B-E Productive

Hey guys 🙂 How are you?? Hope your day has been wonderful so far.

Mine has been fun and super productive 🙂

I went to the post office (sent you a package, mustachio), and to Beefcake and Noble to do the proposal thang.

I snacked on my favorite bar EVER made:


a bold and true statement 🙂

Came back to the casa, took the dogs on a long walk

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and then made some lonchi.


Fajita cheese crisp with sautéed organic bell pepper, onion, garlic and cumin


Brown rice tortilla, Amy’s refried beans with green chili, Daiya and hot sauce:


+ brocc and nooch


Good stuff 🙂

Before I go answer emails for a lil while before Dance Trance, I thought I’d post some my favorite tips for being productive and organized when you have a lot on your plate since quite a few of you have asked what my methods are.


Here’s what usually works for me: (but might not work for you, just sharing my faves)

1) PLAN. As ya’ll know, I’m a huge planner. I plan my whole day out by the hour and cross things off, just to make sure it all gets taken care of.

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Make a to-do list every morning with what you want to accomplish that day. Refer to it a few times during the day to make sure you’re on track.

2) HOT DRINKS. Have a little coffee or tea, and LOTS of water.


For me, it doesn’t even have to be caffeinated (but bonus if it is, heh heh). Something about drinking a hot drink lights a productive fire under my booty. Brings me back to college study days 😉

Water is important too because if I’m going-going-going and not hydrating properly, but mid-afternoon I’m a little tired.

3) TAKE BREAKS. For every hour I’m on the computer, I take 5 minutes to get up and walk around, read blogs for a while, play with the puppers or paint my toenails 😉 By taking a break, I don’t feel like I’m working as long and when I get back to it, I’m refreshed and ready to go.

4) SNACK. When I’m feeling distracted or hungry, it’s easy for me to want to stop whatever I’m doing and snooze. Fruit, trail mix and popcorn make amazing “productivity” snacks. The fiber will fill ya up and it’s easy to munch a few bites at a time.


(And now I have the sudden urge for popcorn, cinnamon and chocolate chips…)

5) LOVE YOUR WORK. Ok, so we can’t actually *love* everything we do. We all have chores that we put on the backburner (see #6) that we’re dreading. While we might not adore the task at hand or be able to control what it is, we CAN change our attitudes about it. Approach it in a positive way, get it over with and move onto the fun stuff!

6) DO THE WORST FIRST. Whatever you *don’t wanna do*, do it first. That way it’s out of the way and you can put the rest of your time into something else.

What are your tips for staying motivated and organized when you have a lot to do each day??

Please share- you always blow my mind with amazing advice 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your day!


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  1. Brigid on October 26, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I’m with you on the to-do list. Since I work a regular job outside of the house, too, I have one for home and one for the office. I like to use the tasks and calendar on the Outlook for work, and at home I write everything down in my planner. (It’s Jonathan Adler and AWESOME.) I also try to prioritize. It’s just not always possible to get everything done, so I try to tackle the most important things first. That way, if I run out of time, it’s usually for something I can finish another day. And I find that scheduling my meal times is important. It reminds me of exactly how long I have to finish working before lunch or my snack. Also, like your hot beverages, I take tea every afternoon around 3:00. I have a little teapot and a cup and saucer that I keep at work, and I usually have a piece of fruit with it. It’s silly, but it adds 15 minutes of civility and relaxation to my busy work days.

  2. Molly on October 26, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Whenever I am doing homework, i get huge urges to log in to Facebook so everytime I finish a math section or write a good paragraph on an essay, I give myself a few minutes to chat on Facebook and then I’m back to work

  3. Mandy on October 26, 2010 at 11:30 am

    I’m a planner and list maker also. Just thinking about this made me realize how much of a routine I have, though. After taking my girlie to school I do all my morning chores. So I guess, like you, I get the worst stuff out of the way first. 🙂 I wanted to tell you how much I loved the first bridal bootcamp workout! Even though I’ve already been a bride… 🙂 It’s fast paced, a whole body workout, and challenging. LOVED IT! Can’t wait for the next one! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 26, 2010 at 12:24 pm

      awesome- i’m glad you enjoyed it!

  4. Ashley on October 26, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Hey –
    I’m a relatively new reader of your blog (love it!)
    I noticed your notebook & how you write down everything you eat. I was just curious what the letters stand for – I get that F is fat, P is protein, C is carb…..but what’s “N” stand for? Looked like dairy products, but I couldn’t figure out where the N came from?

  5. Cara Craves... on October 26, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Wish I could have banana soft serve in the morning…WAY too cold now!
    I am embracing the barley and oats though!

  6. Gillian on October 27, 2010 at 1:11 am

    Hi Gina!

    Love the blog… no joke i eat some form of the breakfast cookie every morning! right now im in a pumpkin phase haha.

    Anyways, you and some of the other amazing bloggers out there have inspired me to start my own.. check it out if you get a chance!

    hope you like it!

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