Let’s talk about your morning routine. Are you flying by the seat of your pants? Are you living in a constant rush from the time you go to bed until you wake?

Life isn’t supposed to be that way, friend.

If you see the phrase “Self-Care” and immediately scoff and think “that’s not for me I do not have time”, let me tell you that you have more time than you think.  In fact, we often think we do not have time for most of the things we really want, but it’s just an excuse that we allow ourselves to believe.

At some point in our lives, we allowed ourselves to believe that it really should take an entire day to do the laundry and load the dish washer. We allowed ourselves to believe that family drama, though emotionally draining, should take all our extra time. WRONG! So very wrong, friend.

This leads me to the “How TO” portion of this article. I love a good “How To” and here is my best advice. Write out 24 hers on a piece of paper. Write it out. Seems silly, but it’s eye opening.

Make a list of what you should do each night before bed. Then every day keep up with your activities. You will be amazed by the gaps of time you have and by the amount of time that is wasted. Write down each time you open an app on your phone or the amount of time you spend doing laundry. Do this for a week. Then evaluate it. Look for places where you have extra time. Look for ways that you can improve efficiency in your day-to-day life.

One thing that I found super helpful was multi-sized garment bags. I use these for my laundry. I just automatically sort my laundry as I throw it into the hamper. This cuts my laundry time down. I do not have to sort as much and most of the time most of my laundry can wash together. That makes me happy y’all.

Another fun laundry tip, TRAVEL BAG ORGANIZERS. While you are folding your laundry, sort it into these nifty little bags. It makes your cabinets and chester drawers look nice and tidy. Also, saves you a few steps. So, there is a story behind this epiphany. I traveled a good bit before 2020. I would take my organizer from my suitcase to the hotel cabinets and drawers in just a few minutes and would basically move in for a day or week. I loved that feeling of organization when I traveled. Still do. Also, if you are staying somewhere longer than one night, you should totally unpack and settle in. Just saying.

Take the wins! Little things like making your bed every morning are huge boosts to a positive mindset and will help you have a restful night’s sleep. Set a notebook with a pen and paper by your bed and make a list of things you need to do each morning. Even better, once you have established your daily time schedule OWN IT. Make your “To-Do” list a priority and put it on your schedule.

Don’t forget to schedule things that make you happy. These can be daily walks, manicures, coffee dates with friends, an hour with a good book in your favorite reading spot, whatever makes you happy is self-care!

Now if you are still grappling with the thought of writing down your daily activity no worries, here is a nice printable created by reallygreatsite.com

What are some of your tips to staying productive and on task? I would love to hear them. Drop them in the comments below.