9 Sunday Routines You Need To Create The Best Day Ever

9 Sunday Routines You Need To Create The Best Day Ever

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Are your Sunday’s for pajamas and football?  What about pajamas and planning!?

Simplify your life by adding a Sunday Routine into the mix because there’s nothing like going into a new week with a solid game plan.

Getting your sh*t together on Sundays will allow your week to play out smoothly since you’ll be SO prepared to tackle all of your to-do lists.

Doing things like prepping your meals and selecting your clothes for the week so you can think less and still kick ass.

So, if you want to have the best week ever, every single week, follow these 9 automation tips to create a Sunday Routine and be on the fast track to a happier and less stressed you!

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Are your Sunday’s for pajamas and football?  What about pajamas and planning!?

Simplify your life by adding a Sunday Routine into the mix because there’s nothing like going into a new week with a solid game plan.

Getting your sh*t together on Sundays will allow your week to play out smoothly since you’ll be SO prepared to tackle all of your to-do lists.

Doing things like prepping your meals and selecting your clothes for the week so you can think less and still kick ass.

So, if you want to have the best week ever, every single week, follow these 9 automation tips to create a Sunday Routine and be on the fast track to a happier and less stressed you!

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I looooooooooove planning.

Love it. 

Nothing screams anxiety louder than the unexpected, right?

Having routines and following them has made my life 10x easier, and, better yet, 100x less stressful. 

Now, I am not saying to leave all spontaneity at the door, but certain areas of life require a routine.

Our brains like routine, so why not give Mama what she wants?

But, if you don’t like the word routine (as it makes you sound lame) just think of it as being prepared.

You wouldn’t go out in a snowstorm without your coat and boots on, right?  So why do you go into a new week with no plan or preparation?

Having 9 simple tasks that you add to your Sunday Routine will make your week so much more enjoyable.

You’ll get to sleep in longer, eat better, and feel more relaxed. 

That sounds pretty sweet, if you ask me!

We even have free printables to keep you organized and on track with your Sunday Routine ‘to-do’s’ 😉

1. SHOW YOUR PLANNER SOME LOVE
SUNDAY ROUTINE. Prepare for the week ahead on Sunday by starting 8 simple routines. These eight simple routines on Sunday with make your weeks more organized, simpler, and better.

What better way to start your planning filled Sunday Routine than with some planner time?

Break out your planner in the morning to go over the upcoming week.

What goals do you want to accomplish?  What appointments do you have?  To-do lists?

Use that information to schedule out each day of the week for the upcoming week.

My favorite way to do this is with a planner that is broken into morning, afternoon, and evening for each day of the week.

That way, I can write down the exact time I need to be doing something and can easily conquer my to-do lists and also see when I have some spare time (to browse Instagram, duh).

Using Sundays to schedule out your week with action-packed steps and tasks that relate back to your goals will help keep you super accountable and on track to crush them.

Your future self will love you for this since all they need to do now is glance at their planner the night before to know everything that the following day entails!

No surprises here!

2. CLEAN & ORGANIZE YOUR FRIDGE

Before you go food shopping for the week, you’re gonna wanna clean out your fridge.

Get rid of any expired products and wipe down the shelves.

You can also use this time to wash and organize your storage containers that you’ll use later for all of your food prepping.  My favorite containers are these BPA-free glass containers that are microwavable safe!

If you’re feeling super inspired to organize your fridge even further, use these 17 handy tips from The Krazy Coupon Lady to organize your fridge like a boss.

3. MEAL PLAN FOR THE WEEK

Throughout the week, I do not have the time to cook.

But, I still want to eat healthily.

That’s why it is so important during your Sunday Routine to plan out your meals for the upcoming week with our meal planning printable! 

I always meal plan with my printable before I food shop in order to stay on track and avoid buying unhealthy things that are not budgeted for.

Is it just me or does everybody always talks about how much they despise going to the grocery store?  Psh, I love it.  I find it so relaxing.  I could spend hours there (and $1,000).  #cookies

On Sunday’s, gather up some new dinner recipes that you’d love to try throughout the week and food shop accordingly.

Don’t forget to also write down the types of healthy things you’d enjoy for breakfasts, lunches, and snacks.

Then, head to the grocery store feeling prepared with your list in hand and come home with all the delicious things that’ll make you feel full and stay healthy all week long.

4. FOOD PREP FOR THE WEEK
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Once I have planned out my meals for the week and food shopped accordingly, it’s time to food prep!

I prep for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but only prepping for dinners would be just as great and way less time-consuming.

But I like to be super prepared, so I go big.

For breakfast, I enjoy making frozen breakfast burritos or burrito bowls, fruit and yogurt parfaits, and muffins.

This way I can grab a premade container of delicious breakfast food as I run out the door with 6 spare minutes to get to work. 😉 Thanks, future self! #selfhighfive

For lunch, I grill up some chicken or fish, cut up veggies for salads, and make mini fruit salads.  You could also prepare homemade bento boxes or sandwich wraps.

If you’re in the market for some different lunch prep recipes, check out some super fun recipes from Fit Foodie Finds!

And finally, for dinner, I usually make five separate “meal in a pan” meals in those disposable trays from the dollar store and store in the fridge until it’s time to cook.

Then, just preheat your oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30-45 min and voila, a healthy home cooked meal that took none of your time and energy (on that day at least).

(My favorite way to do a “meal in a pan” is to have a meat such as chicken or fish, some veggies such as broccoli and/or squash, and sweet potatoes. Pasta dishes work great for this method as well!)

Taking the extra time to food prep on Sundays makes the rest of the week run so much more smoothly.

After a long day at work, who’s got the time to cook?

Just think of how many more home cooked meals you’d eat throughout the week if you took an hour on Sundays to prep those meals for easy cooking

Now you can sit down with your family to a lovely, stress-free meal and bond over who’s going to get the last breadstick 😉

Food prepping is also a great way to make sure you’re eating healthily consistently because it takes away the temptation to order take-out or skip meals altogether.

When you’re lacking the time and motivation, eating healthily is quite the chore.

It’s so much easier to order a pizza when you’re too lazy to cook…but are you that lazy that you wouldn’t be able to remove some tin foil and throw a pan in the oven? I think not!

Cheers to past self for making future self’s life so much simpler…and delicious!

5. PLAN YOUR OUTFITS (#OOTW)
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Much like our meals, having our outfits planned out for the week will make our lives soooo much easier. 

Imagine getting to sleep in for an extra 20 minutes because you know exactly what you’re going to wear.

No more running around looking for your only clean pair of dress pants in the dark every morning. 😉

So, use your Sundays to wash and fold your laundry.

Then, check the weather for the upcoming week and plan accordingly.

Invest in a clothing rack and only put your outfits of the week on it during your Sunday Routine. 

You could even make (or buy if you aren’t the crafty type) Monday-Friday labeled hangers.  #organizedAF

In the morning, grab your pants, top, shoes, and accessories off their labeled hanger and have a stress free morning, every morning.

Hooray past self for having such awesome style.

Also, try taking this time to plan out your gym clothes for the week so you don’t have yet another excuse to avoid working out.

Below your hanging space on your clothing rack, place labeled bins for each day of the week where you can throw your gym clothes and shoes in and never miss a workout again!

6. QUICK CLEAN YOUR HOME
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I don’t know about you, but with two kids, my home can become unorganized and messy in a matter of seconds.

There never fails to be dishes in the sink and toys all over the floor.

Sunday’s are a great time to do a quick, but thorough, clean up of each room in your home so you feel more organized and prepared for the upcoming week.

Go through each room and put things back in their designated spot – and if they don’t have a spot, make them a home with bins from the dollar store and labels.

If you don’t watch Do It On A Dime on youtube, now is the time to start!

Kathryn has so many awesome tips on how to quickly organize every space in your home on a budget to avoid cluttered and unorganized spaces.

Then, once your space is decluttered and organized, wipe down the counters, walls, and windows, dust & vacuum.

Then ban your family entry to any room unless they sign a contract saying they won’t mess up your efforts 😉

JK.

But really.

Starting your week with a clean and organized space will make it that much easier to keep up with the cleaning throughout the week and also won’t distract you from all the other items on your to-do list.

Why waste time worrying about the laundry and the dishes all week when you have far more important things to do.

7. SPEND TIME WITH THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE

I know it seems like we’re squeezing a lot into one day, but once these things become a part of your Sunday Routine, you’ll get them done in no time.

And once you do?

Well, then it’s time to relax and spend time with the people who make you the happiest.

My family enjoys staying in our pajamas for as long as possible while eating a big ‘ol Sunday brunch 😉

If the weather is nice, maybe spend some time outside at the park or taking a hike.

And if the weather isn’t so nice?

Invest in some games that the whole family can enjoy.

Our favorites are MonopolyChutes and Ladders, and matching games.  Another fun activity that our little one enjoys doing is puzzles.

Weekdays can be so hectic that we sometimes forget, or just simply don’t have the time, to spend actual quality time with the people we love.

Sunday’s are a great day to fit in quality time to catch up and reconnect with the important people in your life before you lose all track of time in your busy upcoming week.

And, if you’re just in desperate need for some alone time, as I usually am, wind down the day with your pamper routine and show yourself some much-needed love.

8. PAMPER YOURSELF

Now, you just spent all day planning for the upcoming week.  It’s time to finally concentrate on you.

Go pour yourself a glass of wine (jk we’ve been sipping on that all day), slap on a face mask, and relax.

Once you have your Sunday routine down, it shouldn’t take more than a few hours and then after that?  You do you, girl.

You bust your butt all week long, you deserve at least one day a week to zone out and focus on yourself. 

Recharging our body and mind is just as important as plugging in your cell phone before bed and we’d never forget to charge our phones, would we?!?! *gasp* NEVER.

We all need to recharge, you included!

So, invest some time in yourself each Sunday to really relax and destress.

I do this with some peace and quiet, wine, a bubble bath, some face masks, and a good book.  That way I can focus on some fictional characters’ issues instead of my own for a few hours 😉

We have a busy week ahead of us, right?  But a stressful one?  Nahhhh.

9. START YOUR NIGHT TIME ROUTINE

Ah, your Sunday Routine is nearing its end and the ever so dreadful Monday morning is approaching.

But! You’re prepared AF so its ok 😉

End your Sunday night on the right foot and set the stage for the upcoming week by sticking to your night time routine.

If you practice your night time routine on Sunday’s, it will be that much easier to stick to it for the rest of the week.

After you’ve pampered the crap out of yourself, it is time to SHUT DOWN.

If you aren’t “shutting down” at leaassstt 30 minutes before bed from all electronics, you should start.

Staring at a screen up until you go to sleep will make it so much harder to fall asleep and also stay asleep.

So, make your mornings simpler by shutting down 30-60 minutes before bed to ensure a good, restful night sleep.

Use that time to review your planner, reflect on the day, read a book, stretch…the list goes on!

This way, you’ll have a great night sleep and also be able to sleep longer since your morning has been prepped for you already!

If you haven’t noticed, routines that make life simpler are my favs.

Running around throughout the week is tiring enough, never mind the added chaos of trying to cook, clean, and fit in some relaxation. 

Get some freedom back in your life by adding these 9 habits to your Sunday Routine.  Your future self will love you for it

What does your Sunday Routine look like in order to prepare for the upcoming week?

Don’t forget your FREE Sunday Routine printables to keep you organized!

I like to use the ‘Successful Sunday’ printable to brain dump all my to-do’s for the week before organizing them in my planner.

Meal planning for the week is also made easier with two options to schedule out breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks all week with their accompanying grocery list!

HAPPY SUNDAZE,

— MICHELLE

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12 Healthy Habits You Need For A Better And Happier Life

12 Healthy Habits You Need For A Better And Happier Life

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Working towards a better me is always on my to-do list.  Personally, I think change is a good thing because if we aren’t changing, we aren’t growing.

And I think there is always room for growing and learning and exploring and all the other awesome things this life has to offer us.

Is personal growth on your to-do list?  Cause it should be 😉

Something I love doing is discovering what makes me feel healthier and happier and then setting goals to make those things a habit in my life.

Habits are a great way to set up automation in your life in order to live more simply.

Once your routines become a habit and you no longer have to think about them, the simpler your mornings, afternoons, and nights become in all aspects of life.

We all want to live a long, happy, and simple life, right?  Well, there’s no better time to start than the present!

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Working towards a better me is always on my to-do list.  Personally, I think change is a good thing because if we aren’t changing, we aren’t growing.

And I think there is always room for growing and learning and exploring and all the other awesome things this life has to offer us.

Is personal growth on your to-do list?  Cause it should be 😉

Something I love doing is discovering what makes me feel healthier and happier and then setting goals to make those things a habit in my life.

Habits are a great way to set up automation in your life in order to live more simply.

Once your routines become a habit and you no longer have to think about them, the simpler your mornings, afternoons, and nights become in all aspects of life.

We all want to live a long, happy, and simple life, right?  Well, there’s no better time to start than the present!

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Living my life to the absolute fullest and becoming the best version of myself are two things that I focus on every single day.

We can always be improving ourselves, even if only in small aspects of our life.  Little changes add up to big changes. 

Focusing on habits that enrich your life, such as improving your mental and physical health, creating better bonds, and becoming more knowledgeable, will only make your life better.  It is naïve of people to think individuals cannot and shouldn’t change.  Nobody is perfect, so why not take conscious efforts toward improvement each and every day?

I guarantee that you can incorporate something new into your life and stick with it for twenty-one days. 

And after that?  It’ll just become a habit in your everyday routine.  You won’t even have to think about it.

Although all of our goals and aspirations are different, there are a few (twelve to be exact) habits that I feel everybody could benefit from.

These habits will make you a happier and healthier person while creating more balance and freedom in your life…At least I hope they do. 😉

At the beginning of the year, brain dump all of the things you wish to change, improve, learn, etc. in the year to come.  Then, each month, pick one of those things to hone in on and make a habit.

One new habit a month, that’s it!  Ready?

1: PLAN MORE, THINK LESS.
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The best way to start new habits is to write them down.  And the best place to write them down?  Your planner, silly!

Having a cute and functional planner is a must for me!

I don’t know about you, but I am always more likely to follow through with something if I’ve written it down in my planner the night before.

I can’t have those words looming over me all day and then not do it.  Oh – and the sweet satisfaction you feel when you get to check it off!

A planner is also great for gathering your habit goals in one spot that you can easily access for review and accountability!

In fact, I love to use my planner to track my progress in order to stay consistent and accountable.  You must practice your habits before they become instinctual and routine, so don’t worry if you fall off the horse a few times each month.

I always feel more motivated and energized after I’ve taken the time to plan out my days.

Writing out my monthly plans, goals, and to-do lists makes it that much easier to stay on track.

Brain dump all of your “to-do’s” and then prioritize based on importance.  You can also jot down any appointments you have and fill in free time with such things as exercise and hobbies.

So, make it a habit to schedule out “planner time” each night before bed.  It is a great way to wind down from the day, reflect, and plan for tomorrow.

Or, if you don’t have the energy to plan each night (I know I don’t), make it a habit to schedule in planner time as a part of your Sunday routine!  (This is when I do my planning for the week.)

This way, you just have to glance at your planner the night before to prepare for what’s in store for tomorrow.

Trust me, you’ll wake up feeling more organized and more motivated.  So much so, that having a productive day will become the norm – every day. How awesome is that?

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2: BECOME A BUDGET BOSS.

Paying attention to your budget is a great habit to introduce into your life.

Nobody enjoys wasting money; so shouldn’t you be aware of where your money is coming and going each month?

Having a budget is so important to living a healthy and balanced life, yet I find more often than not, most people do not have a plan.  They have no idea how much money they take in each month or how much they spend each month.

This just blows. my. mind!!

Having a solid budget system in place is a must.

If you have a job and bills, then you need a budget.

Start this new habit by evaluating your current budget plan and making sure that it is still working for you in the most efficient way possible.

Does budgeting each week stress you out?  Maybe it’s time for a new system. 

Or maybe you don’t have a plan at all.  Then you definitely need a new system. 

Do your research and experiment to find the best option for your lifestyle.  Find a budget system that works for you so you can work less.

Once you have an effective system in place, make it a habit to reevaluate your budget every six months or whenever your income or fixed expenses drastically change.  This way you always know that your money is coming and going from and to the right places.

I mean, what’s better than not having to think about your finances?!

3: SAVE, SAVE, SAVE!

Now don’t tell me that there’s not something you wish you could have. 

Something you’ve been dying to purchase.

Maybe it’s a new purse, a brand-new car, or even a house.

Regardless of what, most everybody has something that they wish they could afford to buy.

So why not have an efficient savings plan set up that you can put into play whenever there’s something you’re looking to buy? 

Making this a habit now will benefit you loads in the future, over and over again.

Alike your budgeting system, you should also have a savings system in place that works for you and your lifestyle.

I personally recommend that you automatically deposit a certain amount of money into a savings account each pay cycle, since this is what works for my lifestyle.  This way, I don’t have to think about saving money — it’s done automatically.

If you want to save $50, make sure you’re depositing $5 a week for ten weeks, for example.

Having a savings habit/plan will make you more accountable with your money and actually lead you to the money you need to buy that awesome new stuff.

And do you know the best part about this habit?  You literally don’t even have to think about it after your direct deposit is set up!  SO EASY!

Once you choose a plan and implement it, that’s it!  Just sit back and watch the money grow and grow and grow…and grow. (sunglasses emoji)

4: H20, MY FRIEND.
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I know, I know.  Another blog post telling you to drink more water. 

Well, for good reason!

More than half of our bodies are made up of water so it’s obvious how essential it is to be replenishing your water intake each day.  But it seems that more often than not, most people are not drinking their required amount of water each day.

I know I don’t always drink the recommended 8-10 glasses of water a day.

But when I do, I 100% can tell the difference. 

There are SO many health benefits to drinking more water.  Better skin, hair, and nails, more energy, and weight loss…just to name a few.

Start this habit by purchasing a cute new water bottle and bring it everywhere.  Make it a habit to make sure your water bottle is filled up at all times so you’ll start to automatically drink more of it.

If the water is always with you, it’ll just become instinctual to drink more throughout the day.

Hate water?  Check out 5 Ways to Make Water Taste Better (So You’ll Drink More of It) by Women’s Health!

My favorite water bottles are the tumbler style with a straw – Idk what it is, but drinking from a straw is so. much. better. than not — and you can find crazy cute ones on Etsy or Amazon.

And if you really need to stay on top of your water intake game, there’s a smart water bottle that keeps track of your water intake and urges you to drink more if you haven’t met your goal yet. #thisisthefuture

5: HAVE A GOOD NIGHT.
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It’s so easy to head to bed totally exhausted, too tired to prepare for the day that follows.

Or take off your eyeliner, for that matter.

Making simple routine’s, like a night routine, a habit in your life will undoubtedly make your life easier.

Creating a routine for bed will help you to de-stress and focus on the important things, like planning for the following day, your skin care, and relaxation.

Having a nighttime routine to relax and prepare for the following day is an awesome habit to have if you want to become more productive with your time and more accountable with your goals.

Soooo, like, what should my night routine look like…?  Glad you asked 😉

A solid night routine should always start with shutting down from all electronics at leaaassst a half hour before you go to sleep.

Ugh, I know…so hard right?!  Trust me, though, it makes a world of difference.

Staring at a TV, computer, or cell phone screen right up until you go to sleep makes it so much harder to fall asleep…and stay asleep. (Don’t believe me, check out the evidence.)

You can also incorporate some stretching and reading into your nightly routine to wind down your mind and body.

Getting a good night sleep is the foundation to having a productive and successful day, so do your future self a favor by creating an awesome nightly routine!

Need some more night routine inspiration?  Check out 10 Things To Do Before Bed by Lapinblu, now!

6: GOOOOD MORNING!

There’s nothing I hate more than waking up in the morning feeling tired, disheveled, and unmotivated.

Starting your day off on the wrong foot throws off your entire day as you try to play catch up with your to-do list while drinking cup after cup of coffee.

Having a solid morning routine is just as important as a nighttime one to enhance motivation and productivity throughout the day.

You ended the night before on a positive and productive note and it would be a shame to not follow-through with that productivity the next morning.

Make it a habit to wake up at a time that is right for you. A time that allows you to have a solid amount of sleep, but also gives you ample time in the morning to get your sh*t together before having to run out the door.

When I set my alarm for a time earlier than I need to be up (and actually get up), I always have a better day.  It just feels so nice to not rush around in the morning.

Giving yourself that extra time to wake up, stretch, make yourself a good breakfast, and go over the things you need to do that day will set the stage for your day to progress without stress. 

I don’t know about you, but I am boat loads more productive when I am not consumed with unorganized and stressful thoughts of all the things I need to do, but can’t remember.

Creating a morning routine and making it a habit in your life will undeniably make your life easier, less stressful, and more productive.

Need some inspiration for your morning routine? Check out Bustle’s roundup of the 9 Morning Habits of Successful People!

7: END YOUR WEEKENDS WITH A BANG.

Sunday’s are meant for pajamas and football, right?  Wrong.

They’re meant for pajamas and planning!

Are you catching on to the pattern of these habits?  I’m telling ya, taking a few minutes (ok, sometimes hours) out of my day to plan for the future has made my life so. much. easier.

There’s nothing worse than waking up late for work, rushing around to find clean clothes, and jetting out the door without breakfast.

Cue an unsuccessful day, amiright?

Taking a small amount of time each Sunday to prepare for the upcoming week will make your week so much easier and that much more enjoyable.

On Sunday’s I love to reevaluate my goals for the month and the steps needed to accomplish those goals.

I also take the time to meal plan for the week, food prep based on my meal plan, and plan my work outfits.

This way, come Monday morning, when I wake up needing five more hours of sleep and three large cups of coffee, I can easily get dressed (in the dark), grab my breakfast, snacks, and lunch in the fridge and head out the door with time to spare.  (Cause Dunks, duh.)

8: GET ON A SLEEP SCHEDULE.

Ah, sleep.

I would sleep twelve hours a day if I could.

Let’s just say, I am always DTN…down to nap.

This is one habit that I haven’t quite mastered yet but am working on each and every day.  It’s hard to get on a sleep schedule when your work schedule isn’t consistent and you aren’t able to go to sleep at the same time every single night….unless that time was midnight. *eye roll emoji*  But, alas, I am trying.

Because having a consistent sleep schedule is so key to functioning productively the next day. 

Our bodies are designed to do things consistently, and often function better when we do.

Download one of those cool sleep monitoring apps and figure out how many hours of sleep you require to fully replenish and reload for a new day. 

Then, based off of that number, set a bedtime and a wake-up time, and stick. to. it. 

Give your body what it wants!

Now, this doesn’t mean you have to go to bed at 9:00 pm with your toddler, but if you’re going to bed at midnight and need eight hours of sleep, make sure you’re able to sleep in till 8:00 am every day.

And if you are able to,  I am SO jealous.  Getting a full eight hours of uninterrupted sleep a night? That’s the dream.

9: FIT IN FITNESS
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Getting old is no joke, and if you don’t continue to exercise, that process is going to be a long and painful one. 

I don’t know about you, but I will come up with every excuse in the book to not exercise.

But when I actually do, man do I feel better.

There’s nothing like a refreshing walk in the morning to wake you up and get your mind going.  Or some simple yoga to relieve some stress.

Exercising benefits you in sooo many different areas of your life.  It’s a shame we don’t prioritize it better in our lives.

“But I don’t have the time to exercise.” – Such a classic line.  And a valid one.  I often use it myself.

But in reality, I bet we can, and should, find some extra time in our day to fit in some form of exercise.  Even it is just 30 mins.

Make it a habit to schedule in some form of exercise at least 3 times a week. 

Write it down in your planner so you don’t forget.

Create goals and stay on track to achieve them…because bathing suit season is always right around the corner 😉

10: CHALLENGE YOURSELF

Just like your body needs to be exercised in order to stay fit and agile, so doesn’t your brain. 

Your brain is not unlike any other muscle in your body and needs to be used consistently to keep it operating smoothly and correctly.

Make it a habit to workout your brain daily, even just for thirty minutes. 

Grab a good book, play a board game with the family, or use brain stimulating apps on your phone.

Yes, you can use your phone to exercise your brain…just get off of Twitter.

My favorite apps for mind stimulation are Pinterest, StumbleUpon, and any local news app that you enjoy.

StumbleUpon is great because it compiles tons of articles from a wide range of topics and allows you to browse them at random.  I am always learning new stuff from StumbleUpon, and what better way to exercise your brain than to be constantly learning new things?

Keeping up with your local news and news from around the world is also a fantastic way to challenge yourself and your brain.

It is important to educate yourself about current events and better yet, you can help your brain at the same time!

Psh, you can even use Netflix to help your brain…just hit up their documentary section and learn something new!

11: DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

There’s this awesome book called “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” that every person everywhere should keep on their nightstand. 

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” is an entire book of short snippets to help you realize that there are more important things to life.

That often times, the things we stress about and get angry and upset about aren’t really that big of a deal.

Practicing patience, kindness, and empathy will undoubtedly make your life simpler and take the stress out of life.

Try to think of all the things that stress you out, upset you, or infuriate you.

Now look at the big picture – do those things really matter all that much?  Ten years from now, twenty, or thirty years from now, will you even remember what it is that’s causing you such unwarranted stress?  Probably not.

Taking a few seconds to take a deep breath and reevaluate your situation can help you loads with your stress management.

Make it a habit to breath and think before reacting.  You’d be surprised how many things in life just really aren’t worth your energy. 

Positive energy should be goals, always.

12: FOCUS ON YOURSELF

Now, even though we’re going to make it a habit to be more patient, kind, and understanding, it would be unrealistic to think that you’ll never feel stressed or upset again. 

Which is totally fine!  As long as you know how to manage those feelings.

Negative feelings are always temporary when you make it a habit to quickly address and resolve those feelings.

My favorite way to destress is to break out my pamper routine.   We bust our butt’s on the daily and we deserve some US time, goddamit.

This may be difficult for some people, but your happiness is just as important as the people’s around you and you deserve a break every now and then.

Make it a habit of recognizing when you need your time and actually take that time for yourself.   It’s important to learn how to relax and de-stress so you don’t burn out.

While you’re relaxing in your bubble filled bathtub, wine glass in hand, really dive into your emotions and figure out what is causing your stress, anxiety and all around negative feelings.

Once you understand the root of your feelings, it’ll be that much easier to come up with a game plan to dig your way out to more positive thoughts.

I think we can all agree that a stress-free life is a happier life.

Who enjoys running around like a chicken with their head cut off? Not me, that’s for sure!

Making it a habit to set up routines in multiple areas of my life has helped tremendously when it comes to staying more organized and less stressed, and has increased my overall satisfaction of life. 

Use our habit organizing printable to plan out new habits to incorporate into your life each month – or use the printable that we’ve already filled out for you!

Then, track your success with our habit tracker printable! 🙂

I hope some of these habits can find a home in your life and bring as much simplicity to your life as they’ve brought to mine.

What’s your favorite way to bring more organization and simplicity to your life?  Let me know!  I’m always looking for new ways to make my life simpler.

BEST,

MICHELLE

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TMDHosting vs Bluehost: 5 Reasons Why You Need To Change Hosting Companies Now

TMDHosting vs Bluehost: 5 Reasons Why You Need To Change Hosting Companies Now

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TMDHosting is hands-down the best WordPress host for sooooo many reasons.

Are you starting a blog?

Or maybe you already have one.

Either way, you know that running a blog is not an easy task.

A lot goes into operating a website and having the support you need when you need it, is key to your success.

Maybe you have some questions about a plugin, or your site isn’t running correctly, or you just need some gosh darn guidance, you’re going to feel better if you know who to contact and have confidence that they will actually help you.

Don’t make your blogging life more difficult by choosing a company that doesn’t have your best interest at heart.

Because it will cost you your time and your money.

DO make your blogging life easier by choosing the right company to host your website…TMDhosting.

For a limited time only, TMDHosting is 65% off!  Don’t miss out!

TMDHosting is hands-down the best blog hosting for sooooo many reasons.

Are you starting a blog?

Or maybe you already have one.

Either way, you know that running a blog is not an easy task.

A lot goes into operating a website and having the support you need when you need it, is key to your success.

Maybe you have some questions about a plugin, or your site isn’t running correctly, or you just need some gosh darn guidance, you’re going to feel better if you know who to contact and have confidence that they will actually help you.

Don’t make your blogging life more difficult by choosing a company that doesn’t have your best interest at heart.

Because it will cost you your time and your money.

DO make your blogging life easier by choosing the right company to host your website…TMDhosting.

For a limited time only, TMDHosting is 65% off!  Don’t miss out!
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TMDHosting is so underrated and I just cannot figure out why.  Maybe it’s simply because they haven’t been discovered by the big dogs yet.  But when they do, rest assured, you’ll never hear of Bluehost again.

Because TMDHosting ROCKS.  On sooooooo many levels.

Now, I do not aim to badmouth Bluehost.

I do, however, aim to tell you why TMDHosting is 10x better than Bluehost.

Cost, website speed, and customer/technical support are important to you, right?

Good.  Then you’ll have no problem agreeing with me that TMDHosting outdoes Bluehost on all those fronts making TMDHosting the best WordPress host on the market.

1: TMDHOSTING’S CUSTOMER SERVICE ROCKS
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Customer service means a lot to me…as I’m sure it does to you, too.

It’s so important that it is the first thing I look for in reviews before deciding on a company to work with.

If I can’t easily get in touch with you with questions and concerns, I’m out.

And, unfortunately, that is exactly what happened with Bluehost.

Now, let me explain.  In no way do I intend to bad mouth Bluehost or the people who use and promote their site.  My only intention is to give you my full and honest review because I did have a very different and distinct experience that I feel needs to be shared with other new (or old) bloggers out there.

Because blogging is hard.  And because starting a website from scratch is hard.  And having no support in the process when you run into issues with your website is hard…and frustrating…and just downright unprofessional.

Having had no prior experience creating and running a blog, me and Matt had to do a lot of research on our own and ultimately followed the recommended steps and services that others provided us.

Then we ran into some issues…nay, LOTS of issues.

Our site was constantly crashing.  Or its changes wouldn’t be saved.  Or our site frequently experienced glitches.

And we had no idea why.

When we would attempt to contact Bluehost to figure out why our site was not operating correctly, we would always walk away feeling even more confused.

Getting in touch with their support team via live chat was awful.  Every single time I tried to chat with somebody, it would take 10-30 minutes to connect (because they are always sooooooooo busy) and if it ever did connect, I would almost always get disconnected mid-conversation.

Email was no better.

So…maybe Bluehost’s customer service isn’t crap…but you’d only know that if by some slim chance you ever got in touch with them.

Finally, we had had enough and began researching other hosting services.

TMDHosting was one of many services that we researched and is a million times better than Bluehost for so. many. reasons.

But first and foremost, their customer service is amazing.

Like really…really amazing.

Upon arriving on their website, you are instantly connected with a customer service agent via live chat that is ready to take care of all of your needs.  They walk you through the entire purchasing process to make sure your questions are answered and to ensure that the plan you are purchasing is the best choice for your business.

Seriously, they rock.

And it doesn’t end there.

Once you’re using TMDHosting as your hosting service for your WordPress blog (or website), their team of technical support is on call 24/7. 

Yes, you read that right.  They are always available to help you.

And I can vouch for them.

I’m quite technically challenged and thus have had to submit many a ticket to their technical support crew to help me through some site issues.  Each time, they have gotten back to me within the first half hour, kept me up-to-date with what they were doing to fix my site’s issue, and then updated me when the issue was fixed. Some things were fixed within minutes, while others took longer due to the extent of the issue.

But regardless, every single time I’ve dealt with their customer service or technical support, they have fixed my issue ASAP.

And that, my friends, is immeasurable to me when it comes to my business connections.

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2: TMDHOSTING IS CHEAPER THAN BLUEHOST
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What is better than saving money??

Uhhhh…yeah…that’s what I thought.  Nothing.

Why would you choose to spend more money and get less?

  • Less support,
  • less website space,
  • and less flexibility.

Yep, TMDHosting out does Bluehost on all of those fronts.

Both Bluehost and TMDHosting offer their best price when you sign up for a three-year term.  That is, you have to pay upfront for three years of hosting.

TMDHosting is only $2.95/month — Bluehost: $3.95.

With the purchase of a TMD hosting plan, you also get:

1. A free domain

2. 24/7 technical support — who actually answer and fix your concerns.

3. Unlimited website space. (with Bluehost you only get 50 GB)

4. And you get a 60-day money back guarantee…Bluehost’s policy is only for 30-days.

You get so. much. more with TMDHosting for so. much. less. #$$$

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3: TMDHosting offers faster website speeds
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Have you ever clicked on a blog via Pinterest and then waited and waited and waited for it to load?  Ugh! The worst, right?

Don’t let that be your site by signing up with TMDHosting.

TMD offers the newest technology in the website hosting world.

From what I understand…and in not so technical terms…TMD uses SSD drives on their servers while other hosting companies, such as Bluehost, use a slower type of drive called HDD.

Hosting a site with SSD drives will make your site 20x faster than sites hosted on Bluehost.

Better yet, SSD space is more reliable, so your site won’t crash…ever.

With TMDHosting, you get unlimited SSD space for a cheaper price than the competition.  (Bluehost only offers 50 GB of website space for a higher price.)

You guessed it – TMDHosting 3, Bluehost 0.

4: TMD installs your WordPress site for you – for free!
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If you’re purchasing hosting because you are trying to start a blog, you’re going to need WordPress installed.

TMDHosting will install WordPress for you…for no additional cost.

All you have to do is put in a ticket with technical support upon purchasing a plan and that’s it.  They’ll let you know when your site is up and ready to operate.

Along with installing your WordPress site, TMD also:

  • installs WordPress plugins that you may need
  • installs your WordPress theme
  • and updates your WordPress as needed

TMD takes the stress out of starting your blog.

Bluehost also claims to install WordPress for you, but not so much.  They “walk you through” the process of installing it – but let me tell you, we tried this and it is not easy.  We had to hire a tech friend experienced with WordPress to do it for us since Bluehost was no help.

So, take the stress out of creating your new site and let a professional take the reins for you on TMD.

And for those of you who already have a WordPress site hosted with another host, you’re in good luck.

TMDHosting will transfer your current site for you, for free, with zero downtime.

That’s right – you can easily transfer your current site with no downtime to a host that will make your blog 20x faster and save you money.

Uhm, sign me up?

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5: TMDHOSTING OFFERS SO MANY EXTRAS WHEN SIGNING UP

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, TMDHosting offers even more for such a low cost.

Not only do they offer faster website speeds, 24/7 customer support, and site security, they also offer boat-loads of free downloads such as apps, plugins, and templates.

My favorite extra feature that they offer is their drag and drop site builder.

If you’re not experienced with WordPress or with coding HTML, easily creating a website is hard.  Like, soooo much harder than I ever would have expected.

I haven’t personally used TMD’s site builder, but I do use a different drag and drop site builder (called Divi) and it changed the game for us.

Creating a clean and functional website was made 1000x easier when we started using a drag and drop site builder.

And TMDHosting gives you one for free with your purchase of their hosting.

Cha-ching!

Ooooohh yeeeaaahh…I think we can agree that TMDHosting is clearly the best WordPress host out there.

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I don’t know about you, but it seems pretty clear which is the better hosting company.

TMDHosting.

They offer the best customer and technical support, are cheaper, and faster than Bluehost.

And that, to me, seems like a no-brainer when choosing the best company to host your website.

I know Bluehost is heavily promoted in the blogging world, but from my experience, I just don’t understand why.

It is so clear on so many levels why TMD is a better choice to host your website.

Easily create a lightening fast website with TMDHosting’s free drag and drop site builder…and always have the support you need, when you need it.

So, what are you waiting for?!  Are you gonna start your blog stress-free with the best blog hosting out there, or what?!

HAPPY BLOGGING,

— MICHELLE

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5 Kick-Ass Planners You Need To Organize Your Entire Life

5 Kick-Ass Planners You Need To Organize Your Entire Life

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been OBSESSED with planners. I usually own at least 3 at a time – I just can’t help myself!

Nothing beats a good planner and today I’m here to help you discover the best planners out there.

Ready to make the best purchase you’ll make all year?

I mean, how else are you going to plan your goals AND actually accomplish them?!

Finding a good planner…one that covers all your needs…is not an easy task. Being a planner snob myself, I set my expectations high.

I’ve tried many, many…many planners and they almost always come up short.

What I needed in a planner just wasn’t being met by the planners I had been purchasing.

Some were esssssspensive (#kathleenlights) and others from Target, but either way, they just didn’t get the job done.

They were either too basic or their more advanced layouts didn’t work for me in the way they were styled.

It took me years of searching, planning (or trying to) and failing, to find the best planners out there.

So, here we go!

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been OBSESSED with planners. I usually own at least 3 at a time – I just can’t help myself!

Nothing beats a good planner and today I’m here to help you discover the best planners out there.

Ready to make the best purchase you’ll make all year?

I mean, how else are you going to plan your goals AND actually accomplish them?!

Finding a good planner…one that covers all your needs…is not an easy task. Being a planner snob myself, I set my expectations high.

I’ve tried many, many…many planners and they almost always come up short.

What I needed in a planner just wasn’t being met by the planners I had been purchasing.

Some were esssssspensive (#kathleenlights) and others from Target, but either way, they just didn’t get the job done.

They were either too basic or their more advanced layouts didn’t work for me in the way they were styled.

It took me years of searching, planning (or trying to) and failing, to find the best planners out there.

So, here we go!

This post contains affiliate links.  All reviews are our own, honest opinion.  See disclaimer here.

Like I said, my planner expectations are exceedingly high.

I need a planner that has more than your basic monthly and weekly spread.  Financial planning, goal discovery, content creation, and meal planning are all important to me when looking for a planner.

I know, kind of a lot to ask of your planner, but what better way to stay organized and on track than to have all of that information in one handy place? 

Hey! I’m a busy lady and I need to stay organized!

Thankfully for me…and you…I have not one, not two, but 5 awesome (swoon-worthy) planners that meet my, and hopefully your, every need.

Heads up, though, these are not your average planners.  If you are searching for your basic monthly and weekly spread – this post may not be for you (Target, girlfrand).

These planners may seem a little pricey, but trust me, they are worth every penny.

Carry on if you want to crush your goals, stay on track with your spending and saving, never forget a birthday, plan awesome content for your business, lose that weight and so much more.

Coming in at number five is the Passion Planner.

The name says it all – this planner is for those of you who LOVE customizing your planner with doodles, highlighting, and stickers.  The pages in this planner are very open-ended and allow you to get your creative juices flowing.

Included is a monthly spread with a to-do list, a focus and projects area for both work and personal life, weekly spreads with time slots, and blank space to fill as you see fit.

Have you ever seen a bullet journal?  This planner reminds me a lot of those with just a teeny bit more structure as it includes structured pages along with blank & grid pages to create to your heart’s desire.

The Passion Planner costs $35.00 and comes in three colors and two sizes.

Before I discovered my number one, this Day Designer was my baby.

So cute and so functional!

While not as customizable as the others I’ll mention, it still has a wide range of highly useful pages to help you stay organized and on track to crush those goals 😉

My favorite thing about this planner is the “Daily Planning Pages with scheduling from 5am to 9pm” – crazy good to stay accountable and actually DO your to-do list.

This planner will run you $59.00…BUT…if you’re not ready to shell out that kind of cash for a planner right now, check out the Printables section of their site for tons of awesome *and free* planning printables!

***Exciting update!! Since using the Day Designer myself, they’ve come out with a new version of their planner called the A5 Leather Binder.  The A5 is $159.00 and is fully customizable.

Although the Start Planner is not customizable, it has a great layout and equally awesome content.  The whole idea behind the design is to “crush those goals” and so obviously I was hooked from the beginning.

The Start Planner is a great option because it includes SO many additional pages that your normal, run-of-the-mill, planner would never include! 

I go with the ‘Hustle Daily Planner’ and love that it automatically includes so much.

My favorite things about the Start Planner are the goal setting and tracking pages, the planning pages for holidays, projects, vacations, and more, the financial planning pages, and the ability to track your health and food. #pizzaemoji

Oh, and the inspirational quotes along the way to motivate you aren’t too shabby, either. 😉

This bad boy will cost you sixty bucks and keep you organized and on track all year long.

Another great option, coming in at a close second, is the Erin Condren Lifeplanner.

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the last few years, I’m sure you’ve heard of Erin Condren’s planners…and for good reason.

For $70, this planner is highly customizable, and, uhm, can we talk about how cute it is?

From the cover to the coil binding, you are 100% in control. Features of this planner include your choice of cover, personalization, and coil color, the freedom to choose your perfect layout, and dashboard add-ons.  

My must-have add-on is the snap-in to-do list dashboard that can be used over and over again all year long.

If you just can’t get enough of these adorable designs, don’t forget to check out the accessories section of her site and fulfill all of your planner obsessed daydreams. *swoon*

The Plum Planner is my favorite planner ever! With so many options, it’s difficult to not come away with your perfect planner.

Plum Paper gives you complete control, allowing you to choose everything from

  • The size of your planner (7x9 & 8.5x11),
  • Your cover – design, monogram, date, quote, colors,
  • The Pages – budget planning, fitness planning, note pages, to-do lists, and more,
  • Your layout (weekly, hourly, etc.),
  • And your accessories.

My perfect Plum Planner has the vertical M-A-E style layout, which has its weekly spread divided into morning, afternoon, and evening.  My cover (pictured above) is in ‘Brush – Purple’ with my monogram and blog name printed on the front.

Let your creative juices flow – Plum Planner has over 70 different cover options, 17 fonts, and over 50 colors to choose from.

The best part, though, is choosing all of the inside details and extras to completely customize your planner in order to optimize your organization, productivity, and success.  The section add-on’s that I include in my planner are the budget, meal, fitness, and blog planning sections for an extra $4.50 each.  They also have add-on pages for home planning, baby planning, and wedding planning.

This planner will cost you anywhere from $32.00 to $55.00 depending on your creation, but trust me…it is worth every penny!

The ONLY downside to this planner is that it limits you to 80 pages and so you might not be able to add all of the extra pages you’d like.  This one negative is completely outweighed by all the positives, though.

I mean it stole the number one spot, didn’t it?

The Dailygreatness planner is a planner solely dedicated to your business. 

This planner is great for planning your business goals and the action-packed steps needed to achieve those goals.  It is a week-to-a-view style planner and includes weekly and daily spreads with areas to record your actions and plans for the following week as they relate back to your goals.

My favorite part of the planner, though, is the social media content spread.  I know many of us utilize digital social media calendars, as do we with coschedule, but I also enjoy the old fashion pen and paper kind of planning.

And when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the Dailygreatness planner ALSO includes financial managing and budget worksheets for your business!

The motivational quotes that pop up along the way are also an awesome way to help you stay on track.

Coming in at $44.95, this planner is undated so you can start it whenever you’re feeling super motivated to conquer those business goals. Ahem, can you say, “financial freedom, much?”

And there you have it!  The five, well six ;), best planners you can find on the market today!

After many years of searching and trying planner after planner, I am so excited that I have finally found multiple options that suit my needs – and hopefully yours too! 

There’s no better time than the present to get realistic about your dreams and goals.  And what better way to stay accountable and on track than with an awesome planner that guides you along the way!?

Do you already have your perfect planner or are you on the hunt for one?  Will you be checking out any of the ones in this post?  Do you have an even better planner that we didn’t mention?  COMMENT BELOW!  We wanna know!

HAPPY PLANNING!

— MICHELLE

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How To Budget So You Can Save Time And Money

How To Budget So You Can Save Time And Money

Learning how to budget your income is super crucial if you want to be financially successful.

But, like most people, I hate budgeting. Yup, I said it.

 
It’s the worst, so people tend to avoid it. Did you know that TWO-THIRDS of Americans DO NOT have a budget?
 
That’s crazy, right!? And a huge, huge mistake…like 100% of always.
 
If there is one thing that you should keep organized in your life, it should be your money.
 
So why do so many people treat their finances like they ain’t no thang? As if they’re not *possibly* wasting thousands and thousands of dollars each month. I’ll give you two reasons why – budgeting is time-consuming and it is stressful. It often causes arguments between partners and can control many aspects of our lives.
 
So why even bother with it all, right?
 
WRONG.
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Learning how to budget your income is super crucial if you want to be financially successful.

But, like most people, I hate budgeting. Yup, I said it.

 
It’s the worst, so people tend to avoid it. Did you know that TWO-THIRDS of Americans DO NOT have a budget?
 
That’s crazy, right!? And a huge, huge mistake…like 100% of always.
 
If there is one thing that you should keep organized in your life, it should be your money.
 
So why do so many people treat their finances like they ain’t no thang? As if they’re not *possibly* wasting thousands and thousands of dollars each month. I’ll give you two reasons why – budgeting is time-consuming and it is stressful. It often causes arguments between partners and can control many aspects of our lives.
 
So why even bother with it all, right?
 
WRONG.
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to help you save time and money, we’ve designed a budget binder to guide you through this post:

 

Like I said, keeping your money organized is super crucial if you’re looking to be financially successful.  Financial success comes down to three things:

1. having a clear image of your flow of income and expenses

2. tracking your finances to ensure responsible & efficient spending, and

3. living the lifestyle that you can afford to live

 I mean, if you don’t know how much money you’re making versus how much money you’re spending, how can you make good decisions about where your money is being spent?

In most instances (nay, all instances), you can’t make educated decisions about your finances if you don’t have a clue what your finances even look like.

So, I always, always recommend that people find a budget system that works for them and to stick to it – even if they “make a lot of money.”  No matter how little or how big your income is, you need a budget.

I mean, come on, nobody likes a money snob.

Why do you need a budget system?

You need a budget for 3 reasons:

1. In order to track your flow of income & expenses and make responsible spending decisions

2. In order to pay down debt

3. And in order to save for emergencies and retirement

Cause lets be honest here, if you don’t have a budget – or in other words, a strategy for where your income is being spent – how are you going to do any of the above three things?

If you don’t have a budget, you wouldn’t really know exactly how much money you make and spend each month – meaning you can’t really say that you spend your money in the most responsible and efficient way possible.

And, if you don’t have a budget, you probably don’t have a very good system in place to pay down your debt as quickly as possible in order to avoid interest costs.

And finally, if you don’t have a budget, I can say with a high amount of certainty that you probably don’t save as much money as you could be and should be saving each month.

So, you’re guilty of not having a budget system in place that works for you…it’s fine, it’s fine.  We’re here to fix that for you.

We’re here to do it in the most efficient and stress-free way possible – by automating your budget with The Automated Budget System (TABS).

What is TABS?  And why you should use it.

TABS, or The Automated Budget System, is how I set up my budget so that I don’t have to budget.

Huh?  Yeah, yeah…stay with me.

Like I said, I hate budgeting…but like I also said, budgeting is essential – for everybody.

So, I took the lazy mans way out and I automated my budget, cause seriously, ain’t nobody got time for that.

TABS automates your budget by strategically setting up your finances to automatically deposit income in specified accounts and pay bills via automatic bill pay.

The reason I love this budget system so much is because it automates it.  Don’t let me confuse you, I am not the genius who discovered that all your income should be used strategically.  There are plenty of budget systems out there that use this exact method.

But, what they don’t help you do is to automate it.

Like the zero-based budget for instance.  Same idea – use all your income strategically.  BUT, you gotta take the time each month to set your budget up accordingly.  You’re still having to actually physically budget your income each month.

Not with TABS.  Welcome to the 21st century, peeps, there’s a way to make everything and anything easier nowadays.

STEP 1: YOUR INCOME

First things first, before you can create a strategy for your income, you gotta know your income.

So, grab copies of your four most recent paychecks and average your gross pay per paycheck.  Then, multiply that number by four (or two if you’re paid bi-weekly) to get your average monthly income.

If you’re budgeting for your family, including all sources of income per month, such as your partner’s income, child support, side hustles, etc.

(Don’t have predictable income?  Average out your income over the last 6 months and use that as an estimate.  You’ll have to be a little more aware of your earnings each month to make sure you’ve budgeted your estimated income appropriately.)

Need help organizing your monthly income?  Download our free worksheet included in the Budget Boss Binder:

STEP 2: YOUR EXPENSES

Sweet, now that you know your exzact income, it’s time to ensure that you’re spending your hard earned cash strategically.

When I’m budgeting, I like to make sure I can afford me and my families needs before our wants…as I’m sure most people do.  Because of this, I like to organize my expenses into two categories:

  1. Fixed Expenses
  2. and Variable Expenses

Fixed Expenses are any expenses that happen each month and for roughly the same amount of money.  For my budget, I include such things as rent, utilities, cell phone, credit cards, insurance, etc.

Variable Expenses are any expenses that vary in cost and decrease in cost if necessary.  For my budget, I include groceries, gas, entertainment, clothing, etc.

Our Income vs. Expenses worksheet is super clutch for organizing all this info!  Just download our Budget Boss Binder, here.

Now that you have totals for your income and for your expenses, it’s easy to see if you’re in the green or in the red each month.  (If you’re usually struggling to pay your bills on time each month, you’re likely in the red.  TABS will help you fix that!)

We’ve included a space on your worksheet to divide your expenses by your income.  This gives you a percentage of exactly how much money you need each month to pay your bills and necessities.  It also gives you a clear idea of how much remaining money you have to put towards paying down debt or saving.

For example, if you make $1,000 per month and you pay $1500/month in expenses, you’re in the red.  If you’re in the red, it’s cool.  But it’s time to say goodbye to some luxuries in your life.  Evaluate your expenses and get rid of anything that isn’t an absolute necessity until your expenses are less than your income.  For instance, my family cut out cable when things were tight.  You could also trade in your car for a bike, spend less at restaurants, and take part in free activities instead of costly ones.  If you’re not willing to cut back in expenses, think about getting a second job or starting a side hustle.

Contrary, if your expenses total is less than your income total then you’re in the green.  The only thing you have to worry about now is how you’re spending your extra income.  Are you paying down your debt to avoid interest charges?  Are you saving for emergencies and retirement?  If you’re not, try automatically depositing a certain percentage of your income into a debt repayment account and a savings account each month.

STEP 3: YOUR BANK ACCOUNTS

I know, I know!  Where’s this AUTOMATION that I’ve been bragging about?!  Well, it’s finally here!

Your third and final step is to automate your budget using bank accounts, direct deposit, and automatic bill pay.  Here’s how:

First things first, download our FREE Budget Boss Binder and grab your ‘bank accounts’ printable.

Next, list out all your bank accounts with their routing and account numbers, if its a checking or savings account, if its a joint or personal account, etc.

Finally, the most important step – assign each bank account with a percentage of income.  For example, if you calculated earlier that you need 80% of your income for your expenses, label your expense account with 80%.  Then, divvy up the remaining percentages out of 100 to your debt repayment account, savings account, and personal spending account.

My families bank account percentages look a little like this:

  • Fixed Expenses Account: 80%
  • Variable Expenses Account: 15%
  • Debt Repayment Account: 5%

We’ve opted out of saving money and having personal spending money for the moment in order to pay down out debt quicker.

Once you’ve assigned your bank accounts with income percentages, simply login to your works direct deposit and have then deposit the exact percentages into each account.

Then, automate your bills with automatic bill pay to be withdrawn from your Fixed Expenses Account.  Because you automatically deposit the exact amount of income that you’ll need each month into this account, you should never be short for bills.

 

Pretty sweet, right?

So, is your current budget system working for you in the most efficient way possible? In other words, is your budget saving you cash and time each month?

If it’s not, it’s time to give The Automated Budget System a go!  I’ve never met anybody who doesn’t like saving their money & their time!

HAPPY BUDGETING!

— MICHELLE

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I know, I know…who has the time to track their every expense, right?  Before the Budget Boss Financial Planner, I would download my fancy new printables from Pinterest and set off to change my poor spending habits.  I’d go to the store, spend some money, and what do you know – I never logged my spending in my budget binder.  There had to be a better way!  Thus was born the Budget Boss Financial Planner.  A fillable PDF that you can access across all your devices – any time, any place.  

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