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Love Yourself – A Week of Hacking Self-Care – Implementing Change

Love Yourself – A Week of Hacking Self-Care – Implementing Change

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle

Welcome to Day 7! I very much hope that you have enjoyed exploring and hacking self-care. What an amazing way to honor yourself. Thus far we have explored what self-care means to you, why gratitude is an integral part of self-care, how sleep is critical to all things, that FUN is a necessary part of life and that planning time for it all is what helps us make habit changes. The last factor to consider in making your new self-care habits stick is implementing them consistently.

First – Write it down – This goes back to yesterdays tip on planning. You have to write out the self-care you are implementing, the fun, the gratitude. List out what self-care you want to accomplish for the week and connect with why you are making this change. Really think about where you could end up if you don’t take care of yourself. If you feel like it’s selfish, or that you don’t have time to set aside this time for yourself, consider how much time an illness or injury would take up. I am a perfect example of this. I didn’t slow down, or take care of myself because ‘I don’t have time’. Well two back surgeries later I have learned to slow down and make time for myself and the things that are important to me.

Second – Get support – You can always connect with me for accountability on Facebook or Instagram! I am changing my habits little by little to! I also encourage you to share your goals with friends and family who will be supportive. Tell them what your new habits are and when you will be doing them so that you have support and accountability. Put it out there that you are doing a ‘challenge’ and want to accomplish 30, 60 or 90 days of self-care. Because guess what we are starting 2-20-17? That’s right. 30 Days of Self-Care.

Third- Create Space- Literally, make the time and space for your habits. Decide where and when you will engage in your self-care. For me I like to do an evening meditation after having a cup of Detox Tea. It Looks like this….my cell phone evening alarm (it sounds like crickets) goes off at 9:30 and I go make tea, as it’s cooling I wash my face and straighten up what I had been working on so it’s all wrapped up. I sit down and have my tea with my planner and go over the top three priorities for the next day. When I finish my tea I grab my Muse brain wave scanning meditation band and settle into a corner of the couch to meditate. The lights are turned down and this helps me really quiet my mind before bed. When I finish my time I brush my teeth and head to bed. Sometimes I read or listen to an audio book, sometimes I just head to sleep, sometimes its time for my husband and I to chat and catch up. This is my ideal evening, sometimes the kids aren’t feeling well and aren’t sleeping, sometimes work has to be completed, the point is not to be perfect but to always have that routine to get back to even if you miss a day or two.

Bonus– Join the 30 Days of Self-Care challenge! Starting on 2-20-17 we will be doing a 30 days of self-care challenge. What do you have to do for the challenge? Pick 3 Daily Self-Care Habits you want to complete each day, then pick 3 weekly  Self-Care habits that you want to complete each week and track them. What you will have at the end of the 30 Days are some awesome new habits that you can feel awesome about completing. Download the Tracker or track in your Planner.  Check in on Facebook with how you are doing and for Tips, Tricks and Hacks to keep you going!!! I will also be doing Facebook Lives to help support this challenge on Thursdays! Lets hack some Self-Care to create your better life.

Love Yourself -A Week of  Hacking Self-Care – Day 6 – Planning

Love Yourself -A Week of Hacking Self-Care – Day 6 – Planning

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail! – Benjamin Franklin

Well done this week. You have decided which forms of self care you are going to implement into your everyday routine. You are dedicating yourself to building your own resilience and combating the negative effects of stress though gratitude. You are working on sleeping better and infusing your weeks with some fun. Look at the steps you have taken towards creating a better life. Frankly, you ROCK! So now that we are embracing these new habits and making meaningful changes in our self-care how are we making sure we succeed? Planning.

The weekend is my favorite time to sit down and plan. Whenever you can carve out about an hour and look at your week is the perfect time to plan. Sunday night or Saturday morning before activities begin, it doesn’t matter as long as it gets done. I am a totally planner nerd. I had been a cell phone & electronic planner for a long time but once I was managing my court calendar, my kids and spouses calendar and my life/home calendar it was too much. I now use my phone for appointments and reminders and do all my planning and weekly To-Do’s in my Erin Condren Life Planner.  They are 30% off right now by the way.

First- Schedule in all necessary appointments – This is everything, every kid activity, meetings, appointments all the things that require you to do something at a set time. Get all of these plotted out in your week. This includes setting aside time to plan. So block out when you are planning next week now.

Second- Break out your top three categories for your critical to-do’s. I suggest Self-Care, Professional, Family/Social- Then list the top three or four things you would like to accomplish in each of these categories and schedule them in like an appointment. If you want to add meditation to your routine, figure out what time each day you are going to carve out for it and schedule that commitment. If you want to go hiking with the kids pick where it will fit in the weekend.

Third – Make a rough meal plan – the thing I hate the most is “what’s for dinner”. If this doesn’t stress you out, skip it. If you hate this question too then take a minute and figure it out. I save new cooking adventures for Friday and Saturday. My kids have activities on Monday night, so we either pick up dinner or have Sunday leftovers. Once your weekly commitments are down you can see what nights dinner is already accounted for, which nights are a time crunch and when you can cook.

Fourth – Leave some space for the week – Every-night I set out my top 3 activities that need to be accomplished the next day. I put these in the top box of my planner.  This way there is some flexibility in my day and time for me to handle things that crop up, because it comes up. These don’t have to be massive projects. Some days it’s as simple as 1-Defrost meat for dinner 2 – Drop off returns, 3 – Return phone call to XYZ

BONUS – Have fun with it. Planning is a great productivity tool but it shouldn’t be a chore. Get some pens you love. Throw in some stickers. I have a number of Youtube videos  about planning, how I plan and what I use to plan. Make it fun.

Tomorrow we will be talking about how to keep up with your routine! Be sure to keep an eye on my Instagram as I frequently post my planner on how I am planning for the week!

Erin Condren Haul | New Products | How I plan

Erin Condren Haul | New Products | How I plan

Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 11.17.28 AM copy  You guys know how much I love Erin Condren Products. You can check out the video where I talk about meeting her at her California offices. Having a chance to chat with her about her passion to create fun quality products made me love her and her products even more.

It’s no surprise that I love planning. I find planning to be a wonderful creative outlet and a great way to keep organized. But that aside the planner community on YouTube, Instagram, Etsy and Facebook is tremendously supportive. This group of (mostly) women are so encouraging. They encourage each-others businesses, create products, share tips. It’s such a fun community to be a part of.

I am sharing these new products and things I love because I hope to help you decide what may work for you. So when you are looking for products think about how you plan, and what works for you. I love the spiral system created by Erin Condren. I use the vertical layout with three boxes to break up my day. I use the top box for my
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‘Top Three’. I list out the Top Three things I need to get done each and every day. I do this as part of my evening routine. In the Middle Section I list out my appointments that are at a specific time. So Dr. Appointments, Physical Therapy appointments ext. In the bottom box I list out things I need to remember, things for the kids, things they need to take to school, what’s for dinner or Blog and YouTube posts. In the lined sections on the bottom I track habits. Currently I am tracking “Nutrition (how bulletproof was my day), Meditation, Supplements and Sleep”. I track my sleep on the Beddit sensor which gives you a score out of 100 for the night so I write that number in. I have tried a lot of sleep sensors and this is a tremendously advanced and affordable sleep tracker, but that’s a topic for another post!!

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I hope you enjoy the video and this little description of how I plan! Have a good one Better Lifers!

Planner Addict Sticker Box | April 2016

Planner Addict Sticker Box | April 2016

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March | Planner Addict Box

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I am on a transformational journey to find my Better Life. As a busy Lawyer for ten years and a mom of two very active boys life has been a constant struggle to find balance and bliss. I am an Arbonne consultant because the products are safe and healthy for my family and the community of world changing women is inspiring. You can find links to my Arbonne website above and on my website. I am also a Bulletproof Coach {in training}. I chose to undertake this Coach training program so that I can help others upgrade their lives….to find their own Better Life. it’s really hard to find your Better Life if you are out of balance, stressed and tired. I am fixing that for myself and can’t wait to help you do the same. Stay tuned on this journey, and feel free to reach out to me through my website or social media! I am here to help as your own lifestyle designer.
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