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6 Ways to Gain More Time in 2018

by | Dec 29, 2017 | Dairy Foods | 0 comments

Six Ways to Gain More Time in 2018 Coffee

Whether you are into making New Year’s resolutions or not, we all can relate to wishing there were more hours in the day. Fortunately, in 2017 we learned some amazing tips from several of our industry friends (links to original tips/videos included). Without actually time traveling, here are six ways to gain more time in 2018.

1. Do More With Less

Have healthy, home-cooked meals and save time and money. How? We learned from Chef Marshall O’Brien and dairy farm mom, Sadie Frericks how to shop once, prep twice and enjoy three delicious meals. Who would have thought ricotta cheese and a rotisserie chicken could go so far?!

2. Get an Early Start

Dairy farmers wake up between 4-5 a.m. and they are a shining example of how to maximize productivity. Only 8% of Americans are awake before 5 a.m. If you are one of those people, you may be experiencing some of the same benefits that dairy farmers have from being early risers. When we hosted a Facebook Live with Minnesota dairy farmer, Charles Krause with Krause Holsteins, he shared he wakes up every day at 4 a.m. Waking up early allows time to get ahead of your goals, feel productive and accomplish more early in the day. These extra early hours allow dairy farmers to find a balance between working on the farm, spending time with family and enjoying their community.

3. Eat Protein On The Go

Eating smaller, healthy snacks on the go can be a great way to save time and feel fuller, longer. We tend to have a lot of downtime in waiting rooms, lines, watching kids’ practices, commute time, etc. Our go-to solution is often to “burn time.” Having a cheese stick, a bottle of milk or yogurt on hand can be a great way to maximize your time and remain feeling energized when that downtime is over. Midwest Dairy registered dietitian, Stephanie Cundith, encourages us to, “think outside of the food box,” when it comes to healthy snacking. If you want to switch things up, try making this Peanut Butter and Banana Shake before you leave the house. It has 16 grams of protein and takes less than three minutes to make! This Raspberry Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie is also delicious and filling.

4. Make Health a Lifestyle Choice, Not a Chore

Numerous studies have linked a healthy lifestyle with work productivity. Having a healthy lifestyle can be key to getting more accomplished in less time. Similar to getting enough sleep and exercising, eating healthily boosts your energy level, clears your mind and allows you to focus more easily. Jennifer and Andrew Holle are dairy farmers, parents to four children and they ran the Chicago Marathon in October 2017. When we asked how they manage to do it all, they explained they’ve made physical activity fun and enjoyable so the kids will want to do it, and it doesn’t become just another dreaded item on their already full to-do list. They even run to get the mail together as a family (their mailbox is a mile and a half from their home) to be sure they are being active.

5. Eat Breakfast Every Day

In addition to providing us with energy, breakfast foods are a good source of important nutrients such as calcium, iron and B vitamins, as well as protein and fiber. Eating a healthy breakfast may lead to improved concentration and more strength and endurance to engage in physical activity. Breakfast is a game changer – and it is delicious too!

6. Focus on Enjoyment

There is so much to enjoy about everyday life. From the simple things in life, like cottage cheese, to your love for farm and significant others. Work can be play. Food can be fun. Make time to find gratitude for the little things.

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Megan Sheets
Midwest Dairy

I'm a Digital Media Enthusiast and a consumer of all dairy foods (Greek yogurt is my favorite). I work with a dynamic team that inspires the ever-evolving voice behind Midwest Dairy's social channels. My mission is to share the nutritional benefits of dairy through telling the farmer-inspired #DairyGood story.

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