As I mentioned on Friday’s post, I stumbled upon a great e-book called “Maximize Your Mornings”. Aimed primarily at stay-at-home and work-at-home moms, it served as a great reminder to me to prioritize the important things. Kat’s free e-book (which you can snag here) isn’t profound, it’s filled with things many of us have heard before, but she does help you move to “that’s a good idea” to actually taking action. She filled the e-book with “Action Steps”, charts, t0-do templates and great suggestions to get you moving in the right direction. Sign up for the daily newsletter, and you’re off to an even better start.
So, how did my first week go?
Monday and Tuesday were great! Kat suggests that the key to a great morning starts at night. She meant it as a reminder to go to bed at an appropriate time, but I decided that it was time for me to get serious about tidying up the house before I went to bed each night. Usually, I’m so exhausted by the time dinner rolls around, we leave the dishes in the sink or (gasp) on the table (I hope my mom isn’t reading this) and it’s a bit discouraging to wake up to. In fact, it’s a bit annoying to look at for the rest of the night, so we usually head downstairs and waste our lives watching less-than-enjoyable television.
Instead, this week, I made it point to clean up and the following mornings really reflected the jump-start I gave myself.
Then Came Wednesday
For those of you were are in ministry, you know about Wednesdays. You spend much of the day with last-minute details, and you’re usually away from the house from 4-9PM. At least that’s how it goes for us. We grab a pizza on the way home from church (excellent dietary habit), and then go to bed. That’s what we did this week, and the house remained a mess.
Thursday morning, I gave up all this “maximizing” silliness and decided to just enjoy my family and stop with all the lists. Seriously, I was starting to stress myself out — and I think that goes against the entire grain of the exercise. I read books with my toddler daughter, I spent extra time rocking my baby son, and really enjoyed those “quiet moments”.
However, the clutter was starting to eat at me. I planned a few outings. To escape. To avoid. To pretend I could care less about this maximizing the morning stuff. At the end of the day, I didn’t feel relaxed. I didn’t feel like my day was productive or satisfying. Yes, I had some good moments. Those, I’ll keep. But, I also needed to get some clean up and quiet time in.
It All Comes Back to Balance
I love the advice Kat gives in her e-book about making a master to-do list (everything you want to get done in the near future) and then selecting THREE and only THREE things to do each day. This leaves time for the special moments with family, but also allows me to be moving forward with things that need to be done. At first, I thought I would never get through the list if I only did 3 things per day, but surprisingly, that’s not the case. There’s still a little tweaking that needs to be done, but for now — I’m back on board, striving to get up early, and maximize the day!