You could greatly benefit from my two latest podcast episodes of The Gina Duke Show…if you take my tips seriously. In Episode 20, an ORDER episode, I am sharing how to compound the positive outcomes from continuously improving your intentional routines. In Episode 21, which is a mini-planning session, I set you up with everything you need for a 3rd quarter review that will make sure you are on track to finish 2021 strong. These two episodes, especially when done in tandem, will have a transformational effect on your life. If you don’t have time to listen in, you can read my script from my show notes. All links will be listed at the end of this post. Thank you for stopping by!

Tired of Haphazard Living? How to Create Transformational Routines that Will Never Leave You in a Boring Rut \ ORDER Episode. Show notes are below, or listen in HERE.

You probably are not aware of this but there is something you can do that will have a compounding effect in your life.  compounding – the act of combining things to form a new whole. Doesn’t that sound incredible? 

This is not the greatest example, but If you contribute to a 401k, which is not today’s topic BTW – this is only for the purpose of an example, your contributions compound over time. One of the greatest advantages of a long-term savings plan is compounded growth of earnings –  you keep earning interest on the growth you’ve already earned.

Literally, your money grows beyond what you are contributing. All I am trying to say is that your outcomes becomes greater than your original investment. 

So if I am not talking about 401k’s today then what I am talking about that may have as significant and compounding effect in your life – it’s something simple actually – It’s called – routines.

Building well-rounded routines in your life will have a compounding effect.  Today, I am going to break it all down for you! Welcome to episode 20 – which is an Order episode.

Okay Phyllis, I literally just stumbled upon this surprisingly cool thing this year. So you know I keep telling you I crashed and burned in 2020 and quit my job, and then had a total collapse.  And I’ve been rebuilding my life and I have mostly been doing it by creating routines in my life. This is what LFOI is – a series of routine that create a lifestyle of faith, order and influence that I like to LFOI.  But before we get further into our topic today, I do want to give you an update on what I now believe contributed to my 2020 breakdown.  I have not been emotionally consistent for a couple of years now.  And sometimes I feel like I’ve lost my mojo and for someone who is an enneagram 3, it’s been a lot to deal with.  But here is what I believe is happening – menopause! And I am actually happy about this bc I have felt at times that I am losing my ever-loving mind and to now realize that this is just a normal process women go through and there will be an end to it gives me great relief.   We should be talking about this more…so as a public service announcement – if you get in the age range of 45 to 55 and you start feeling way off emotionally and mentally, you are probably going through menopause.  Please make a mental note of this. You will thank me later.  My mother is no longer here to tell me these things.  But I do remember her going through a very difficult and long season where her actions were not consistent with who she was.  And I would try to reason with her to get it together.  I remember her saying to me – you just wait, one day you will understand what it’s like.  Unfortunately, she never said the word menopause.  I just thought she was making a blanket statement of some sort.  And I remember thinking NO, I am never going to fall apart like this.  Well, mama was right.  Sorry mama that I did not fully understand what you were going through back then but now I do and it stinks! Okay, back to the today’s topic – routines.

I have decided to organize them into three categories.  See if this makes sense to you;

Intentional routines (routines for a positive outcome – self-improvement or for organized life);

Personal Preference Routines – I eat popcorn with peanut m&m’s everytime I go the movies – some you may grab starbucks coffee every morning and put a gazzilion little add ins to it based upon your personal preferences – these are not necessarily healthy routines but are more about what we enjoy in life;  mundane habitual routines – stuff we just do out of habit like for no reason? 

Mundane Habits – Even in the mundane things I found reason for why I do them the way I do them (the route I take into town avoid the train tracks, the order of the loads of laundry-perhaps these are just the mundane habitual tasks.  These are three categories for routines.

I am going to focus on our intentional routines to show you the compounding effect they can have.

Here are the top 7 routines I believe you should have boss-sister..

  1. Morning Routine – get up and get ready for your day
  2. Planning Routine – the mechanism and method for time management
  3. Workout Routine – health
  4. Night time Routine – end of day habits
  5. Housekeeping Routine – the way we keep our house reigned in
  6. Meal Planning Routine – how we decide what to eat for each meal, and shop accordingly
  7. Bible Study Routine and prayer journaling – spending time with God

Same thing for Office hours. You should have good routines at work.

How many routines do you have?

Did you know that The more routines we have the more we feel in control?  Crazy life; it’s nice to have some control and we do that using routines.  Before I began my career, I started out substitute teaching and it never failed that when I would teach young elementary children they were always quick to let me know when I was doing something at the wrong time. The reason was because their teachers routine provided them with a feeling of security so they always knew what to expect. If I did reading time when it was normally their math time, it was like I committed a crime. The ability to do our normal routines means that all is right in our world; it is absent of disruption.

Routines, structure, frameworks are all in the same organizing family.  And I think having routines are biblical – God incorporated the Sabbath, manna, and church for the first day of the week.  God likes routines; He created them!

But did you know 80% of Americans say they feel stuck in a routine? Do you feel stuck?  Sometimes are routines become ruts. We can’t let this happen! This is what makes this topic so interesting.  I am going to share how to have a routine that will never become a rut.  Here is the key – Continuous improvements of our routines help us to avoid that stuck boring feeling. 

Here three examples:

Routine Placement – Incorporate our routine at the right time of your day/week

example: workouts – Exercise placement during the day: Research suggests that an early-morning workout on an empty stomach helps speed weight loss and boost energy levels by priming the body for an all-day fat burn. Exercising first thing in the morning may push the body to tap into its fat reserves for fuel instead of simply “burning off” the most recent snack or meal.

Routine Resources – incorporate the best resources

Removing Makeup/night time routine – continuously try new products. Night time cream – 1 use and my skin was different.  I had this small wrinkle pocket forming around the left side of my mouth and after I used this cream I could no longer serious.  My younger daughter used it one night last week and mentioned that the next day her rosacia was barely noticeable.  This just confirmed to me that this product is legit.  I’ll leave a link in my show notes for this product, if you are interested. 

Routine Enhancements – more robust – achieve more

When you have a well established routine you can then tweak it by adding something to it.  For instance, I had great success with my arm workouts so I decided to add a leg routine to my already established routine that would address this saggy pocket of fat over my knees and now it is gone.  It’s much easier to add a little something else when you already have a little something established. 

See how continuous improvement planning keeps you from falling into a rut?  Tweaking and experimenting makes it fun and interesting. So, These are just a couple of 3 ways to compound the effects of your routine for maximum results without getting into a rut!

New Devotional

My devotional – A Home for My Heavy Heart is just one of the 44 wonderful devotions that you will find in this new devotional compiled by Proverbs 31 Ministries.

Is your heart heavy? This devotional can minister to you, or anyone you know who feels burdened and is need of some soul care.

For a limited time, it is available for a donation of any amount. Go HERE to pick up a copy.

Ep 21 – Quarterly Review – Are You on Track to Finish 2021 Strong? This Quarterly Review Has Three Areas of Assessment to Determine Where You Stand \\ Mini Planning Session. Show notes below, or listen HERE.

You’ve got a unique opportunity right now, but a small window of time to capitalize on it. 

It is the end of the 3rd quarter of 2021, say what??? Truly we are already at the end of the year after 2020 – that year that felt never ending.  2021 has been a year where we are trying to pick up the pieces and move on even though many of the issues of 2020 are still lingering strong.  But let’s not get caught up on that because regardless of what is happening around us, we must keep moving forward.  As we move forward it is important to take a periodic pause for a review.   I think we should do this weekly, which I typically do on Sunday evenings as I am setting up my weekly prayer journal  and planner along with meal planning.  I do another review at the end of each month.  I also do a quarterly and annual review.  Today’s mini planning session will focus on my quarterly review routine because today marks the end of the 3rd quarter of 2021.  Welcome to episode # 21.

Okay you faith filled leader you, it’s September 30, 2021 and things are getting serious regarding the goals you have set for this year.  How are you doing with those goals?  Isaiah 32:8

But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.” Whew!

Now is the time to make a final assessment of where your noble plans stand and make your game plan for the 4th quarter. I encourage you to do this review within the first 3 days following the end of a quarter so this is perfect timing bc this gives you Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

Generally speaking I’ve been providing you with a framework to measure your progress against.  If you have listened to my podcast for any period of time, you know that I help Christian women grow in faith, order, and influence in the leadership roles.  I specifically designed this framework for myself after crashing and burning in 2020.  I believe its these three areas that are the most important for any Christian leader – being faith-filled, having order in your life and being a person of influence.  It’s the combination of these three things that has the tri-fecta effect for an effective Christian leader.

So let’s start there.  If you have not already, you can print out my beautifully designed LFOI framework guide by going to the link in my show notes, or you can just grab it HERE.

Let’s first look at your faith walk.  Your faith walk is made up of three aspects – Gods’ Word, Prayer and Church Engagement.  It’s imperative that you are consistently in the Word of God; this is the primary way God speaks to you.  As for prayer, I review my structured prayer journal – there is a link to my award winning book in the show notes.  My prayer journal best visually incapsulates my relationship with God and captures all of our conversations.  I review it and make updates. This could be you!   And then I consider my involvement and engagement with a local body of believers at my church. Lastly, as  NT Christian it is God’s will for you to be a part of a church where you can participate in the Great Commission efforts.  This is all biblical, and the most important part of your life so please don’t skip this assessment.

Next, look at Order.  You will want to measure every area of your life you wish to have order.  My LFOI guide covers areas such as self-care routines, housekeeping, and calendar management.  Review your planner and gauge how you are tracking toward those ideal goals you have for running your life.  Because here is the thing – if you are not keeping in step with your own plans, plans that you believe to be ideal, you need to ask yourself why – diagnose the problems and course correct or modify your priorities.  Of course, you can add more categories to your ORDER pillar of this LFOI framework, like your finance and health. 

Oh and I have some exciting news – you know I use Polly Payne’s Dream Planner by Horacio Printing and her 2022 planner releases today. I’ll drop a link in show notes for this because I hear she is doing some big give-aways with her new launch.  To hear more about Polly’s dream planner and her upcoming dream summit that you can attend virtually, go to episode #8; It’s a legit experience. 

To get Polly Payne’s Dream Planner with a 15% off coupon when you shop at https://www.horacioprinting.com/ and use coupon code: Gina8 to get 15% off.

Lastly, look at your influence goals which is really about your leadership skills.  How are you honing your ability to influence others, decisions and your organization?  What impact is your thought leadership making within your circles of influence?  Are you building your own list of leadership maxims?  If you are not sure what I mean by that, go back and listen to episode 16.  It’s an important part of your leadership style and helps determines your leadership philosophies.  Are you staying true to those beliefs you hold sacred? 

These are just some of the things you can review at the end of this quarter.  It should go without saying that next to God, family is most important so make sure you are not neglecting any of your important relationships.  I have not included relationships in my LFOI framework because I just think it goes without saying. 

S000 Phyllis, now that you’ve got a review process, when are you going to do your quarterly review? Will you do it on Friday, Saturday or Sunday?  That’s the next step – decide and plan accordingly. 

My prayer for you is that you will use this time to allow God to speak to you, give you special insight into your life and a clear vision for moving forward. Onward boss-sister!

As a free gift for taking part of this LFOI experiment with me, I have a 15-page LFOI Framework Guide so that you can build your own personal framework for a Lifestyle of Faith, Order & Influence: https://ginaduke.com/podcast-resources/

Let’s build community in my private Facebook Group for The Gina Duke Show so we can LFOI together – Ha! https://www.facebook.com/groups/ginadukepodcast

One of the best things you can do to have more order in your life, is to have an organized approach to your prayer life.  Grab yourself a copy of my award-winning book, Organizing Your Prayer Closet: A New and Life-Changing Way to Pray (Abingdon Press) https://amzn.to/3BWt2rw

For coaching, consulting, or collaboration, contact me here: https://ginaduke.com/contact-gina/

You can also follow me @TheGinaDuke on Instagram where I like to post pics of my junk journal inspired prayer journals. You just might want one for yourself!   I took an old birthday card and made it into my ephemera for this setup, and I love it!

Thank you for stopping by! Please tell ALL your girlfriends and female colleagues about the Gina Duke Show for faith-filled female leaders who want to grow in faith, order & influence. 

Enjoy your LFOI and lead on sister!

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