Picking Up 4 Weeks to a More Productive Life Again

In early November, I revamped my morning schedule significantly and started getting up at 4:30 in the morning because that was the best time to get things done.

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I was following Crystal Paine’s 4 Weeks to a More Productive Life, and I had great success with the morning routine, which was covered in Week 1’s lesson.  (Week 2’s lesson focusing on the night routine was another story.)  However, the chaos of December hit, and suddenly our lives were hectic with a visit from my mom, end of year parties for the kids, and getting ready for Christmas, including my making homemade Christmas presents.  I stopped all progress on this course.

Morning Routine

However, I am happy to report that I did keep much of my morning routine even through busy December; I usually got up between 5 and 5:15, and did several of the items on my morning routine.

Starting last week, I began to get up at 4:30 in the morning, and during that time I generally do the following:

  • Read my daily Bible reading,
  • Say my prayers,
  • do some freelance and/or blogging work,
  • watch the video to prepare for my child’s Barton lesson of the day

However, I’m finding that I still don’t have enough time in the early morning because my freelance work takes about 30 minutes, watching the Barton video takes about 20 minutes, and my prayers and Bible reading take 15 to 20 minutes, and I need 10 to 15 minutes to go through social media and my favorite blogs before I start all the rest of the morning activities.

So, this week I will begin getting up at 4 a.m. so I can also fit in time to exercise.  Otherwise, my morning routine is good as is.

Night Routine

Even in November I struggled with a night routine because by the time I got the girls to bed, I was too tired to do much of anything.  However, I think I need to realize that my night routine can happen any time between when I’m done schooling the girls (usually between 4 and 5) and when I go to bed.  To make sure I have more time between 5 and 8 p.m., I’m going to try to have a few nights a week when I have slow cooker meals and when I have freezer meals, so that time I normally prepare dinner can be used for my night routine.

Here’s what I’d like to accomplish every night:

  • Declutter for 15 to 20 minutes a night (this is a big project, especially when it comes to the master bedroom, which is where all the junk goes so the rest of the house looks relatively presentable)
  • Spend 5 to 10 minutes a night doing yoga
  • Review the meal plan and take out any food I might need for the next day.

That’s it.  If all goes well this week with these changes, next week I’ll tackle Week 3 of 4 Weeks to a More Productive Life.

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