We’ve all been there—life can get a bit out of control sometimes. If we’re not careful, before you know it, we’re eating fast food, sleeping through our morning workouts, and wasting too much time doing nothing. In other words: a hot mess. Fortunately for us, author, speaker and entrepreneur Jordan Dooley knows what we’re talking about, and is here to provide some helpful tips on how to keep it all under control.
Have you ever felt like your life is one big mess? So have I.
Last year, my husband and I felt like our days and weeks were so chaotic and inconsistent. One night, we’d manage to eat dinner before 7pm and get to bed by 10pm, and the next night we’d order takeout and watch our favorite show, only to crawl into bed after midnight because we got caught up in too many episodes.
Toward the end of summer, we knew something had to change, so we sat down to discuss few ways to be more disciplined. For example—to wake up by 5:30 am every day Monday – Friday and go to bed by 10pm every night Sunday – Thursday. We created morning and evening routines, set some device boundaries (such as no phones in the bedroom), and started planning our weeks together.
Doing these simple disciplines helped us get on the same page and experience a more balanced life. However, as the holidays drew near, it began to get a little harder. We traveled a lot during this time, which became the excuse we’d use for when we didn’t follow through on our commitments. On top of that, it got harder and harder to get up early and go to the gym as the cold, dark, winter mornings lingered.
By early February, we had almost lost our routines completely. We sat down and re-evaluated, so we could find a routine that would fit this busier season of life (but still keep us well-rested, focused, and consistent week after week). We also realized that we needed more than verbal commitment—we needed to equip ourselves with tools and set ourselves up for success.
One way we did that was by buying a home phone. This makes it easier for us stay off our devices (anyone else use the excuse “what if our family calls?!”) and also helps us manage our time better. It’s crazy how much time we can waste on our devices. The more I’ve been empowered to put it away in a drawer for hours, the faster I’ve been able to get tasks done that used to trickle into the evenings.
Making routines you can stick to doesn’t have to be rocket science. You just need to take small steps and find a few simple tools, so you can set yourself up for success!