13 Weeks to a Better me – Challenge Week 8
Fall has arrived full swing here in Washington, and I for one am LOVING it! I am more than happy to say goodbye to the heat and pull out my sweaters. However, with the changing seasons comes a lot of distractions for me. I have a tendency to be a bit obsessive in certain areas. Right now, my current obsessions are knitting (working on Christmas gifts) and watching romantic Hallmark channel movies.
I’ve also been getting an organizing itch lately, so I completely rearranged and reorganized my son’s room yesterday. Clutter and disorganization drive me crazy, but I’m also not naturally very organized (the struggle is real). But I’m trying to get some of the messier areas in my home organized so I’m not going as crazy.
All that to say… I haven’t done so well on my challenge lately. *hangs head in shame* I feel terrible about it, but there you have it.
Weeks 1 – 7 in Review
Week 2 Challenge – Stick to a morning routine. My previous morning routine looked good, I thought, but I’ve realized there are some things that need moved around. For one, I am not getting the kids dressed BEFORE feeding them breakfast. It just doesn’t make sense. Half the time they end breakfast covered in more food than they actually ate. So this week, I’m going to experiment a bit with my morning routine and find something that works better.
Week 3 Challenge – Quiet time every morning. I’ve actually done this almost every day for the past two weeks! I’ve been consistently waking up at 6, except for one day a week when I sleep in to make sure I’m getting enough rest. The early wake time has given me plenty of time to get my quiet time in before the kids get up.
Week 4 Challenge – Stick to the monthly budget. August was a big fat FAIL for this challenge! And September so far isn’t going great. I have a plan for October though!
Week 5 Challenge – Meal plan consistently and create freezer meals. I have done okay at best with this. I always forget just how much time it takes to create a thorough meal plan! And throwing in new recipes for freezer meals makes it even more time consuming. But I do have some meals planned out for the rest of the month, and have started a meal plan (including many freezer meals) for October.
Week 6 Challenge – Exercise 3 times per week. Ahaha. Hahahaha. Don’t really have much to say on this one. (I haven’t worked out a single time. So a big fat FAIL.)
Week 7 Challenge – Drink 2 cups of coffee per day. Obviously, I wrote above that I was on my fourth cup of coffee for the day, so I still need to improve on this. But overall, I’m very pleased with how I’m doing in this area! I am getting more natural energy back now that I’m not so dependent on caffeine to get me through the day.
Game Plan to Improve This Week
My plan this week is to –
- Balance myself out – meaning, stop obsessing quite so much about my knitting projects (which ARE important! I am doing a zero budget Christmas and a big part of pulling that off includes making as many gifts as I can). It’s easy to spend a lot of time on the things that sound more fun at the moment, but that’s not a balanced way to live. I have to be intentional about getting things done, even if they don’t sound super fun at the moment.
- Use my printable trackers! I haven’t printed out my trackers the last few weeks and my challenge has suffered because of it. I just finished printing out several water trackers and morning routine checklists, so once this post is done I’ll be hanging them up on my command center wall!
- Use time blocking to keep on track during the day. I haven’t used time blocking too much in quite a while, simply because my baby was far too unpredictable! There was no way for me to plan too specifically because her “schedule” was all over the place. She is becoming much more scheduled now, so I’m going to try to pick up time blocking once more. If I can handle it, I want to use it every day. I am so much more productive when I use time blocking!
- Use my new resources from the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle to make my meal plans. I haven’t dug in to the bundle too much yet, but I’ve seen several meal planning resources that I think will make a huge difference in my meal planning! I’ve been trying to find healthy meals that are easy, but it’s been a struggle. Now I have tons of healthy recipes and meal plans at my fingertips! (And don’t worry, the bundle is still available, but only until tomorrow – September 25th – at midnight, so hurry and get it while you can! Learn more about the bundle here.)
- Set up a location for my workouts. One reason I failed to work out at all was because our DVD player is not currently connected to the TV. I am so bad at electronics that figuring out how to connect them seemed like more work than it was worth. (I already didn’t want to work out, I grabbed any excuse I could! Haha.) So this week, I’m going to really plan out my workout time. I think I’ll use my laptop and go to YouTube to find some workouts. (Let me know if you have found any good workouts on YouTube that you would recommend to a beginner!)
- Go back to using cash for certain budget categories, and be far more realistic with my budgeting amounts. I tend to go a little too stingy with things like eating out. I know it’s possible to not spend any money eating out, but I’m not the best at packing lunches for my husband, or planning and cooking every single night of the month. So we end up eating out sometimes. While it’s important to make sacrifices now to meet big-picture financial goals, I also have to be realistic – or else be willing to put in the work to pack lunches and cook EVERY night!
Week 8 Challenge – Follow My Cleaning Schedule
I have a cleaning schedule that I love, I’ve used it for a long time now. But I’m not the best at keeping up with it. And I can’t blame the schedule – I’ve used tons of different cleaning schedules and this is the best I’ve ever figured out for my family.
It’s just me. I get lazy sometimes and skip my chores, and then I get behind on cleaning and it stresses me out.
My cleaning schedule consists of daily chores (make beds, complete one load of laundry, etc.), as well as one “extra” chore per day, one assigned to each day of the week. (Monday is cleaning bathrooms, Tuesday is dusting, and so on).
Each day’s chore should take no more than an hour to complete, and more likely 15 – 30 minutes. Yet I spend far more time procrastinating than it would take me to complete the work! So my challenge this week is to actually follow my cleaning schedule, every single day.
Several months ago, I went through this super productive phase where I wanted to use my time very efficiently and be as “perfect” of a housewife as I could be. I was packing my husband’s lunches, organizing everything in sight, and I followed a tight schedule, including scheduled downtime – which doubled as knitting time, because I wanted even my rest time to be spent as productively as possible.
This only lasted a few weeks, I’m afraid, but those few weeks were awesome! I felt amazing, and I was getting so much done. It showed me that following a schedule actually works. But it also takes work, which is why I stopped. I have never been a very disciplined person, so I have to force myself to be productive. It’s not easy, it’s not fun, but it is so worth it!
My goal is to someday make every day be like those super-productive days I had. And a big part of that is following my cleaning schedule!
How are you doing with the challenge? Have you had positive changes, or struggled (like I have!)? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!
Don’t forget to check out the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. It’s going to be gone tomorrow night! I’m telling you, the list of resources is incredible, and it’s all for a super-affordable price! Check out everything that’s in the bundle here!
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