February Resolution {Get Up Earlier}…

It is February!  I love February.  It is the month of love.  *smooch*smooch*  A little over the top?  Sorry about that. 😉

Last week I wrote about my January resolution status.  I did okay but plan to keep working on it for February.

So to the January goals I will add, “I resolve to get up earlier”.

Pure & Simple | February Resolutions

I love the “idea” of being an early bird.  I’m just really bad at the follow through.

My general wake up call comes in around 8am — that is if I don’t have an early morning session or meeting.  I wouldn’t consider 8am as the ideal early bird waking hour.

Roadblock?  I stay up way too late.  Raymond is a night owl.  A really annoying one.

My “Why”.  I love the idea of getting more out of a day.  When I wake up late, the day is started off on the wrong foot.  If I sleep until 9:30am, then lunchtime is here before I know it, then 3pm, then bedtime.  Where did the day go.

I’ve recently read 168 Hours and Life on the Wire.  Both books talk about finding out what you want to do with your time and then do it/schedule it.  Getting up earlier will help find that precious time.

I also like this article on why getting up earlier is the smart thing to do along with a few tips on how.  My favorite tip is # 3:  “There is no try.  Don’t think, just do.”  

Ways to achieve this goal:  

1.  Set a bedtime and stick to it.  10:30pm is achievable. No matter what the annoying night owl says, I hit the hay.  😉

2.  Give myself a break.  If I’m in the middle of a good movie or show, I will record the remainder and catch the ending some other time.

3.  Set a wake up time and stick to it.  7am is also achievable.  Ideally I would get up every morning at 6:30am.

4.  To get to 7am on a consistent basis, I will shoot for 7:30am for 2 weeks (starting today), then move it back 15 minutes each week until I reach my ideal time.

5.  Keep it going on the weekends.  Schedule something fun for the mornings on Saturday and Sunday.  Yoga class.  Coffee with a friend.  Estate sale.

6.  Get a move on.  Morning workout or at the very least take Cody for a quick walk.  Get the blood pumping!

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My February book will be Getting Things Done.  I read this years ago when I worked at Official NASCAR Members Club.  We were required to read it — which I hated having required reading off the job — but I loved the book.  Of course I donated that copy a long time ago so I bought a new copy and plan to reread. 🙂

What is your February resolution? 🙂

Until next time…

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{Stuck On You} Organizing Planners…

A few months ago I came across an ad in a local publication about Stuck On You Labels.  I went to their website to check out their products, and wrote a blog post about their adorable kid’s clothes labels.

Not too long after that I received a shipment from Stuck On You full of goodies! 🙂  All personalized nonetheless!

Love the personalized stationary!

I love the Daily To-Do List!  I’m an old fashion kinda gal and still like to write out my To-Do list with pen and paper.  The design and quality of the paper feel much more substantial than the typical lined notebook paper.  Not to mention, if it is pretty then I am more likely to use it and stick with it.

Look at those lists! So pretty & organized!

The Weekly Planner is where I am recording the time log for my 168 Hours Project.  The printable calendar from 168 Hours website would have worked fine, but again, I like the design and quality of the paper.  I’m a bit of a paper snob; just ask the guy at Office Depot.  He was more than attune to the fact that I had to have THICK paper for my blog planner. 😛

I plan to fill that bad boy up!

The Shopping Planner is used for my list of errands.  See the thing is — without a list I will forget everything.  I leave nothing to memory — I write everything down.  I recently used the Shopping Planner to map out my errands while shopping for decoration ideas.  I pulled out the trusty Holiday Binder to grab some inspiration.

The Holiday Binder got a makeover. 🙂
Love that Shopping Planner!

I have a different method for grocery shopping which is what the Shopping Planner is intended for.  If I wrote out my grocery lists, then I would definitely turn to this planner. 😉

Great planner for keeping track of your shopping and errands list

Now about the sports bag.  I.LOVE.IT!  The size is what had me sold.  There are days when I need to cart around enough stuff that it won’t fit in my purse but it’s too small a load for an overnight bag.  Enter Sports Bag.  And I love the owls! 😉  You can choose whichever design you prefer.  I have an affinity towards birds. 😉

Sports Kid’s Bag

So … the kitchen labels are awesome!  They are SO cute that I cannot wait to put them on my flour, sugar, and what-not jars.  However, they are still in the package on the kitchen counter. :/ *wonk*wonk*  I like things to be clean and fresh before changing or adding to the design.  I would like to wash the containers before adhering said adorable labels.  🙂

Be sure to check out their selection of Christmas goodies as well!  If I was a gift giver, I would definitely buy a few of these goodies. 🙂

Until next time…

Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. Stuck On You sent me the items to try. I accept complimentary organizing related products for product reviews. The products I don’t like usually don’t make it on the blog, so if you see a product here, you know I like it!

168 Hours…

We’ve all heard that time is the ultimate commodity.  Time is precious.  Time is valuable.  Time is currency.  Don’t waste it.  Spend it wisely.

We all say things like this:

  • “It’s already Friday?  Where did the week go?”
  • “I cannot believe September is two days away.  January feels like it was yesterday!”

Time seems to slip past us without us understanding what happened to it.  It is a nonrenewable resource.  It’s not like money.  You run out of money then you go get more of it.  You run out of time, and you are out of the game.

We are all “busy” 24/7/365.  We work 60+ hour work weeks.  We sleep less than 5 hours a night.  We don’t have time to exercise or cook or read or …

But are we really that busy?  Do we know how to spend our time?

Some people spend their time better than others.  Take my friend Kristin for example.  She finds time to hang with friends, study for grad school, play tennis, sip coffee, and go for hikes.  Every day.  I’m a little green with envy.  Does she ever sleep?  I’m sure she does, and a good solid 7 hours.

The truth is we all have the same amount of time in our day and week.  168 hours in the week to be exact.

Another truth — we all have the ability to choose.  Choose how to spend our precious time. Who to spend it with.  What to spend it on.

I found myself saying this phrase over and over yesterday, “Time to trim the fat.  Cut the deadweight.”  My schedule and, thus my life, is becoming too full.  Too full of should haves, could haves, what ifs, and anxiety.  I’m feeling lost and anxious at the end of the day.  Where did the time go?  Did I accomplish anything?  What about everything I have left to do?  Did I make the most out of that networking event?  Did I spend enough time with Raymond?  Did I eat a balanced dinner?  Did I drink enough water?

It’s time to trim the fat.  Time to streamline.  Responsibilities, commitments, to-do lists, and guilt.

I’m taking a challenge presented in a book that arrived in my mailbox yesterday: 168 Hours, You Have More Time Than You Think.

Will you take the challenge with me?