How I get ish done


I think it’s probably pretty safe to say nearly everyone is familiar with the Nike swoosh “just do it” campaign. I take the just do it message from exercise into other parts of my life.

Yes, while this is primarily a healthy living blog, I don’t think living healthfully just merely encompass fitness, but should be included in the other parts of our lives as well.

Since transitioning from living with someone to living on my own (is anyone else sick of me saying that. Just, ugh. Sorry, but it’s a fact) learning how to get the house ish done was a big thing for me. There’s no longer anyone to barter with for chores, “If you vacuum, I’ll fold laundry”; it all falls on my shoulders.

Gross, right?!

One of my favourite tricks to get myself to do something is to time myself. I know, it sounds super lame doesn’t it? Kind of like timing a child to clean up.

Hey, I have an idea, you put your toys away and I’ll time you! Ready? GO!

Except, mine isn’t quite that lame.

I’ve found I usually anticipate tasks to take far longer than they actually do, so instead of actually doing said task, I’ll hem and haw, and think about doing said task for much much longer than it would actually take me to do the dang thing!

Enter: timing.

From experience I know it takes me roughly 6-8 minutes to load and unload the dishwasher. Seriously. Less than 10 minutes to get ‘er done. That’s nothing!

A few weeks ago I was commenting that I didn’t want to vacuum and actually puttered about for 40 minutes before vacuuming. How long did it take me to vacuum? Roughly 10 minutes (my condo is only 650 square feet, so your mileage my vary).

Another evening I knew I needed to clean my bathroom. Like, needed to. I also needed to preheat my oven to cook my salmon for dinner. I decided to see how much I could clean in the time it took my dinner to cook. Well, in 45 minutes I managed to scrub my bathroom from top to bottom, load and unload the dishwasher, and clean the kitty litter and take it downstairs to the garbage.

Normally I’d have puttered about, accomplishing nothing while waiting for my oven to preheat and my dinner to cook, but by the time my dinner was done, I’d done all the cleaning I needed to do. What a good feeling!

I’ve also starting making rules for myself. For example, anytime I boil water for tea I also empty and load the dishwasher. In the time it takes for me to do that, my water is boiled. It’s become second nature, so the point where I don’t even notice I’m automatically dealing with my dishes.

This approach can be extended to so many areas of our lives. I know I will spend far more time anticipating a task than actually doing the task, so I’m working to get rid of that yucky anticipation feeling as much as possible.

The next time you’re dreading a task, I challenge you to get off your duff and just do it! I bet you’ll be suprised by how little time it actually takes!

Tell me: what’s your most dreaded task and how can you motivate yourself to get more ish done?

Mine is folding laundry. I despise it.

Just freaking DO IT already!

Plan for the Week: Oct 28


Whew. Last week kicked my bum! I had a great time attending my conference, it’s given me a lot to think about for my personal career and I’m excited to see what I’m able to do with my career after this.

I’ve been feeling a bit fluffy since the conference; I usually get sucked in by the cookies in the afternoon, and I was too tired to get too many workouts in (6km run on Tuesday, cross-training on Wednesday, 10k run on Saturday), so my focus this week is workouts and healthy eating with lots of protein and veggies.

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I find it easiest to plan my weeks when I eat relatively simply and almost the same every day. Come Friday I’m usually looking for a change, and I found out I have enough points at a local grocery store to get a free dinner, so that’ll be my Friday dinner to mix things up for the weekend.


After taking a break from smoothies for a few weeks, last week reminded me of how much I love my morning smoothie. I’ve made smoothie freezer packs again to speed up my mornings.

My green smoothie recipe is here.


As I’m back in the office, I’ll be bringing my lunches with me and I’m going back to a tried and true staple, sweet potatoes. I’ll have these baked up beforehand and will top with cottage cheese (for protein!) and salsa (for flavour!).


If you haven’t noticed, I’m pretty good at eating on a schedule, my morning snack will remain my tried and true trail mix and I’ll bring an apple and cheese to have as an afternoon snack.


Last week I ended up making an omelet with random frozen veggies and butternut squash – the squash was sooooo good in the omelet! I’ll have an omelet a few times for dinner during the week and might play it by ear for a dinner or two as well. I have lots of frozen veggies, chicken, fish and pot pies in the freezer, so I certainly won’t go hungry!


This is my last week off running until I start training for my half marathon, so I’ll be throwing in a few runs and will focus on cross training as well to keep my body balanced. So far my plan for the week is as follows:

Monday – cross training (minimum 45 minutes of Nike + Training Club)

Tuesday – 6k run

Wednesday – cross training (minimum 45 minutes of Nike + Training Club)

Thursday – 10k run

Friday – off

Saturday – 10km run

Sunday – cross training (minimum 45 minutes of Nike + Training Club)

and then I’ll start my half marathon training plan on Tuesday!


When I’m busy, my focus is usually on just keeping things together, housework will usually suffer before exercise and eating healthy. As such, my condo is a bit of a disaster zone! After my course on Sunday I grabbed groceries and did four loads of laundry (for ONE person!!) and by the time that was done I was ready for bed! I want to focus on a zone of my condo each night this week (for 45-60 minutes) to get everything together.

Monday – vacuum and mop

Tuesday – clean and tidy bathroom

Wednesday – organize desk area (aka – “the drop zone”)

Thursday – general tidy/pick up

Friday – off (because who wants to clean on a Friday?!)

Daily I make sure my clothes are pick up and put away and that my kitchen is tidy. I’m not a fan of hand washing dishes, so sometimes those pile up a bit, but not too much 🙂

What do you have planned for the week?

Do you eat the same thing everyday or does that get boring?