If you’re anything like me you might view yourself as a marvelous misfit, a fabulously faulty work in progress (WOP). I say that because I tend to attract women like myself, the kind who don’t live life by the book, those who don’t quite have it all together.
Please, take this as a compliment — I classify myself, my best friends, my husband and many members of my family as a bunch of wonderful weirdos!
Being a WOP woman means that life doesn’t always go to plan (our busy brains have a way of putting a kink in consistency). While some days are wonderful and let you live in the flow of life, others require a colossal amount of energy to just make it through to dinner time. Life as a WOP is a mishmash of flow and slog: achieving, dreaming, worrying, procrastinating…and so the cycle continues.
This can be especially true when it comes to healthy living; getting stuck in a nutrition, lifestyle or fitness funk is something that I know all too well.
Sometimes I feel totally bored doing the same activities day-in and day-out (a health rut), and other days I feel too tired, overwhelmed or lethargic to do these activities at all (a health funk) In the words of my mum: my get up and go has got up and gone.)
It can feel challenging to motivate yourself out of a funk — even taking the time to acknowledge that something needs to change can feel like too much effort.
But if you want to feel differently you need to act differently first.
This topic came up on a recent client call. My client and I were both having a bit of a funky time (unfortunately not in the Kool & the Gang kind of way) and so I told her about my Personal Reboot Checklist.
This checklist is something that I turn to when I feel like I’ve been out of the flow for long enough. It’s a simple series of tasks that I know will boost my mood, energy and my level of personal commitment, once completed. 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 a smooth day of healthy living.
If you don’t have something like this in place I am excited for you! Today is the day that you’ll learn how to find your flow (and defunkify your healthy life).
Let’s dive in >>>
How To Make A Personal Reboot Checklist
There are seven categories in the personal reboot checklist. In each category you’ll designate one uplifting and motivating task. My preference is to choose tried-and true tasks, things that you know will make you feel more positive, energized and motivated…view this is as your best-of showreel!
I’ve provided some examples of the type of tasks that might fall into each category, but the idea is for you to customize the list and make it your own.
There are over 7 billion people on earth and no two of us are the same, so let this checklist be as unique and wonderful as you are!
Once completed, this checklist becomes your roadmap for any day that needs “defunkifying”. Ideally you will start at the top and work your way through until all tasks are completed, but if you’re short on time you can choose one or two of the scheduled tasks.
That’s enough talk — grab a pen and a piece of paper and let’s get rebooted:
- Choose one song that lights a fire in your heart and write it here:
- Choose one movement-based activity that you love and write it here:
(A beautiful nature walk, stretching, a go-to home workout routine, an exercise class, a personal training session, a swim, a long stroll with your puppy…)
- Choose one meal that makes you feel grounded, satisfied and healthy and write it here:
(I recommend something with a nice bit of protein, some vegetables and healthy fat; for me it looks like lamb chops with roasted broccoli and fennel, sweet potato wedges and avocado slices)
- Choose one personal care activity that makes you feel beautiful and write it here:
(Washing and styling your hair, putting on a face mask, shaping your nails or having a manicure, having a bath, dressing beautifully or doing makeup…)
- Choose one small organizational item that makes you feel satisfied and write it here:
(Tidy the kitchen table, clean out your hand bag, make the bed, make that appointment call…)
- Choose one relaxation practice that makes you feel peaceful and write it here:
(Deep breathing, meditation, reading, journaling, listening to music…)
- Choose one relationship that makes you feel connected and write it here:
(You might call them, write a letter, send a text or even just send positive thoughts their way)
How To Implement This List
Start at the top:
- listen to your song and be inspired
- do that movement and reconnect with your body
- eat that meal and feel grounded
- complete that personal care activity and feel beautiful
- do 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
Are you a WOP woman? Do you have days of flow and days of funk? What strategies do you use to get out of that rut and return to feeling energized, positive and inspired? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
P.S. I have worked with all types of women, from stay at home moms to retirees, the 9-5er to CEOs, talk show hosts and actors to athletes and those with disability, 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 is or how wonderful your marriage is, sometimes it’s hard to stay on track. And that, my friend, is a-ok. You’re not alone, and you’re certainly not faulty for having days (or weeks, months or even years) when you feel like you just can’t get it together. Remember, you’re a wonderfully, unique, ever changing, work in progress!