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In Need of a Change
Slightly less than two weeks ago I started Crystal Paine’s Make Over Your Mornings course. I came across a review of the course on a work-from-home website and decided to take a look at it.
My first thought was, this isn’t my thing. But something about the idea stuck with me. The website for the course gives the option to try the first day of the course for free, so I signed up. I can’t even explain why, but something about the course appealed to me.
Because I do work-at-home there isn’t always a need to be leaping out of bed and moving forward with the day. Even when I am doing daycare at home. The most required is clothes and maybe make-up.
I love working from home. It was the life I was meant to lead. But the problem with no place to go is there isn’t much motivation to get moving in the morning. And before you know it, it’s noon and you’re wearing a pink bathrobe while you make the kids lunch.
I actually am a morning person. I get up early every day (ok, my kids wake me up, but it IS early) and I am at my most productive during those first hours of the day. The afternoon slump has always hit me hard right around 3pm. In my dream life, that would always be nap time. For me, not the kids.
As a result, I’ve been spending my most productive hours of the day doing not much of anything. So a morning make-over seemed like a good idea.
Making Over My Morning
The Make Over Your Mornings course is by Crystal Paine of moneysavingmom.com. She is really pretty great if you’ve never checked out her site. I have no personal connection to her, or reason to promote this course, other than I am loving it. And calling this promotion is probably laughable considering my grand total of readers is in the single digits. But, hey, I bet all three of them could benefit!
I am loving this course. It walks you through setting yourself up for a good day the night before. There are days about setting goals, diet and exercise, and all kinds of things we all should do but probably don’t. And it makes them seem doable.
Since starting the course, I’ve been exercising everyday, drinking more water, spending more quality time with my kids, and getting work done on my writing. I even started another course on an unrelated topic. I’m on a self-improvement kick!
What a Difference a List Makes
The biggest impact on my morning so far has been from the idea of a To Do List for your day. In the course Crystal discusses writing a to do list the night before or first thing in the morning with a list of things you want to accomplish. The great thing about a to do list is I get to cross things off. Is there a bigger thrill in the world?
The reason the list is helpful is when I have time between feeding, changing, wiping and dressing little ones I know exactly what to do with it. I don’t spend half my free time roaming the house wondering where to start. I’ve found I can get an amazing amount done when I know what I want to be doing.
My To Do List for the day only contains five to eight things. Rather than the 4,000 things I would really like to get done. This way, it stays attainable instead of becoming stressful or irritating.
And I’m Not Even Finished Yet!
I still have a couple of days left of the Make Over Your Mornings course. It has already had a big impact on my productivity. But more importantly on my mood. It turns out all this water drinking, healthy eating and exercise actually does make me feel better. Who knew?
The real test will be keeping it all up once I finish the course. I have high expectations because of how much more enjoyable my days have been after implementing a few of the ideas from the course. Also, now I’ve talked about it online, so hopefully this creates some social pressure to keep me going.
What Else Can I Do?
I’ve been enjoying the course so much I’ve got my eye out for my next online course. I’d love to know about some others, or some books, or other media that has made a positive impact on you. Let’s hear it! What are some books, courses, or new habits that have helped you make positive changes in your life?