What To Expect When You Start Implementing Make Over Your Mornings And Make Over Your Evenings

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So last week I told you that I needed to press the reset button and get my routine back on track after the crazy lazy days of summer.

What to expect when you start transforming your days with the Make Over Your Mornings and Evenings courses. Trust me--it is not as hard as you think to transform your days from frantic to fabulous.

 

I was staying up at least 2 hours later than normal and therefore sleeping 2 hours later most days. I was feeling really rushed in the mornings and this snail pacer really dislikes being rushed.

So I took the time to reread Make Over Your Mornings and Make Over Your Evenings to refresh myself on what it takes to start and end a day well and I made myself both a morning routine and a night routine.

Here are a few things I discovered about pressing the reset button on my morning and evening routines

I dress better when I pick my clothing out the night before

In Make Over Your Evenings Crystal mentions that one way to prepare for a less rushed morning is to pick out an outfit for the next day before you go to bed.

I was doing this for a short while this spring and then I just fell out of the habit. This week when I picked up the habit once again I noticed by mid week that I had felt better about what I was wearing all week.

When I pick an outfit in the morning, I am often rushed and just grab the first thing I see. A tank top and shorts becomes my daily uniform and forget jewelry–who has time for that? But when I pick my outfit out at night I have time to think about my outfit. I also have the time to add accessories to it.

It is rough to get up with that alarm the first few mornings

The first two days I got up with my alarm I was really tired, but by day three I woke up well rested before the alarm.

My tip is to place your alarm clock far away from where you are sleeping so you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Place your robe and clothes for the next day beside it–so you can hit the ground with everything you need to be ready for your day. Also turn on those lights as soon as you can. Of course, if you have a sleeping spouse beside you that might mean waiting until you are in the next room.

Eventually you do start getting tired earlier

The reason it was so hard to get up those first two mornings is that I had not gotten the 7 to 8 hours sleep my body likes. I simply wasn’t able to fall asleep early enough to get those hours in since my body was used to a much later bed time. By night three though, my body gave in to the earlier bedtime that was needed and I was able to wake up on time without feeling groggy.

There are always more hurdles in sticking to your routine than you might think

Getting to bed earlier was harder than getting up earlier. Each night I had to juggle things with my husband and my older son that drives so that I didn’t need to be out picking up my younger son or daughter at a time when I should be in bed.

No one needs to be picked up from an event at 4:45 in the morning!

Now I realize I am not always going to be able to crawl into bed by 9 each night, but for the first week I really wanted to do my best to make it happen so that a habit was formed.

Even if you don’t follow the guidelines of a course perfectly you can reap rewards

I did not follow all  the suggestions of Make Over Your Mornings and Make Over Your Evenings to the letter. For instance, I did not make a to do list at night even though Crystal, the course author, swears it is a huge productivity must. I know that I am not a person who can make my to do list in the evening.

I know for a lot of people it helps them stop thinking about all they need to remember to do the next day but for me it gets me thinking, “Oh, I can knock that off the list right now,” and then next thing I know I am in bed hours later than I wanted to be.

I write my to do list in the morning and you know what? I don’t feel rushed each day doing so.

While I was thinking on this last week it reminded me that many people toss courses and such completely aside because one point doesn’t work for them–guess what: you can still reap rewards from courses like Make Over Your Evenings and Make Over Your Mornings even if a few points don’t work for you.

Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water–instead reap a harvest from what works and store the rest to share with friends it might work for.

You have to do it for you and no one else

When I pressed publish on last Monday’s post I was really hoping that many of you would comment and say, “I am so in!” And I got crickets. Not a single person said, “Me too!” And for 24 hours it was all that I could think about. I almost scrapped the whole  idea of sharing live Facebook updates on how I was doing, but I decided I needed the accountability of updates whether or not others joined in.

I have missed my un-rushed early morning hours for quite some time. I needed them back. This challenge was truly 100% about me and that is why it worked.

If you are about to make a change in your life, you need to dig deep first and find out if you are 100% in or if you are allowing someone else to make you think you need this. Until you are 100% in–the change won’t stick.

Grab the courses  and press your own reset button

Make Over Your Mornings and Make Over Your Evenings Sale are reasonably priced, easy to use, and simple to implement. Plus they are cram packed with information that will help you get more done in less time so that you can have some time each day to relax.

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My reset post and this post just scratch the surface on all the great things there are to learn in these courses–things that will transform your day from frantic to fabulous.

Would you benefit from a less rushed start to your day? Would you benefit from more time in your day for you? If so, go grab the Make Over Your Mornings Course (click here) and/or the Make Over Your Evenings Course (click here) today–trust me you won’t regret it. (psst–it even comes with a 30 day money back guarantee)

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How To Get Your Days Back On Track After The Crazy Lazy Days Of Summer

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Summer–if done right–has days full of fun that push into the late evening hours with backyard campfires and late night swims.

Though they’re fun, those cram packed crazy lazy days can really wreak havoc on daily routines. I don’t know about you, but by the time summer break is over I am falling asleep hours later than normal, getting up at least an hour later and getting a whole lot less work done all day long.

How to get your days back on track after the crazy lazy days of summer. Press the reset button on your productivity with these tips.

 

Now I wouldn’t want my summers any other way. I like the break in routine and summer is a great time for building memories with those we love. However, once schools in the area start heading back to class I can’t help but look around and realize that the fun has to end soon. The laundry is piling up, the clutter is growing, my blog is suffering from weeks of just doing the minimum and as for workouts and diet–well thank goodness I have some shorts with stretchy waistbands.

I have decide this week that enough is enough–I need to get back into a better routine.

I would love it if you would join me. I need all the support I can get. Leave a comment below telling me you are in and then next Monday ,August 15, come back and tell me how you did. I am going to post a “how I did” style post that day. You can also watch for updates during the week on Facebook and Instagram and if I get super organized I might just post an update or two right here on the blog.

For now let me tell you about how you and I can get back on track with our routines.

Getting Your Days Back On Track After The Crazy Lazy Days Of Summer

I am using the advice I learned in the Make Over Your Mornings Course as well as the Make Over Your Evenings course to help me get back into a good routine.

From Crystal’s video driven courses I picked 3 things to focus on that will help me get back into a good routine fast.

How to get your days back on track after the crazy lazy days of summer. Press the reset button on your productivity with these tips.

3 areas to focus on while creating new routines

1. Have a why

In her Make Over Your Evenings Course Crystal talks about needing a solid why if you are going to succeed at making changes. Why do you want to get up early? Why do you want to spend your evening prepping for the next day?

My Why: I want to get back to getting up early so I can feel less rushed. I want to organize my evenings for the same reason. I hate waking up feeling like I am already behind and that is how I am feeling lately.

2. Pick 3 to 5 things

Crystal is big on list making and in her courses she suggests having a list of 3 to 5 things you want to do each evening and morning. We are not talking about just tasks, but also things just for you that give you energy for the rest of your day or relax you so you can get a good night’s sleep.

Here are my 3 things for morning

  1. Have a un-rushed time of prayer and bible reading
  2. Enjoy a longer workout guilt free (lately I feel like I need to cut them short to make time to work around summer fun)
  3. Get to my computer at an earlier time than I have been all summer

Here are my 4 things for evening

  1. Lay out my workout clothes
  2. Lay out my outfit
  3. Take an after dinner walk (until it gets too dark after dinner)
  4. Read my book or watch TV for an hour

3. Create a Schedule

Crystal is very clear in both Make Over Your Mornings and Make Over Your Evenings that you should create a schedule for a perfect day, but also make a plan B and even a plan C for when days don’t go as planned.

Here is my Plan A schedule and you will notice that my mornings have two plans, due to when I can meet with my running partner and when Yoga class begins.

Evening

  1. Finish dinner 6:00 ish
  2. Take a 20 to 30 minute walk
  3. Lay out my workout gear, and my outfit for the next day
  4. Tidy house up while I brew my favorite night time herbal tea
  5. Be either reading a book or watching TV by 7:30 and get to bed by 9 at latest.
  6. Fast asleep by 10 at latest (It  takes me awhile to drift off to sleep)

Morning

Up at 4:45 weekdays. I know–early! But my running partner is a teacher and we need to meet shortly after 5 for us to get a run in before her workday begins. I decided I might as well make that my Monday through Friday rising time.

On Weekends I plan on not setting the alarm clock as much as possible to allow my body to get any additional rest it needs–but to be honest I am a natural early bird. If I wake up at seven I say, “Wow, I slept in!” (I am not kidding!)

Don’t worry though, Crystal does not tell you in Make Over Your Mornings what time you have to get up; she teaches how to make a plan for your morning that will have you starting your day well.

Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday

  • 4:45 to 5:30 Bible and prayer time.
  • 5:30 to 5:45 get ready for Yoga
  • 5:45 to 7:15 Yoga
  • 7:15 to 9:30 Grab a quick bite to eat and then grab my bike and take a long ride (until the weather turns and forces me to switch to a shorter stationary bike ride)
  • 9:30 to 10:30 Shower, dress, assign chores for the children and then get myself situated to work.
  • 10:30 Start work

I will probably only head out for a bike ride 2 out of 3 days but I have learned through the years to aim higher than the goal I want to hit. So I will aim for 3 bike rides even though I only want to get out twice. On the morning I don’t bike ride I will get to work much earlier and swim laps in the afternoon with my daughter.

(Confession: this week I won’t be able to fit in a single bike ride as I have to have my son at soccer practice by 8 a.m.–so my plan B is to do the schedule up until 7:15 each day then grab my work stuff so I can blog at the coffee shop while he is at practice)

Tuesday/ Thursday

  • 4:45 to 5:15 get ready to run
  • 5:15 to 6:15 run
  • 6:15 to 7 At home strength workout
  • 7 to 8 Shower, get dressed, eat breakfast, have bible and prayer time assign children their chores for the day.
  • 8 Start work

If you read this post I wrote a few months ago you might notice I changed and started assigning my children their chores in the morning rather than evening. This is because looking around my house to see what chores my children needed to do was waking me up in the evenings. I would see something needing to be done and want to just get it done right then and there, which would wake me up thus causing me to fall asleep later than I wanted–which in turn made for sleepy mornings.

So just like I don’t write my to do list at night I won’t be writing out my children’s chores either.

This goes against the guidelines  in Make Over Your Evenings, but I believe that one should always try what they learn, and then toss what doesn’t work for them. Just because one part of a course doesn’t work for you doesn’t mean you should toss the entire course.

There are so many other valuable points that do work for me in both Make Over Your Evenings and Make Over Your Mornings.

Update: Go here to find out how the first week of implementing my new routines went.

Are you ready to get back into routine after the crazy lazy days of summer?

Make Over Your Mornings and Make Over Your Evenings Sale are reasonably priced, easy to use, and simple to implement. Plus they are cram packed with information that will help you get more done in less time so that you can have some time each day to relax.

moym and moye

This post and  my update sharing how things went,  just scratch the surface on all the great things there are to learn in these courses–things that will transform your day from frantic to fabulous.

Would you benefit from a less rushed start to your day? Would you benefit from more time in your day for you? If so, go grab the Make Over Your Mornings Course (click here) and/or the Make Over Your Evenings Course (click here) today–trust me you won’t regret it. (psst–it even comes with a 30 day money back guarantee)

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2016 Goal Update: April

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Goals for 2016

Here is how I did in April with my goals for 2016.

(psst….the Ultimate Homemakers Bundle sale mentioned in my goal update is over but if you sign up for my weekly newsletter I will make sure you are well aware of the next one. You can sign up by clicking here.)

My Mind

Read one business book each month

I listened to most of  How To Talk To Anyone: 92 Little Tricks For Big Success in Relationships and do plan to finish it this week. I am gaining a lot of tips on how to start conversations with new people I meet and how to keep those conversations going however, the narrator for the audio book version is a bit more peppy than my personality. There are also  some words in this book that have sadly changed meaning since the book was written.

WorkingFromHome (with words)

This month I plan to take a break from listening to audio books and read the eBook Building A Frame Work: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook that retails for $25 but I got it as part of the Ultimate Homemakers Bundle which is $29.97 and includes over $1000 worth or eBooks, e-course and bonuses. You can take advantage of this great deal too! But only until Midnight!

As far as my goal for reading 52 books goes I am currently up to 22 books, however I need to take a moment and write them all down.

tri-goalsMy Fitness

Return to cross-training

In January I concentrated just on yoga. In February I added in two days of swimming each week. In March I added in biking.  Over the month of April  I have been slowly getting back to running. I finally last week made a 3 mile run without stopping–but it took a lot of effort. . My goal is to be able to do this comfortably by the end of the month.

Just one treat--goal 2016My Eating

One daily treat only

I did better with this goal than I did in March. I got a bit off track when some warm days hit and the local ice cream parlors were calling my name. However most days–one treat.

Date dayMy Marriage

1 date day a month with my hubby.

Or date day in April was a trip to Cincinnati . We had a great time wandering Ikea, trying out new foods at Jungle Jim’s market and enjoying the view of St Mary’s lake before crossing back into Indiana.

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I plan to read the book 175 Best Date Ideas ($9.99) this coming month to see if I can’t come up with a few new great date day ideas. I received it as part of the Ultimate Homemakers Bundle in the Marriage category . The bundle has 10 categories full of resources to help homemakers with all aspects of their lives.

 

30 times 12 challengeMy Home

Get rid of 30 items in my home each and every month.

I tossed 3o items in April with a little bit of help from my daughter.

In June the community where the current home we are renovating to rent is located is having a huge community wide rummage. My family is planning to take part. We also plan to take part in a large second hand homeschooling curriculum sale that month.

Organization (with words)

My plan is to gain inspiration to toss deep in preparation for these two sales by going through the Cozy Minimalist Mom course and by re-reading 31 Days To A Clutter Free Life. Both these resources together retail for $36.99 but I got them as part of the Ultimate Homemakers Bundle which was just $29.97.

Blog goal

My Business

Finish an eBook.

 

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Above is a picture of my fingers about to press the button in google drive that sent my eBook to a content editor. One. Step. Closer.

I am still thinking it will be a few months more until it is available in Kindle format on Amazon. This process is both exciting and nerve racking.

One new recipeMy Culinary Creativity

Try one new recipe a month.

Not one new recipe tried in the entire month of April!

Recipes (with numbers)

I am hoping that the recipe eBooks that came in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle will inspire me to try not one but two new recipes in May.

I am very interested in trying the recipes from the Miracle Dough eBook a $12 value that was part of the huge bundle.

Set a wow goal!My WOW Goal

As in the past 2 years, my WOW goal is something I am going to share just with a select few. This year’s isn’t blog related but it is still big and going to be a challenge.

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Update: This goal has taken on an entirely new direction and this bag pictured above has something to do with that new direction!

(psst…. I gave you another hint to what this is last month-soon I will tell all but plans are still falling into place right now)

One!

My Word For 2016

This. Is. So. Hard!

But every time I get off track I think  of the book that inspired the word ONE as my word for 2016 and get back to focusing on my one goals.

How did you do with your goals this month? Share with me in the comments.

A Resource That Will Help You Achieve Your Goals

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What area of your life do you want to improve in? Do you want to manage your money better? Earn more money? Finally figure out how to tame that laundry pile? Make time for personal refreshment more of a priority?

There are resources to help you will all those goals and more in the Ultimate Homemakers Bundle but hurry today is the last day of the sale. It ends at Monday at Midnight EST.

Tip from an experienced Ultimate Bundle Buyer: Focus on just the resources  and bonuses you know you want and consider the others  the sprinkles on an iced cake. In other words if you get to them, you get to them, if not you still saved money.

Above I listed just 5 resources I intend to use from the bundle and they total $83.98. The bundle is $29.97 so I am already saving $54.01 and I know I am at the very least going to cash in on some of the amazing bonuses (listed below) .

Yep this thrifty gal just told you it is okay to buy something you won’t use all of!

Psst…

Bonuses (sized)

The Ultimate Homemakers Bundle also includes an incredible line up of bonuses including ….

FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap, Mrs. Meyer’s Multi Surface Spray, Grove Collaborative Spray Bottle, Grove Collaborative Scrubber Sponges and FREE 60-day VIP trial with FREE shipping from Grove Collaborative ($30 value)

FREE Online Class from Craftsy ($29.99-$69.99 value)

FREE Kids Discovery Box from GreenKidCrafts.com ($24.95 value)

$15 Gift Certificate to InkWELL Press ($15 value)

$15 Credit to Hope Ink Shop PLUS Two FREE 8×10 Art Prints with Any Purchase ($71)

FREE SPOT Treatment for Acne & Eczema OR a $15 Gift Certificate from Bloom Naturals ($15 value)

FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt.com ($30)

FREE 1-Year MollyGreen.com Membership ($29 value)

FREE Hand Massage Routine Videos from Melt Couples Massage ($24 value)

Molly Green Magazine offer

And that MollyGreen bonus comes with a year long subscription to rightnow media which is a library of over 10,000 streaming videos that you can view online or through an app on your tablet or smart TV!!!!!! (This is my favorite bonus by far)
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