Wouldn’t you love to wake up from sleep and step into a well organised and smooth running life?
I dream of mornings when I don’t have to scurry about looking for lost but needed items, shepherding everyone out in good enough time to meet their various obligations as well as trying to keep the house from looking like a crime scene!!!
An awful morning is very likely going to be the start of an awful day.
So, if we want to have a great day it’s important that we pay attention to how the day begins and one thing I have found is that in order to start your day right, you have to begin from the night before.
An explanation of the principle of ‘time perspective’ states that: ‘the more time allotted for the preparation of an event, the greater the likelihood of success of that event’.
If you want to change your life, you have to begin by changing your habits.
Success is an accumulation of small achievements gained over time
Your nightly routine is the perfect platform for implementing habits that contribute a great deal to your success.
Your evening routine comprises of those actions you make everyday in the time leading up to when you get into bed.
It is very easy to fall into an unplanned routine which produces haphazard results but it is much more beneficial to intentionally set up a routine which gives you greater control over the circumstances of your life.
1. Tidy up before going to bed.
It’s really nice to wake up to a clean house plus I’ve found that it saves a lot of time in the mornings too.
Before going to bed, pick up and return things back to their places, straighten up cushions, clear clutter from surfaces, wash dishes, you can even sweep the floors in the living room or maybe sort the laundry.
Doing this at night means that you don’t have to spend precious time in the morning on them.
2. Draft your to-do-list.
Taking time to draft a to-do-list in the evening is a great way to plan a successful day.
Your to-do-list may include, tasks you’ve not yet completed, shopping reminders, meal plan, reminders about errands & meetings you need to attend, calls make or emails to send, bills to pay, pretty much anything you want to accomplish the next day!
The essence of having a ‘to-do-list’ is to ensure that you don’t forget any important task or event afterall it is said that ‘the shortest pencil is better than the longest memory’
I find it empowering to tick items off my ‘to-do-list’. It motivates me to try and finish more tasks.
Writing a ‘to-do-list’ before bedtime always primes me up for the day ahead. It activates my subconscious mind to deal with issues while I sleep and possibly come up with solutions or best strategies even before I get to deal with the issue.
3. Prep for the day ahead.
This is where you actually get or gather the stuff you need for the next day.
Lay out clothes you and your family need based on the kind of day you’re likely to have, layout everything you need for breakfast or the next day’s meals, be sure that your children’s school bags are packed – a friend even keeps her children’s packed bags by the front door so they can easily grab them as they rush out in the mornings, help your husband to get organised too be sure to have his keys, phone & other knick-knacks in an easy to find location.
Don’t forget to sign documents that need to be signed too – such as school permission slips etc
4. Get set for your beauty sleep.
Not enough can be said about the importance of a good night rest.
Having a good night rest involves more than crashing into the sack and zoning out for a few hours.
I’ve woken up from sleep feeling more exhausted than when I went to bed!
A good night rest is supposed to be relaxing, give your body a chance to renew & recharge as well as energize you.
It is worthwhile to plan for your sleeptime by:
*getting comfortable: if a night time shower or bath is your thing feel free to indulge but even if it isn’t, take time to remove the day from your skin by changing into comfortable sleepwear and cleaning off your make-up residue.
* be sure that your bedroom is comfortable with the ventilation set at your comfortable level, straighten up your bedlinen and fluff up your pillows.
* if you like to have a nightcap before going to bed, be sure it’s a warm and milky drink and not anything laden with caffeine or stimulants which is sure to keep you awake for most of the night.
*set your alarm clock so that you don’t get anxious about over sleeping.
* pray: I personally like to spend the few moments before I fall asleep talking to God. I generally talk about the day I’ve just had and the next day, I bring any knotty situation before God and thank Him for the things I am grateful for.
Praying like this before I sleep helps me to release tension and anxiety from my mind. I can sleep peacefully knowing that I have a father in heaven who cares for me.
5. Read quality content.
As a busy wife and mother, there’s hardly enough time in my day for all the things I’d like to do.
It is so easy to forget about my personal development which is very important if I am to continue to function effectively in all my life roles.
I make it a point of duty to read a chapter of a book before sleeping. My time in bed after my prayers works best for me as usually, most members of my household would have also retired for the night as well.
Depending on what I am reading, I have found that reading also helps me fall asleep faster too!
I hope you find these night routine tips helpful. I would love to read your comments about them. You can also post your own tips in the comments section.