I absolutely love having a morning routine, and I plan to blog about mine very soon. But before I do, I thought it would be helpful to share about one of the things that makes my morning routine so effective – having an evening routine. You see, having a productive morning starts the night before.
My evening routine consists of 3 simple tasks I can do every night before bed that will ensure my morning goes smoothly. My evening routine helps me:
- Go to bed with less mental and physical stress
- Sleep better
- Have a smoother and more productive morning
- Look forward to waking up!
Here are the 3 tasks I try to do every evening in my routine and reasons they could help you too. And to help me remember them, I’ve alliterated them 😉
1. Pick Up
No one wants to wake up to a messy house! If you want to wake up with peace of mind and a calm spirit, take 10 minutes to pick up around the house. Make sure dishes are in the dishwasher and run it. Put papers away. Have the kids put toys away. Clean up your office or workspace. Get the whole family involved. By taking just 10 minutes each night, you can wake up to a clutter-free home and feel prepared for the day. It truly is a wonderful feeling! And when the whole family works together, it shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. That is definitely time well spent together!
After everything is put away and the clutter from the day is picked up, spend a few minutes prepping for the next day. Prep the kids’ lunches. Lay out your workout clothes and outfit you want to wear. Get all your quiet time materials prepped for the morning (Bible, journal, devotional materials, hymnal, diffuser, etc). Take a look at what is coming up the next day, and see what you and/or your family can prep the night before. By taking just a few minutes to prep things like food, clothes, Bible study material, etc., you are saving yourself a lot of time and energy the next morning!
Now that you have picked up the house, prepped food and clothes and other items, take a look at your schedule for the following day. What would you like to accomplish? What are the most important things you’d like to get done? I like to write out and plan my top 3 priorities for the following day. These are 3 things that, if nothing else gets accomplished, I will feel good knowing they got done. I also make sure these 3 priorities are connected to my long term goals. I would not include daily habits that I am already doing (i.e. making dinner, running errands, teaching, etc.). Instead, I make sure they are tasks that help me make progress on the bigger goals I have (i.e. writing 20 minutes in Ebook I’m working on, appointment with a client, date night with hubby). By taking the time to schedule my top 3 priorities each day the night before, I am making time for what is most important in my life. What gets scheduled gets done!
That’s it! 3 Simple P’s each night – Pick-up, Prep, and Plan. These 3 simple tasks help me go to bed feeling less stressed and excited to wake up the next morning to a clean, organized house and able to focus on my morning routine (more on that soon!).
How about you? Do you have an evening routine? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!