How To Craft A ‘Meaningful Day’

There is a popular regime known as The Miracle Morning which encourages individuals to establish a morning routine that would result in a more productive day.  When I had first read about it a year ago, I loved the concept and even decided to take it for a spin by starting my morning off with the the recommended S.A.V.E.R.S (silence, affirmations, visualization, exercise, read, scribe)  Although I’m a firm believer in a morning routine, I had found it difficult incorporating steps that I didn’t feel would have an impact on the remainder of my day.  And, I have to admit, I felt a bit silly reciting how great my day was going to be or how awesome I’m going to be at work – lol!  But that’s just me.  I realized I was more comfortable with a routine that consisted of steps I designed which fell in line with my plan for mindful living as well as my personal and professional schedule.

Although morning-time is the launch site for my day’s journey, I knew I wouldn’t be able to cram in what I aspire to accomplish before leaving for the office at 7:30 a.m.  So rather than follow an established ‘miracle morning’, I reflected upon what I needed to have a Meaningful Day.

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2017 Plan For Mindful Living

Hello and Happy February!

I hope everyone’s first month of the new year was a successful one as January ushers in the springboard to jump starting new beginnings, goals, intentions, aspirations – whatever it is you call them.  For me, as a bookkeeper, January is synonymous with deadlines, working weekends, following up with clients, purchasing, filling out and filing forms and all that stuff I won’t bore you any more with 🙂

During my year end crunch, I enjoyed time away from social media (mainly posting on Instagram as I rarely check Facebook and have deactivated my Twitter account I barely look at) as well as set boundaries for my phone. I wanted as few distractions as possible in order to focus on not just my work, but to use my disconnect time to figure out what was important to me for this new year and make a solid plan for it.  I’m opting out from making individual month-by-month goals as I don’t want to feel bound to specifics within a certain time frame, but rather wanted to map out an all-encompassing plan for me to live by.  It had to be something not only realistically doable, but mindful.  I wanted to chart a course for 2017 where everything I intended for the main areas of my life was going to enrich my personal growth, add to my purpose, bless me and my family, give me fulfillment and – most of all – provide me with memories and experiences that will never fade.

So, with that in mind, I give you The Weekend Wife’s:

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Go-To Outfits

I’ve never been an outfit planner.  Unless a special occasion was coming up and I needed to lock down what I had to wear (or had to buy to wear), I always selected what to wear during the work week just as I was about to get dressed.  Sometimes it was easy.  Other times…….don’t ask.  I would have my heart set on wearing a certain top, only to reach for it in the closet, then remember it was in the laundry.  Or the weather was ‘in flux’ and I didn’t have that ‘in between’ outfit.  Or it was one of ‘those’ days and I didn’t even want to look at my jeans.

I’m awake at 5:30, up by 6 then want to be ready in order to spend some time at my desk planning my day before having to leave for the office no later than 7:40.  I try to shave as much time as possible off my morning routine by having my breakfast and lunch prepped the night before to pack in my lunch bag (too early to eat breakfast before leaving) and put my hair up every-other-day to save styling time.  But a well-prepped and productive morning routine could come crashing down as soon as I open my closet doors.  So I decided to put together about 3-5 go-to outfits for those mornings when I can’t decide.

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Not all Productivity Advice Is Built The Same

I’m all about getting the most out of my day so being productive with my time is very important to me having a balanced life.  I follow various productivity blogs and sites because I’m not above a good idea or advice.  I’m always learning and on the lookout for functional and effective processes.  But just because an expert touts a method to manage your day/tasks/calendar doesn’t mean that it’s right for everyone.  We all have different lives, different means and different schedules.  What may work for a stay-at-home mom may not work for a single working woman.  And when we’re looking for the next best way to manage our time and get more done, we sometimes can get bogged down downloading and testing out a myriad of apps or systems that are not right for our lifestyle, only to have them end up being abandoned.

Until the next new thing comes along.

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How To Have Productive Time Off

I just returned from visiting my elderly parents in Florida for a week before stopping in SC on the flight home to visit my sister and brother-in-law in their new home for a few days.  It was the longest I had been away in quite some time and the first in YEARS that I didn’t have to log into the office to check/answer emails or worry about client work.  I actually relaxed and enjoyed.  Still, I didn’t just want to lay around watching AMC Horror-Fest and free movies On Demand all week.  Yes, I wanted this time off to be a recouperative one, but I also wanted it to be productive as well.

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Finding Hidden Time

Besides sleep, work, eating 5-6 small meals a day, keeping leaves from blowing in from the front door, wondering if the Giants will make the play-offs and if Rick & Co. are going to be able to keep the exodus of zombies out of Alexandria, getting the most out of everyday is very important to me.  Although I do utilize some apps, I prefer putting pen to paper.  Writing down everything I need to remember to do or be at is second nature.  It can, at times, become overkill as I find myself wondering if I’m bogging myself down rather than streamlining the process.

As I’ve worked out the kinks, I’ve discovered little ways to recover precious time by re-arranging my scheduled tasks.  And up here in the nor’east – with daylight savings time causing us to ‘fall back’ an hour on November 1st – the days will be getting shorter as dusk will begin to set in around 4:30 in the afternoon.  All the more reason for me to utilize the waning daylight to get as much done as possible.  And because I’m at the office from 8-4pm, I need to carefully schedule my day to encompass everything that needs to get done and insure that I’m as work/chore/errand free as possible when I get home.  Here are some of the changes I’ve made:

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Finding My Niche

A hard lesson I’ve recently (re)learned is to stop trying to force something that isn’t meant to be.  To not emulate, replicate or duplicate.

I’ve been married for 19 years to a good man and have no children.  Because of this, I had the flexibility to start my own bookkeeping business back in 2006 while still working my full time job.

And after 9 years, I’m still doing both.

Is this failure or my niche?

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When Laundry Can’t Sort Itself

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I’m sure this isn’t a household hack worthy of some kind of productivity award, but it quickly came to me last week when I was folding laundry.

It’s just hub and myself so there’s three different types of laundry in the hamper:

  • My clothes
  • His clothes
  • Linens/towels

I used to pull everything out of the dryer, fold and stack in a big, white laundry basket that stays on top of the dryer.  Then, when it’s finally stacked so high with folded clothes that rolled up socks are toppling off and into the trash pail on the side of the dryer, I put everything away.  I hoist the basket and carry it length-wise so I can fit through the narrow entry way from the mudroom to the kitchen, down the hall and plop it on the bed.  Then, since our stuff is mixed together, that’s where the real fun begins. /sarcasm/Read More »

When To Plan Your Next Day

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Are you an early bird or a night owl?  Is your brain fresher in the morning or are you unable to even contemplate picking up a pen until you’ve at least had that mandatory first cup of coffee?

The ‘when’ all comes down to preference, but the ‘what’ should be standard – always plan your next day before it begins for maximum productivity and reduced stress.

Me – I’m a morning person all the way.  There isn’t anything interesting enough on television for me to sit through the commercials that I can’t wait to upload to On Demand so I’m basically in bed by 9pm.  I’m also up between 5-5:30am (I did say I was a morning person, didn’t I??)  So, after I’m up, checked my feeds, did 25 squats, crunches, pushups (I’m talking about a ‘perfect world’ morning here!) showered and hair & makeup done, I get a large tumbler of ice water (or that blessed first cup of coffee if I prepped it the night before in the coffee-maker) and sit down in my home office with my planner.

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