Step 3 – Create a Morning and Evening Routine
Routines make life so much easier. They are not always fun, but neccessary when try to get and stay organized.
I am the least routine person that you will ever meet, but I do have a morning and bedtime routine. Without it, I am sure my life would fall apart. There are a lot of things to fit into one day and if we do not divide them up a little, these tasks can become overwhelming and irritating, therefore we are less likely to do them which means they all begin to pile up. Ending in utter chaos!
Morning and nightime routines will differ from person to person. You have to figure out what works best for you. If you already have a morning routine, you are one step ahead, but revaluate your routine to see if there might be room to fit in a few extras.
The morning time is my absolute favorite part of the day. This is my alone time. I wake up a little early so that I can sit in bed and drink my coffee while I check Facebook and emails. Then I start getting ready. I shower at night so that my mornings are a little easier.
Everything I need to get ready, is in my bedside table. I put my contacts in, my make up on, my deodorant, lotion, perfume and jewelry all on, while I am still in bed! I even fix my hair in bed. I absolutely love getting ready this way and I think you should try it out!
While I am doing all of this, I listen to my bible on You Version. When I get out of bed, all I have to do is get dressed, brush my teeth, and make my bed.
So this is what my morning routine looks like…
- 6:30 Wake-up
- 7:00 Get Ready
- 7:45 Make-bed, Straighten up house, Empty dishwasher
- 7:50 Grab breakfast and leave for work
- Some things to include in your morning routine that I fail to do are…
- Fix breakfast
My bedtime routine is pretty simple because I have found, the more I put in my bedtime routine, the less likely I am to do it.
We all do a quick pick up before bedtime then we have family devotion and prayer time. If I haven’t cleaned the kitchen, I will do that. Start the dishwasher. I dust my wood floors with a dust mop (nothing detailed here, just getting the cat hair).Depending on who is in bed first, I will tuck my kids in (if I am already in bed, they tuck me in)! I try to lay out my clothes for the next day and iron any that need ironing. Then I take a shower and get in bed.
While in bed I will check my planner, work on my blog for a few minutes, check Facebook and emails, and do any homework that needs to be done (this gives my hair a chance to dry a little before I lay down). Then I will do my bible journaling.
Once again…all the tools for this are in my bedside table! I really like being in bed! Then I take my pill, put on lotion, and lay down. I usually play Tetris on my phone until I get sleepy (if I am not already sleepy). I try to start my bedtime routine at 8:00.
So my bedtime routine looks like this…
- Spend 20 minute tidying up the house (entire family and this may be longer or shorter depending on how well they picked up after themselves)
- Family devotion and prayers
- Clean Kitchen
- Start Dishwasher
- Dust floors
- Tuck kids in
- Pick out/ iron clothes
- Get in bed
- Look over planner
- Bible journaling
- Work on blog (30 minutes max)
- Do any unfinished homework
- Take pill
- Lay down
There you have it…my routines! Even if I don’t accomplish anything else throughout the day, these routines help to keep me on top of things.
So get to work on your routines.
Write them down so that you don’t forget. WRITE THEM IN YOUR PLANNER!!!
Here is a printable to get you started
Share what you include in your routines.