Planning Out Your Perfect Day – Free Printable Attached

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It’s Sunday afternoon and this is where successful weeks are made.  This is where clothes are chosen, meals planned out and calendars posted on the refrigerator.  This prep work sets the intention for the week and makes sure everyone in the household knows what’s going on. Children have their last opportunity to request rides home from school, inform me about practices and meetings.  I’ve trained them well, if it’s not on the calendar Sunday night, you can’t go.  For a while , there were some heated battles and resentment about last minute changes until I simply said enough.  If it’s important enough to you, you’ll write it down and get it on the Sunday night calendar.  Poof, conflict nearly evaporated.  Only had to stand my ground once.

So the same should be true for everyone.  We can all benefit from sitting down and planning out the week.  For me, I created a daily schedule/task list.  It includes meal planning and things I’m working on for my health.  If it’s on the calendar, I will get it done.  I did reign in the task list though.  I used to have tons of spaces for tasks and realized completing that many tasks in a day was reserved for my fantasy self.  I also have a couple of spaces for focus.  These are those intentional items you must get done in order to further your goals, have a successful day at work or just keep you out of prison.

I hole punch them into my Filofax and I’m off.

Here is the FREE PRINTABLE if you’re interested in a PDF.  Here’s hoping you have a productive and intentional week.

Enough but Better

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A new year on the academic calendar.  The years slip by so quickly as an adult.  I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to accomplish this year.  I was talking with a friend about my goals and she asked me if I ever just sit back and say enough.  She shared with me about a book about being “enough.”  “Enough” has become a bit of a battlecry for the over-worked mother.  It’s a platform that Brene Brown writes her books from.  

 

It’s not that I’m not enough.  I think I describe my penchant for self-improvement badly.  It’s not that I’m doing a bad job or scolding myself, but I need the pursuit of better in my life to feel fulfilled.  It’s the purpose driven life.  My purpose has never been to sit back but rather to take the wheel and drive it down Self Help Lane.  I love reading about new ideas and new theories for making my life better.  My life is good but the pursuit of greatness makes it great.  

 

I want to run faster.  Not farther this year but faster.  Tick some minutes off my mile.  I read an interesting science-based book on the benefits of alternate day fasting so I want to see if this can rev up the old metabolism.  I’m currently reading the book How to Have a Good Day by Caroline Webb.  Yes!  I want to know how to have a good or at least a better day. I want to start a morning practice of meditation to see if it’s as helpful as the research says.   I want to form the habit of taking my multivitamin every day.   
I’ll never stop pursuing.  I’m enough but I can always be better.   

The Living Part

The Living Part.  

So we are off on another summer adventure.  We are headed to another corner of the world we haven’t seen.  Having traveled to 49 states (sorry Hawaii, another year) we are going back to Europe to see Portugal and Spain with a 5 day excursion to Morocco.  

Morocco seemed so exotic and adventurous to us until we learned that Tom Cruise will be in the same town we are staying to film the remake of The Mummy.  I loved that movie and just can’t see Tom Cruise in the role.  #TeamBrendan

Traveling gives me perspective and changes all my no’s to yes’s.  I embrace weird food, late bedtimes and slightly dangerous agendas.  A routine that would never sit well in the rest of my life.  Being away brings me back to work and schedule with a fresh eye and a new zest for printed checkboxes  on a calendar.  

For those of us on an academic calendar, it’s the end of our year.  August brings new goals and benchmarks to achieve.  For now, I’ll focus on overpacking, holding mail, passport counting, euro exchange rates and simple arabic phrases.  

The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page. {Saint Augustine}

 

6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person by David Wong

6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person

2017, motherfuckers. Yeah! LET’S DO THIS. “Do what?” you ask. I DON’T KNOW. LET’S FIGURE THAT OUT TOGETHER, MOTHERFUCKERS. Feel free to stop reading this if your career is going great, you’re thrilled with your life, and you’re happy with your relationships. Enjoy the rest of your day, friend, this article is not for you.

Hiding Under the Banner of Busy

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Hiding under the banner of busy.

Happens a lot I think.  I’m too busy to exercise, cook at home,  keep the house clean, etc.  So many should of’s hidden by the banner.  A few years ago I asked myself what I was so busy doing that I could not get the laundry folded or floors mopped.  I was filling my calendar with commitments that I thought were making us better people but realized I was just making us busy.  

Far too much time in front of a screen.  Funny how quickly time can evaporate in front of a screen.  Let me just sit down for a few minutes to watch this and then I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole.  If I really looked hard, we were ALL spending too much time in front of a screen.  

What was most important?

Sitting down at night as a family to eat dinner.  

Giving the kids time to do meaningful homework.  Not turning on mini-flashlights in the car on the way home from some event. 

Having a clean and stress-free house with lunches made and dinners planned out.  

What wasn’t so important?

Volunteering to be on so many committees in my work.  

Running errands on a daily basis.  

Having kids play so many team sports that they really didn’t love.  

Anything on a screen.

What I did about it?

Asked the kids which sport was most important to them. Both agreed Cross Country was it, so we have settled on that one sport.  

I eliminated most of my extra commitments at work.  When asked about it, I just let everyone know that I’m not in the season of life where I can give that time.  Someday when the kids are out of the house, I might be able to do more.  

Made my grocery shopping a weekly event and planned out all the meals for the week.  No daily stops at the grocery store.  

Made sure that one day on the weekend was free to catch up on chores and so some intentional planning for the week ahead.  

 

I want to live a meaningful, not busy life.