Make Over Your Mornings – Day 3 Blog Along

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Good morning! If you’ve been with us for Day 1, welcome back! I’m so proud of you for continuing on! If you haven’t snagged a copy yet, it’s not too late to get yours and join us! Head on over to Make Over Your Mornings to get yours now. The workbook that comes with it is invaluable – not to mention the personal videos you get to watch each day featuring Money Saving Mom‘s very own Crystal Paine. You can find Day 1’s Blog Along post here to catch up. And if you’re looking for a testimony to how wonderful this program works, you can find mine here.

Have your copy and ready to start changing your life? LET’S GO!

How many of you can relate to the feeling of doing so much in your day but accomplishing so little? I know I certainly can! For years, it felt like all I was doing was spinning my wheels. I’d set goals and accomplish very few, if any at times. I’d start my days out with a nice big to-do list and high hopes and at the end of the day realize that the list was still there with barely a dent made in it. Talk about a constant feeling of failure!

Prioritizing our days seems like such a simple plan, but it can be hard to execute. Just the task of nailing down what those “big rocks” are can be a trial and error process in itself. I know it has been for me since starting this program.

I want to encourage you to remember this: if your “big rocks” system fails, DON’T GET DISCOURAGED. Re-examine what things are truly number one priorities. You may figure it out and it work from the get-go. Or, you may be like me and realize that you have to take another look at what your non-negotiables should be. That’s perfectly fine. And as seasons of your life change, those non-negotiables will change as well.

When I look at my “big rocks” or non-negotiables, I’m looking at the things I need to accomplish – either for myself or my work – that are impossible or very difficult to accomplish after the children wake. I can do laundry when they’re not sleeping. That is not a big rock. I can clean tubs and sweep floors and organize mail while they’re up. Those are not big rocks, either. What is very difficult for me to do when others are up are things like blogging, my daily devotional, sewing up any orders I have. Those are items that need my full concentration, and I don’t have that to give when I’ve got an almost two year old climbing the walls and scattering my sewing notions throughout the house and changing the settings on my machine the second I turn away.

Like I said before, these weren’t my initial big rocks. I had things like making a grocery list and updating sale information in my online shop. When I realized that I was putting the other things in places where they were less likely to be successful aka during the day when the little one is up, I changed my non-negotiables. Now, I know that for me to get the most out of my day – and to prevent so many times of feeling like a failure – I have to do those things first before the house wakes up. Otherwise, it will more than likely not get done.

I loved what Crystal said when she said,

“Either I can let my day happen to me, or I can happen to my day.”

Everyone’s non-negotiables will look vastly different. Just make sure that yours have you happening to your day.

I’ll be back here tomorrow with my experiences and thoughts from Day Three! And don’t forget, if you still haven’t gotten your hands on a copy of the Make Over Your Mornings e-course, you can do that here.

I’d love to hear what your non-negotiables are! And if you’re having any problems narrowing yours down, let me know. I’ll be glad to help stir the brain pot!

5 COMMENTS

  1. Stephanie | 1st Oct 15

    I would definitely say my top two non-negotiables would be to spend time with God and get at least 30 minutes of exercise. I notice if I try to do these two things later in my day, I forget or put them off completely. With spending time with God and taking care of my body first thing in the morning, I am a much happier person and I tend to make healthier choices throughout my day. I just need the extra motivation to get up early and make these first priority. I was also thinking about writing ideas and plans for the next day the night before. My mind is crazy at night with all sorts of ideas and plans for my life! Anyone else relate? 😀

    • Crystal Moreland | 1st Oct 15

      Those sound like perfect non-negotiables. It’s funny how the days we exercise we’re so much more intentional about what we put in our body, isn’t it? Try the planning the night before and see how it works for you. You might find you sleep better when all those ideas have been put down on paper!

      • Stephanie | 2nd Oct 15

        Yes it does! I could probably write a whole novel the way my brain is at night! lol

  2. Y. S. R. | 1st Oct 15

    I am still trying to figure what mine are. I have a long list that I have to truly narrow down. I do some trial and error to make my actual “big rocks”.

    • Crystal Moreland | 2nd Oct 15

      My long lists are what have done me in, in the past. It’s nice to look at it from a realistic point of view like you are in being aware that you’ll go through trial and error in paring it down. You are rocking this course!

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