The beginning of September is a great time for new routines and to look at what routines have been established over the year. It’s also a good time to look at the goals you set at the beginning of the year and re-assess if needed. Goals usually do change. Some get done and new ones can also become important. They are meant to be looked at and re-evaluated on an ongoing basis. Would you like some help with productivity? Check out the tips below……..
Some fall updates that have changed my routines and goals.
- I have been focussed on healthier living goals which has meant daily yoga and walking and preparing and cooking healthier meals and snacks. It’s always a work in progress and of course I have had some slips but I always find that I can get back on track quickly. This goal for me has been so helpful as I feel better, have more energy and also feel more confident about how I look. I have been able to wear some clothes that were hidden in my drawers and closet. That feels pretty amazing!!
- My 91 year old mom went into a Care Home on September 1 and has her own Studio Apt. This is a big transition for my mom. She seems to be adjusting quite well. I now have to travel farther to see her so I tend to listen to something inspiring on the way. I have also had to find a few new stores to visit on my way there or on my way home to save on time. We will soon be cleaning out my moms house so I am sure I will share more about that when the time comes. Stay tuned!
- We have a 14 year old grandson staying with us right now so that he can attend the local high school. It is really a pleasure to have him but yes it has changed our routines somewhat. Getting up earlier to make sure he gets ready and to school on time. He starts at 7:55 a.m. Whaat?? Anyway, it has just helped me to get to bed earlier and I love the early start in the morning.
A few tips on Productivity:
Staying organized is the key to less stress. Planning for meals and snacks, keeping up with the chores, some decluttering and trying to get good sleep all help with feeling like I am being productive with my days. Being productive makes me feel so good!
Seasons of Love, Loss and Personal Power. This is the title of a chapter that is to be published in a book! I know right! I didn’t have a deadline but I knew it would come up eventually. It is 3000 words. What I did was I planned for 30 minutes of writing per week. Yes, thats all. I mean some weeks I would do more and some less. I used the Pomodoro technique. You can read more about it here if you like. This is such a great little hack for me. I now know that if I put my mind to something, I can finish it. I will share more about my chapter with you coming up soon.
Think about the best time of day for you. When do you feel most productive? Early morning or late evening? This is the time to focus on those tasks that you are wanting to tackle. They are usually not as challenging as you think. We can spend a lot of time thinking about doing something and keeping it on our “to do” list forever. I once had a task on my list that I kept moving to the next week and then the next week. When I finally decided to do it, it took me 20 minutes.
Are you noticing new routines during this season? What are you noticing? How are you doing with your goals? being productive? Would love to hear from you.
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