I’m busy 24/7! I am constantly keeping myself in check to create some calm and routine. As a busy teacher, personal trainer, mom and fitness junkie, I’ve found that small things lead to big changes. My favourite quote of all time is from Saint Francis of Assisi, “Start by doing what is necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you’re doing the impossible.” Ithas been my mantra for many tough situations that I may find myself in, like managing a hectic schedule. Being constantly on the go means that it is essential to keep balance in my life through habits that I practice every week. These habits have created peace of mind while still allowing me to have fun and fit it all in. Habit #1: Take advantage of the night beforeEvery evening no matter how late it may be, I prepare all lunches and snacks and my water bottle for the next day. I make a list of what I need to pick up at the grocery store or what I need to do for the next day. Sticky notes are my best friend! I get my bag readyfor school and the gym and I even place everything near the door so that it’s strategically ready to go. I get things ready for the next day so that I can wake up and feel calm. Habit #2: Create a morning ritualI wake up at least 90 minutes before leaving for work and I eat the same breakfast and just chill for about 20 minutes. This “chill” for me creates calm and allows me to “meditate”, read or even catch up on some PVR’d HGTV even if it’s for 20 minutes! Habit #3: Brown bag your lunch or eat a nourishing “take out” lunchI typically stick to the same type of lunch: some sort of carbohydrate, protein and veggie that is usually dinner from the previous night. My lunch is colourful and easy to eat but filling! My snacks are typically nuts and some sort of fruit like a tangerine or an apple. Easy to pack and lots of fibre. Carry a water bottle and drink at least 2 litres of water a day. Bathrooms are my best friend! Habit #4: Rest! I do not workout vigorously everyday because I have truly found that my body responds well to rest. Recovery also allows the body to replenish energy stores and repair damaged tissues. As a result, I have more energy for all my workouts! My workouts range from THR training to heavy metal or HITT as well as yoga every once in a while. However, rest days consist of stretching or even just rolling or even doing housework. I try to include some form of movement in everyday. Habit #5: Make an appointment FOR yourself I know that my workouts are appointments just as important as going to the doctor or dentist or even grocery shopping. Don't wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own time. My personal times are rarely replaced for something more important. It all begins with you. If you do not take care FOR yourself, you will not be strong enough to take care of anything in life. It is a necessity! Habit #6: Set aside meal prep time. Everyone knows how stressful it is to make a last minute decision about a meal. You race home from work frantic and hungry, knowing you have just a short time to choose a dinner and get it cooked and on the table. It saves you time and it gives you control of your nutrition It can turn a hectic week into one that is nearly stress-free. Meal planning is so important, fitness experts and those preparing for fitness competitions consider it a must. They not only plan their meals down to the ounce, they spend most of at least one day each week prepping those meals. I use my Saturday afternoons as meal prep time and I give myself a time frame: 3 hours. I put on my favourite music and just enjoy the quiet time in the kitchen away from everything else. By the end, I have meals ready for at least four days and my week of fitting it all in becomes very doable. Habit #7: Go on a digital diet! Disconnect from tech for a small period of time and make it your thing! Add activities to your life that are all but impossible to do with a digital device in hand. Lately we have started making puzzles as a family. We leave the puzzle on the dining room table and when we feel the need to disconnect, we jump in and find a couple of pieces. Before we even know it we have spent an hour without technology and we are talking to each other. Any deviceless activity is head-clearing, fantastic and utterly incompatible with electronic devices. Most importantly, find routines that work for you and do what’s necessary. Then create another routine that is possible and all of a sudden you are doing what you thought was impossible. You’re fitting it all in and creating balance between work and play!