Last year, I wrote a post about 5 things that worked for me in 2018.
With 2019 wrapping up, I’ve been thinking about little changes that have improved my life this past year.
None of these are huge changes, but these new habits have all made a big difference in my daily contentment level.
5 Things That Worked For Me in 2019
1. Working outside the house. I’ve worked from home since 2012 when Bart decided to go back to school and I started trying to make a legitimate income on my blog. In all those years, it never occurred to me to go work somewhere outside my home. Plus, since 2013, I’ve had a home office, so it seemed natural that I’d just stay there to work.
Then, this year, when we got a new babysitter, I decided to work at our local library instead. And it has been LIFE-CHANGING.
I’m so much more productive because there are basically no distractions and it’s much easier on both me and my children for me not to be home but not available. I’m able to get my work done and then go fully into mom mode when I get home.
2. Saturday morning workout class. One of my personal quirks is that I am very bad at lazy days and it makes me super grumpy to waste away a Saturday morning and not feel like I’ve been productive (I’m a super fun person).
I started going to an early morning Saturday gym class this year and even though it means that I get up EARLIER on Saturday than any other day of the week, it makes me feel so good to have gotten up and gotten my workout in first thing. Plus, it’s so early that when I come home, everyone is generally still asleep and I have a little time to quietly read or respond to emails or do whatever I want before the day really begins.
Another bonus is that it forces me to go to bed on time on Friday night AND I’m tired enough to go to bed on time on Saturday night, which means the weekends don’t throw off my sleep schedule like they used to.
3. Switching to a menstrual cup. I know this seems so gross to some people, but now that I’ve made the switch, other options seem way more gross. I’ve had one (this one) for almost four years – right before I got pregnant with Tally – but finally this year I decided I was ready to make the switch. There was a pretty good learning curve for me, but once I got the hang of it, I can’t imagine going back.
It’s much less expensive, safer for your body, and better for the environment. Plus, just a whole lot less hassle.
4. Using the 20 minute cycle on our dishwasher. This is totally because our dishwasher (which is who knows how old) started leaking in the fall during any long cycles, thanks to Tally climbing on the door of it when it was open a few times, but we switched to the 20 minute cycle because it was the only one that wasn’t going to destroy the wood floors in our kitchen. And it’s AMAZING. If I’m making dinner, I can put all my prep dishes in the dishwasher along with the snack or lunch dishes and run a quick load that’s done by the time we’re ready to clean up the dinner dishes. I’m a big fan.
5. Put away my phone between my girls getting home from school and bedtime. This is SO HARD for me. But the longer I do it, the better I get at it and it’s ridiculous how much I can get done when I’m not constantly picking up my phone. I have plenty of time to play a few games with the girls, get the house cleaned up, start dinner, run errands, read my own books or any of the other things I always WANT to do, but never feel like I have enough time to do.
I have to recommit to this one every single day and I talk about it a lot with my girls and Bart so they can all keep me accountable.
I’m not perfect, but it’s been a huge improvement.
I started doing it as the holiday season (and related blog work) really started ramping up, but it’s been such a positive change that I’m planning to keep it up in the new year.
If you’ve switched changed up any of your routines this year, I’d love to hear what has worked for you!
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