The month of July was great for a lot of reasons — we had lots of family and friends in town to visit, we started (and have almost completed!) a huge renovation on our house, we spent lots of time outside hiking and playing, and I’m not exaggerating when I say I really haven’t cooked in an entire month!

That all being said, I’m ready for a little more routine. I find that every time august rolls around and I see the “back to school” section at Target with the new mechanical pencils, binders and planners, something big inside me yes, “Yes! Time to get back to it!” Even though I’m no longer in school, every August I feel the need to get my life back into a little more order.

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The biggest change I’m making is implementing “business hours” into my day. While I may not have a full-time job anymore that requires work from 9-5, I do have plenty of things that need my attention, but can easily be put off until tomorrow if I’m not disciplined. During this time, I stay off social media and do the things I know I need to do. This also allows me to do fun things I love in the evening with my family without feeling like I need to cross a few things off my to-do list. At the end of days like these, as my exhausted head hits the pillow I know I’ve used my time wisely and have really earned a good night’s sleep!

So whether you’re going back to school, back to work, or just back to reality like me, happy August!

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