3 Things I Am LOVING Lately:

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3 Things I Am Loving Lately What about you

This week the majority of the kids in our area went back to school! Even though we are 100% homeschooling this year this effects our family as it means that all the summer activities have come to an end.

The end of summer always makes me a bit sad. I LOVE summer. I love the break from routine, the extra time to spend just hanging out with my husband, my kids and my friends.

However by the end of summer I am so way out of routine that things start getting behind. I have dirty laundry avalanche happening in my basement right now, and I can’t remember the last time I got beyond just keeping up with minimum blog work.

So this week I am pressing the reset button and getting back into routine.

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First Thing I am LOVING Lately…

Facebook Live

So this week I promised to give you updates on how I am doing with getting up at 4:45 each weekday and following the new morning routine I made based off what I learned in Make Over Your Mornings as well as following my new nightly routine based on what I learned in Make Over Your Evenings (psst…. both courses are on sale for a great price right now)

I was originally thinking these updates would be just be a picture on Facebook or Instagram or perhaps even a daily post but then I got brave and decided to jump way out of my comfort zone and do a Facebook live video sharing an update and a few words on what I have learned from the course.

I liked it so much that I went on to make a second and am thinking this might be a semi regular weekday thing. I am not setting a regular time as yet but generally sometime between 11 am and 12 EST works really well for me. If you go over to my Facebook page and click on the little “v” simple in the top corner of my last video then scroll down the list that pops up and click more and then click on “live notifications” you will be notified when I go live. It is also available for everyone to watch after it is posted too! It isn’t like periscope it doesn’t disappear–unless I did so badly that I decide to delete it  🙂

They dance on

Second Thing I am LOVING Lately…

I got a free copy of They Danced On

I was so excited when Tyndale Rewards offered They Danced On as their feature book of the week. I have read both book one of the series and book 2 and was anxiously awaiting the 3rd . It only came out a few weeks ago so I was surprised to see Tyndale Rewards offer it for points so quickly. I have been running to mailbox daily hoping it would be there when finally yesterday it arrived.

If it weren’t for me writing about how I need to stick to a new routine to get more done, I so would have had yet another book hangover today. But I will be good and save it for Friday night and Saturday when I can stay up a late reading it and be able to sleep it off .

donuts

Third Thing I am LOVING Lately…

My redhead runner and I are keeping our new summer tradition going into fall

It took about 3 summer bike rides to get my redhead runner in  biking shape enough to reach the local donut shop and back.

Once she tried their amazing donuts for the first time she was hooked! At first bite she turned to me and said “oh my goodness this has to be a weekly thing”

And so biking for donuts was born. Sadly she had to return to work this week and so we thought we would have to give up our weekly ride—that is until we realized if we could swap out our Saturday run for biking for donuts until at least October or perhaps even November depending on how long the warm weather lasts.

This makes me so happy! Biking and donuts are two things I really love and to combine them with time with one of my closest friends —win/win!

Oh and if you wonder how my behind can take long bike rides my secret is padded shorts like these and a premium seat upgrade (visit your local bike store for a new seat, they can best fit your body (er behind) shape.

Stop Rushing Around and Start Finding Time To Reach Your Dreams

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Make Over Your Mornings & Evenings: One Sale This Week Only!

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Just in case you didn’t see my post yesterday about how I am getting back into routine after the crazy lazy days of summer I wanted you to know about an awesome sale this week on the Make Over Your Mornings and Make Over Your Evenings courses.

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 August 8th through August 15th
 Buy either Make Over Your Mornings or Make Over Your Evenings for $10 (normally $17)!  And an added bonus, if you buy one title for $10, you can get the other title for $7!  
 
Basically you can get both copies for the price of one–thrifty score!
I personally have gone through both courses and benefited from the wisdom Crystal Paine shares within them greatly.
I seriously would not be able to get as much done in a day as I do if it weren’t for adhering to the advice shared in these two courses.

Here is what you can expect from both Make Over Your Mornings & Make Over Your Evenings

 A  14 day 5/5/5 formula: 5 minute video/ 5 minutes of reading / 5 minute workbook activity

You need to devote only 15 minutes a day to complete the course in 14 days. You of course could do it quicker or slower. Once you buy the course you get access to it 24/7 for as long as you want. You can even take either of the courses over again if you wish.

With the videos you also receive a downloadable PDF that contains the daily readings and printables to do the daily assignments.

I sent mine to the Kindle app on my iPad so that whenever I feel like my mornings or evenings are getting off course I can quickly access the PDF of Make Over Your Mornings or Make Over Your Evenings and quickly see where I have gotten off track and discover what I need to do to become more productive again.

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Make Over Your Mornings will help you…

  • Develop a morning routine and before bed routine that actually works—and that sets you up for amazing success!
  • Streamline your morning tasks so that the biggest priorities are accomplished first.
  • Learn how to make to-do lists that support your day, instead of strangle your life.
  • Create realistic, but stretching goals and then follow through with them.
  • Discover the power of accountability and how to implement it into your life.
  • Establish internal and external motivations to create perseverance in your new routines.
  • Find time to refuel your tank and make space in your day for things you love.
  • Experience much more focus, organization, and clarity in your daily life.

(from the Make Over Your Mornings home page)

Make Over Your Evenings

Make Over Your Evenings will help you…

  • Establish a Realistic Evening Routine that works—and that sets you up for amazing success!
  • Design a Prioritized To Do List for each day—one that you’re actually excited to wake up and tackle!
  • Create a Best Stuff List of the most important activities and commitments you should be investing your time, life, and energy into right now.
  • Eliminate calendar conflicts once and for all—and how to do so without guilt or frustration.
  • Nourish your body, nurture your soul, and no longer put your health on the back burner—even in the middle of a busy and full life.
  • Assemble a wardrobe of simple outfits you love and that make you feel great—so you can finally, as Dear Abby Leigh says, “Dress for the day you want to have, instead of the one that’s trying to have you”!
  • Develop a contagious, positive attitude—so you can experience and express more joy in your everyday life.
  • Stop sleepwalking through life—and start stepping into the fulfillment that comes from living up to your full potential.

(from the Make Over Your Evenings home page)

Remember these courses are normally $17 a piece but right now until August 15th you can get one for $10 and then if you wish get the second one for just $7.

Get your copy of Make Over Your Mornings Here!

Get your copy of Make Over Your Evenings Here!

During checkout you will be given the option of purchasing the second course for just $7.

 

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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.

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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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