Yesterday I talked about the importance of establishing good habits and turning them into your routines. Today I am talking more about my Evening/Bedtime Routine. I call it my Evening/Bedtime routine because really it is not something that I just do at bedtime. I start my bedtime routine (at least the kitchen part) while I am preparing my families dinner and it lingers on until I go to bed. It really doesn't take long - even though it looks long - and most of the things in it are second nature to most people. However, I do not fall into the category of "most people" so I needed to learn how to break my day down into parts and then I had to figure out what I needed to do in each part of my day.
I break my Bedtime Routine down into 3 parts.
Pick up the house.
Think about tomorrow.
Focus on me.
Pick up the house.
Kitchen - After dinner is done do your dishes, wipe off your counters and sweep your floor.
Load and Run your Dishwasher.
Check your Washer and Dryer - make sure all clothes are put away
Put away all toys, clothes, etc...
Quick run through of the house - no more than 15 minutes to tidy up.
Think about tomorrow
Check your calendar.
Make "to do" list.
Lay out clothes (iron if needed).
Pack/prepare lunches (as much as possible).
Pack back packs.
Think about "What's for breakfast?".
Think about "What's for dinner tomorrow?".
Check/Send emails, Facebook, blog.
Prep coffee pot.
Focus on Me
Snuggle with my husband
Are you ready to start this with me? You can follow my bedtime routine or use it as an example and come up with your own. It takes 21 days or 3 weeks of being consistent to form a habit. Lets start today with our evening/bedtime routine and work at making it a habit.
This is a picture of my bulletin board in my kitchen with 21 little "post it" note page markers on it. I saw this somewhere and thought it was a good idea to mark our 21 days of forming a habit. I encourage you to do this, make a chart or get a calendar so that you can mark off each day that you successfully do your Bedtime Routine.
Once we master this we will move on to our morning routine. Oh yes, there is a morning/afternoon routine as well. And after we get our daily routines established we will move on to a weekly cleaning schedule.
What about you? Do you currently have a Bedtime Routine that you follow? If so, what does it look like? Are you consistent with it?