving (drinking water) early on in the day, it is like starting your retirement account when you are already 50. It’s probably too late.

I’ve been adding MiO water enhancer to my water when I need a change of flavor or if water just gets too boring. And sometimes something a little sweet and fruity flavor can perk me up to lace up my sneaks and head to the gym. That’s especially true when I get to Crossfit and the workout includes some kind of crazy overhead barbell movement, haha!

I add one squirt of MiO (I don’t like it too sweet) into my water bottle for a little kick. The strawberry watermelon flavor is my favorite right now. The lemonade flavor is great, too. I like the cute little spill-proof packaging, which is so easy to throw in my work bag, one in my gym bag, and one for the kitchen counter.

Lifestyle blogger Roxanne of Glass of Glam's tips for increasing your afternoon productivity with MiO

I took my MiO with me to grab an arepa down the street, and instead of having a margarita (which would make me tired and unproductive) I had a squeeze of the lemonade flavor in some water. It was refreshing and went really well with the arepa!

Finally, I surround myself with people who cheer me on and push me to be better. I let them in, and they reward me with love and support. None of that jealousy and competitiveness; just inspiration and support. I used to be very private and didn’t share much about myself. But I found that the more I opened up to people and “kept it real” the more really good friends I found. AND the more my potential and motivation increased. When you feel loved, you love yourself more, which leads to a self-celebration of your accomplishments. Ultimately, you become a productive hustling machine.

You guys are all rad and I KNOW that you have time to squeeze the most out of every day!

–Roxanne

Currently Sipping: MiO Lemonade, duh

 

 

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13 Responses to Productivity: How to Squeeze More Time Out Of Your Afternoon

  1. Claire says:

    You are doing great managing your time. I work from home and never get any time for the gym, but I do really but I need to manage my time better. Thanks for sharing at welcome to the Weekend Blog Hop

  2. Tina says:

    Takeout is a lifesaver! I love this post, I’m always curious how other hyper-productive people do it 🙂 as a side note, your posts about cross fit make me nostalgic for when I used to do it!

    Xoxo
    Tina

  3. Wow Roxanne thank you for sharing this inspiring post. I truly admire your discipline and for “keep it real”. I can’t believe how much you can fit into you day and keep it all balanced. Kudos to you beautiful lady!!!

    I try to be as productive as I can so when it comes down to relaxing it is really hard for me. Wonder if you have the same experience. Great tip on staying hydrated. I don’t drink as much water as I should. I have never tried MiO but will check it out. I recently just started following your blog and I am so glad I found you.

    Xx
    Nikki
    http://www.nikkilivinglife.com

  4. miri says:

    WOW, you are so active and productive. Thank you for sharing your inspiring routine!
    X
    Miri
    http://currentlywearing.com

  5. Jaz says:

    Aww this is a lovely post Roxanne, you certainly are a busy bee. Love the names – who are Jake and Ellwood? I’d love to know some of your blogging tips, you’ve done a fantastic job. I’m really hoping I can build my blogging profile too.
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

  6. Hilary Kalra says:

    I’m so proud of all of your accomplishments,
    Rox! I’ve always admired your discipline. Reading this gave me the motivation I needed to get myself back into hustle mode for the upcoming school year. 🙂 Keep glammin’ on! Xoxo – Hil

  7. Stephanie says:

    Thank you for sharing this! Makes me think I need to update my about me page too. lol. My hubby loves that flavor of MIO

  8. Jodie says:

    This was so wonderful to read, Roxanne !! It’s like sitting down at lunch with you and catching up on your day!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  9. It’s so great to learn more about you. I need to drink more water! I’ve never heard of this enhancer. I try to work out about 5 days a week, but I usually do it first thing in the morning and it is hard to get up extra early, but I love having it done before I start my day. I have a cousin that owns a crossfire gym, but I’ve never tried it myself. I seriously need to update my About Me page!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    • Roxanne says:

      You are SO GOOD for working out 5 days a week! I know you are an avid runner, so you must drink a ton of water. I need to start the habit of waking up earlier so that I can get my workouts out of the way. I love having most of my list checked off by 9am!

  10. This post speaks to me so much. At times it was just like looking in a mirror of my own brain. My life the last few years has slowed down, by choice, though most people think it’s still a go-go life. I love your outlook and perspective on how you want to live. I see little blocks and compartments in my brain too. I do like the change of pace that we have embraced but it was just the right time and moment, but having high expectations and achievable goals is extremely motivational to me. Thanks for the great read.

    • Roxanne says:

      Thanks for taking the time to read, Bojana. It’s interesting to me to understand how others compartmentalize all the things they do in their lives. I feel like sometimes I slow down in one aspect, but then I’ll be revving up another!