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zen habits: Jumpstart your day (the night before) - an evening routine

Monday, February 12, 2007

Jumpstart your day (the night before) - an evening routine


Not long ago, I talked about the importance of a morning routine ... it's a great way to incorporate your goals into each day, at the beginning of the day. This is a beautiful time of day, when all is quiet and the world sleeps.

But there's another part of the day that I love, and that can have great benefits for you at a cost of only 10-30 minutes each day: the time right before you go to sleep.

If you're following my advice on how to become an early riser (and if not, try it out!), then you are going to be earlier, and perhaps reading yourself to sleep, so you won't be so tired in the morning. Well, just 10-30 minutes before you go to bed, try going through an evening routine that can make a huge difference for your morning.

Each person's evening routine will be different, but here's a sample routine that's based on something I've been trying, with some good ideas that most people can use:

  • pack lunch (for yourself and the kids)
  • get your clothes (and other gear) ready
  • check your calendar
  • plan your MITs
  • review your day
  • wash any dishes, clean the counters
  • pick up so that you're greeted with a clean house in the morning
  • set your alarm
  • read yourself to sleep
You will of course modify this to fit your needs, but you can see some of the most important elements: you're cleaning up so that the house is beautifully clean when you awake, you are reviewing your day and planning for the next, and you are prepping your stuff for the next day so you don't have to do it in the morning.

Create your evening routine today and get a jump start on tomorrow!

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3 comments:

Carrie said...

Great tips as always! This is something I had done before, but want to start up again. It worked well for me for a few months. Eliminated a lot of stress in the mornings (especially if you have kids).

Robb said...

I've been doing an evening routine for the last year or so. Without getting into too many details, here's what I do:

* crunches
* email
* prep clothes
* clean up
* shower, shave
* journal
* pray

Leo said...

Thanks for sharing, guys. Robb, I like your routine! Carrie, best of luck. Let me know how it turns out.