Last night, I went to a ladies’ get-together and then had an 8 p.m. dinner meeting with some folks from a company in California that I work with. I knew that it was going to be a late night and I knew there was going to be no way I’d be able to get my evening routine done and get to bed on time.
And I didn’t.
In fact, I didn’t get home until 10 p.m. and then I couldn’t fall asleep until 11:30 p.m. — thanks to the extra cup of coffee I had in the afternoon to try and help me be alert for the meeting! As a result, I got up late this morning (well, “late” is a relative term, but it was quite a bit later than I usually get up) and I started the day tired and behind.
So what do you when you fall off the bandwagon?
1. Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Life happens, things come up, and things are never going to go along perfectly smoothly all the time.
When you hit a rough patch, have a disruption to your normal schedule, or you’re up all night with a sick child, don’t beat yourself up or feel all frustrated that you got off track. This won’t do anything to help you — and it will likely only make matters worse.
2. Have a Plan B
You’re going to have disruptions. That’s life. Whenever possible, though, plan ahead for them.
Since I knew that I wasn’t going to get home until late last night, I went ahead and planned that I would be getting up late. Knowing that this was part of the plan helped me to not feel so off-track when I got up “late”.
3. Do The Best You Can Do
When things are out-of-sorts or your schedule gets thrown out the window, just focus on doing the best you can do. For instance, I simplified my usual morning schedule today, made sure my to-do list wasn’t too long, and just prayed for God’s grace to help me go through today even when I was tired and feeling behind.
It wasn’t the best or most productive day, but I got the main things accomplished, and I’m going to bed with the house in fairly good shape and things mostly back on track.
4. Don’t Let a Bump in the Road Knock You Completely Off Course
Falling off the bandwagon can be a great reminder of why you’re making the changes you’re making. I realized last night that staying up until 11:30 p.m. felt like I was staying up until 2 a.m. My internal clock is getting re-adjusted back to a schedule that works better for our family — and that is encouraging!
When you fall down or hit a bump, don’t let it throw you off course. Just dust yourself off and keep moving forward.
Don’t give up! Tiny steps in the right direction are always better than standing still or moving backward.
Day 14 Project
1. Did you determine your bedtime and 5 Evening Must-Do’s? If so, leave a comment telling us how you did on them last night.
2. Did you determine what time you’re going to commit to waking up every morning for the next three weeks? If so, leave a comment telling us how you did this morning!
3. Did you get in some exercise yesterday and eat a nutritious breakfast? If not, make a commitment today to a specific way you’re going to incorporate exercise and a nutritious breakfast into your day.
4. Did you create a morning plan of action? If so, tell us how it went this morning! If you haven’t created one yet, go ahead and create one and tell us about it in the comments.
Other posts in the Make the Most of Your Mornings series
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Introduction (Day 1)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Your Day Starts the Night Before (Day 2)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Getting Out of Bed On the Right Foot (Day 3)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Begin Your Day With a Good Attitude (Day 4)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Have a Plan for the Day (Day 5)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Create a Realistic To-Do List (Day 6)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Get Your Heart Pumping (Day 7)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Eat Something Nutritious (Day 8)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Stop Saying "I'm Not a Morning Person!" (Day 9)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Get Dressed in Something That Makes You Feel Good (Day 10)
- How Changing My Morning Changed My Whole Day
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Don't Focus on Quitting Bad Habits, Focus on Starting Good Habits (Day 11)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Create a Morning Plan of Action (Day 12)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: There Is No One Right Way To Do Anything (Day 13)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: What To Do When You Fall Off the Bandwagon (Day 14)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Remember What Really Matters (Day 15)
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