Back to School, Back to Health

Hello there! Dr. Glen here, ready to kick off another week with a dose of Monday morning motivation. As we step into September, it’s likely that the kids are back in school, and we’re settling back into our work routines. This time of the year feels like a mini New Year, and it’s a great opportunity to establish new habits and routines to ensure the next 12 months are the best yet.

Making the Most Out of Your Year

Today, I want to share three tasks or goals which can help you make the most out of your year:

  1. Family Brainstorming: Make sure you sit down with your family and decide what you want the next year to look like. It could be a fun evening activity over a cup of tea. Write down all the things you want to do and prioritize them. It’s also important to involve your kids in this process and understand their aspirations for the year.
  2. Organize Your Schedule: After you’ve identified what you want to accomplish, it’s time to put them into your schedule. It’s like filling a jar with rocks, pebbles, and sand. If you put the big rocks (important tasks) first, then the smaller rocks, and finally the sand, everything fits perfectly. But if you start with the sand, you won’t have room for the big rocks. The same applies to your schedule. Put the most important things first and then fill in the rest.
  3. Establish Morning and Evening Rituals: If your life is as busy as mine, especially with kids running around in the morning, establishing set routines can be a lifesaver. Morning and evening rituals can help bring calmness and order to your day. It could be as simple as having a shower, brushing your teeth, having a smoothie, and then waking up your kids. The key is consistency.

The Power of Routine

When we wake up in the morning, most of us have a set routine – shower, brush teeth, whip up a smoothie, wake the kids, have them at the breakfast table right away, get them dressed, maybe squeeze in a quick run or exercise, and off everyone goes. This kind of minute-by-minute schedule might sound rigid but trust me, it’s a lifesaver.

The same applies to your evenings. Maybe you have a family check-in, ask everyone how their day was during dinner (which can be a precious time for family bonding), ensure the kids’ school clothes are ready for the next day, and so on. These everyday tasks, when scheduled, can take a lot of stress off your shoulders.

Setting Up for Success

Having these routines – first thing in the morning and the last thing in the evening – is a crucial part of setting up your day for success. It might take a couple of days or even weeks to get into the rhythm, but once you do, you’ll see the benefits. You’ll have less stress, more control over your day, and more quality time with your family.

Let’s Get Started!

So, grab a cup of tea, sit down with your family and start brainstorming. Once you’ve got your list, start putting those tasks into your schedule. And remember, don’t forget to establish your morning and evening routines.

Here’s to making the next 12 months the best yet! See you next week for another dose of Monday morning motivation.