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Ditch the Mom Overwhelm: Use The “Strive for 5” Method to Reclaim Your Week

June 14, 2024

Reclaim your week and prioritize what truly matters!

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Are you a mom juggling the endless demands of family, work, and personal life? Do you find yourself in a constant state of reaction, just trying to keep your head above water? If so, you’re not alone! The struggle is real, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and burnt out. But what if there was a way to break free from the chaos and start living intentionally?

In this blog post, we’ll dive into a powerful framework called “Strive for 5,” a strategy designed to help you reclaim your week and prioritize what truly matters. This approach, shared by health and fitness coach Jessica Smith on the Live By Design podcast, offers practical steps to simplify your life, reduce stress, and create space for joy and fulfillment.

Introducing Jessica Smith!

Jessica Smith is a dynamic health and fitness coach, mom of two, and host of The Fit Life Podcast. Jessica is passionate about empowering women to embrace a healthy lifestyle that nourishes both body and soul. In this episode of the Live By Design Podcast, Jessica shares her signature “Strive for 5” method for reclaiming your week and prioritizing what truly matters.

And as a special bonus, she’s offering listeners a free private podcast series: How to Plan a Week of Meals in Under 20 Minutes – perfect for busy moms who want to simplify mealtime and make healthier choices. You can connect with Jessica on her website at or on Instagram @thefitlifewithjessica. Let’s dive in and discover how to ditch the overwhelm and design a life we love!

Whether you’re a new mom, a seasoned pro, or somewhere in between, the “Strive for 5” method can be tailored to fit your unique needs and goals. Let’s explore how to implement this approach and start designing a life that feels more balanced and intentional.

Understanding the Strive for 5 Method

The “Strive for 5” method is a straight forward and effective framework that involves planning five key areas of your life each week. By focusing on these five areas, you create a roadmap for your week, ensuring that you’re prioritizing your well-being, setting yourself up for success, and making time for the things that bring you joy.

  1. Calendar Sync: Start your week by syncing your calendar with your partner and family members. This allows you to get a clear overview of everyone’s commitments and avoid scheduling conflicts. It’s a quick step that can save you from a lot of last-minute scrambling and stress.
  2. Menu Planning: Take the guesswork out of mealtime by planning your menu for the week. This doesn’t have to be complicated—even a simple list of meals can make a huge difference. Menu planning helps you make healthier choices, save money, and avoid the dreaded “What’s for dinner?” panic.
  3. Schedule Movement: Prioritize your physical and mental health by scheduling time for movement each week. Whether it’s a 10-minute walk, a yoga class, or a full-blown workout, make it a non-negotiable part of your routine. Exercise is a powerful tool for stress reduction, energy boost, and overall well-being.
  4. Identify Needle Movers: In your personal and professional life, what are the 3-4 key tasks that will move the needle forward this week? Focus on these high-impact activities and let the rest be a bonus. By identifying your needle movers, you’ll be able to prioritize your time and energy more effectively.
  5. Plan Something Fun: As moms, we often put our own needs last. Make sure to schedule something enjoyable for yourself each week, no matter how small. It could be a coffee date with a friend, a relaxing bath, or simply reading a chapter of your favorite book. Taking time for yourself is not selfish; it’s essential for your well-being.

Implementing the Strive for 5 Method

Here are some tips for successfully implementing the “Strive for 5” method into your life:

  • Start Small: If planning five areas feels overwhelming, start with just one or two. Once you’ve established a routine, you can gradually add more.
  • Be Flexible: Life happens, and plans change. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t stick perfectly to your schedule. The key is to be adaptable and willing to adjust as needed.
  • Use Tools: There are many tools and resources available to help you with planning and organization. Consider using a digital calendar, a meal planning app, or a project management tool to streamline your process.
  • Celebrate Wins: Acknowledge and celebrate your successes, no matter how small. This will help you stay motivated and committed to your goals.

The Benefits of Strive for 5

Implementing the “Strive for 5” method can have a profound impact on your life. Here are some of the key benefits:

  • Reduced Stress: By planning ahead and prioritizing your tasks, you’ll feel less overwhelmed and more in control of your time.
  • Improved Well-Being: Prioritizing movement, self-care, and enjoyable activities will boost your physical and mental health.
  • Increased Productivity: Focusing on your needle movers will help you achieve your goals and make meaningful progress in your personal and professional life.
  • Stronger Relationships: By syncing calendars and scheduling fun activities, you’ll strengthen your connection with your loved ones.
  • Greater Confidence: As you start accomplishing your goals and feeling more in control, your confidence will soar.

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