As you know, this year is the year of getting my life back on track after a serious derailment the last two years.  I’ve been working hard on making my mornings and evenings more productive, and have been fairly successful.

However, I recently read Smart Mom Smart Mornings by Rachel Newcomb, and I realized there’s still more I could do to up my game.

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This book has three parts:

Part I:  Getting Started Right

Part II:  From Chaos to Calm

Part III:  From Calm to Morning Success

This book is only 57 pages long, so it’s a quick read.

I found the first half of the book very reminiscent of Crystal Paine’s course, 4 Weeks to a More Productive Life, especially her first week of the course focusing on setting a morning routine.

However, Newcomb takes the morning routine further, especially in Part III.  In this section, she encourages the reader to use morning time for long-term goals like setting up monthly menu plans and cleaning and decluttering schedules.  She also asks readers to think about their long-term goals one, five, and ten years from now.

While I have a good morning routine, I don’t have enough time built into my morning routine to do the monthly and yearly planning, but I can see where that would be very valuable.  I think that’s something I should start doing, so maybe I do need to start getting up at 4 a.m. instead of 4:30 a.m.

If you’re looking for a way to find an extra hour or two in your day, or to calm the morning chaos, or just to find some “me” time and accomplish more in your life, I recommend this book.

While you can read it in less than an hour, it’s meant to be read day by day for about 5 minutes and then to take 15 minutes to implement the day’s work.  Doing this, by day 30, you’ll have completely revamped your life and the amount of time that you have.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

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