I have dreamed for many years about writing a book.
I have several manuscripts that are partially finished. It seems that I make significant progress on them and then life kind of takes over for a little while. I hope to finish some of these longer manuscripts in the future to share some of my own thoughts on life.
Some of these checklist items are left a bit open-ended. I personally use my "personal development" time to do my Bible study & prayer time. Some people I've talked to are using this time to read for a certain length of time or a specific amount of pages in a book.
My household chores include emptying the dishwasher and starting one load of laundry.
Next to the morning checklist is a place for the reader to share five things that he or she is grateful for. On the bottom of this page is a place to note a "highlight" and "challenge" from the previous day. It's really just a time of reflection and rememberling.
I've been really pleased with the positive feedback regarding the journal and I can't wait to share with everyone my next book (and eBook), set to release in the beginning of August! If you have purchased the book and have found value in using it, please consider leaving a positive review on Amazon so others can find it a little more easily.
I would also love it if you would take a photo with your book and tag Farmhouse654 on Instagram or Facebook!
If you've not checked it out yet, feel free to pick up a copy here!
So grateful for everyone's support here at the farmhouse,
You may remember at the end of 2018 when I shared about my morning routine on the blog.
Although I knew how important a morning routine was, it wasn't until I read The Power of Habit last year that I learned how beautifully automatic mornings could become.
Another example might be reaching for your house keys to unlock the door as you walk to the house when you get home.
ââThese sequences of events are automatic.
You don't even think about them.
There's practically no thought necessary to get the mail from the mailbox or unlock your house.
Did you know that humans are wired to make a specific amount of decisions each day?
We each have a certain decision-making capacity and we often use a lot of our decisions on meaningless activities.
(Sidenote: This is often why people make poor food choices late at night. They've hit their decision quota for the day, so they're unable to effectively decide "no ice cream" is the correct option.)
By creating healthy habits in our morning routines (and in other areas of our lives), we create automatic sequences and cut out decisions.
Make your morning routine a habit.
Here is my morning routine:
Now...in all honesty, over the last few months, my third and fourth steps have gone away.
I injured my hip while training for a half-marathon back in the fall and I wasn't able to workout for several months.
Now I'm healthy again and will need to re-train myself to include that working out habit in the mornings. For now, it's a daily decision.
The beauty of the habit cue is that we have the power to change our habits.
Last summer, I started experimented with habit loops.
When my feet hit the floor every morning, I would turn around and make the bed.
Within two minutes of my alarm going off, I have already accomplished something and now every time I walk by the bedroom through the day, I will remember that accomplishment.
As part of my bedtime routine, I've laid out my workout clothes and my clothes for the day.
Once the bed is made, I put on my workout clothes and head outside to run, to the basement to the treadmill, or to the living room to workout with a video.
It is automatic and once those clothes & tennis shoes are on, it sure is easier to get that movement taken care of first thing in the morning instead of having to decide to fit it in later in the evening.
After my workout, I start the coffee pot as I walk to the shower.
When I'm out of the shower and ready for the day, I make coffee and do my Bible study.
Cue (feet hit the floor)
Enjoying my mornings at the farmhouse,