With the beginning of another school year, I decided that I would implement a more thought out schedule for our days in order to balance schooling and blogging. I appreciate my to do lists and tend to have one lying around somewhere at all times, but being very detailed is something I have resisted. I like to leave a little space for spontaneity. Even the words “stricter schedule” makes me want to rip up my to do list and go gallivanting outside! However, my spontaneity often leads to taking care of the phone calls or texts and forgetting what I was supposed to be focusing on doing. Anyone relating? So here are a couple of ideas that I have recently tried. And if you are like me and want to create calm and cut chaos in your life I thought you would appreciate hearing a few ideas to consider. And you know what? I have actually had some fun!
Create Calm and Chaos in Your Life
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Planners and Google Schedule
Beautiful physical planners are back in vogue!! Yay! Let’s hear is for the pen and paper gals!! I love my pen and paper. I can see it and touch it and there is no technology involved. Sigh of relief!
I purchased a planner this year. I have been using that to keep my to do list on instead of the scraps of pieces of paper floating around somewhere. That has been super helpful in seeing my whole week out more clearly. I feel like it works better than putting things on the calendar and the paper to do list combined. Sitting down Saturday or Sunday, to map out the goals (appts, errands, bills to paid) that need to be accomplished in the week ahead is a smart way to spend 15 minutes. The time pays off big by offering a much more organized week.
So now, to the next test! Google Calendar! OK, so I just finished telling you how much I love my pen and paper. So keep that in mind. I decided to try Google Calendar to help me move my bigger goals forward. I started by just creating a weekly morning schedule. And you know what? I am loving it. It sends little reminders to my phone a half an hour before hand reminding me what is planned next. Instead of finding it restricting it has actually been freeing! I feel more focused on what I am presently doing! And even a non-tech person such as myself can easily create a schedule.
Streamline Your Wardrobe
So I have to laugh. I signed up for the Get Your Pretty On Style Summer Challenge while I was in the hospital! I’m not sure the best choices come while laying in a hospital bed, but …maybe they do! I saw the GYPO on one of my favorite blogs and thought it sounded fun. And it was that and more! I know that I do best when I have a small goal to focus on to move me forward. It was fun. GYPO was a small self-care goal for myself each day and streamlined my wardrobe saving me valuable time in the morning!
So with Get Your Pretty On Style Fall Challenge you pay $39 and receive a capsule wardrobe shopping list put together by fashion stylist Alison Lumbatis. You shop for the items on your capsule list from your wardrobe and local stores! Each evening you receive an email with the outfit of the day. In the morning you simply dress from you capsule clothes, accessorize and go. Love it. You are also invited to join a special Facebook group.
The Get Your Pretty On Style Fall Challenge just opened. You have til Sept 18th to get your capsule wardrobe together.
Do you spend valuable time in the morning trying to decide what to wear? Or do you reach for the same boring comfort outfit everyday? Then join me for the Get Your Pretty On Style Fall Challenge.
Add some pretty self-care into your day and simplify a morning routine. Create calm and less chaos in your life!
Create a Family Schedule
Sometimes we need a total revamp. Our schedule is not cutting in AT ALL. A great exercise we do, in the groups I teach, is to have families look over their whole household schedule and rules. What is working and going well? What is not working? Then we try to determine why some household rules are failing. Is it because we are not being clear and specific enough in our directions? Sometimes our household schedule fails for lack of follow through.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, like you are running around putting out one crisis fire after the other it may be time to step back for a minute.
Here are a couple suggestions on e courses that walk you through the steps to create a family schedule.
I really appreciated Crystal Paine’s (from moneysavingmom.com) 15 Days to a Healthier You and her Make Over Your Mornings. Both were super helpful e courses that walk you through creating an overall schedule for you and your family. I walked away with concrete ideas on improving my life, setting small daily goals and creating a schedule that helped my mornings (and therefore my day) run much smoother!
Currently, she just opened her Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Course . Crystal, from moneysavingmom.com, held a great webinar sharing some of her personal struggles and why she created this affordable $37 course. If you are desperate for a more calm in your family life I know you will benefit from this course. She has even streamlined the course to make it easy for even the most frazzled mom to have time to listen and begin implementing the ideas!
Perhaps you have good schedule, but you are ready to tweak it and create more calm in your day by starting your mornings right. I highly suggest Crystal Paine’s Make Over Your Morning course. Even my daughter enjoyed listening to it. It comes with a daily video plus pretty printables to create a smooth morning routine. It is only $17!!
So what have you been trying lately to create calm and less chaos in your life? Part of a vibrant life is continuing to grow, try new ideas and make time to review your life. Also its super important to plan some self-care into each day. Because I know you are trying to take care of everyone else. But are you taking care of you?
Are you a pen and paper gal? Do you have a pretty planner? I would love to hear your suggestions for planners I should look at for next year.
And if you decide to take on the GYPO Style Fall Challenge, I’ll see ya on the GYPO Facebook group:)