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Is it just me, or does it always seem that if the morning gets off on the wrong foot, the whole day just seems to crumble? I’m not quite sure why, but when my day begins poorly, it feels like I spend the rest of it reacting to events and just trying to play catch up.
Forget being productive and tackling that project I was hoping to work on.
Some days, it’s just not happening. I’m sure you feel that way too!
And while it’s okay every now and then to have days like that, if you aren’t careful, you can fall into a rabbit hole of letting the days go whichever way it pulls you.
Those bad days can make it all too easy to let your goals fall by the wayside.
The truth is, your morning productivity plays a critical role in shaping what you do for the rest of the day. And while it’s important to have a morning routine for success…it’s your evening routine that plays a more crucial role for your next day productivity.
After all, how prepared you are to tackle the day when you wake up depends on how prepared you were when you went to bed.
Makes sense, right?
By going through an evening routine you set yourself up to have a great morning the next day.
In case you aren’t sure what to include in your evening routine, here are 5 things to get you started!
The Ultimate Evening Routine
1) Tidy Kitchen/Living Areas
Before you settle down for the evening, make sure the dishes have been cleaned, counters are clear and the floors are picked up. Not only does having your home tidy help you sleep better (in my opinion), but you can bet you are going to wake up much happier knowing that you don’t have to deal with finding a clean coffee mug.
So take 15 minutes and speed clean the common areas in your home. One tip I learned that helps is to go quickly is to carry an empty laundry basket with you as you work in each room. Place any items that belong in a different room in the basket and save putting them away until you have done a clean sweep through each room.
Take some time to think about the next day and make note of any obligations.
What projects do you want to work on? Where do you have to go? What errands need run? What meals have you planned?
By looking ahead at what the next day brings, you can create a daily action plan and determine when you will do all the things. If you’re not much of a planner and need help getting started, check out my post on time blocking here.
3) Lay Out Clothes
After you figure out what’s going on the next day you can decide on what clothes you’ll be wearing. If you want to work out first thing in the morning you’ll want to lay out your athletic wear. Maybe you’re meeting a friend for coffee and need something a little more “girl’s day out”.
Whatever you have going on, pick appropriate attire so it’s one less decision to make the next morning!
4) Prep For Bed/Wind Down
Start by going through your hygiene routine:
- Brush Teeth
- Wash/Moisturize Face
- Take Vitamins
Pick a relaxing activity and commit to it every evening.
Sip on a cup of decaf tea or coffee and read that book you’ve been dying to open.
Take the time to jot down some thoughts in a journal and purposefully consider the things you’re thankful for.
Cultivating a spirit of gratitude for the blessings in our lives is not only good for our perspective, but for our hearts as well. (I mean seriously, think of how much nicer it would be to go to bed after filling your mind with positivity instead of the latest negative news broadcasted that day!)
5) Set a Bedtime and Stick To It
While it’s important to know and prepare for what lies ahead for the next day, it’s just as important to get a healthy amount of sleep! Although I have broken this rule a time or two, try to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep each night so that you can face the next day feeling energized.
The last thing you want to happen is a midday crash because you didn’t catch enough shut-eye!
Although, as a mom of small kiddos, lack of adequate sleep comes with the territory so I’ve learned to roll with it! #sleepdeprivedmomsunite
And honestly, if that’s you too there is nothing wrong with sneaking in a power nap if you can! In fact, there’s an app for that called SleepGenius you should check out!
Okay, sorry, mom tangent. Reeling it in now.
To sum it up, give yourself a bedtime curfew and hold yourself to it!
There you have it! Setting yourself up for success each day begins with the steps you take to prepare for it the night before.
By creating a solid evening routine that is followed regularly you can cut down on the amount of “bad” days and help to ensure that most days end with you feeling motivated and encouraged!
And that sounds like a great plan to me.