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Week 29: Planning Your Days

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There is a Better Way

We all wish for more time…more time to get things done…more time to enjoy our loved ones…more time spent creating. What if I told you that there IS a way? There is! And while it may be something you already do my hope is this week will shed a new light on your planning and give you more strategies to plan your days.

I just love this quote by Annie Dillard…

A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time.

I started keeping a planner back in my early working days with one of those At-a-glance planners from Wal-Mart. By the time my kids were in middle school and in every sport/after school activity imaginable I upgraded to an official Stephen Covey Day Timer. I LOVED IT!!! Then a few years ago when Me and My Big Ideas came out with their Happy Planner I KNEW I had to have one!!!

Regardless of what I use for keeping track of my To-Do lists, who to call, where I need to be, etc…there is no doubt that having a plan not only gives me more time to do the things I love but keeps me sane!!

Here is my current planner…a simple one from Wal-Mart…

The cover…

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This week’s pages…

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Something I really want to stay focused on…

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My calendar for October…

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Topics I like to include in my planner…

*gratitude list

*things on my mind

*quotes that inspire me

*art ideas

*menu for the week

*people I need to contact

*stuff I need to buy

*what cleaning needs to be done for the week

Your Assignment

It’s simple this week…just start keeping a planner! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy…just a place to write it down…your to-do’s, stuff you want to accomplish, your appointments, people you need to contact…you can use a simple notebook!

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Week 28: Time for Self-Care

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Where Can Our Time Be Better Spent?

Last week we talked about Time Wasters. I believe the biggest time waster in America today is Social Media. How many times do you turn to your phone to check on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? Or what about games like Candy Crush or Farmville? After last week I realized the ONLY time I play Candy Crush is when I am avoiding something. WOW!

I KNOW there is a better way to spend my time…after all time is so precious!

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Our Assignment

This week let’s PROMISE ourselves we will start taking back our Precious Time! We will stop wasting our lives scrolling through Facebook, playing phone games and other things that contribute to us living on Auto-Pilot!!!

We will start out slowly…I understand that no matter how bad the habit…it can be so hard to break them all at once! Soooo…this week let’s take 20 to 30 minutes AWAY from our Time wasters and ADD 20 to 30 minutes to our Self Care. When you find yourself needing a mental break and turning to your phone instead why not try…

*writing in your journal

*make a Top Ten list of what’s good in your life

*go outside

*Take a walk

*create a background in your journal

Enjoy this FREE printable FILLED with dozens of ways to start taking care of YOU today and saying BY BYE to hours of endless Time Wasters!!!

Ideas for Getting off the Couch

Please share YOUR ideas in our Facebook group…I Say Yes!

 

Week 27: What’s Your Routine?

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”  -Vincent Van Gogh

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I don’t know about you but I am so READY for a FRESH New Beginning! Fall is my absolute FAVORITE time of year and I want to be sure and not miss one Beautiful thing about it! I have known for several months I NEED to get back to my Morning Routine, setting goals and enjoying some ME time. But sadly I have let the stresses in my life overtake my time and instead of filling my Soul up I have been living on Auto-Pilot.

Well NO MORE!

That’s why for the next four months I am engaging in “I Say Yes Bootcamp”.

If you haven’t heard of my year long FREE art journaling class “I Say Yes” be sure and read all about that here.

I invite you to join our Bootcamp even if you haven’t done one of the previous 26 lessons!! The next four months we will be covering topics to help us kick our lives up a notch and who doesn’t need that?!

Bootcamp Topics

We will be covering the following subjects over the next four months…

*Creativity

*Journaling

*Aging

*And this month’s theme…Time Management

Each month I will announce a new theme and every week a new prompt. Are you ready to begin?

Week 27 Prompt

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Let’s make a fresh start this month by taking a look at our time wasters. What are they? For me it’s anything that totally sucks me away from the task at hand. I can be so focused on blog writing or creating in my journal and go on-line to check something out “real quick”…before I know it 20 minutes have passed and I am still scrolling through Facebook or reading People on-line! It not only drives me crazy but drains my energy.

My Time Wasters list looks like this…

*Facebook, on-line quizzes, on-line gossip magazines

*TV

*Candy Crush on my phone

When I really stop to think about I know I waste an INSANE about of time on-line! I KNOW once I get that under control I will become so much more productive!

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The second thing we are going to work on this week is our Daily Routine. Remember our first week of class and how we talked about living on Auto Pilot? When I don’t take the time to establish a Daily Routine my life goes off track and I start living on Auto-Pilot again. It’s a place I don’t want to be.

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Living on Auto-Pilot means I am not taking care of myself. It means I am sitting on the couch, eating and mindlessly watching TV. It means depression sets in and I begin to feel bad about myself and everything around me.

It’s not living.

Girls, I want us to LIVE.

I want us to THRIVE.

To find JOY in everything!

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What is a Daily Routine?

When we have a Daily Routine we have a sense of ownership of our Time, our life…even if it feels like we are falling apart. Somehow the very act of DOING has energy in it that helps us be more Joy-Full.

*I want you to think back to your Auto-Pilot Days (and maybe that is today or maybe it was months ago)…then think back to a day when you had taken the time to make a list, set some goals…have a routine. How did each of those times make you feel? Do you see, feel the difference?

A Daily Routine can look like many different things! When I am running on all cylinders and at my best this is what MY Daily Routine looks like…

*Up early, coffee and time with God, create a To-Do List

*Walk, stretch, move my body

*Shower/get ready for the day

*Back in studio to check SM, emails, write, create

*Work or clean house or run errands

It looks pretty simple right? It is and it makes a HUGE difference in my days, my week and my mental health is always so much BETTER! Sadly I haven’t done this morning routine in FOREVER and let me tell you…I KNOW it. I haven’t been very productive at all and I am not filling myself up!!!

Our Assignment

*Take a look at your week. Fill in ALL the MUSTS…work, school stuff, kids practices, church, clubs, etc. Then fill in calendar with stuff you TRULY want to do…workouts, creative time, writing time, Social Media time, anything that YOU want to do during your week…the stuff that FILLS your Soul UP!

*Let’s come up with a Morning Routine or an Evening Routine…you decide where it best fits into your schedule. Write down those things that are REALLY important to you and decide the most important ones. If you want a morning routine are you going to have to wake up a bit earlier? Maybe your Daily Routine fits better in the middle of the day. Remember you get to decide what’s best for YOU!

*Start implementing your Daily Routine this week!

*Share in our private Facebook group how it’s going.

Your Art Journal

For your art journal you can either put your Daily Routine or Time Wasters on your page or you can create something that you are inspired to do by working on your routine. My page is going to be all about how precious my time is and how I want to stop once and for wasting it!

Here is your free printable to help you out!

Week 27_ I Say Yes Bootcamp Edition

 

 

Week 26: Be the True You

This week’s lesson is all about creating a page to celebrate who we REALLY are. I mean I want you to go over the top with your page!

Do you see yourself as a Warrior, a Teacher, a Comedian? What’s really deep inside of YOU?

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It’s so easy to just be who we THINK we should be…especially when we are around others. Have you ever been in a situation where you are surrounded by new people and instead of being yourself you act differently? I know I have been many, many times. I hate it when that happens because I KNOW it’s MY OWN insecurities coming out.

What if we could be EXACTLY who we are?? That’s the person I want you to create in your journal this week!!

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I hope you join me starting September 3rd for “I Say Yes” Bootcamp!! Join our private FB group…I Say Yes.

Have a GREAT weekend!

xoxo

Leslie