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Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings

Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings

Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings

Do you want to reset and maximize your mornings? Do you feel like you are waking up behind? Waking up scattered and tired? Do you have the desire for alone time? Do you have goals you want to fulfill or habits you want to create? Do you feel that you are using your mornings the best that you can? Introducing Your Morning Manual: A Guide and Workbook for Resetting and Maximizing Your Mornings

I am here to help you walk through the process of developing a new morning. This handbook will guide you from start to finish. Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings includes worksheets to help you organize and plan along the way!

Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting and Maximizing Your Mornings

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.

Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings. Show me how to reset my mornings!

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?

Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings. I am ready to maximize my mornings!

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:

Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings. Daily Plan Worksheets

BONUS: When you purchase Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings, you will be invited to join a Morning Accountability group. This is the perfect timing for a back-to-school schedule change! 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. {UPDATE: The September Accountability Group is now closed.}

Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings

FAQ:

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 missed the September Accountability Group. Will there be future groups?

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.

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Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings. 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 that is your ultimate goal! This eBook will help you walk through the process of developing a new morning routine. It includes worksheets to help you organize and plan along the way!

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How to Create a Morning Routine

How to Create a Morning Routine: Free Printable Worksheets

It’s no secret that I enjoy my mornings. After making a few changes almost two years ago, I finally created the early morning habit I always wanted. Today I will share a few simple steps to help you create a morning routine that works for you. There are even a few worksheets to help you plan it out!

How to Create a Morning Routine: Free Printable Worksheets

What would you include in your ideal morning?

Let’s first get an idea of what your ideal morning would include. As you approach this, remember that this ideal morning is just your starting point to plan your mornings and figure out what changes you need to make to reset your mornings. Grace and flexibility in your schedule may be necessary, but we do need to start somewhere with our ideal schedule.

Start by thinking of the activities you would do during your ideal morning. List everything below. There is no need to be realistic with this list. Do not think of your schedule and time constraints. List it all!

Here are a few ideas:
•Exercise
•Start a load of laundry or another chore around the home
•Read your morning devotion
•Shower
•Prepare and eat breakfast
•Tidy your home for 15 minutes
•Read a book
•Work on your side business or blog
•Write a list of 3 things you are grateful for
•Spend 30 minutes working toward one of your goals
•Write something or journal
•Listen to a podcast
7 Habits to Add to Your Morning Routine

List what you would include in your ideal morning. (Sign up to get the worksheets below!)

Then go through and star your top priorities.

How to Create a Morning Routine: Free Printable Worksheets

Plan your ideal morning routine

You need to decide how much time you could have each morning for your ideal morning activities. (Even a few minutes can help you be refreshed and ready for your day!)

When do you need to be available for your children? When do you need to get out the door for work? When do the requests and demands of others start to come in? I will call this time the END time of your ideal morning.

Based on the time the requests start and the amount of time you want each morning, decide what time you need to get out bed each day for your ideal morning. This is the BEGINNING time of your ideal morning. Once you have your set times, focus on staying consistent. One of the keys to waking up easier is to have a reasonable and consistent bedtime and wake time.

Write down your starred top priorities from the list above. Next to each priority, write down the time it will take each morning.

Make a schedule for your morning

Now that you have your beginning time, end time, and priority list, let’s put together a sample of your ideal morning. It’s not enough to give yourself an hour and plan to get your top 5 priorities in every morning. It’s important to look at the realistic amount of time for each priority and allow for extra or transition time.

I find it most helpful to write out a schedule for the morning. Once habits are in place, this may not be necessary. When initially making big changes and resetting your morning, it’s key to write this down.

Based on your priorities and the time you want for each, create a morning schedule to get started.

First list your daily habits, which are part of your daily routine. Then list your specific goals and priorities for the morning. This second list is more of a to-do list for the tasks that may change from day-to-day. After your lists are made, put the tasks into your schedule.

Grab your worksheets to help you plan your morning routine! I hope your new morning plan makes you refreshed and ready for the day!

How to Create a Morning Routine: Free Printable Worksheets

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June Mini Goal: Reset Your Mornings and Wake Up Early

12 Mini Goals Challenge: Reset Your Mornings and Wake Up Early

This post is part of my 12 Mini Goals Challenge.

Small daily habits can make a big difference over the course of a few weeks, months, or even longer. In 2016, I am going to focus on a new habit or mini goal every month. In January, I focused on Daily Movement or Exercise. In February, I focused on cutting down on evening snacking. In March, my goal was 30 days of pilates. In April, my goal was to clear my kitchen counters every night. In May, I attempted to clear out my closet 3 items at a time.

If you have been around my blog for a while you may know that I originally started it as a way to create an early morning habit. Read more about My Morning Motivation here.

My Morning Motivation...Make Over Your Morning

When I decided to finally make a habit of getting up early, I set the goal to wake up at 6 AM for two weeks straight to post on the blog. I was excited about starting the blog and it was enough motivation to get myself up early. I have always been a night owl, so this was not an easy task for me. I was intrigued with the idea of getting up early, but it was only a thought. After years of just thinking about it, I made it a habit in two weeks!

I enjoyed my morning time alone and felt like I added an extra hour to my day. I loved my slower, calmer mornings. I lingered over my coffee and spent a few minutes reading my morning devotion. I would hop online to work on my blog or would head outside for a morning run.

I summarized this journey to waking up earlier in this post: How to Enjoy an Early, Joyful, and Productive Morning.

How to Enjoy an Early, Joyful & Productive Morning

Enter in sleeping issues with one of my daughters and first-trimester exhaustion and my morning reverted back. I still get up a little before my daughters, but I am missing the hour or so I used to have every morning.

My June Mini Goal: Reset my mornings! Wake up at 6:00 AM every morning.

My June mini-goal is to wake up at 6 AM every morning. I want to get back into the routine I began when I first started by blog.

A year and a half ago, I figured out what my doubts and misconceptions were and proved them wrong. I found that I was able to greet my daughters with joy as I was awake and refreshed when they woke up. I loved my new habit and I want to get back into it!

How will I do this? I will follow the following steps:

  • I will focus on getting to bed between 10:30 and 11:00. (I don’t typically need more than 7 hours of sleep, but because I’m pregnant and one of my girls is waking up often, I should try and get in a few earlier nights at 10:30.) UPDATE: After yet another night of poor sleep, I think I need to focus on getting to bed between 10:00 and 10:30.
  • I will get up every morning at 6:00. When I first started my blog, forcing myself up at 6 AM for 2 weeks straight was all I needed to create a new habit. I am hoping that it works this time around!
  • I will record my bedtimes and wake-up times.

12 Mini Goals Challenge: Reset Your Mornings and Wake Up Early

Your June Mini Goal: Reset your mornings! Wake up early to make time for yourself each morning or create a new morning habit.

6:00 AM may be early for you or it might be late. I have daughters that do not typically wake up early. They are up anytime between 6 AM and 8 AM, but I have little trouble keeping them in their rooms until 7 AM. If you have early risers, 6:00 AM may not allow for morning time! Or you may have to be up earlier to get to work on time.

If you typically feel rushed in the morning, maybe all you need is to get up 20 minutes earlier to give yourself the extra time to enjoy a more relaxed morning. Maybe all you need is to find your morning incentive and get up just 5 minutes early.

If you already wake up early each morning, consider reevaluating your morning routine and decide if you need to make changes to your morning. If you don’t know where to start read my 7 habits to add to your morning routine.

7 habits to add to your morning routine

If you think like I used to think…that sleep is just a waste of time, I recommend picking up the book Sleep It Does a Family Good. I forced myself to read it and it was eye-opening for me! 

If you need a step-by-step plan for making over your morning, check out the 14-day online course Make Over Your Mornings. This course is the perfect tool to guide you in making the most of your mornings…and your entire day. It only takes about 15 minutes per day to complete the short video, chapter reading, and task for the day. Get free access to Day One of the course!

Make Over Your Mornings

If you want to join me, print off the June Challenge Tracker. The June calendar leaves room for additional notes each day. I plan on recording my bedtime and wake-time on this printable. I also track multiple goals on my calendars. It’s nice to have them written down all in one place. Feel free to just place an X on the day when you complete your task if you prefer.

Mini Goal Challenge: June Calendar Printable

Let me know if you decide to join! What time will you be waking up in June?

I would love to have you join the 12 Mini Goals Challenge. Sign up for my mailing list if you want to be e-mailed the challenge each month. If we get to a month where the goal doesn’t fit into your life, you can always tweak it to be a mini goal that works for you.

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Reset Your Mornings and Wake Up Early

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10 Habits to Add to Your Evening Routine

10 Habits to Add to Your Evening Routine. Make Over Your Evenings with these 10 tips for the perfect evening routine.

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About a year ago, I decided to make the most of my mornings and finally start an early morning wake-up habit. It’s a habit I had wanted to start for years (back to high school!), but my night owl tendencies made it hard.

I soon realized that one of the keys to getting up early was having an intentional evening. Because staying up late was natural to me, I needed to be intentional about how I spent my time to actually get to bed at a decent time. How I spend my evenings varies from day to day, but there are a few habits I have created. I enjoy having both productive and relaxing time each evening.

If you want to add evening habits as you wind down each evening, here are 10 habits to add to your evening routine.

10 Habits to Add to Your Evening Routine. Make Over Your Evenings with these 10 tips for the perfect evening routine.

Something Essential…

Review tomorrow’s schedule. Take just a few minutes to look over the activities, appointments, to-dos, chores, meals, and other plans you have for tomorrow. Getting a snapshot of what tomorrow looks like can help you decide what you need to prep for in the evening to make tomorrow morning less rushed and stressed.

Something Specific…

I take my planning for tomorrow one step further. I create a short to-do list of three or so items I want to get done first thing in the morning. Create a short to-do list or schedule of the first hour of tomorrow. Be specific. Be realistic. It can be helpful to separate the essential to-dos with the non-essential to-dos.

Now that I have started waking up before my daughters, I have time to myself in the morning. Instead of wasting the time away, I have a specific list for the morning. When I wake up, I get started without having to think about it. This helps me to be focused during the hour or so that I have to myself. This is key when trying to get at least some blog work done each day. (Have you considered starting a blog? Get a step-by-step guide here.)

Something to Prep…

Are you leaving the house tomorrow? Why can it be so hectic? (Our transition to the first kiddo in school this fall may be rough!) Doing a few minutes of prep at night helps keep morning stress down. Set out your clothes. Make your lunch. Make sure your children are also prepared. Your mind will be more at ease when going to bed, knowing that you already took care of a bit of your morning stress.

Something Productive…

Spend 10-15 minutes doing a quick clean or pick-up. Over the long-run, this pickup will keep your house much cleaner and less cluttered. The small daily pickups help so much! I typically focus on making sure my kitchen is picked up as I do not like waking to a dirty, cluttered kitchen. I need to work on this in other areas of my home.

Something Healthy…

I enjoy having a snack in the evening. The key is to find a small snack I enjoy and not fill my evening with mindless snacking! Dark chocolate is often my treat of choice on a good night. Multiple bowls of cereal are my choice on a not-so-good evening. I leave plenty of room for splurges in my diet, but know that I don’t wake up feeling great if I eat too much in the evening.

Do you need one more evening habit for your health? Floss. :)

Something to Connect…

Take the time to connect with your spouse. I wish my husband and I could go on a walk every night, but that doesn’t work when the kids are sleeping. Chat on the couch, play a game, or find a show that you both enjoy. I know some couples wait until the kids are in bed to make dinner and enjoy it with just the two of them. (I personally wouldn’t want a second dinner mess and clean-up!) It’s important to make sure that the children don’t take front and center of every single thing in the home-life! Make sure that your spouse is also a priority. The evening time is the perfect time to connect with your spouse without children interrupting. 

Something to Ignore…

In my quest to get to bed at a decent time, I realized I needed to lessen the mindless time wasters. It is easy to get sucked into social media and then wonder where the time went. A portion of my last hour would include sitting on the couch with my phone. Stalling. Staying up late for no good reason.

Once I decided to be more intentional about my evening, I cut down on this. On the nights I ignore scrolling through my phone, I do not miss the time. Not one bit.

Some evenings I am good about this, but other evenings I still waste time and then get frustrated that I spent too much time mindlessly perusing social media and the internet. I recently took the Make Over Your Evenings eCourse and the course helped me think more about this time and gave me ideas for how to eliminate time-waster.

Something Relaxing…

Spend a portion of the last 30-60 minutes doing something relaxing. This is a wonderful time to sit down with a book or magazine and a cup of tea. Read your evening devotion. A warm bath or yoga are also good options. Know what refreshes and recharges you and make time to do it each evening.

As little as six minutes of reading can reduce your stress levels. I also find that I fall asleep MUCH easier if I read just before going to bed.

Something Encouraging and Uplifting…

Spending time in God’s Word and prayer is a wonderful way to end the day. While I typically read my devotion in the morning, I often pray right before I got to bed. Or as I’m falling asleep. You can also consider starting a gratitude journal.

Something Dim…

Get off the computer and phone at least an hour before going to bed. The blue light emitted from your smartphone disrupts the release of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin. When I am up late on my computer or phone, I have more trouble falling asleep. This is the case even when tired. It’s a combination of the blue light and the level of mental engagement.

Do you have an evening routine?
What evening rituals help you end your day?

If you want to go more in depth with creating both a morning and evening routine, check out my eBook: Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings

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!

Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings

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10 Habits to Add to Your Evening Routine. Make Over Your Evenings with these 10 tips for the perfect evening routine.

Read my 7 habits to add to your morning routine.

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Make Over Your Mornings Sale

My Morning Motivation. Make Over Your Morning

You don’t have to spend much time reading my blog to realize that I am passionate about enjoying my mornings. I have always thought that mornings are the greatest time of day, but struggled to make a habit out of waking up early enough to actually enjoy them. Read more here: My Morning Motivation

My Morning Motivation...Make Over Your Morning

Earlier this year, I started to get out of the habit of getting up early. I was missing the early quiet time and took Crystal’s  Make Over Your Mornings 14-day online course to help jump-start my mornings again. It’s the perfect tool to guide you in making the most of your mornings…and your entire day.

I am bringing it up the course again for 2 reasons:

  • You can now have free access to day one of the Make Over Your Mornings course. It’s the perfect opportunity to give the course a test to see whether or not it’s for you.
  • The course is on sale for $9 from December 26 through January 8.

Make Over Your Mornings $9 Sale

Before you say: Enough with all this Get Up Early Junk!!, I want to add that getting up early is not what it’s all about. The goal of the course is not to make you get up early or feel any guilt if you are not an early riser. The course helped me take a look at my entire day, my evening routine, my goals, my priorities and more.

Getting up early is not for everyone! I had a few years of rolling out of bed when my daughter woke up. Not one second earlier. Before kiddos only two things got me out of bed bright and early: Travel & Running. I have no shame in that. It worked for me. I don’t think that everyone needs to treat their mornings (or their entire day) the same.

I just have always had the desire to be more of an early riser (since high school), so I knew that I would love being up early. It was the right move for me (read more about the journey here).

If you want to try out day one of the course for free or get it during the $9 sale, sign up here

 

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