Want your days to go more smoothly? Try adding these simple routines to get your day off to a better start.
Let’s face it, whether we realize it or not, we already have routines in place in our lives. Habits we perform each and every day. These can be good habits, like brushing your teeth or bad habits, such as tossing your jacket on the chair instead of hanging it. But are these daily habits working for you?
Since you’re still reading this post, I’m going to assume your answer is no. If you’re wanting to simplify your life and create more time for yourself and your passions, then you need to change the way you are currently doing things.
And that starts by establishing straightforward morning and evening routines. By applying certain daily habits at the beginning and end of each day, you’ll help your entire day go smoother. Your home will be neater, you’ll be more organized, and you’ll have more time for the things that matter to you.
Two Simple Routines to Jump Start Your Day
By starting with these two basic routines, you are laying the foundation for a more organized life.
A better morning begins the night before. By establishing a routine you follow each evening, you can wake up refreshed and ready to face the day.
Prepare for Bedtime Early – Don’t wait until you are ready to go to bed to begin your evening routine. Start early, any time after dinner, but no less than an hour before bed. You don’t want to wind yourself up and then have trouble going to sleep.
Straighten your House – Do a quick tidying up of the house before you go to bed. This isn’t a cleaning session, just pick up anything that is out of place.
Clean the Kitchen – Put the dishes in the dishwasher and turn it on to wash. Wipe the counter-tops and sink. No one wants to wake up to a sink full of dirty plates and bowls. Take the extra few minutes in the evening to clean your kitchen. You’ll be glad you did.
Check your schedule for the next day – Make a list of everything you need to do and want to accomplish tomorrow. Keep it simple and don’t add more than you can do in one day. Your goal is to simplify your life and allow more time for what’s important to you. Check to make sure you aren’t overloading yourself.
Gather everything you need for tomorrow and place it in an easy to reach location – Do you need to ship a package? Place it by the door, so you won’t forget it. Is there a project you are working on? Organize your papers, thoughts, supplies so you can jump right in and begin working on it in the morning. The more prepared you are for the next day, the smoother your day will go.
Choose Your Outfit – Pick out the clothes, shoes, and accessories you are going to wear. Iron your clothes, if needed. Preparing what you will wear the next day gives you one less thing to think about in the morning.
Straighten your bedroom – Put everything in its proper place, then close all drawers and the closet door. Don’t leave anything out. You’ll sleep better in a neat, clean bedroom.
If your home office is in your bedroom, make sure your desk is clear of papers.
Relax – Turn off the computer and television at least an hour before you plan to go to sleep. Then begin winding down and preparing for bed. Wash your face, brush your teeth, and slip into your comfy pajamas. Read a book, take a bath, or do your devotionals. Do things that will relax you and help you to fall asleep on time.
A good night’s sleep is one of the best ways to ensure you have an outstanding day tomorrow.
Wake up on Time – Get up as soon as the alarm rings. Don’t procrastinate and hit the snooze button.
Start your day on a positive note – Read a morning devotional. Turn on some upbeat music to energize and get you moving.
Make your bed – After a long day, you deserve to walk into a neat and clean bedroom at night.
Get dressed – This will be much easier since you chose your outfit the night before, and your clothes are ironed and ready to wear.
Eat breakfast – Breakfast is the most important meal of the day…..
Unload the dishwasher – Having clean dishes and an empty dishwasher will make preparing dinner later much easier.
Tidy up and straighten the house – Since you straightened the night before, there won’t be very much to put away.
Avoid Distractions – Don’t check your email, Facebook, Instagram, etc. until you finish your morning routine. You don’t want to become sidetracked.
As you can see, your morning routine is quicker and easier when you have an evening routine established.
By following these simple morning and evening routines, you will be establishing habits that will help you start each day smoothly and increase your daily productivity.
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