13 Weeks to a Better Me – Challenge Week 1
It’s officially Day 1 for my 13 Weeks to a Better Me challenge, and boy, do I have a lot to do! (If you missed my first post where I introduced and explained the challenge, you can check it out here!)
To get started on this challenge, I have written a list of everything (I can think of right now!) that I feel needs improvement in my life, or maybe I’m just not doing right now and I think it would be wise or healthy to start. I’m always wishing, wishing, wishing for things to be a certain way, and I’m finally taking action to make them happen!
Write My List
The first step for the challenge, as I mentioned above, is to write my list. I could have used plain ol’ notebook paper to do this, it certainly wouldn’t have hurt anything, but I like to have pretty sheets for things like this, so I made a little printable.
My list is as follows:
- Drink 8+ glasses of water daily
- Exercise 3 times per week
- Create a morning routine
- Create an evening routine
- Meal plan every week
- Stick to our monthly budget
- Meal prep every week
- Start making freezer meals
- Follow my cleaning schedule
- Get my kids more scheduled
- Play with my kids more and enjoy them
- Walk with kids at least once per week – around the neighborhood or walk to the park
- Eliminate time wasters (mostly!) and use my time more wisely
- Create an effective quiet time routine
- Start doing daily devotions with the kids
- Cut down to 2-3 cups of coffee each day
You can see some of these items are not very specific or measurable – “start making freezer meals” as an example. How many freezer meals? How often am I making them? I’m not worrying about the specifics of each and every item right now – I’ll work on that when I get closer to tackling it! I’m just trying to write down things that I wish I did or I wish were different in my life.
With my list in hand, it’s time to prioritize. To do this, I’m considering two different aspects – 1. how quickly will I reap the benefits of this? and 2. how hard will it be to build the habit? Some things I want to start fairly early on in the 13 weeks so that I have that much more time to build the habit and make it second nature. Other things maybe won’t be as hard to build up the habit, but they are areas that will really be beneficial immediately.
And although I’ve numbered my list in order of priority, it does not necessarily mean I’ll follow it in that exact order throughout the 13 weeks, but it at least gives me a guideline.
Make My Schedule
Now that the list is done, I’m moving on to scheduling it out over the next 13 weeks so I can get it all done. Again, I could have written this on notebook paper (and don’t get me wrong, I love writing in notebooks! I have about a million of them around my house) but there’s just something so nice about have a special printable, so I made one for this too!
My goal was to tackle one task per week, but since I ended up with a list of 16 items, I had to double up a few weeks while making my schedule. This was fairly easy to do. I combined “create an effective quiet time routine” and “start doing daily devotions with the kids” since those items are very similar and shouldn’t be terribly difficult to implement.
I also combined “Meal plan every week” and “Start making freezer meals” since I’ll need to add my freezer meals to my meal plans anyway! I don’t think it will be overwhelming to start both of those in one week.
Here is my finished list and schedule!
So what is my Week 1 Challenge?
I chose “Drink 8+ glasses of water daily” for my first week’s task. Tomorrow, I’ll post a printable I made to track my water intake, so keep an eye out for it! I’m adding these two printables to my library (free for anyone who subscribes to my mailing list!) in case anyone else wants to follow the challenge with me!
Well, the kids are waking up from their naps and I have some water to go drink!
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