Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Making Over My Evenings {Day 13}

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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!


Dear friends, I think that Day 13 of Makeover Your Evenings is my favorite day so far. You might remember that last night, we created our evening routine. That special little plan of 3-5 basic tasks designed to have maximum life impact, that we are supposed to commit to following for three weeks.

Today Crystal says to go ahead and make evening routine plans B and C. Her reasoning is that life happens- people get sick, unexpected circumstances fall into our lap, and sometimes a day just doesn't work out the way we plan.

Are we going to allow those obstacles to completely sideline our carefully curated goals and ideals? Not if we have reasonable back up plans in place!

I love this, because right now I am living in the Plan C zone. Which means I should really make a Plan C to fall back on! I've been really sick, two of my kids have been really sick, and life at home as we know it has become UNHINGED. Maybe you can relate??

I think my evening routing plan B will be for the rare nights I'm out late, and evening routine C will be for days that I just can't seem to get all three kids tucked in on time, the house is falling in tatters around me, and I'm wiped out beyond belief.

This plan B and C idea could be even more helpful when applied to my morning routine. My ideal morning involves getting up before my children so I can have some time in the Word, shower, and get dressed.

Lately with being sick and being up constantly in the night with sick babies, I am rolling out of bed later and later- kids already running wild, rushing to get my late husband out the door for work, and feeling totally defeated before I even begin. Which often leads to wasting more time on my iPhone because I've already failed anyway, so wouldn't a little escapism be nice...

Well, if I had a plan for those terribly rushed, got up way too late kind of mornings, I could just ease into it. I might be a lot less inclined to waste my time putzing. This sounds pretty appealing, so I'm going to go ahead and make one ;).

Anyone else relate to constantly falling behind in the ideal routines camp? Hoping I'm not alone here ;). What sort of contingencies help you to keep things together when it's so much easier to just fall apart?

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