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October 1, 2011

30 Day Challenge Round Two

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It’s October first and time for new 30 Day Challenges. This round I’m going to tackle two challenges.

If you are unfamiliar with 30 Day Challenges, check out this post for some inspiration. Go ahead; I’ll be here when you get back. Brilliant idea huh? Wish I’d thought of it myself.

My October Challenges are…

Challenge 1 – For the next 30 days I’m going to get up at the same time every single day. For some of you, especially those of you who don’t even need an alarm clock to wake you up, this is a far cry from a challenge. For those of you who are not the morning type, this challenge seems outlandish. I struggle with waking up in the morning. I’m not mean or grumpy and once I’m up, I’m good to go. Getting my feet to hit the floor is the challenge. That is why I’m going to make getting up at the same time every morning one of my 30 Day Challenges. What time you ask? Gulp, 6:30AM, including weekends. Crazy, right? Some of you have been up for hours at 6:30AM and others won’t  even thinking of turning over for several more hours. For me, that time is a carefully calculated time. I wrote out a weekly schedule for myself, and in that process realized that in order for my family (and myself) to have a successful day, I need to get up at 6:30AM. No one else in my family (well, maybe Orion) is awake at that time, and I need that time to get showered and dressed so that when everyone else emerges from their slumber I am ready to help launch them for the day. I’m excited and nervous, but either way I know it’s what needs to happen.

Challenge 2 – For the next 30 days I’m going to write a daily to-do list and a daily ta-da list. My long-term memory is phenomenal. My short-term memory leaves a lot to be desired. If you add in the fact that I’m sleep deprived and have not one but two crazy cute kids distracting me every five minutes it’s amazing that I remember to do anything on the daily or running lists in my head. Making a to-do list will help me focus and create an action plan every day. Waking up and saying to myself, “Ugh… What needs to be done today? I know there is a lot on my agenda, but I can’t remember a single thing I said I was going to conquer today,” is very discouraging and demotivating. Waking up and saying to myself, “Let’s see what’s on my list today,” is empowering and motivating. When you have a to-do list, you don’t have to spend energy and waste time trying to remember what you need to do. In addition to the to-do list, I will be making ta-da lists. I think ta-da lists are equally as important, if not more important than, to-do lists. You can read about my love for ta-da lists here. It’s important to acknowledge and celebrate everything we accomplish in a day. My hope in writing these daily lists is that it will help me stay driven and focused.

My challenges this month don’t seem earth shaking on the surface, but they are challenges that will help my productivity and the success of my family. My hope is that these challenges will create long lasting habits.

Day 1…

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