“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” -Vincent Van Gogh
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?!
We will be covering the following subjects over the next four months…
*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
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
*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!
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.
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!
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!!!
*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!