Day 3442 – The Importance Of Routines And Systems In Your Life

One thing I’m constantly refining and fine-tuning are my routines and systems. I pay attention to my habits and try to change the bad ones and add the good ones.

A great current example of my systems at work is the reprinting of my to-do list. I’ve talked before that I have multiple to-do lists – daily ones written on notepads and a printed weekly one. The printed to-do list is mostly a guide for the week, what I want to blog about, keeping my days organized, seeing what’s scheduled, and big reminders on each day.

I just finished printing out my to-dos for the next few weeks. We’re going to Cali for the holidays, so being organized in what needs to be done is pretty important. I plotted out what I want to blog about for most of the days and other priority things that need to be done.

It’s a really nice feeling knowing that I have a plan for the coming weeks. I’m currently reading It Doesn’t Have To Be Crazy At Work, and the biggest thing is about having a calm work environment and how important that is. While I have a pretty decently calm environment and day, there are some things that add to “not calm” so I’m working on trying to minimize them. Having my to-dos all ready to go definitely adds to the calm.

I have checklists for so many areas of my life and it really helps to have a workflow for things you do often – because it can be easy to miss something. This is where Asana is my best friend, because I can set up those recurring reminders and know things will get done.

Do you have routines and systems in your life?

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Day 3276 – Success Tip – Keep Your Routines While You Travel

One habit I’ve been working on is getting up when my alarm goes off…at 5 a.m. We’re on our second day away, and I’ve gotten up at 5 both days. What this allows is the completion of my morning routine. It’s 10 a.m. (PDT) and I’ve already worked out, done my reading, read my goals/January letter, and had coffee with Bret. It has allowed me to work on my new project and write this blog post before the day has even really started.

I originally thought I would only take photos of my January letter, goals, and contract with myself for my new project. But I realized it would be much more powerful to bring my originals with me. I have page protectors for goals and checklists and have used them every day. Just having them is a reminder to my brain that I’m not “off the hook” because I’m on a trip. I’ve found more success when I am serious about my goals than when I let myself off easy.

What do you do to keep your routine while you’re traveling?

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Day 1921- How Boundaries = Joy And A Healthy Life

We’ve been making a lot of changes in our life recently. I want to say first that we are in no way saying, “how we live is how you should live.” These are different things that God has put on our hearts recently and we’re changing based on that. You need to follow your own convictions and beliefs. All I’m doing is sharing what we have learned and how the changes have changed us, even over a short amount of time.

Ok! The first thing that we’ve been convicted about is nudity in movies and shows. We read an article by John Piper that radically changed how we view nudity. We have decided to cut out all movies and shows that have nudity. It’s been tough to say no to family and friends who want to watch a show or movie with us, but a little discomfort to keep our eyes and hearts pure, is worth the cost. I even went through all of my movies and took out all of the movies with nudity. A sub-change in this category is also removing from my collection and not watching movies that glorify leaving your spouse for someone else. This is something that was NEVER on my radar until I met Bret. I’m a “this is a movie, entertainment, just go with it” movie watcher…well, I guess I can say, I was. Like most women, I do love a good rom-com. One of my favorites was It Could Happen To You (the one where the cop wins the lottery and splits it with a waitress). I watched this with Bret before we were married, a million years ago. About halfway through, he said he couldn’t watch anymore. At first I thought it was just the typical guy hating those types of movies. But he explained that the movie makes the guy’s wife look like a jerk and the whole movie, you’re hoping they get a divorce so the guy can be happy with someone else. It’s soooooo subtle, but it’s true. I’m thankful he made me aware of this. Especially now that I am so passionate about marriages that last.

Another change is our bedtime and waking routine. Bret was having trouble staying asleep all night, so I did a little research on things that could help. As of right now, here’s our routine (as much as we can manage it).
Starting at 8:00 p.m., we stop using all devices, TVs and computers. I read that they emit blue light, which is NOT good before bed, because it “wakes” the brain, much like being outside under the blue sky. We even turn off all lights in our room and use candles only (which emit little to no blue light). We do our evening devotions, read to ourselves and catch up. We enjoy cups of decaf tea. Taking a hot shower before 8 is helpful too. We’ve been blowing out the candles around 9:15/9:30. We also have a strict wake up time every day – 5:45…..that was TOUGH on Saturday (our first day of the new routine)! But! What a change it has made already! The first night, Bret slept through the night (I seriously wanted to make my Facebook status -“My baby slept through the night!”) And, to be honest, I’ve felt more alert in the mornings, even waking up so early. It’s been such a sweet time hanging out with Bret before he leaves for work. It also makes doing the morning devotions easier!

I’m finding the more I learn about God and what He desires from me, cutting things out has been so much easier. Taking movies off my shelf that have been there for years was almost freeing. Now, I’m not saying this with pride at all. The more I learn, the more I’m seeing how utterly sinful and terrible I am. I can agree with Paul when he writes:

“The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.”
1 Timothy 1:15

I am merely a sinner saved by Christ’s blood and overwhelming grace and mercy.

What about you? Are there things you’ve cut out or cut back on that have made a big change in your life?

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