Today's round-up includes:

  • Mental and physical wellbeing
  • Slow productivity
  • Mindful planning
  • Garden fun
  • Pancakes
  • And much more...

A Wellbeing Work-in-Progress

Over the past few years, I've worked hard at prioritising and improving my mental wellbeing, but honestly, it was sometimes at the expense of my physical wellbeing. Working on both at the same time just felt like an enormous job.  

The problem, I came to realise, is that mental and physical health are closely linked. My mental health was OK, but physically, I was exhausted. And this started negatively affecting my mental health.

Hello, vicious circle 👋

This year, I decided to work on restoring balance. I choose energy as my word of the year to focus my efforts.

I'm pleased to report that things are improving significantly, so now felt like a good time to share a few things that have worked for me. This is certainly not a 'look how awesome I am' message - far from it. I am very much a wellbeing work-in-progress! But, on the off chance that this helps you, I wanted to share.

Since the start of 2023, I have:

  • Planned my meals and shopped for groceries every Saturday (this might not sound like a big deal, but this routine has been transformational for me).
  • Batch cooked several meals for the week on a Saturday or Sunday (allowing me to freezer-dive healthy meal options during the week as needed).
  • Spent time in my garden (I've just started attempting to grow my own vegetables thanks to Pot Gang🪴).
  • Avoided alcohol (purely because of the negative effect it has on my energy).
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All of the above has resulted in my shifting over 10kg and improving my energy levels significantly.  Unsurprisingly, my productivity has soared.

Systems and routines have been the key to these improvements for me; for example, my Notion meal planner:

I've also been using Sunsama to plan my week more mindfully (read my review of Sunsama below):

Sunsama Review: How This Calendar Blocking App Solved All My Productivity Problems in Just Seven Days
I tried Sunsama for just seven days... this is what happened.

Although I will forever be a wellbeing work-in-progress, things are definitely looking up.

Over to you:

Do you have systems and routines to help you balance and maintain your mental and physical health? Reply to this email and let me know - I'd love to hear from you.

Resources

Sunsama - The daily planner for busy professionals
Sunsama organizes your work one day at a time. Every day should feel calm and focused.
Gardening Subscription Boxes | POT GANG
Get into growing veg and herbs with POT GANG. No gardening experience needed. Our monthly boxes contain seasonal seeds, pots, compost and step-by-step guidance.
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Articles

How to organize your computer folders, documents, and files
Organize your digital files with these 5 tips on folder organization and document naming.
High-leverage activities: how to identify your energy multipliers
We all have an absolute limit on time, but high-leverage activities are energy multiplier. Reclaim your time and energy by identifying your best levers.
36 Ways to Live Differently
<p>To live better means that you&#8217;ll live differently—somehow, you&#8217;ll make some kind of change. Your life will be different tomorrow than it is today. Naturally, some changes are easier than others. By regularly exposing yourself to new ideas and practices, you can learn to think and live…

Podcasts

Posted snip by @martine: The Slow Productivity Movement: Redefining Productivity for the 21st Century
4min snip from Cal Newport: Lifestyle Design, Slow Productivity and Contrarian Writing | Deep Dive with Ali Abdaal

On The 'Gram

I loved this post from Work Brighter about eating the pancake rather than the frog. Click here to see the original post and swipe/click to read.

That's a Wrap

As always, thanks for reading.

Hit reply and let me know what you found most helpful this week - I’d love to hear from you.

See you next weekend.

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