Back in December, I decided to implement a couple of changes to my schedule to see if I could be more productive in the New Year.

The first change I made was to set my alarm for 5:20 AM each weekday. Previously I had gotten up at that time two mornings a week to go to the gym, but slept until 6:30 on the other 3 days.  Yet I was always trying to find the time to go to my “home gym” and do my yoga tapes or my Egoscue E-cises.  Well, I finally found the time and it is on my new schedule. I now get up at 5:20 every morning, which allows me to exercise three additional hours a week.

The other change I made was to organize my calendar.  I have a couple of important projects I want to accomplish this year, and because I work from home, it made it hard for me to get going.  I was constantly being pulled to do my household chores first. As we all know, those household chores can expand to squeeze everything else out.  

By organizing my days I added two “project days” to my weekly calendar. Those household chores got listed and bundled and put on the other three days.  The printed calendar sitting on my desk is a great reminder and looks very official.

After thirty days of working in this new way, I believe I have added another healthy habit to my life.

For a blank calendar that you can fill in, click here.

© 2015 Melinda Coker

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