Building Your Routine (Harnessing the Power of Habit) | Summer Boot Camp

Good evening! It’s Monday!

If you follow me on Instagram, you might know two things:

  1. my fam moved into a new house
  2. I went on a mini vacation to Chicago to visit some friends this past weekend.

And if you read the blog, you’ll also know that I’m behind in my boot camp. I reeaally wanted to just quit since I’m already behind BUT! there is still time so I’m pressing forward. This third post in my experiment is about building a routine.

3 Building Your Daily Routine

So when I was planning to do this boot camp, I didn’t really factor in moving from one dwelling to another and how much that would impact this process. Oh goodness, have I so quickly forgotten what it’s like to load up your life in boxes and not be able to find anything for days? I own more stuff than I’ve owned in a very long time finding my groove again is slow in coming. This is going to be a difficult week to build a routine.

However, on the flip side, with this move comes a shorter commute to work, more space to work at home if I want to, and more room to do early morning things without disturbing the rest of the house which is a huge plus!

One thing that I’m working on this summer is my morning routine. I wrote about this in my post, The Ultimate War Room Game Changer as well as My 5 Simple Rules for the Best Morning Ever. Mornings are such a great time to get things done if you carve out the time. It’s much easier to roll out of bed just in time to take a quick shower, maybe grab something to eat and rush out the door to my job. It’s much more challenging to wake up early enough to have my quiet time, get in a work out, do some writing, drink water, eat breakfast, and get ready for work.

The benefits are huge but the habit is hard to come by.

This week, I’m going to start building my morning routine again. Now that my life and circumstances have changed, I need to tweak what I’d been doing before. The process is simple:

  1. list the activities I want to get done in the morning
  2. address the trade offs–what needs to be done, given up, or rescheduled in order for me to accomplish these tasks?
  3. plot them out on a schedule
  4. try it out for a set amount of days
  5. tweak as necessary
  6. Don’t give up. Work at it until it’s a habit.

That is my assignment for the next week, maybe two. My family is going out of town for the 4th of July weekend so I’m going to need a little extra time…

As far as habits are concerned, I’ve got a couple of books on my list that deal with early morning as well as habits.

5 AM Miracle

The 5 AM Miracle by Jeff Sanders {Amazon}

I actually started this book earlier this year but haven’t finished it. Sanders also has a podcast by the same name that I’ve listened to for awhile and definitely recommend as well. I’m going to revisit this one during this process :).

better-than-beforeBetter Than Before by Gretchen Rubin {Amazon}

I’ve had my eye on this book for a long time but haven’t pulled the trigger and purchased it yet. But I love Rubin’s podcast, Happier, which she co-hosts with her sister Elizabeth Craft and it’s high time I check this book out. In it, Rubin talks about what she calls the 4 Tendencies and how they relate to habits and living a happy life. You can take the 4 Tendencies quiz HERE on her website. Check out her site, her books and her podcast, she’s got great stuff! I plan to purchase this book before the week is over.

Trade-offs, schedules, and lists. This is some of the stuff of productivity and project and life management. Fun. Hard but fun.

On that note, I’ve got to prep to hit the sack. It’s 8:30 and I need to be in bed in the next half hour if I’m going to get up in time to start re-building my routine. Here we go!

Good night!


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November Reading

I love reading in the fall! Favorite pastime during my favorite season :). 

At the beginning of the year, I set out to read 100 books by December 31st. I realized by about July but have been in denial until October that 100 books isn’t going to happen so I’m cutting it down to 50 — a goal I should have no trouble meeting. I mentioned in another blog post that I was going to quit book blogging at Unscripted and move everything over here but I’ve decided against it. I’ll keep my site up and do book reviews on that site and do everything else on this site. It may work, it may not, I’ll just have to try it out and see what happens! In the mean time, I’m going to list my monthly reads at the beginning of each month and then a follow up post at the end of the month. Here’s what I’m currently reading and planning to read in November.

CURRENTLY READING NOV-15

 

Hardcover/Softcover

Money Making Mom – I started reading it the day it came in the mail last week and I’m a couple chapters away from the finish. I LOVE THIS BOOK! Crystal Paine is so awesome and I just love all the great wisdom and information she offers in this read. 

Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions – I’ve already read both The Best Yes and What Happens When Women Say Yes To God by Lysa Terkeust so when Proverbs 31 Ministries announced that the next online Bible study book was going to be Unglued, I didn’t hesitate to sign up. I love Terkeurst’s honesty and transparency and so far, the book is a great read!

Dating With Pure Passion – I got this book shortly after the BF and I started dating last year and have yet to read it! So I’m determined to get through it this month. I’ve flipped through it a couple of times and I think it’s going to be really good!

Happier at Home – I started Gretchen Rubin’s second book early this year and just haven’t finished it. It’s on my TBR list for the year and I need to get through it! Especially since I really want to read her other book Better than Before.

Audiobook

An American Tragedy – I bought a softcover copy of this last fall at an airport bookstore. It’s on my Classics Club list and my TBR for this year. There’s no way I’m going to get through the print version so I’m listening to the audiobook. So far, pretty good!

Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters – I love Jon Acuff. I listened to Do Over earlier this year and loved it. I’ve been meaning to read this one for a while and put it as an alternate on this year’s TBR. Since Acuff does such a great job reading his own books, I figured I might as well enjoy this one on audio as well. 

In a Pit With a Lion On a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars – I know absolutely nothing about this book, I think I got a free copy of it somewhere but I don’t remember exactly – maybe christianaudio.com? But the title is intriguing so I’ll give it a try!


I’m off to a good start already so I’m hoping I can finish all these titles and maybe even complete the other stragglers that I’ve been reading on the slow for the past several months!

What are you reading this month?