Monday, May 2, 2016

Making Over My Evenings {Day 1}

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I'm working my way through Crystal Paine's new course, Makeover Your Evenings- 14 days of videos, reading, and projects designed to bring more order, rest, and productivity into your life. If you'd like to grab the course and work through it right along with me, you can do so here. Each weekday night I'll be posting my takeaway from the day's coursework. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it and how you are making over your own evenings!


So why would anyone want to make over their evenings? What's the draw to this course?

I can sure tell you why I want to change my evenings! All year I've been desperately longing to change my life by simply going to bed consistently at 10 each night... and yet I'm still struggling to actually do it. The deliciousness of child free hours, the temptation of Netflix, and that pernicious second wind all seem to be conspiring against my best efforts.

I know that going to bed at ten will make a world of difference to me. The one night I did it last week illustrated that for me, as the following morning I had the easiest time I can remember in awhile actually, willingly, getting out of bed. 

In her introduction, Crystal says, "I want this course to provide the inspiration, motivation, and practical hand-holding (because we all need a little of that!) to revamp your evenings."

Yes, and amen. Please hold my hand Crystal! Because I desperately need a good shove in the right direction.

Accountability is a very effective strategy for me. I think that's probably one of the biggest reasons I'm having a hard time making this change; I haven't set up any real consistent, outside accountability. Case in point: one night last week a friend got on my case about not following through on my bed time... and the following night was the one blissful evening that I actually went to bed on time. 

So folks, I'm getting it out there right now: you are my accountability. Making myself responsible for blogging through this course is my attempt at better accountability in the going-to-bed-on-time department. 

Crystal recommends picking your time for going through the coursework each day, and sticking with that time as an appointment every day. Every week day I am going to spend the first 15 minutes of nap time on the course, and post my daily blog about it here as soon as my kids go to bed each night.

My "why" for completing this course?

I want to develop a consistent bedtime so that I can feel refreshed and motivated to live my days well.

What's your why?

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