My goal this year is to be more relaxed.
To let things go and to enjoy the moment.
This is no easy task for this super type-A mama.
I have decided that habits are the way to go for me.
When I have certain things that I know will happen on auto-pilot, it frees up space in my mind to be more at ease.
Each month I will work on four daily habits. My big goal is for each one to be on auto-pilot by the end of the month.
Four Habits for March
#1: Breakfast Prep
I have learned that breakfast is not my favorite meal.
I do not wake up hungry, and some mornings can only stomach a smoothie.
My kids, however, wake up hungry and are ready to eat.
To help me out, I have come up with a breakfast rhythm.
I know what to buy at the store, and I know what to make without having to think too hard.
Plus, this rotation keeps me from being a short order cook in the mornings. I cannot serve all 5 kids a different meal!
With this rotation in mind, I plan on prepping or at least thinking about what breakfast will be the next morning.
For myself, I recently was introduced to Daily Harvest.
Daily Harvest delivers superfood smoothies frozen to my doorstep. All I have to do is place in the blender with almond milk. The cup that the smoothie packs come in can also be used to drink your smoothie.
This has kept me accountable to eating breakfast and getting in some high-quality nutrition.
#2: Set Clothes Out at Night
My kids are a little picky on what they wear. I have found that it helps to have them choose their clothes for the next day.
Even though we homeschool and do not have to be anywhere in the morning, it helps to have clothes laid out.
This means that I do not have to run upstairs to help, and they do not rummage through all of their clothes and mess up the neat drawers that make me happy.
#3: Check Calendar
This habit is pretty self-explanatory and one I do frequently.
I put it on my habit list because I would like for it to be put on auto-pilot.
I am in love with my planner from Brilliant Business Moms.
It is perfect, and I love that Beth Anne offers a planner school for her customers to learn how to plan and use the planner.
I learned so much from planner school.
Click here to see the Brilliant Life Planner. It is amazing!
Each night I look at my goals, priorities, and make sure I know what I am hoping to accomplish the next day.
As the saying goes, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
#4: Consistent Bedtime
Several years ago I read about the restorative power of sleep before midnight. It said that every hour spent asleep before midnight was worth two hours spent asleep after midnight
Here is what a sleep expert, Dr. Simon Kyle had to say: “It’s actually during the first third of the night that we experience the deepest part of our sleep. We move into deep sleep more rapidly and it’s the phase of sleep during which we’re least likely to be disturbed and wake up. This deep or slow-wave sleep (SWS) is the most restorative part of our sleep. We experience low levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as reductions in sympathetic nervous system activity – this is the stimulating activity associated with our ‘fight-or-flight’ responses. We also experience increased parasympathetic nervous system activity, which is associated with ‘rest and digest’ activity. So, you can see why it does us so much good!” Sleepio.com
It makes sense.
My consistent bedtime is 10 p.m. I would love to get some more of that slow-wave sleep.
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