Ending your day on the right note will set you up for the next day.
In my last post, I talked about the importance of a morning routine, and while it’s really important, so is an evening routine. It gets overlooked far too often, and it really shouldn’t.
When you think about it, how you go to bed and the last thing you do, reflects how your morning will start.
With my morning routine, I always start off getting dressed. But, if I get up and have to select my clothes and turn on the lights while my one-year-old is still sleeping, it becomes stressful, and I’d end up just skipping getting dressed until she’s awake. So having the clothes out the night before solves all that.
- Light Stretching Like Yoga. Most successful people, before they go to bed, do some light stretching. This isn’t something I do as I implement exercise in my daily routine.
- Take a warm bath or shower. There is no better feeling than going to bed all clean. Taking a shower or bath close to bedtime helps you relax and unwind from our normally busy days. I personally always find at this time, I come up with some of my best plotting ideas.
- Meditate. Once again, this is something I do in my morning routine, but it would still be beneficial to do it at night time. I will post a link to a meditation video I use from youtube. It’s only five minutes long; everyone can find five minutes, whether it be in the morning or evening.
Youtube link to meditation: https://youtu.be/inpok4MKVLM
- Read a book. I try to read every night as I rock my one-year-old to sleep. This normally takes thirty minutes, and most times, I use it as my reading time.
- Unplug. Unplugging from the internet is so important to allow my brain to rest and just enjoy the silence of your home without the pinging of email and messages. If something really, really important needs your attention, then the person will ring your phone; otherwise, you can deal with it tomorrow.
- Tidy the house. I hate waking up to a messy house or cups in the sink. So the last thing I do before going to bed is take one final walk through the house to make sure it’s tidy and reset for the next day. Even set a timer for ten minutes and a speed tidy up around your home. I find this tactic very helpful.
- Family time. Whether you have children, pets, a significant other, you should really take time out and spend it with your family. If that’s sitting on the floor and playing with the children or for me, I love to make up puzzles with my girls, or just all watching TV together; you should pencil out some time in the evenings to catch up on how everyone’s days went and just a general check-in.
- Hobbies I left this to last not because it’s the least important but because in my next blog post, I want to talk about refilling the well and the importance of taking a break and doing what we love to do to avoid burnout. For me my hobbies are TV. I always try to get 30 minutes of my own programs in the evening. Reading, of course. I read to learn about what works in my genre, and I also read for pleasure.
So that’s my routine. I wrote this up and made it an A5 size that I printed out and laminated. I found it so helpful in the evening to have something concrete to follow. I will attach the one I made so you can print it off yourself or get an idea of how easy it is.
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The next topic I want to discuss is the importance of refilling the well.
Thanks for reading.
I’m also a little obsessed with fun facts, so here is one for today:
FUN FACT: Your nostrils work one at a time.