How To Create An Evening Routine – Preparation Is Key

If you’ve read my other post on How To Make A Morning Routine, but would like to make that routine run a lot more smoothly you’ve come to the right place.

In this post I’m going to be covering how to create an evening routine.

You can think of the evening routine as being the prelim for the morning routine.

The morning routine sets your day up for success – and the evening routine sets your morning routine up for success.

Let’s get into it shall we?

Think about the stuff you’d rather not do in the morning

Yeah.

You know what I’m talking about.

That pile of dishes in the sink from last night’s dinner.

Or the kids toys strewn about ready to be tripped over during your midnight wander to the bathroom.

It doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

All you need to do is have a quick walk around and tidy up whatever you see that’s going to bother you in the morning.

I’ll usually sort out the washing, do any remaining dishes, check the house is locked, and check I’ve got whatever I need for tomorrow ready. I’ll quickly put things away, or ‘confine’ mess to a single area to tackle later if it’s an ongoing project.

I don’t typically use any kind of checklist but that’s definitely helpful if you want to do it that way.

What can you do now to make your life easier tomorrow?

We all have things we can do the night before to make our lives easier in the morning.

Have you ever gotten up in the morning and realised you didn’t iron that shirt that you need for your meeting that day?

Or maybe you’re about to head out the door and realise you didn’t print out that assignment that’s due today – as you rush around trying to get it printed, you realise you’re out of paper or ink.

It doesn’t need to be this way.

These problems are easily rectified by getting them done the night before.

Always be thinking ahead.

Check your to-do list or Wunderlist and do what you need to do to ensure tomorrow is a breeze. You can’t foresee every little hiccup, but if you can alleviate the obvious ones you’ll be much better off.

Wind down – Relax

As soon as your important stuff is done it’s time to chill.

You don’t need to go to crazy during your evening routine. All that’s going to achieve is not being able to get to sleep.

All it is, is a quick sorting out of the most important things.

You need to use this time to start winding down and getting ready for bed too. This is the time to do all that ‘me’ stuff, like skincare routines.

You can also take this time to work on one of your goal tasks from your morning routine. Focusing on one in the morning and one in the evening would be a good way to split it and make sure that it actually gets done.

Conclusion

Not much to this one really. The key take away points are to do the things that are going to bug you in the morning, do the best you can to prepare yourself for the next day, and relax and enjoy the rest of your evening.

Hope this helps in some way.

Please comment and let me know how your evening routines work out.

All the best,

Dylan