How to Find Time for a Morning Routine

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These are simple, creative ways you can find time for what matters most so you can get results at home.

After 7 years of working from home with kids underfoot, I understand that you need to be strategic if you are going to squeeze in time for your dreams and goals and be the parent you want to be.

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A lot of entrepreneurs with ADHD have a hard time implementing morning routines. You are probably just thankful to be able to get out of bed! I totally get it. I am #notamorningperson either.

Today I am going to share you a simple habit I have implemented that is central to my morning routine strategy. With all of the distractions in my house (5 little kids), this one tip can save me up to 40 minutes in the morning.

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Here’s a simple tip you can add to your rhythms to find more time in the morning too.

Simply get into the habit of making a warm breakfast the day before. Slip it in the oven in the morning while you grab your coffee, and voila! it’s like you have a personal chef in your kitchen serving you while you get your day started on the right foot.

Some of my favorite breakfasts include zucchini bread, sweet potato carrot cakes with sausage, and veggie-infused quiche. Simply garnish with fresh berries for the Pinterest look and you are ready to go!

The compounding results of an open morning time block are many.

1. More Present. The thing I love most about this habit is how present you can be in the mornings. You can be more present to your soul and spirit and your relationship with God and others. You can be more more present to what is on your heart and mind and write these down on your Daily Planner pages to keep them from spinning through your head throughout the day. You can be more present with your family. Instead of over-focusing on the urgent task of flipping pancakes or scrambling eggs last minute, you are freed to greet your children and connect with them better during their most cuddly time of the day.

2. More Energized. While I recommend starting your mornings in calm, quiet solace allowing your mind to wander, I also recommend having a distinct point when you pivot to exercise. On your Think Time Planner, highlight this time block in orange to represent how energizing this part of the day is to your dreams and goals. Here’s why: by keeping an active and healthy body, you energize your body and your mind for the tasks of the day so you can get your best results.

3. More Time. When you clear your mind in the morning by getting on paper what is on your mind, you reduce internal distractions and promote focus toward your dreams and goals. By exercising each morning, you are likely to feel better and to boost your energy. If you have been with me a while, you know that when you find more energy and more focus, you often find more time. You can learn more about that on my blog here.

Don’t set yourself up for a frazzled day by leaving breakfast to the last minute anymore. Design your ultimate morning routine in your Routine Worksheets, and make time for it by making breakfast the day before.

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I Am Sorry, God. I Was Disorganized.

Do you have a dream that you have wanted to pursue for a while? Perhaps it is a vision for creating a non-profit, a business, or a movement. Perhaps it is simply homeschooling your kids.

In all of these ventures, you are required to create something from nothing. The stakes are high, and you have to be a self-starter. Furthermore, no one is going to put deadlines on you or tell you where to be when.

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When you bring your dreams to life…

You are the boss.

You make the decisions.

You launch the vision and create the plan.

If you have a dream but currently lack confidence in your ability to live on purpose AND achieve your goals, I want you to know there is hope.
Three are skills you can learn (that are rarely taught!!) that can help you Cut Through the Noise and Achieve Your Goals in a Distracting World…starting today.

Well, what if you have the desire to start something new or meaningful, but you simply don’t know how to move forward. No one taught you how to do this.

You may be telling yourself:

I struggle to manage my daily life. How can I even think of adding something on top of it?

Or

The last time I tried to pursue a goal, I over-focused on it so much the rest of my life went to shambles.

Or 

If I knew what to do…if I was clear on what steps to take, I would start. So, I won’t start until I have clarity.

Well, you may not be on top of today’s to dos.  You may be disorganized and struggle to focus. You may not have the clarity you need to take that first step.

Please hear me loud and clear: THAT IS OKAY!

Being disorganized…struggling to focus…or lacking clarity on how to move forward does NOT disqualify you from achieving your dreams and goals. 

Don’t get me wrong, they help. But they are not required.

When you get to the end of your life and God asks you “What did you do with the dreams and goals I laid on your heart?”  Are you going to answer, “I never got organized?!?”

No!  

Being organized and “on top of it” is not a pre-qualifier for living your unique purpose–for fulfilling your unique purpose in this world–for doing those things that only you see need to be done.

When you get to the end of your life and God asks you “What did you do with the dreams and goals I laid on your heart?”  Are you going to answer, “I never got organized?!?”

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How would you feel if I told you there is a way you can both live on purpose and achieve your goals? And. You don’t have to wait until you “have it all together.”

(That would be like waiting to start a weight loss program until you have lost the weight!!)

What if you could take begin to take charge of your life and your time?

What if you felt confident you could live on purpose and achieve your goals?

What would you do first?

If you have a dream but currently lack confidence in your ability to live on purpose AND achieve your goals, I want you to know there is hope.

Three are skills you can learn (that are rarely taught!!) that can help you Cut Through the Noise and Achieve Your Goals in a Distracting World…starting today.


As a Licensed Professional Counselor, a person who has struggled all my life with ADHD symptoms, and a homeschooling mother of five, I know you need real answers real quick that are easy to learn and quick to apply.


I have spent the last five years helping people just like you get clarity on what matters most and getting it onto your schedule and into your life.
I created Think Time Planner, the FIRST Creative Productivity Planner designed to engage more of your brain to boost your focus, motivation, and energy toward your truest goals. Y’all, it’s a GAME CHANGER.


Today, I want to encourage you to not wait until a time in the future when you “have more time” or “have it all together.” Even if you have to start small with just 5 minutes a week, do something toward bringing your dreams to life.

Cheering you on!

Christine


p.s. To get started with a clear plan to bring your dreams to life, get your Think Time Planner here: think-time.com.

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How Do You Want to Be Remembered?

How do you want to be remembered?

By your kids.

By your family members.

By your team members at work.

By the customers you serve.

By your neighbors.

By the stranger passing you on the street.

By the people of the next generation.

Think through the lenses of anyone you choose:  How do you want to be remembered by the people in your life? 

Instead of looking at your to-dos head on this morning, align yourself with your values by beginning your day with this simple question.

Allow it to shape your day today and see what a difference it makes in the small choices throughout the day.

How do you want to be remembered by the people in your life?

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Reflect…

What shifted?

What suddenly looks important that didn’t seem so important five minutes ago?

What suddenly seems unimportant that seemed important five minutes ago?

By this simple exercise, you can shift your entire day.

Don’t let your days be highjacked by things that seem important but really aren’t. Make the most of your life and your time by aligning your activities with what matters most. Simply taking 2 minutes to ask yourself the right question can shift your decision making and change your life.

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Remember, don’t start with the plan. Start with the dream. Then, you will live a life aligned with your deepest values.

Join the movement of people like you saying “no” to mindless busyness and “yes” to purposeful productivity, buy your Think Time Planner today.

Christine Wilson, LPC

Co-founder of Think Time

p.s. Don’t let the distractions of life get in the way of your dreams and goals.

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On Life Balance: Protect Your Health (2/6)

One thing we can never delegate to anyone else is protecting our health.

Only we can control what we eat, when we go to bed, and how much we exercise.

The necessity of protecting our health is just about as much of a scientific “law” as gravity.  Sure there are variables, but the big picture is–ignore your body’s need for health and it will break down.

Rather than repeat what other writers have eloquently stated regarding eating better foods, sleeping adequately, and exercising well, I am going to share with you two stories in the next two blogs.

Two thought leaders I really respect have stories of seasons in their lives in which they thought they could cheat the “law of health.”  These seasons of their lives became pivotal points of change and dramatically altered the rest of their live’s timelines–their mission and their audience

I will tell you the first story today.

It is of a pastor– Tommy Nelson.

Tommy graduated from my alma mater and spoke on his experience when I was a student.  He is a globally known pastor and teacher.  Among other things, he is known for his series on the Song of Solomon, leading a top notch mentorship program, and a definitive country accent.  Extremely driven and disciplined, for years, he kept an incredibly rigorous schedule.

…until he got “hijacked” by something.

He had no idea what it was.

Before he experienced it, he didn’t know it existed.

After going through “it,” however, he discovered that theologians Charles Spurgeon and Martin Luther, scientist Sir Isaac Newton and many other world-shakers had experienced the same thing.  A recent Newsweek article stated that half of the fortune 500 CEOs had had it.  Next, 80+ billion dollars was lost in one year due to lost wages and time off of work because of it.

He described “it” as a “joyless, agoraphobic black hole… a hopeless, despairing spiral.    It is scary.  It is lonely.”

Tommy had pain all over his body.  He found himself unable to think.  He was on a fetal position on the floor.  He went to the hospital twice but was told his health was perfect.

“I couldn’t sleep from May until November.”

He expected it to go away, but instead over months it only escalated.

Though initially resistant, he finally sought help with a counselor and a psychiatrist.  The psychiatrist told him that he was “a garden variety of depression and anxiety that comes from hyper-stress over years.  Finally, your body says, ‘That’s all.'”

His psychiatrist educated him about the neurotransmitter Serotonin.  “Serotonin allows your central nervous system to function.”  Stress depletes Serotonin.  Continued stress will eliminate it.  “It’s like an engine that doesn’t have oil.  The phenomena is called, ‘depression’ or the flip side is ‘acute anxiety.'”

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Tommy shared, “I didn’t know you could get totally burned out doing something you loved.”

He kept an insane schedule every day of the week writing books, counseling, mentoring, and speaking all over the country.

“I was at the top of my game.”

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The doctor told him he would need to deal with his schedule.  He also started him on medicines called SSRIs that prevented the reuptake of Serotonin so his body would not continue to deplete its supply.

Tommy also saw a counselor who “had been there.”  He said the counselor could help “talk him down because he understood.”

After about a month of the medicine, Tommy said, “Something lifted.”  A month later, he experienced “feeling good” again.  The next month, he began preaching again.

“You don’t feel different.  You feel like you.”

I had to cut out about 60% of my schedule, but the happiness came back.

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“What did I learn from this?”

“I learned to rest.”

“I learned that you can get completely burned out doing what you love.”

“I learned that we can’t take anything for granted.  You can get screwed up really quick.”

“Finally, I learned empathy.  So many people have gone or are going through this.  I had pastored the church since 1977 and people in my congregation came out of the woodwork.  They described the same ‘fetal position on the floor’ experience I had had.”

 

What did Tommy want people in the helping professions like the pastors and counselors in our school to learn?

#1 “Rest.”

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#2 Be aware of your culture.  “Our culture produces stress like sweets produce decay.”

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#3 Be aware of yourself. “Quite often people fall into this out of feelings of great responsibility.”

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Tommy also shared that he wanted people to not be resistant to taking medicine.  “Our mind is not a given.  It is not this separate entity.  Our mind is affected by a lot of things.”

Years later, Tommy later shared with his congregation that he was still unable to get off of his medicine.  He felt like this would be something that he may need to deal with for the rest of his life.

At times, a prolonged season of stress–this can stem from unresolved grief, doing too much of what we love, emotional stress, or simply always being over-busy–can impact the rest of our entire lives.

Tommy’s counselor shared with him that many of the people who go through a depression like he experienced also go through a divorce during that time.  “When they said ‘for better or for worse,’ they weren’t thinking this.”

Tommy expressed thankfulness that his wife stuck with him through the entire experience.  (Maybe it had something to do with all of his decades of work in applying what he taught on Romance from the Song of Solomon.)  ; )

What are your thoughts?  Is it a new idea to think that too much of a good thing could bring such a dramatic health crisis to your life?  Have you walked through this with a loved one?  Please comment and share.

Next time, I’ll share a story about how pushing too hard led to a physical health crisis and what one man did about it.

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Christine M. Wilson, LPC
Co-Founder, Think Time

Tweetable  Blog Highlights

One thing we can never delegate to anyone else is protecting our health. Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

Only we can control what we eat, when we go to bed, and how much we exercise. Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

The necessity of protecting our health is just about as much of a scientific “law” as gravity. Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

“I didn’t know you could get totally burned out doing something you loved.” –Tommy Nelson @dentonbible

[I was not expecting this.] “I was at the top of my game.” –Tommy Nelson @dentonbible Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

“Our mind is affected by a lot of things.”  –Tommy Nelson @dentonbible Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

Stress depletes Serotonin.  Continued stress will eliminate it.  Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

“Rest.” –Tommy Nelson @dentonbible Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

Be aware of your culture.  “Our culture produces stress like sweets produce decay.” –Tommy Nelson @dentonbible

Be aware of yourself. “Quite often people fall into this out of feelings of great responsibility.” –Tommy Nelson  @dentonbible

At times, a prolonged season of stress can impact the rest of our entire lives. – Christine Wilson @taketimetothinktime http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

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Your Spiritual Life: Life’s Ultimate Questions

According to a recent Gallup pole, an overwhelming majority (85%) of people in the United States identify themselves as having a particular religious preference.

Whether we believe or do not believe, many of us would do well to evaluate the fundamentals of why we do or do not.

Have we absorbed the ideas of those around us or have we truly gone deep to make our beliefs our own?

When you see the “spiritual” Concept Cloud in your Think Zones, in addition to brainstorming ways to incorporate your spiritual life into your plans, consider taking time to think-time some of life’s ultimate questions.

 

Following is a hodgepodge of a few questions to get you started.

Who am I?

Why am I here?

What is the meaning of life?

What happens after death?

If  God really does exist, what does that mean for me?

 

It might take any one of us a lifetime to pursue these questions.

Have fun going deep as you #taketimetothinktime, and let us know how it goes.

Christine Wilson, LPC

Co-founder, Think Time

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2. Newport F. Estimating Americans’ Worship Behavior. Available at http://www.gallup.com/poll/20701/Estimating-Americans-Worship-Behavior.aspx. Last accessed March 18, 2015.

 

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