I’ll be honest, last week when I set my goal to wake up at 4:30 in the morning, I was afraid I was setting myself up for defeat. I have a really hard time getting up that early in general, but even more so when it’s cold and dark out and oh so cozy in my bed. Plus, I was starting on Thanksgiving week! But I’m happy to report that I got up every day at 4:30 (except the one day my husband slept in without telling me and turned off the alarm. I woke up on my own at 4:50 that day. Lesson learned. Now, I set my own alarm for 4:30 instead of relying on him.
I actually really started enjoying getting up early because I was guaranteed to be able to get a few things done no matter what curve balls LIFE throws me after the kids wake up. This is a new routine that I will be keeping.
Even better, in the last seven days, I exercised 6 of those days!! If you follow this blog, you know that exercise is something I really struggle with, but when I start my morning off with it, I actually looked forward to it.
So, each day this past week, my morning routine looked like this–wake up, peruse the internet for about 15 minutes (checking e-mail, social media, and blogs I follow), say my morning prayers, exercise, and then do 30 to 45 minutes of either blog work or my freelance work.
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In week 2 of 4 Weeks to a More Productive Life, (currently 50% off through today only with the code BF2018), the focus is on your night routine. Paine recommended picking 2 to 5 things that you want to get done at night, which helps you set yourself up for a more productive morning.
As I mentioned, I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to go to sleep early enough, but so far, I’ve been falling asleep at 9:30, which is good for me. Also, because I’ve set my schedule to be morning heavy, meaning I get up early enough to get several important things done in the morning, I don’t have as much time in the evening because pretty much my husband and I relax for about 40 minutes right after the kids go to bed and then go to bed themselves. Still, there are things I can do in the evening before they go to bed.
Here are my big rocks I’d like to get done in the evening:
- Spent 15 minutes a night cleaning or decluttering
- Spend 15 to 30 minutes a night working on something that is related to achieving my monthly goals (which I plan to keep up now that they’re going so well for November)
- Review my dinner plan for the next day and take out any items from the freezer that I might need
That’s it. Crystal recommends that when making these changes, you don’t make any changes that are too ambitious. I feel like my morning plan was ambitious, so this evening plan is a bit simpler.
Have you taken the course 4 Weeks to a More Productive Life? If so, what did you think? Did it help you improve your productivity?