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5 Ways to Build Your Day

Hi! Oh. My. Goodness. Friends, I am in

desperate need of a massage and a cell-phone free day in a tropical place! On days where your brain is seeping out of your ears, I find a few different things help me survive. The best part? None of them involving you revamping your entire routine tomorrow. They're all things you can ease into.

1) Invest in a manual, old fashioned alarm clock. I know. It's revolutionary. BUT hear me out! It let me put my phone on my desk at night, away from me. And y'all, this little purchase has changed the game. While I am no longer waking up to high tech alarm sounds, I pop out of bed, get my day started with my morning routine and coffee, before I ever make it to my phone. Allowing that half hour to myself lets me ease into the day, gather my thoughts about what needs to be done, and put my game-face on before I ever hit the flurry of text messages or emails that have collected overnight.

2) Wake up early. Oh, you night owls and lovers of sleeping in are probably rolling your eyes already! One of the secrets of women power players in various industries is waking up early, according to Forbes. As someone who does this (from being a former late riser), I can attest to the amazing vibe you get when the world is sleeping and you're up. It's powerful. Not a morning person? Set your clock back 15 minutes each day so it's not too much of a shock to your body, and take a few weeks to get used to waking up earlier. Leave something you love doing so you can look forward to finishing it when you wake up!

3) A bedtime ritual and a wake-up ritual. The first thing I do when I wake up is put my contacts in, make my bed, brush my teeth, wash my face and look at my planner. Every woman is different. But there's peace in a morning routine that helps me feel organized and methodical. Bedtimes are a great time to de-stress too--meditate, wash your face, light a candle, deep breathe, do yoga in bed, read, do something creative with your hands and/or plan the next day. Go to bed unencumbered because you've unloaded it all in some form. My routine involves journaling if my mind is overwhelmed, reading a little bit, and reviewing my Simplified Planner for the next day so I know what's coming.

4) A brain dump in the middle of the day. Have you ever had those days where your mind is full to the brim and you can't take a break? Write it down. Sit for a minute, and do a brain dump of things you need to do, things stressing you out, tasks that need to be finished at some point but not immediately...You can organize later. But getting it out is so important for your mental clarity!

5) Creativity soothes the soul. Do you have a creative pursuit you love doing? Photography, painting, sewing, cooking...whatever lights your soul on fire and DOESN'T earn you a paycheck. Writing is my passion--I think everyone knows that! But it's still a job at the end of the day that I'm being paid to do. I actually paint on my own and love taking photographs. Working with my hands lets me get the creative juices flowing WITHOUT worrying about the end result, the deadline, and the bottom line. Go find something you love that is just for you! It'll make your day so much better, even if it's just sketching on a post-it!

I know these sound like small changes...but as a woman juggling a multitude of ambitions (like all you other hustlers out there!), these are the ones I find tried and true. Give them a shot and let me know if you've notice a change! Got something better? Let me know that too! Shine bright, friends.