It's Monday! Don't Be a Do-Nothin' Bitch.

Honesty hour! I hadn't really heard of Ronda Rousey before her latest UFC win.  I know!  That fault has since been corrected, and I gained a immense amount of respect and admiration for the lady after seeing this now (in)famous video of her discussing my new favorite term: "DNBs," or Do-Nothin' Bitches. 

Girlllllll preach it.  Not only does she make a good argument for athletic female physiques, but in just three words she also creates a powerful motivational term that's essentially a modern feminist call-to-action.  [Not that this can't apply to men as well - anybody can be a do-nothin' bitch!] 

Now since it's Monday already (womp womp) I needed some extra help in doing the usual...a.k.a. kicking ass and being awesome.  Here's how I keep myself from being a Do-Nothin' Bitch and make myself feel like Wonder Woman even when Friday is an eternity away.   

1) GET ENOUGH SLEEP. All caps intentional.  

Start your week off on the right side of the bed and catch up on your Zzz's. I personally feel less than stellar on less than 7 hours a night. I function like a machine on 8.  I actually take off and fly on 8 1/2.  Sleep rebuilds your body so it can keep kicking butt, literally and figuratively, day in and day OUT. 

2) Meal prep on the weekends.  

God, why can't pizza make me feel as good as vegetables?  It's a cruel truth, though: when my nutrition is on, I am ON like Donkey Kong.  I feel 10x more alert and energized when I eat well than when I give in to the Dark Side and eat a whole box of dark chocolate peanut butter cups (they are actually what the Devil offered Eve, not the apple - fact).  "Eating well" is a vague and relative term so do you, but I recommend meals that pack in a solid dose of protein, plenty of healthy fats, and some complex carbs as the cherry on top.  Not so great at cooking?  Don't overthink it.  Look up recipes on Pinterest or blogs, and K.I.S.S. - keep it stupid simple.  

3) Write a daily "Ta-Da" List the night before. Crush it the next morning.  

I absolutely love to-do lists, mostly because I have the memory of a goldfish and can't remember all those "little" tasks I want to accomplish (except for when I'm in the shower, d'oh).  So I like to reflect on my day the night before and write down everything I want to tackle the next day in my notebook - yeah, handwriting works for me. Maybe you use the Notes or Reminder apps on your iPhone - DO YOU.  Write your list wherever you are most apt to check. 

I write down eeeeverything I have on my mind. Everything from general and ongoing tasks to the silly little chores I always put off but that take two seconds.  On the same list I might write down the following tasks: 1) Apply to Jobs, 2) Research tools for becoming a Spanish Tutor, 3) Hang Paintings / buy nails. From there, I can further organize my list by categorizing each item, usually by day, location, or importance - i.e., 1) ONGOING / computer task, 2) THIS WEEK / computer task, 3) TODAY / at home. I usually write down my "categories" next to each category or make columns for different days, making it easy for me to form a game plan of how to tackle each task. 

And since I'm a visual learner, here's an example of one Ta-Da list I created last week:

I even included a handy legend, just for you.

I even included a handy legend, just for you.

Now this is a hyper-organized example, but when I plan my day like this beforehand, I crush...CRUSH...my to-dos.  Here's how:

-I like to do computer work at coffee shops so I'm über productive, so I took care of all the tasks labeled "COMP" there.

-I was already out of the house by that point.  I stayed at the coffee shop until all my "COMP" tasks were done.  I then went running around store to store to crush my "STORE" tasks.

-Then, I was free to go home, take a minute to recharge, then focus on my "HOME" tasks.

And there you go.  It's that simple.  Fail to plan, and PLAN TO FAIL.  Sorry, I'm not yelling.  I'm just caffeinated.

I also like Mary's (of The Paleo Chef fame) term for to-do lists: Ta-Da lists! Each time you check off a task, say "Ta-daaaaaa!" Then give yourself a big hug and click your heels together - I added the last part but it feels right. 

4) Find your "Energizer Bunny" Sweet Spot.  

Do you have your "special time" during the day?  No, not that...those few precious hours of the day when you're ON and always the most productive? 

Those are the hours you need to take advantage of.  

For me, the hours before noon (and sometimes 10 PM - 11:30 PM - then it's lights out, literally) are when my mind is most active and I spew genius. After noon, it basically deflates like a balloon. Working at my old office job, my response to any request after lunch was just like  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

So, generally speaking, I make a point to get up and get sh*t DONE. At least, until I become useless. 

5) Recharge your battery to make the most of those "off" hours.  

Are you tired of my Energizer Bunny analogy yet?

If it's a busy one and you still need to be productive but you've reached your breaking point, my foolproof method is to just check out for a few. I like to go on a walk outside and listen to a podcast or some good walking jams (defined as: anything that gets you fired up/makes you want to groove), maybe grab a beverage (iced tea or coffee are my vice), and my absolute favorite: sit down with a good book. I lean toward fiction.  I always come back to my work refreshed and with a positive perspective, regardless of how (sh*tty) my day was going prior. 

If I'm working from home, I'll take a workout break to get the blood pumping. A quick workout and after, it's like it's a brand-new day!

5) Set one "big" goal for the week. The catch?  A friend has to keep you accountable.  

Me and some of the Toasty girls used to talk forlornly to each about our various things we wanted to do - from the lofty to the very achievable, such as getting our yoga certifications, applying to grad schools, starting Crossfit, etc. One person might say, "Oh one day I'd really like to..." And the other would interject and say, "Do it now! Do it this week! Why not???"

We realized we were each others' best supporters. We encouraged each other to make our desires realities and to hold one another accountable with weekly check-ins. We would eagerly chat with other on our next reunions, asking "Did you [insert task here]?!?"

And you know what? This method actually worked. After our talks, I for one always felt fired up and ready to stop talking and start doing.  Cause I ain't no do-nothin' bitch.  I had another person holding me accountable who I didn't want to disappoint - because in doing so, I'd really be disappointing myself. 

Find a like-minded friend who ain't cool with being a DNB.  Take over the world together.  Thank me later.  

5)  Mind over Matter, Choose Your Attitude, and other cliché Instagram Quotes

Yeah, when all else fails, be a little basic and peruse Instagram or Pinterest for motivational quotes with pretty fonts or pictures of sweaty fit chicks.  Works for some.  But I will say - having the right attitude gets you pretty far.  So repeat after me: I WON'T be a do-nothin' bitch! 

So, are you ready to make Monday your bitch now?  Don't make Ronda Rousey angry - don't be a do-nothin' bitch! Be a do-SOMETHIN' bitch! Get on with yo bad self and conquer the world, one goal at a time. *drops mic*