Last month I walked you through my morning routine, so this month I thought it’d be fun to share my evening routine with you. They look quite a bit different from each other but are similar in nature.
Make sure you read all the way through, because at then end I have a special treat for you, as I share a link to a fellow blogger and YouTuber who also shares her evening routine!
My evening routine begins with planning for the next day. I set my outfits out, both my workout one and daily one. That way they are ready to go, and I don’t have to deal with it in the morning. It’s already set there in front of me, no decisions necessary. It makes for an easier transition from my warm bed.
I write in my planner any important tasks that I need to get done the next day. Sunday evenings I tend to plan out my entire week and make sure I know what I have going on, but each night I like to take a look at the calendar for the following day and ensure I know my responsibilities and can formulate a plan as to when and how I’ll get everything done that I need to. I rank the most important with a star, or sometimes I number them, and I work down the list from there. I also mark what can wait if necessary.
Clean the Sink
Next, I go into the kitchen, and I empty the sink. If I have any clean dishes drying, I put them away. If there are dirty dishes, I load them in the dishwasher. I like to have a clean sink at night because it causes me less stress. It is more sanitary and tends to make the house smell better too. Sometimes I do this task throughout the day, but most of the time I wait until the evening and do it all at once. But, if I make it a daily habit, the sink doesn’t over power my kitchen, and it automatically feels cleaner.
You have to daily make the choice to be disciplined, and discipline is what is going to get you to your ultimate goal.
One thing I don’t usually do at the end of the night is read. I try to find a little time to write or journal before I go to sleep, but I’ve found that reading for me happens best in the morning because I just want to fall asleep when I hop in bed. Because I’ve worn myself out from a full day, I tend to lose track of where I’m at or what I’m reading if I save it for evening.
Go to Bed Early
Sleep is important to me, and I know it is necessary in the season I’m in. I go to bed early. Some days I need to stay up late, but when I do, it seems to throw off the following morning. If I’m up later than 10:30, the next day is a drag. I just feel it. For seasons, sometimes it’s okay and even necessary, but I know that I am a crabby bear, I’m not a good mom and I’m not a good wife when I don’t get my sleep. Sleep helps me stay productive.
Get Disciplined Daily
So there you have it. Those are some of the routines I find important for my evenings, and maybe yours will look a little different. Maybe you’re a night owl, and you can do much of your daily disciplines at night and sleep in a little bit, and you’ll still be productive through the day. That’s OK! I’m just not that person, and I’m not going to try to be. Do you prefer the morning or the evening to get in the chunk of your daily disciplines?
But think about what you want your daily habits to be and start creating them. What do you want your evening routine to look like? Do you even want one? Will it help you stay on track? Start with one thing and get in the habit of that, and then add something else and continue that cycle until you’ve created the routines that you desire for yourself.
I’d love for you to share what some of your disciplines are. Do they look similar to mine, or are they completely different?
Discipline happens daily. We have to daily make the choice to be disciplined, and discipline is what is going to get us to our ultimate goal. A person who is not disciplined is a lazy person. People who choose discipline feed their drive and desire. They feed their purpose. So choose today to become that disciplined person one habit at a time.
“What I do today has a direct relationship with what’s going to happen to me tomorrow.” — John Maxwell
Benjamin Franklin was an extraordinarily disciplined person. He woke up each morning and asked himself, “What good shall I do today?” and every night before bed, he asked, “What good have I done today?” He was intentional in all that he did and wanted to make sure that his days were productive and worthwhile. I challenge you, before you go to bed, take some time to reflect and honestly ask yourself, “What good have I done today?”
Want Another Point of View?
I have collaborated with another blogger and YouTuber to give you an insider’s look into a couple different evening routines because I know having a routine is essential. Her name is Marta Tancula, and her YouTube channel is called Imperfect Life Balance, and she covers topics related to productivity, time management, and effectiveness to help moms find their own work life balance.
Make sure you check out Marta’s Evening Routine!
Remember, you are a winner. Just run YOUR race!