I wanted to start by talking about evening routines and how they play a pivotal roll in setting you up for a better, healthier, more productive, stress free day. (Did I include enough reasons to keep reading there? I hope so…)
What sparked this post were all the articles I have read lately about having a morning routine (often refereed to as rituals or habits, depending what your reading). Now I am a firm believer the more you plan your morning the better your day will be, but before you can have a stress free morning, you need to do a little prep in the evening.
If your anything like me mornings are tough, I’m either up at 4 am to hit the gym or my wife and I are wrestling with our two young kids trying to get them ready for school and to eat up all there breakfast (it is the most important meal of the day).
Now I need a full glass of water and at least 1 (sometime 2) cups of coffee before I’m in any frame of mind to function in the morning, regardless of the tasks I’m doing. I have never been a morning person and I still struggle from time to time.
- Prepare tomorrow’s breakfast — I’m a huge fan of morning oats at the minute, read more on them here (my kids are jumping on the bandwagon now to which is a huge bonus)
- Prepare lunch’s / snacks for the day
- Prepare your clothes / gym kit / school uniforms
- Know what training I’m doing (weights / cardio / intervals — this is driven by the events I have coming up)
- Check my tasks for the next day (just to give myself a heads up) — I have recently started weekly reviews and having a view of what commitments I have for the week, both personal and professional is beyond helpful.
- Know when its time to switch off.
— All my tech is switched off and away at least 30 mins before bed time, TV too.
So now your thinking, yeah I can do all these things but what do I get out of it?
- A better nights sleep — you are perfectly prepared for the next day (limited number of surprises)
- When you wake up you go straight into auto pilot. No more, remember this or that at the last minute
- You are less stressed, everything is ready for you to hit your day on the best foot possible
- You know where your focus needs to be and thats where you aim it.
- Routines mean you can track your goals a lot easier.
Its funny how your routines will also effect the rest of the house, I have started to get the kids involved in some of these things. Starting with simple tasks like
- Getting the there own school bag ready (PE Kits , homework bags)
- If they are at there Nan’s after school get the toys they want to take ready to go
- Get there uniforms together so mum or I can have it ready for the morning
We have seen a lot of benefits to this and it gets the kids thinking about what they have on in school, is it PE day, is it the day they have to return there homework etc …
Now its up to you. Try these tips and see the benefits for yourself. Keep your routine as short as possible, short means doable, and more importantly it wont put you off. (Would you rather a 2 hr routine or 30 mins?)
Comment below and let me know how you get on…