4 Steps to Better Evenings
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Evening routines are so important, but sometimes trying to create your own evening routine is just more work than you have energy to put forth. Do you know what I mean?
Sometimes, we just need a short and simple template to plug our own information into.
So, this is what I’ve done for you.
You’ll find that with an evening routine you’ll reflect on your day in a more positive way. You will also be more ready to greet the day the following morning. And, you will be more settled for a good night’s rest.
The evening routine I’m sharing has only four simple steps…and one of them includes relaxing. What could be better?
I talk much more about evening routines in the free email challenge I created. It tackles all kinds of practical tips to help you have a better day.
Here’s how you can an amazing evening!
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Do a 30 minute tidy
Decide on the areas that are important to you to have clean and clutter free in the morning, and then focus only on those areas. It’s not a deep clean, it’s a quick once over to make sure that you will feel peaceful and calm when these areas greet you in the morning. This will make your morning seem that much better. If I greet a chaotic home first thing in the morning, I just want to bury my head in the covers!
15 minute time of relaxing and unwinding
You earned it after those 30 minutes, right? It’s such a great thing to unwind at the end of the day, and it makes a huge difference in the overall way you feel about how your day went. Plus, if you keep this consistent, this will signal your body to start getting ready for sleep.
The key is to spend this time doing whatever it is that you enjoy doing. It could be reading a book, playing around with your pets, calling a friend or family member, or taking a warm bath or shower.
Do a 10-minute brain dump
Give all those things that are racing around in your head a place to go. After all, who can sleep with their mind whirling with all the things they have to do tomorrow? Getting these things down on paper makes it so much easier to sleep because you know that as long as it’s on paper, it won’t get forgotten.
An added bonus tip is to keep a notebook next to your bed. This is where you can write those things that keep you from falling to sleep, or, those things that wake you up out of sleep because you are paranoid about forgetting to do them.
Keep a notebook by your bed…it can even be your brain dump notebook. Then, you won’t have to agonize about whether you feel like getting out of bed to write these things down. No getting out of bed required.
Do a five-minute pre-plan
Spend five minutes getting your brain in gear for the next day. Get the things together that you will need right away in the morning (like the things you use during your morning routine). Look at your calendar for the next day. Jot down a few things that you know you need to do the next day.
The key is not to put a ton of time into this right now. You’ve just spend all that time unwinding, so don’t get yourself all stressed out again in thinking about the next day. This is just a quick preview of your next day. That’s it. After all, how much can you really get done in five minutes?
With these four easy tips, you’ll be having better evenings, sleeping better, and waking up more refreshed and ready for the day. These tips are so easy and simple, yet so many people overlook an evening routine altogether.
Try these tips to take your evenings from chaos to calm.