Create a Morning Routine and an Evening Routine
Do any of these statements sound familiar to you?
- I’m overwhelmed and I can’t keep up with life.
- I run around all day like a chicken with my head cut off.
- My laundry is out of control.
- I go to bed exhausted with a list of things that are stressing me out.
- I have no idea what is in the stack of papers on the kitchen counter-top.
- My house is a collection of clutter.
- I leave work and have no idea what I’m going to feed my kids for dinner.
- I really need to sit down and figure out which bills are due soon and make payments on them.
This was me too until I figured out a way to make the madness stop. And you can too!!
In this post, I’m going to teach you how to create a morning routine and an evening routine that line up with your personal priorities so the madness can stop in your life as well. I want you to go to bed with satisfaction and peace. I want you to have more time to enjoy your life.
You build your habits. And your habits will build your future.
“You build your habits. And your habits will build your future.”
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1. Identify Your Priorities
Which areas in your life keep you up at night? Sleep is important! So, if an area consistently keeps you awake with worry, add it to your priority list. If you want more details on this, I cover it in this post, Take Control of Your Life. To start with, you can create a list of about 4 things that consistently rob you of sleep.
2. Create and Commit to a Morning Routine
I can’t type this heading without telling you about a book that changed my life. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. I highly recommend this book. Get it. Read it. Reread it. And let it help you refine your mornings, your days, and your life.
So, now that you’ve identified your priorities, you need an action plan. A dream without a plan is a fantasy. Including your priority areas in your daily habits will give your dream of peace that plan of action. And when carried out, your plan will work. It will help you feel like a winner in life. If you don’t have time in your morning to include all priority areas, make sure you add them to your evening routine. Remember, the goal is to go to bed with satisfaction and actually sleep!
“A dream without a plan is a fantasy.”
Most of your mornings probably all run about the same. So, unless you change something in today’s habits, tomorrow will look the same as yesterday. Now let that sink in for a minute.
That being said, what should you put in your morning routine? Don’t forget, this is YOUR life. And this is YOUR routine. I’m not trying to define it for you.
Your Morning Routine Order Might Look Something Like This
- Make (or straighten) your bed. Your bed is the centerpiece of your room. Take 60 seconds to make it. Your room will look cleaner. Most importantly, who doesn’t like to crawl into a freshly made bed at night?
- Drink your coffee. Eat breakfast. Take your vitamins.
- Get dressed even if you don’t have to go to an office. It’s good for your mental health.
- Kids – Wake them, feed them, make their lunches, and get them off to school. Also, this is a good time to start teaching your kids about morning routines. So, help them create their own. For example, my kids fed and watered our dog every morning. Less work for me.
- Unload and reload the dishwasher. This doesn’t take long and it starts your day with a clean sink. You don’t want to come home from work to a dirty kitchen.
- Food – Do you need to thaw any meat?
- Laundry – Do you need to start a load?
- Look at your planner. What does your day hold? Be ready!
3. Create and Commit to an Evening Routine
Your evening routine is equally as important as your morning routine. The two together frame your entire day. Remember, a successful day always starts the night before. So, this is your chance to start tomorrow off right. Don’t let today rob from tomorrow.
Now, create an Evening Routine and include any priority areas that didn’t get added to your morning routine. If possible, start your evening routine at about the same time every evening so your brain starts shutting down and getting ready for bed. Sleep is so important for overall health, mood, attitude, weight management, etc. Give yourself the best chance at a good night’s sleep.
“A successful day starts the night before.”
“Don’t let today rob from tomorrow.”
Your Evening Routine Might Look Something Like This
- Above all, get those kids to bed. Getting them to bed at the same time every night is a very healthy practice. And it gives you time for yourself in the evenings as well. But first, include them in your journey by helping them create an evening routine for themselves.
- Clean the kitchen and start the dishwasher if it isn’t already done. This will give you a clean slate in the morning.
- Take any nighttime medications or vitamins.
- Pick up today’s messes from the living room. This is a teachable moment as well. So, add this to the kids’ evening routine.
- Put away laundry that was washed today. Ideally, you did this as soon as the dryer was done. We don’t need wrinkled clothes.
- If you haven’t already gone through today’s mail, now is the time. Throw out the junk mail. Put bills in your “to be paid” folder or bin. Whatever your system is, follow it. Likewise, have a system that gets followed.
- Don’t keep junk on counter-tops. Clean off all horizontal surfaces. These are collectors of crap and will clutter your house like nothing else.
- Brush your teeth. And take a bath or a quick shower and get dressed for bed.
- Look at your planner to see what tomorrow holds. Make any notes you need to see first thing in the morning.
- Decompress – read a book, watch some TV, talk with your spouse, or whatever helps you feel like a person and not just a mom, maid, cook, etc.
4. Make Adjustments When Needed
Life will happen. Kids will get sick. So, you’ll have to make adjustments here and there to accommodate all of that. That’s fine. It happens to everyone. But having a morning routine and an evening routine will give you a daily template to follow to make big improvements in your household. When everyone feels better, just get back to the routines that you planned for success.
You will also get off track. You’ll lose motivation or just stop following your routines for one reason or the other. And that’s okay. It’s going to happen more than once. But, don’t give up on the system. Just start again now. There’s no time like the present. Additionally, the sooner you start, the sooner you have that wonderful sense of accomplishment again!
Once you identify your priorities and commit to a morning routine and an evening routine, you’ll start to feel like you are in control of your life. Your feeling of overwhelm will go away and you can go to bed with satisfaction and sleep peacefully knowing that your big priorities in life are met. Most importantly, you’ll have more time to enjoy life with the people you love.
If you’re following the Home Management Baby Steps, you are ready to move on to Baby Step Three? Here it is… Curb Your Distractions
What are some things that you include in your Morning and Evening Routines?