For a productive day it is best to start right. However, this is not always possible if you have not prepared yourself for the day the evening before. Even if you have a morning ritual in place, your entire day will suffer if you don’t prepare the night before. This is especially true for the morning people who do most of their productive work in the morning time. It is therefore important that they prepare for it well so as to not waste time. In addition, if you are trying to develop good morning habits that will help you become successful, having a good evening routine will help you achieve this. If you want to use as little brain power as possible in the morning and want everything set up for you so that there is less decision-making and you are just doing what you have set out from the evening before. This post will show you a few good habits that you can add to your evening routine to set you up for a productive morning the next day.
1. Wrapping up today
Before closing up for the day, reflect on how it went, what you achieved and what may still be outstanding. Before you start planning for the next day, wrap up today. Here are some ways that you could do this:
- Set a time for you to stop doing work
- Block distracting websites after a certain time
- Set a tech curfew to avoid distractions
- Cleaning and tidying up the house so that you can start fresh the next morning
2. Planning for tomorrow
The next part to focus on before starting to get ready for bed is to prepare yourself for the next day by ensuring that you have the potential to be as productive as possible. Planning helps you to be prepared for obstacles because part of the planning process by creating a contingency pan for unexpected problems. It serves as a way to evaluate your progress as you work. Planning your activities will clearly show whether or not you are staying on schedule. Some activities that you can do in your evening routine to plan for the next day include:
- Lay out your clothes for the next day
- Pack your work or school bag so that you do not forget anything
- Pack your lunch
- Make a to-do list
- Schedule in the tasks to be achieved the next day
3. Wind down
The time to wind down is used to transition your body and mind from the busy activities of the day and prepare to calm and relaxing sleep. It is therefore a very important part of your evening routine. According to this Huffington post, Slowing down – winding down – is as much a part of life as speed and being productive. Just as sleep gives us the opportunity to heal, and dreams help us integrate the lessons of the day; wind-down time sends a similar message: that calm and peace are priorities for ourselves. Use this part of your evening routine to calm down, distress and relate with others.
The following habits can be part of the winding down portion of your evening routine:
- Do your skincare routine
- Journal and reflect
- Drink tea
- Spend quality time with family
- Read a book
Take home: How to create an evening routine
It can be easily done in 3 steps. Start off by wrapping up the day, plan for tomorrow and lastly wind down to prepare for sleep. An evening routine helps prepare you for a productive next day and we’ve shared a few habits that you can incorporate into yours.
What do you do to prepare for the next day? Let us know in the comments below.