Michelle Rupp: Jayme Mayo with Nabholz Construction joins me now and Jamie, we are talking about some of those great habits that we put in place and now school is starting and so we’re going to throw a wrench in the wheel. How do we keep some of those good habits in place at the beginning of a new school year?

Jayme Mayo: First of all I just want to say thank you all! I’m so excited to be here with AFMC TV. This is really great. So, I’m Jamie Mayo from Nabholz. Great question, Michelle. There’s a lot of stuff going on, a lot of changes are probably happening in homes and you know, the first thing to do is if you made these changes, then my hope is that you can continue them. There are two things. One, some are time sensitive. So as your schedules change, you may have to get up earlier. You may have to go to bed earlier. So part of that is, if you’re trying to exercise, if you’re trying to do your laundry, if you’re trying to pay your bills, if you’ve got these good habits in place is really planning, making sure that again, you have scheduled some time in to get up 15 minutes earlier, go to bed 15 minutes earlier, maybe it’s setting your clothes out the night before. So again, it’s making sure that you’re making time, you’re planning for things that are going to be altered. The other is just to stay committed and continue doing the things that you already are doing.

MR: When we talk about habits, I’ve heard it say that it takes 21 days to develop a habit. Maybe that’s true. Maybe it takes shorter, maybe it takes longer. But I would think too, that there’s an element of prioritization when forming a habit and that if it’s a priority to you then it becomes a habit. A good habit versus a bad habit.

JM: No, absolutely. I couldn’t agree more. And, and it’s funny, I was thinking about a habit. The 21 day thing, I don’t know if I believe that either because there are some things I’ve done for 21 days and I think I probably shouldn’t keep doing this for another 21 days. And there’s some things like, “Oh man, I feel so good.” It didn’t take me 21 days to realize that and to continue that. But you are absolutely right. When you talk about priority, you’ve got to find that one thing that is so important to you that you go, “I really want to keep doing this and it can be things like, I want to be able to continue playing with my children or my grandchildren. So, I’m going to have to make sure I’m strong enough or flexible enough to get on the floor and get off the floor. Maybe it’s your health, you know, maybe you’re trying to quit using tobacco and you go, I really need to do this for longer than 21 days. It is a priority for me to be as healthy as I can, whether it’s my lung health, my financial health, my physical health … But you’re so right. Finding that one thing and making it a foundation when you look at these are behaviors that I want to continue doing so that I can continue doing things that I really enjoy or prevent consequences that I know will happen if I don’t make this a priority in my life. Sometimes getting on the floor is not the problem. It’s getting off the floor right.

MR: We’re talking a lot here about adults and about habits that adults should make. What are some quick ways that we could begin investing in our children to create good healthy habits, sustainable habits?

JM: So, I’m a planner and I’m an organizer. Kudos to folks who don’t plan and don’t organize, I don’t know how you all do it. My mom taught me, you know, we’re going to get up, we’re gonna look at what we’re going to wear tomorrow, we’re going to look at the weather, we’re gonna make some plans. We would always have our stuff in our backpack. Well, we had that ready to go. We would maybe put it in our room or by the back door. For us it was, are you going to eat breakfast? If so, what? And we had those, they’re not the best, but those little oatmeal packets and we would have to set those out, get our bowl, get our spoon. We function better when we know what we’re going to be doing with our time, versus my hair is on fire and you go here and you do this and you do that. So, I would say anything that you can instill in your kids is really about planning and prepping for the most part and that kind of that time management is a great skill. Here’s the other thing I want to say. I want you all to instill in your Children, the importance of having some time to themselves. I see so many women, especially moms, y’all are the best moms in the world, but you’re not taking care of yourself. You are sacrificing so much for your children and that’s a gift. But I’m really going to encourage you ladies and guys to do something for yourself. Whether it’s 10 minutes in the morning, whether it’s your devotion time or your exercise or your quiet time. Kids need to see that it’s okay to sit and be quiet and not have electronics in their hand. They need you to be healthy so that they can be healthy too.

MR: Jayme, that’s great advice. Fantastic. And I couldn’t have said it any better myself, so we will leave it with the professional. Jayme, thank you very much for that. Great insight. Thank you.