What would you say if I told you that a good day actually starts with your evening routine the night before?! It’s true! The success of your tomorrow, is impacted by what you do tonight! Do you want to know how?
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Tidy your kitchen.
Even if you’re falling-down exhausted, I urge you to empty the sink, load the dishwasher, wipe the counters, and put out a fresh dish towel. There’s nothing worse than getting up in the morning and scrambling to find a clean coffee cup or an unused spoon for cereal.
Make a to-do list.
Take a few minutes to write out a to-do list for tomorrow. Don’t spend too much time on it, simply jot out the most important tasks and prioritize them by importance. As you may recall from my morning routine, I like to plan my day in the morning. However, my most productive days are when I jump-start my planning the night before.
I want to add one more thing here… I’m learning the importance of allowing interruptions to happen in my life. So even though I take time to plan my days, I’m flexible with whatever happens. We can’t predict the sick child, the friend in need, or the call of God to spend more time with Him. While planning, it’s important to keep a realistic attitude. Even the best plans can go awry… and that’s okay!
Think about what you do every single morning. Perhaps you exercise or you read the Bible. Think about how you can prepare for the next morning’s activities, tonight. Once you’ve considered this, I encourage you to make a few preparations for the following day.
Some ideas for how you can prepare the night before, are:
- get the coffee maker ready
- set out your exercise clothes
- place your Bible, Bible study, and favourite pen on the kitchen table
- select your clothes for tomorrow
- move the meat for tomorrow’s supper from the freezer to the fridge
Do something that gives you joy.
So you had a rough day. The kids fought, you lost a library book, your car broke down, and the dog puked on the carpet… again. Sure, you can go to bed and cry yourself to sleep but wouldn’t it be better to end your day on a high note?
Try to do something that gives you joy. Here are some ideas for inspiration:
- read your Bible
- listen to your favourite music while taking a bubble bath
- do some colouring
- read a chapter from a great novel
- sip a cup of herbal tea and take in the twilight view from your favourite window
Reflect and be thankful.
I believe that being reflective is an art that isn’t practiced enough nowadays. People so often rush from one thing to the next, they forget to pause and reflect on what’s happening in their lives.
When taking a moment to reflect, it seems to lend itself with ease to being thankful. When I pause… I’m flooded with memories of the day. Some moments, I may not be too proud of, but I can briefly address what I would do differently if confronted with the situation again.
I also like to write out at least 3-5 things I’m thankful for. This practice can make even the worst day bright again.
Get enough sleep.
Getting enough sleep has a huge impact on the next day!
Make sure that you’re not staying up too late, and that you’re getting enough sleep every evening. A well-rested body often makes for a better day ahead. It may take some discipline to get to bed early enough but commit to it and you will surely see results.
What should I do first?
After reading this list you might not know where to start. I recommend picking the tip that resonated the most with you, and add it to your evening routine… tonight! Then, every day or two, add another tip into your schedule.
Some of these suggestions came from the Make Over Your Evenings 14-Day course by Crystal Paine (from Money Saving Mom). My success in making changes to my evening routine, came from the inspirational videos, workbook, and supplemental resources in this program. With a commitment of just 15-20 minutes day, I was able to take my evening routine from unproductive, to inspired.
There’s no time better than now to start making positive changes in your life. Have a better tomorrow… starting tonight!