Happy Saturday friends! What do you girls have on the agenda for the weekend? Tony and I have plans to hit up the Village Pointe Farmer’s Market this morning, do some shopping, walk the dogs, and have a couple beers with friends while watching all the college football games – go Huskers! Tony is playing golf on Sunday, so I’ll take that opportunity to get myself organized and prep for the upcoming week. I love to spend my Sunday afternoons tidying up my office, writing out a fresh to-do list, prepping looks to shoot, mapping out my plan to tackle the ever-growing inbox, and figuring out what I need to pick up at the grocery store for the week’s meals!
There’s nothing better than when a new month starts on a Monday! So many opportunities on the horizon and a brand new month to start implementing better habits, whatever those may be for you. For me, I really want/need to start being on time! I’m embarrassed to admit but one of my biggest flaws is that I’m always late. Thankfully I have a job where I create my own schedule aka I know my strengths and weaknesses, and that usually means not scheduling client meetings and other appointments at the crack of dawn. But regardless of how early or late I need to be up and at ’em, I’m sick of always rushing out the door, leading me to forget things on the kitchen table, developing a medium to strong case of road rage, and inevitably running into the worst traffic EVER! Ten minutes ahead of schedule and you hit all the green lights but when you’re running a scooch behind, there are at least 4 car accidents, 2 stop lights out, and zero parking haha.
So in honor of a fresh month that is brimming with opportunity to break those habits and turn it around, I’m sharing 3 tips to help you (and ME) be on time! *** And if you’re the person that is always on time with minutes to spare, feel free to skip to the outfit details 🙂 ***
Tip #1 – Reward Punctuality // If you need a little incentive to get those buns out the door, then treat yourself either before or afterwards! If you are killing the game and have time to spare, go through that Starbucks drive thru and then savor your tasty drink once you arrive to your destination! Whether you sit in silence, love to listen to music, or hop on the ‘Gram for a few minutes, enjoy the fact that you’re NOT rushing through traffic and have a moment to just be!
And if you’re on time but not enough “on time” to make a coffee stop prior, then afterwards treat yourself to Panera (my personal lunch fave) or a quick stop into your favorite retailer to grab a little something on sale!
Tip #2 – Create a Morning Routine You Love // Even though I work from home, I still like to get the day going, but it’s hard to resist my cozy bed and snuggle pups! So I started adding non-work things into my morning routine that I enjoy doing and that take my mind off from going back to bed or mindlessly scrolling on my phone. First things first, I make my coffee (instant coffee because I’m cheap haha) and add a bit of tasty creamer! It sounds silly, but a hot cup of coffee with pumpkin spice or peppermint mocha creamer gives me all the morning motivation.
Next, I take my coffee and grab a blanket and head into our Four seasons sunroom! I love this space in our house, as the natural light floods in and when the weather permits, I open the windows and can listen to the birds chirping and the sounds of the neighborhood. I then open up my phone and check my email to make sure I didn’t miss anything important after I went to bed. Then I quickly check IG to make sure I didn’t miss any questions or messages and then I figure out my posting schedule for the day, and then I shut it down. By just doing those three things, I can get a feel for my day, which eases my mind and I can just chill for a moment!
I have a journal bible I’m currently using and I love busting out my colored pencils to draw. I love zoning out and letting whatever chapter or verse I read settle into my heart and head! And after that, it’s go time. I wish I would have had this morning routine when I worked my 9-5 nonprofit job, as it would have helped me be prompt (sorry guys!) and also more focused with intentions for the day!
Tip #3 – Be Realistic // I don’t know if anyone else can relate to this, but in my head I think it takes me like 20 minutes to get ready and out the door, when in reality I probably need a good 40 minutes to an hour! But when that alarm goes off and you are dead to the world, you immediately start cutting things out of your morning routine to justify hitting that snooze one more time! So when I know I have a big meeting the next day, I plan my outfit at night. I steam anything that needs it, I lay out my accessories, switch my purse if need be, have an idea as to how I’m going to wear my hair (a high pony or bun takes way less time than curling it), put my planner and notepad in my purse, and make sure I don’t have to stop for gas in the morning! Sometimes these are the last things I want to do at night when I’m super tired – heck I can hardly muster energy to brush my teeth and take off makeup – but it makes the world of a difference come morning!
I’m by no means an expert on punctuality haha but these simple tips have helped me, so I had to share in case you also struggle with getting those buns out the door!
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