8 Productive Habits to Maximize Your Work Day

In the age of being constantly plugged in, its sometimes hard to feel focused and productive at work. It’s really easy to feel like you’ve worked all day but still somehow got nothing done! I’ve found that there are a lot of ways to work smarter and get your work done, without getting burnt out by the end of the day.

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Here are my top habits for maximizing the time I spend at work:

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Healthy Breakfast Muffin Hacks

I am all about convenient healthy options for my on-the-go lifestyle. I try to save cash by packing as many healthy meals and snacks as I can each week, and one of my favorite go-to’s is a health(ier) breakfast muffin. Muffins aren’t the greatest for you, but there are really easy ways to make them better for you. Did you know that a blueberry muffin from Starbucks has 350 calories and 12 grams of fat? Yikes!

As prepared below, my muffin hack has 180 calories, less than 2 grams of fat, and is packed with fruit, walnuts, and over 12g of protein.

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Birdtown Half Marathon Recap

Three years ago, I ran my first half marathon at a local race called the Birdtown half marathon. I had only ever ran a 7k race before, and I had no idea what to expect. My goal was to finish in under 2 hours and off I went. The race was a huge struggle starting at about mile 6 and I spent a ton of time walking. I remember watching the 2 hour time slip past the last mile and couldn’t even bring myself to keep running. I finished in 2:04:30, and was proud to say I had run a half marathon.

Last year, I ran the Birdtown again. Since I had run 2 more half marathons after the Birdtown, I was more prepared. That is, until race day when it was pouring rain. The rain didn’t bother me as much as I thought, and I pushed through with soaking wet shoes and an empty course. I PR’d the race at 1:48:30. I ended up running slower at my next half marathon on a much warmer and humid day, but was frustrated that I didn’t break the 1:45 time that I was hoping to achieve at either race that year.

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6 Empowering Morning Rituals

Mornings are a great time to set the tone for your day to be productive and enjoyable. I tend to be an early bird, and feel like I accomplish the most at work bright and early. If mornings are a little rough for you, here are some of my best morning rituals to start the day off on the right foot:

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What I’m Loving: 10 Ways to Practice Self Care

As the summer approaches, I feel like life always becomes so busy that it often feels hard to keep up. Its important to remember to pause and take some time to take care of yourself. I feel like its so easy to tell other people to do this, but its so hard to do yourself!

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To make it easier, here are my favorite (relatively easy) ways to take a little time for you:

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8 Easy Packable Healthy Snacks

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know I try to live a pretty healthy lifestyle. I’ve found that a good diet and daily exercise makes me feel so much better mentally and physically, but I also try hard to keep a balance so that I’m not obsessed with what I eat and the calories I burn.

Because I run 25-30 miles during an average week, I have to replace quite a few calories in my diet and it is difficult to add in snacks that are both filling and fuel your body, without spending lots of time preparing them each night. I like to keep packable snacks on hand to keep my energy up throughout the day and to keep me from grabbing a donut or cookie floating around the office.

Here are my favorite healthy snack ideas that are easy to prep and to keep on hand during a busy day:

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