Well here we are! After months of traveling, moving, packing, unpacking, and enjoying an entire summer of late nights, slow mornings and non-scheduled days, it’s finally time for our little family to pull itself together and get back into a daily routine. My little Henry starts Kindergarten today (how is that even possible?!?) and although I don’t feel ready for this big day on so many levels, we are all very much in a place where some routine, time management, and systems would do us some good. When the lovely folks over at JORD reached out to me about a possible collaboration, I wasn’t sure the partnership was a great fit. But then I realized this was an awesome opportunity for me to share a beautiful product with all of you while hopefully jump starting my new year in our new home with a return to some tried-and-true habits! Today, I want to introduce you to this beautiful line of women’s watches and share with you all some of the ways I am easing myself out of the slow and easy days of summer and back into more productive and structured routine!
Sometime during the last few years, I got out of the habit of wearing a watch and instead have been relying on my phone to keep me tuned into the time and my schedule. In recent months however, a simple check of the time has turned into a huge time drain. Please tell me I’m not alone on this one! It often goes something like this: I turn on my phone to simply check the time. Then I see a Facebook notification I want to check out or a news update that peaks my interest. Then once my phone is fully unlocked and I’m in, I’m suddenly doing a quick scroll through Instagram and checking my email…and before I know it, I’ve lost 15+ minutes on my phone. All because I just wanted to check the time…and this, of course, happens several times a day, resulting in hours (hours!!!) of wasted time.
Over the last few months, I have been feeling especially tapped out by my phone because of this exact scenario. I wish I could say I was disciplined enough to my keep phone time at bay, but grabbing my phone and checking this, that or the other has become too quick, easy and habitual. In the weeks since this beautiful Koa wood and rose gold watch arrived on my doorstep however, I’ve been more than happy to rely on it to tell me the time rather than my phone. Thanks to its simple yet chic design, amazing details, and comfort, it is one of the first accessories I put on in the morning. In turn, I’m finding less reason to reach for my phone and yielding more minutes I can put toward projects, posts, and quality time with my family.
Getting myself off my phone is just one way I am slowly getting myself back into a productive groove. Can I tell you a secret? Until a few days ago, I hadn’t cracked open my planner the entire summer. Not only was our summer so busy and crazy and fluid that holding myself to a planned schedule was practically impossible, but I also desperately needed a break from to-do lists, meal planning and all of the systems I rely on to stay sane. The break has been good for me; but in recent weeks, the effects of our lack of structure have been showing in Henry’s behavior, my disposition, and the overall function of our household. So this past weekend, I pulled out my planner and pretty pens and returned to the systems that work well for our family. It’s time, and we need it.
I printed out an entire stack of my Weekly Organizing printable to get back on track with meal planning and our weekly commitments, and used the same form to hash out our new morning and night routines for the school year. We’ve been turning off the Olympics earlier and earlier each night in an effort to get Henry back to a normal bedtime (and instead watching the coverage over breakfast!). I have been filling in my planner with due dates and commitments, goals and plans, and lots of pretty stickers; and I am getting myself back into the habit of time-blocking my day. I focus better and accomplish more when I take a few minutes each morning to determine what, when and how things are going to get done, and this printable still comes in handy for times when my productivity needs a big ol’ boost. By taking just a bit of time this past weekend to re-familiarize myself with these systems, I am (mostly!) ready to start making the most of these long child-free days that are now upon me!
This summer has been a long and hard one for our family; so to ease the stress of everything going on, we pulled back on the schedules and the forms and the calendars and the plans. And even though it feels like the last of the moving boxes were just hauled away and we’re not quite ready for structure…the calendar tells a different story. School is starting, and it’s time like these I have tried-and-true methods for reigning in the chaos and restoring order to our household!
Thank you so much to JORD for gifting me this beautiful watch and providing me with the motivation I needed to pull out of my summer haze and get ready to take on the school and work year head on! And to all my wonderful readers, JORD is offering one lucky reader a $75 e-voucher that can be applied to any watch on their website. Simply enter at the link below. Contest ends at midnight on August 23rd.
Last but not least, I’d love to hear what you all have been doing to ease yourself back toward the more structured days of fall as summer comes to a close. Are you struggling to restore order like I am or running willingly toward full planners and set schedules? If you have any tried-and-true tips for this time of year, please share in the comments!
I did not receive compensation for this blog post; however JORD did provide the Cora watch for me to have and review. Please remember that I only work with brands and products I fully support and that make sense for my home, my family, and this blog. All opinions are 100% my own!