After a long day at work, I am sure that you would like to go home, sit on the sofa and watch the TV shows you love. It can be really easy to waste hours watching TV or movie before bed, but it isn’t very productive and you could put some of the time to better use. Night routines are not popular as sticking to a routine isn’t always easy especially at night after a whole day at work.
Here is a night time checklist that you can refer to when creating your routine to ensure that you are productive as well as relaxing in the evenings.
1. Spend Time With Your Family
At the end of the day when you get home, you should first relax and unwind. Spending time with your family can be a nice way to unwind and reconnect after a long day.
Ending your day by spending time with love ones can be a great way to cheer you up after a stressful day and end your day on a positive note. This could take the form of: eating dinner, playing a game, watching a film or an evening out together; all these ways will have a positive impact on how you are feeling.
2. Clean Up
After snoozing your alarm clock and getting out of bed, the last thing you want to see is a sink full of dishes or clothes all over your bedroom floor – it is frustrating! Just spending 15 minutes each evening doing a quick tidy up will mean that you wake up to clear spaces and will not be starting the day off on a negative step. Cluttered space can mean a cluttered mind, so going to sleep with a cluttered space increases your chances of a bad night’s sleep. Therefore, make sure that you feel refreshed in the morning by clearing up around you!
3. Prepare Your Outfit And Pack For The Next Day
A simple way to feel more productive at night is to get your clothes ready for the next day. This will save you some valuable time in the morning and also eliminate stress when trying to figure out what to wear. Once you have planned your outfit, you should also pack for tomorrow as this is like doing your future self a favour. You can prepare yourself as much as possible, so making sure that you have all the papers you need such as your diary and to-do list, packing your lunch, or even getting your gym bag ready is essential. Many people often skip breakfast when rushing in the morning, which is really bad for your focus throughout the day. Make sure to prepare some healthy food ready for the morning and perhaps start taking morning supplements (check out the Morning Complete reviews to get started) to really set you up for the day!
Taking these small steps will decrease your chances of forgetting something the next day and will prevent you from being stressed before you leave the house. Waking up you will feel less stressed if you know that you don’t have lots of tasks to do before you leave the house.
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4. Write Your To-Do List For The Next Day
Remember what Benjamin Franklin said ‘Failing to plan is planning to fail.’
Looking at your to-do list from your day can help you to create your to-do list for the next day, transferring your incomplete tasks to the following day. Taking a few minutes to write the tasks that you want to complete the following day will save you time. Instead of working out what you need to do on the day, you can just start cracking on with the tasks. To-do lists are a great method of organisation that can enable you to achieve your goals.
5. Write In Your Journal
Writing in a journal in the evening helps you put the day to bed. When you write, it is a chance to evaluate the day, for you to accept what has happened (even if it was a bad day) and then for you to let it go. Writing down your thoughts helps you to clear your head, give yourself some perspective and a chance for reflection.
The practise of journaling helps us to slow down, be calm and give you clarity on challenges you may be facing. Journaling before bed can decrease distractions, overthinking and worry which allows you to fall asleep faster. In your journal, you can practise gratitude with the use of prompts and sharing what you are grateful for. People who regularly practise gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect on the things they are thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more kindness and even have stronger immune systems!
6. ‘Get Unready’
In your productive night routine, you need to have an ‘unready’ routine. This will include taking off your make up, running a bath or have a shower, practise a good skincare regime, putting on your nightwear and so on. This vital step in your evening routine is not only essential for hygiene, but it will start to signal to your brain that you’re getting ready for bed. You will then start to relax and it will help you to fall asleep more easily.
7. Wind Down
When you have a productive night routine, it doesn’t mean you need to be productive right up until you get into bed. You must give yourself enough time to wind down and relax. You could try lighting a candle or burning essential oils to create a calming atmosphere. Doing a 5 minute meditation or body scan will help to focus your breathing. Chances are you have had a busy and maybe a stressful day too, with lots to think about. Therefore, you can take this time to disconnect from your thoughts and be mindful.
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8. Get Into Bed And Sleep At The Same Time Consistently
Keeping a regular sleep schedule, even on the weekends, is important because it maintains the timing of the body’s internal clock and will mean that you fall asleep and wake up more easily. Research has shown that going to bed at the same time is vital to your overall wellbeing.
These are some simple yet productive habits that you should try and introduce into your night routine that will prepare you for the next day as well as ending your day on a positive and productive note. You just need to find the right habits for you.
What regular habits do you practise in the evenings? I’d love to hear in the comments.