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My life has felt out of control for a few months.
Most of it is actually outside my span of control which is not great since I like to have a good deal of control.
But this week I decided that while I can’t control what time I have to be at work, for instance, I can control how smoothly my mornings go.
I can also control what my evenings look like.
I’m not a morning person – never have been, never will be. I can force myself up but I’m really not my best until, say 10 am.
a) So I’ve been setting out my clothes every single night for a few weeks. Everything from boots and socks right to gloves and scarf.
b) I’ve also been packing my lunch while I prepare supper so that I don’t only remember at 11:00 when I’m making my last cup of tea for the night.
I worked backwards and calculated that I have at least 5 hours from the time I arrive home to when I need to start settling down to sleep. I need a solid 7 hours of good sleep to function well. Those 5 hours are plenty to get everything done but not if I’m faffing around on the internet for 2 of those hours.
So I made a list – of course – of things I need to get done, and things I want to get done.
I need to get supper cooked/ heated, lunch packed, set out food for the next day, eat and tidy kitchen, and set out work clothes. I also want to spend time with the babies and D, blog, read, play with my photos and do a little extra something in the house (cooking an extra meal, organising a drawer, decluttering, wrapping presents, etc).
5 hours is plenty for all of that…if you have a plan.
Three days in and the plan is working. Some parts like the morning set-up has been working for weeks but the addition of the intentional evenings has only been in place for three days.
Next up I want to start going to gym two evenings a week again.
My coaching challenge to you:
1. Assess the various areas of your life.
2. Are there any areas where you need to get back to basics? It may be that you’re not getting enough sleep, or not eating enough fruits and vegetables, or not exercising enough (like me!)
3. Can you identify 1 or 2 small changes you can make to help your life run a bit more smoothly?