As a stay-at-home mom, I have been able to make our own schedule for the past five years. Now that my oldest is going to kindergarten this fall, I will have to abide by a school schedule. This will be a big change!
I know that I will need to manage my schedule much differently as I am not used to getting my girls out the door early in the morning. This will not be easy on me. I will miss out on much of my morning alone time and I will have to be much more strict about bedtimes and morning routines. I will need to stop fitting in that One Last Thing that can make me late.
I am starting in on my September mini-goal early. I am going to force myself to schedule my evenings and mornings until I form the habits we need. I know that it’s key for my daughter to be well-rested and also have a non-rushed morning. Our mornings will go so much smoother and attitudes will be better if she doesn’t feel rushed!
My September Mini Goal: Plan out morning and evening schedules to help me stay on track
I created a morning and evening schedule printable that I plan on using until I get a handle on our new school routine. Forcing myself to write on an actual schedule helps me plan my time better. I am less likely to attempt to fit in too much for the time allowed.
Your September Mini Goal: Plan your morning and/or evening schedules.
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I cannot believe that back-to-school affects me this year. My oldest is going to kindergarten, so this is the first year of school visits and shopping for back-to-school supplies. I think I enjoyed school supply shopping as much as she did. In a few days, she will be holding this sign!I created a full set of First Day of School printables to share with you today.
The full PDF includes pre-school through eighth grade. I realize that you may be hard-pressed to get your seventh or eighth grader to hold a sign…but figured I would include it just in case.
Having to abide by a school schedule is new to me. As a stay-at-home mom, I have been able to make our own schedule for the past five years. This will be a big change for me!
I know that I will need to manage my schedule much differently as I am not used to getting my girls out the door early in the morning. If you are in the same boat as me and need to reset your mornings for back-to-school, consider checking out: Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings. I will be running a morning accountability group in September, so pick the eBook up and join me if you need to step back and take a look at your morning schedule.
If you have the desire for alone time, goals you want to fulfill, or habits you want to create, morning can be the perfect time.
People are often more focused, more alert, and more creative in the morning. Morning people are also said to be more productive. Mornings are such a quiet and beautiful time of day.
When you decide to be intentional with your morning time, you have the opportunity to set your priorities instead of someone setting them for you.
Why should you reset and maximize your mornings? So you can…
Feel more in control
Enjoy a more peaceful day
Get more organized
Take care of yourself, or
Have the time for your dreams, passion projects, blog, or a side business
Think about what it would mean for you to reset your mornings. Determine what you want to achieve and what success would look like.
Is success losing 10 pounds by doing morning workouts?
Do you want to write an eBook?
Do you desire a 10% increase in your home business?
Is success found in being a more patient mother?
Is your sole desire to spend 15 minutes in devotional time to start your day off on the right foot?
Is your primary goal to start your morning in a more relaxed, less hectic state?
What would it mean to achieve your goal? What would it mean to decide it’s not worth trying?
This step-by-step guide will help you:
Visualize your ideal morning
Decide your morning priorities
Plan your morning routine
Create a morning schedule
Make the most of your evening time
Decide on an accountability plan
Motivate you to use your mornings best to achieve the entire day that is your ultimate goal!
This eBook contains worksheets to help you as you make your morning plan. Some of the worksheets are printables you will be able to continue to use even after you have completed the book. Here is a sample of the Daily Plan printable:
The Accountability Group will be run within Facebook officially starting September 1. The group will go for one month. Enrollment in the Accountability Group will be limited to keep the group small enough to be effective. You will receive an invite to the group via e-mail.
If I don’t want to spend my entire morning checking items off my to-do list, is this eBook for me?
Yes! The goal here is not productivity for productivity’s sake. The goal is to plan out the morning that YOU want so as to achieve the entire day that is your ultimate goal.
This book is just less than 30 pages…why is this book so short?
I wanted to share actionable steps and worksheets to guide you on the journey to your best morning. I don’t want to waste your time with fluff and extra content. You will just receive the information and worksheets you need to guide you to making your best morning plan.
I cannot join the September Accountability Group. Will there be future groups?
Yes! I plan to lead other groups in the future. At this time, the accountability groups will NOT be run EVERY month. There is a link within the book to signup to be notified when the next group will start. Enrollment in an accountability group cannot be guaranteed with purchase. Future groups will be run based on the demand and interest of book purchasers.
I have heard if you give a kid a wand, it’s just a wand.
If you give a kid a stick, it’s a wand, a sword, a lightsaber, a torch, a staff, a stick, a spoon, a flashlight…it’s whatever the kid imagines it to be.
I enjoy watching this unfold with my five-year-old. The more simple the item is, the less toy-like it is, the more the imagination runs wild. While we have more than enough toys in the house, when we go outside our play is different. We rarely even get toys out when my daughter plays outside. She needs a place to run around and that is all. As soon as she has a place to run and the opportunity for free-play, the creative juices get flowing.
Regardless of the place of play, she is able to imagine and run. She is able to create stories. She is able to make any item into whatever fits into her play. Sand or gravel turns into food, money, or whatever her mind wants it to be.
Watching her imagination is just one of the benefits of unplugging, getting active, and getting outside. She also sleeps and eats better after having plenty of time running around outdoors.
Balanced and active play lays the foundation for a skilled, healthy, resilient, and successful society. Play is disappearing at home, in school, and in communities. 70% of moms played outside when they were kids and just 31% off their kids play outside today. This CLIF Kid video reminds you to Come Out to Play.
Let’s get the kids out to play! They will be happier…and so will mom and dad. It’s also key as the parent to unplug and get outside too. It’s important to be a good example and teach your children healthy habits.
With school around the corner, there are only a few more days or weeks of the freedom of a summer schedule. Use the time to get your children outside!
If your child struggles with free play, or if it’s hard to get them to unplug to get outside, you may need to help encourage their outdoor play. Here are a few tips:
Think of a movie or set of characters that they like. Encourage them to act out a scene or pretend they are the characters of their favorite movie.
Use walking, running, or biking as a way to get to your destination.
Find a hill to run up or roll down.
Plan a Backyard Olympic event with your neighbors.
When we go to the park, my daughter loves running around the paths more than anything. She loves to run up the huge snow hill close to our home. Expending this energy often makes her hungrier. To fuel her body, I prefer to give her healthy food. CLIF Kid makes nutritious snacks from organic ingredients that are specially-crafted for kids’ developing taste buds and active lives. My daughter enjoys CLIF Kid Zbars as fuel for running around.
I enjoy the convenience of bringing Zbars along when we are on-the-go. I agree with my daughter that they are also tasty!
July: I originally started my blog as a way to create an early morning habit. Read more about My Morning Motivation here. Due to my daughters waking up and pregnancy exhaustion, I was losing out on my morning time and tried to get it back.
After resetting my mornings in June didn’t work so well I wanted to get back on track in July. I got up around 6:30 consistently so I had 30-60 minutes before my daughters woke up most mornings. It helped that I am working on a new project so I was more motivated to get up and work on it in the morning!
August: Continue to wake up at 6:30 each morning. Possibly move it earlier?
If you have trouble making sleep a priority, check out these helpful resources:
July: One movie, game or date night per week. Done for most weeks?
August: Continue one movie, game or date night per week. We have been using VidAngel to watch movies at home. It’s just $1 per movie, we don’t have to leave the house to find a Red Box, and it’s not a subscription service. We have watched well over 20 movies with it and are happy with how easy and cheap it is. I wrote a post about VidAngel if you are curious how it works.
August: Plan one fun activity for the four of us in August.
Habit from my 12 Mini Goal Challenge
July: My goal was to increase and track my water intake. This was much easier than I thought! I started off the month being more intentional about how much water I was drinking and that is all I needed to get on track. If you need tips to increase your water intake, check out my tips and get the printable tracker here: 8 ways to Drink More Water Each Day.
August: I know the importance of reading to children and reading has been key to my girls’ lives. We spend so much time with books. They love having books read to them and also enjoy looking through and “reading” books themselves. I am realizing that during the summer months we occasionally have days where reading is not a priority. In August I am going to read daily to my girls and track the time.
July: Read Daily Devotional New Testament: Through the New Testament in a Year every morning. This daily devotional includes two readings from the New Testament, a short reflection, a portion of the Psalms and a thoughts for prayer section. I enjoyed reading this devotion every morning. I have spent the last year or so changing up my daily devotion and I liked just having one that I go to every morning.
July: Read a daily devotion or bible story with my girls at breakfast each morning. I don’t know why I struggled with this goal so much in July. It’s such a great way to start our morning together and I want to get back into this routine.
August: Plan mom’s group at church. Backup pictures on my computer? With a baby due this fall…find a new car?
July Blog Goals
Now that I can make use of the additional features within the paid version of Mailchimp, I want to set up an automated sequence for new subscribers. This will save time once it’s set up. – Not completed.
Because I tend to create a long list of blog to-dos, and don’t have the time to do them all, I am giving priority to the goals above and will move onto the goals below once they are done.
Set aside time to plan next printable workbook or other printable project. Possibly based on the survey responses. – Yes!! I am excited about my newest project! I have an eBook/workbook that is launching in August. I based the product off of what I heard on my survey responses.
Set up sharing schedule for new posts. Possibly make a printable for this? – Not started.
Launch eBook/workbook in August! Includes: finalize design in InDesign, cover design, figure out what to use for landing page (any suggestions??), set up sales pages, e-mail sales sequence, and quite a bit more…
Set up automated sequence for eBook purchasers within Mailchimp.
Research details on accountability group for anyone who purchases eBook in August. (Facebook group & e-mail automation)
Set up automated sequence for new subscribers within Mailchimp.
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