Refreshing My Fall Routine

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I know I’m not the only one excited about fall! It’s my favorite time of the year. Not only is the weather perfect, but to me, fall also signals a fresh start. It’s the perfect time to reevaluate your goals and make the necessary changes to ensure you close out the year strong.

Starting this blog was one of my goals for this year. It’s been exciting but has also added more to my already crowded plate. So I figured now would be as good a time as any to make some changes to my daily routine to squeeze more into my days. Below are a few small changes that have made a significant difference in the amount of energy I’ve had which in turn has allowed me to be even more productive.


Become an early riser: I now wake up an hour earlier each morning. I use this time for meditation, Bible study/journaling, and reviewing my to-do lists for the day. Me doing this every morning serves as a constant reminder of my purpose, for that day and beyond.

Eat breakfast: I can’t believe I’m saying this as it would seem to be common knowledge. But I was one of those people who reserved eating breakfast as something done on the weekends. Seriously, I didn’t even buy groceries for breakfast. If you’re like I was this is a bad habit that needs to be changed immediately. Trust me! Your body will thank you for it.

Shut off social media: Depending on why you use social media it may be impossible to eliminate it completely. I’ve tried to cut down to just checking my accounts three times a day. Before starting my workday, lunchtime, and once before I start my wind down routine for the night.

Drastically reduce television intake: I cut the amount of television I watched dramatically. Everything gets DVR’d these days, and I reserve a little chill time on the weekend to catch up on some of my favs. During the week, however, the television is shut off about 90% of the time.

Give yourself 30 minutes of “me time”: To do something you love. I’m a bookworm so for me it’s curling up with a good book in my favorite chair. Whatever it is, make sure it something that you do for you.

Be thankful: For what you have even as you work to accomplish more. In fact, before I go to bed at night I now jot down three things that I’m thankful for.


Of course I don’t always get everything that I want to be done in a day completed. But I’ve found that these changes have helped to make even the most stressful days easier to manage. It’s now October. The last quarter of the year with the holiday season fast approaching. What changes have you made to finish this year with a bang?


Thanks for stopping by! XOXO!

Keyva Jo


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    • Gerard
    • October 10, 2016

    Love this post

    • Tanya
    • October 22, 2016

    Love this!!! Great advice.

    • MachelleKaye
    • December 27, 2016

    Hi Keyva Jo,
    Girl your blog is giving me life. I absolutely love this. I’m a new blogger as well. Seeing yours, gives me inspiration. By the way, I’m MachelleKaye. I will definitely be looking at your blog weekly for motivation. Thank you. ?

      • KeyvaJo
      • December 31, 2016

      Thank you for stopping by! I’m so glad you enjoyed it 🙂 I’m a blogging newbie but I have definitely enjoyed it so far and am looking forward to so much more! Please leave your blog URL so that I can visit 🙂 Happy New Year!

  1. Reply

    I really like this post. Especially point number one as I think this is important and I personally want to do more of!

    Shannon //

  2. Reply

    Love your blog!! I just stared my blog in Nov of last year and having a hard time trying to find my rhythm and this post just gave me so much life!!

      • KeyvaJo
      • February 9, 2017

      Hi Marcella! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I completely understand about finding your rhythm. But the good thing is that its your blog so you can tweak and change until you find just the vibe you’d like it to be. Good luck! 🙂

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