If you’re anything like me, you might view yourself as a marvelous misfit or a fabulously faulty work in progress. I say that as a compliment — I classify myself, my best friends, my husband and most members of my family as a bunch of wonderful weirdos! We’re the kind who don’t live life by the book, those who achieve amazing things yet don’t quite ever have it all together (our busy brains tend to kink consistency).
Some days, you and I will find ourselves in the flow of life, where things happen with ease. Other days take a colossal amount of energy just to make it to dinner time. Life as we know it is a mishmash of flow and slog — we dream, we worry, we procrastinate, we achieve, and we do it all again.
Nothing slows us down when the going is good, but when we get stuck in a rut, it can be hard to get out.
This is especially true when it comes to healthy living. I too can get caught in a health and fitness funk, just like any other women. I find it dull to repeat the same routine, and some days I struggle to do anything productive at all.
But when your get up and go has got up and gone, it helps to have a system in place that gets you back on the straight and narrow.
I call this system my Personal Reboot Checklist, and it’s something I turn to when I get out of the flow. The checklist contains a simple series of tasks that I know will boost my mood, energy, and motivation. And it works like a charm.
Like a pilot who checks off each critical item before taking off in their plane, following this checklist is your safety guide for re-establishing a routine of wellbeing.
How To Make A Personal Reboot Checklist
There are seven categories in the personal reboot checklist. In each, you’ll designate one uplifting task that quickly fills you with positive energy and motivation.
Keep in mind that there are over 7 billion people on earth and no two of us are the same, so make your checklist as unique as you are!
This checklist becomes your roadmap for any day that needs “defunkifying”. By completing each task at some point during the day you’ll feel right back on track by the following morning.
How To Make Your List
- Name a song that lights a fire in your heart and makes you want to move, (I randomly bounce between Walking On Sunshine and songs by Eminem!)
- Choose one movement-based activity that inspires you. (For me this is walking in nature, taking a swim, or stretching at home to classical music.)
- Pick a go-to meal that makes you feel grounded, satisfied and healthy. (I recommend something with a nice bit of protein, some vegetables, and healthy fat. My favorite is lamb chops with roasted broccoli and fennel, sweet potato wedges and avocado slices)
- Choose one personal care activity that makes you feel beautiful. (Something as simple as washing and styling my hair can help reconnect me with my feminine side, so that’s my go-to activity!)
- List out one quick action that you can take to feel more organized in your personal space. (I tend to tidy the kitchen table, clean out my handbag, or book an appointment from my to-do list.)
- Think of one relaxing habit that will make you feel peaceful and present. (Meditation, reading, journaling, watercolor painting, and listening to music, are my favorites)
- Who is someone in your life that you make you feel loved and worthy? (You’re going to connect with this person via a call, a text, a letter, or even sending positive thoughts their way.)
How To Use This List
At some point over the course of the day:
- Dance to, or sing along with that song
- Do that movement to reconnect with your physical body
- Eat that meal and feel grounded and nourished
- Complete that personal care activity and feel beautiful
- Check off that organizational task and feel productive
- Enjoy that relaxation and feel centered
- Connect with that person and give love
Now I’d Love To Hear From You
Do you have days of flow and days of funk? What strategies do you use to get out of a rut and return to feeling energized, confident and inspired? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
P.S. I’ve worked with women from all walks of life. From stay-at-home moms to retirees, the 9-5er to CEOs, talk show hosts, and actors to athletes and those going through rehabilitation. And let me tell you that we ALL get in a funk from time to time. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, how successful your career or how perfect your marriage — we can all feel stuck. And that, my friend, is a-ok. You’re not alone in having days, weeks, or months when you just can’t get it together. But remember, you’re not faulty, you’re a wonderfully unique, ever-changing, work in progress!