Mini Challenge Day Seven: Take Time To Review Your Morning Routine Regularly

Mini Challenge Day Seven: Take Time To Review Your Morning Routine Regularly

Creating routines and habits for your mornings are a great thing. As we’ve discussed in this challenge, these morning routines allow you to do what you need to do to move ahead without having to spend a lot of energy and time thinking about it.

That’s a good thing. However, it can also be a dangerous thing when you’ve been focusing on the wrong things and are in the habit of doing things that are no longer helping you reach your goals.

When we get into a routine, it’s hard to stop and ask ourselves if it’s working as well as it could be. Even more importantly, with a routine and a set of habits firmly established, it’s easy to keep going even when the circumstances change.

That’s why it’s important to take some time every now and again to review our routine and habits, including the new morning routine. Today, on the final day of the challenge, we’ll cover how and when to review your routine and why it is important.

We want to make sure your routine is ready for edits when necessary to keep you on track to meeting your morning and daytime goals.

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When To Review

Set aside a little time every few weeks, or even months to review your routine. Put it on the calendar and make sure you do it. It won’t take long and it will be a very valuable exercise in the long run. Our lives and circumstances change. Our routines should change with it. Just because something has served us well over the past few weeks and months, doesn’t mean it will continue to do so. Which brings up a good point…

 

How To Review

When you sit down to review your morning routine (or any routine or habit you’ve been working on for that matter), ask yourself these questions:

1) Is it working?
2) Is it working really well?

If it is, simply carry on.

If it isn’t, it may be time to make some changes and tweak it until you find something that works well for you at that particular point in time.

Another way to look at it is to find what you love and what you hate about the new morning routine. Change it accordingly until you get as close as possible to loving everything about it and still getting the results you want.

Remember, this morning routine will change and evolve over time as you, your circumstances, and the people in your life change and evolve. Embrace the changes and look at them as an indication that you’re making progress.

Stay focused on the ultimate goal of productivity and meeting your goals both personal and professional and remind yourself how your mornings set the tone for your entire day.

Keep tweaking and improving your morning routine and don’t be afraid to mix up your goals for it. Maybe you started out by making exercise a priority first thing in the day. As time goes by and you become more fit and make time for it later in the day, your focus may shift to meditation, or learn a new language.

Keep evolving, keep changing, and keep using those precious first few hours of each day to establish some positive change in yourself and those around you.

You did it – you completed the 7-day mini challenge! I hope this challenge benefitted you far beyond making your mornings easier. I hope you were able to learn ways to set yourself up for success the rest of the day and how to invest your time wisely.

I’d love to hear what you thought about the challenges and the results it was able to have on your morning routine. Thanks for participating, and I look forward to the next challenge!

Corinne

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Mini Challenge Day Six: The Importance Of Habits And Routines

Mini Challenge Day Six: The Importance Of Habits And Routines

With your new morning game plan figured out, it’s time to not only put it into action but make it your new morning routine. Why is this important?

Because you want to make sure your new plan happens every morning without fail and turning it into a routine is the best way to make sure that happens.
Before something becomes a habit or a routine, it takes a lot of willpower to things happen. That’s energy that you will need for other things throughout your morning and busy rest of the day.

Yes, it will take some willpower, mental energy, and drive at first to create the new morning habits, but once they are set, it will become automatic like brushing your teeth before bed. You’ve got this!

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Let me introduce myself. My name is Corinne and I provide VA and content repurposing services to fitness coaches and mom bloggers. There are a million things on our to-do list as mompreneurs from blogging, to trying to lose 5 pounds and making sure the house doesn’t fall apart. I am always looking for ways to be more efficient and how I can reduce the amount of time it takes to accomplish my tasks. I experiment with new ideas and share them on my blog if they are a success! Today I want to share…

 

Learning How to Stick to a Routine

Once you come up with a morning routine that works for you, do whatever you can to stick to it for a few weeks. That’s the best way to turn it into a strong habit. Repetition is everything!

Before long, it will feel like the new normal and you no longer have to remind yourself to do each thing along the way. It will have become a habit and a routine you’ll follow automatically. It will take a lot less effort and mental pep-talk to get things done…even if your new routine includes a 30-minute run, or getting up at the crack of down to work on your most important business task for an hour.

Watch out for moments when you slip back into your old habits and routines. It’s going to happen. The key is to catch it early and get back on track as quickly as possible.

For example, let’s say you’ve been doing well with waking up 30 minutes earlier and going for a run before you start your day. Then one day you oversleep and can’t make it out there. Or the weather turns too bad, you get sick or hurt, or something else pops up that keeps you from going on that run.

That’s life. It happens. What’s important is what you decide to do the next morning. It’s never too late to circle back around.

 

Getting Back On Track

First off, it’s important to note, as I said previously, that life happens. Your most important job whenever life gets in the way of your new morning routine is to get back on track as quickly as possible.

Do what you can as soon as you notice the disruption. If the weather is bad, do a quick workout at home, or head to the gym to run on the treadmill. If you overslept, try to squeeze in a few minutes of meditation or do something to grow your business before you get back to the rest of your day.

Most importantly, get back on track with your regular morning routine as soon as possible. Get back into your new habits the next morning if at all possible. Actively remind yourself to get back on track for a few days until it routine is firmly back in place.

You’ll be glad you did when you start to see the results you’ve been hoping for.

You can be your own best cheerleader. Celebrate the victories of established habits and routines and make sure you remind yourself how far you’ve come when you make big changes.

It’s so important to never overlook progress and victories no matter how small they may be! When it comes to setting a routine, it’s never easy. It will take time, but you can handle it. This challenge has been working day by day to get you on the path to a full morning makeover, and you’re almost there!

Tomorrow is the last day of the challenge! Wow, that went by quick. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and share your thoughts. As always, I welcome them!

Looking forward to tomorrow,
Corinne

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Mini Challenge Day Five: Come Up With A New Morning Game Plan

Mini Challenge Day Five: Come Up With A New Morning Game Plan

Now that you have a pretty good idea of what you want to do in the morning, what you don’t want to or need to do, and where to find the extra time needed, it’s time to put it all together in a new morning game plan.

This morning game plan will be able to move forward with you as you work to incorporate more efficient, rewarding, and productive mornings into your life. No matter what your particular game plan includes, it’s important you set yourself up to win!

There’s no easy time to start, and with this challenge, I hope you find the inspiration you need to make over your mornings. Let’s do this!

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Let me introduce myself. My name is Corinne and I provide VA and content repurposing services to fitness coaches and mom bloggers. I feel there is always a way to do something better and faster. My goal (through my services and blog posts) is to help you grow your business, simplify your home (so it doesn’t fall apart while you grow your business) all while looking good doing it! I am always looking for ways to be more efficient and how I can reduce the amount of time it takes to accomplish my tasks. I experiment with new ideas and share them on my blog if they are a success! Today I want to share…

 

Where To Begin

The best place to start is with the new set of tasks that are most important to you.

Figure out a preliminary time during which you want to get them accomplished. If your goal is to go for a run in the morning, you may decide to do that first thing before getting a shower and having breakfast.

If your goal is to meditate each morning, you may decide it would work best after you’ve had a cup of coffee. If your goal is to find some time for reading or your favorite hobby in the morning, you could carve out some time before everyone else gets up and while you enjoy that first coffee.

The same goes for wanting time in the morning to work on your business or learn something new.

It’s important you personalize your game plan for the morning for who it matters most – YOU! There is no generic game plan that works for everyone, and it’s okay to make tweaks over time if you find some schedules work better than others.

Next Steps

Once you’ve got your rough outline of a game plan going, it’s time to work the rest of your morning chores around these new plans. It may take some shuffling around and mixing up with your current routine, but with a little creative thinking and a bit of flexibility, I’m sure you can come up with a working plan.

Making over your morning and turning it into a new routine isn’t something that comes naturally to most of us. It takes a little while to get into the groove of things. We’ll look at this in a little more detail tomorrow.

For right now, my suggestion is that you write your new morning game plan down. It’s easy to forget what you’re planning to do. Writing it down will not only give you a reference to refer back to, but also solidify your new plan in your mind.

 

Writing It Down

Once you’ve written down your game plan, put the note, or notebook where you jotted down your new plan, on your night table or somewhere else where you’ll see it first thing in the morning.

This will help serve as a reminder of what you’re intending to do (and do differently) in the morning now.

Even though you’ve written your plan down, it’s important to realize it’s not written in stone. The well-laid out plans don’t always work when put into action. Adjust it and make changes as needed until you come up with a new morning game plan that works well for you and the rest of your family.

Once you have that it’s time to make it the new routine… something we’ll talk more about tomorrow.

Hooray! You’ve got a game plan drafted and you are well on your way to a smooth and productive morning. I’m excited to see how this challenge plays out for you, and I’d love to hear ideas of what you’ve been incorporating into your morning lists.

If you have advice to share, I’d love to hear it! Making changes to a routine of any kind isn’t easy, but with the right support, it can be!

Best,
Corinne

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Mini Challenge Day Four: Determining What You Should Be Doing Is Crucial

Mini Challenge Day Four: Determining What You Should Be Doing Is Crucial

Yesterday we talked about finding the time in your busy morning to do the things that are important to you. Today I want you to think about what you should and what you shouldn’t be doing in those first few hours of the day.

This is an important idea to ponder. So often we get stuck in a rut or a routine and do things because that’s what we’ve always done. We do it without really thinking about whether or not it’s the best use of our time.

Today we’re going to go through ways to figure out what really is important that you do, and what can wait until later. We’ll sort through the necessity of making smart use of your limited morning time, and how you can use your morning to truly jumpstart your day.

If This is Your First Time Here

Let me introduce myself. My name is Corinne and I provide VA and content re-purposing services to fitness coaches and mom bloggers. When I first started blogging as a business I was SUPER overwhelmed. I didn’t post on a consistent schedule, I wasn’t getting any page views and I was not making any money! I knew there had to be an easier and faster way to get my content and message out into the world! After a lot of trial and error, I now share all my tips and tricks for making blogging easier!!! Today I want to share…

 

It’s Not About Cramming More Things Into Less Time

Making over your morning isn’t about figuring out how to cram more tasks into fewer hours. That’s an easy misconception to have, though. Mornings have limited time, and sometimes our to-do lists seem endless!

When you read books and articles on productivity and time management, that’s often the main message and gist of it. While it can help in the short term, it isn’t a good long-term strategy for meaningful change. Very soon you’ll hit the limit of how much faster and how much more efficient you can get.

Shift your thinking and don’t try to add to what you do in the morning. If you want 15 minutes for bible study, meditation, or exercise, don’t just think about getting up 15 minutes earlier, or shaving 15 minutes off your morning routine by showering faster, getting dressed in record time, and rushing through breakfast.

In other words, don’t add to your already lengthy list of things that need to get done. You’ll only feel more rushed and stressed if you do. Learn how to make the smart choices to utilize the time you do have.

 

It’s About Making Smart Choices About Using Your Time

Instead, what you should be thinking about is the best use of your time in the morning. Compare your perfect morning with your current morning routine. What aren’t you doing on your ideal morning? If you can start by cutting things out, finding time to do what’s important to you becomes much easier.

There are two great ways to find things you can stop doing. The first is to look for busy work. This is something you do out of habit that doesn’t necessarily need doing every day. Maybe it’s checking your email first thing in the morning or playing around on Facebook for half an hour while you drink your coffee.

If that’s how you choose to spend your time, that’s perfectly fine, but if you’re doing it out of habit it may be time to rethink it.

The second way to quickly earn back time is to see if you’re doing things or others that they can do themselves. Kids are the perfect example. We start out fixing their breakfast, making their lunch, cleaning up after them, picking out their clothes, and making sure their backpack is packed and ready to do.

When kids are very small, we have to do these things, but all too often we continue to do them long after they’re capable of doing things on their own. The same goes for things we do for our spouse.

Maybe there was a time when you had less to do in the morning and it made sense to take on the majority of morning chores. Did things change and if so, is it time to lighten your load and get help from your partner? A few small changes may be all it takes to make the time in your busy morning for what’s important to you.

Think about this, and make time to have a conversation with your spouse or kids about how to get them involved more in your morning routine. Teach your kids responsibility and accountability through this, and maybe even make a game out of it!

If you’ve thought of things to cut out of your morning to-do list, I’d love to hear them! It can be hard to pinpoint ways to save time, but once you do, it is so rewarding! You’ll be able to focus on the things that matter with the little time you have in the mornings.

I’m so glad you’re taking on this challenge, and can’t wait to hear about all the effective changes you make.

Have a great one!
Corinne

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Mini Challenge Day Three: Finding Time In Your Busy Morning

Mini Challenge Day Three: Finding Time In Your Busy Morning

Mornings are busy and they can be quite chaotic. If you have a young family and plenty of people to get ready and out the door, you know this first hand. Sometimes mornings can seem impossible like there’s not nearly enough time for all you have to accomplish.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way, no matter how busy you think you are first thing in the day. Earlier I shared with you how the first few hours in the morning set the tone for the entire rest of the day.

We need to really focus on that during this challenge. Do you want your mornings to leave you feeling rushed, frantic, and like you’re constantly running and trying to catch up? Or do you want your mornings to set you up for a day that is calm, collected, productive, and with a feeling that you’re in control?

It’s up to you and it’s all about embracing these two simple concepts. That’s what we’re covering in today’s challenge.

In Case You Are New to My Blog

Let me introduce myself. My name is Corinne and I provide VA and content repurposing services to fitness coaches and mom bloggers. I feel there is always a way to do something better and faster. My goal (through my services and blog posts) is to help you grow your business, simplify your home (so it doesn’t fall apart while you grow your business) all while looking good doing it! I am always looking for ways to be more efficient and how I can reduce the amount of time it takes to accomplish my tasks. I experiment with new ideas and share them on my blog if they are a success! Today I want to share…

 

Concept One: Getting Up Early Enough

It’s SO tempting to hit the snooze button and catch a few more minutes of sleep, isn’t it? It’s even harder to set the alarm early enough so that you have plenty of time for everything you want and need to get done. I get it.

If you’re not a morning person, moving up the alarm by 30 minutes to carve out a little extra time can be tough. Trust me though, after the first few mornings it’s not nearly as hard as you think and something you’ll quickly get used to. Once you see all that it sets up time for, you’ll never go back!

Getting up early enough and avoiding the snooze button at all costs is the key to a morning where you don’t feel rushed. Here’s the problem with cutting time too short, or worse hitting the snooze button a few times. It gets you behind from the very start.

By getting a late start, you end up having to rush to make it out the door in time and any little problem or speed bump along the way turns into a huge problem. Not being able to find the car keys is suddenly a major crisis because it could cause you to be late for work and the kids to be tardy at school.

Remember, your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. If you start it chasing downtime12 and things, that’s likely how you’ll spend the rest of your time.

Getting up early enough, on the other hand, puts you ahead of the game. You’re in control. You can take care of everything that needs doing in a calm manner and still have time for the important things you want to work on.

In short, getting up early enough sets you up for an amazing, productive day. Be sure to set the stage for success!

 

Concept Two: Restructuring Your Routine

Now, let’s spend a little time thinking about your current morning routine and where you’re spending time. Look for things you can change and tweak to find more time for the things you really want to do.

For example, if you want an extra 20 minutes in the morning to meditate, look at what you could take care ahead of time, eliminate, or delegate to make that time. If you spend a lot of time getting breakfast for everyone, get in the habit of setting the breakfast table the night before.

Get your spouse to get the coffee ready to go the night before, so all you have to do in the morning is push a button. Teach the kids to make their own breakfast and take the dirty dishes to the sink, rinse them, and put them in the dishwasher.

Make sure clothes are set out the night before (including yours), and that book bags, purses, briefcases, and car keys have a designated spot and that there where they need to be before you turn in for the night.

While these may seem trivial, trust me, they’ll become life (and time) savers! Small changes like this to your morning routine can make a big difference.

I challenge you to come up with a few small tweaks that will save you at least 30 minutes in the morning.

So, what small tweaks are you going to make to your morning? Will it be getting up earlier, setting things up the night before, or involving your family in the routine? I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas for getting the time together to establish your morning routine and set the stage for a smooth day ahead!

We’ll talk more tomorrow!
Corinne

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