During the Go To Bed Early Challenge, I have really been working on winding down earlier and setting up my evenings with a good routine. I believe a productive morning starts the night before.
If you’re following along and working on an evening routine, here are my tips on how to create an amazing evening routine…
1. Make a list of all your ideas.
Write down every single thing you can think of that you would love to do before you go to bed. Brain dumping help me with stress reduction so much!
Just getting everything that’s swirling around in my head out of my head and onto paper makes me feel better almost instantly.
2. Prioritize your list.
Once you have it written down, go through the list and star the most important priorities that will make a huge impact on your life. Keep in mind that you can’t realistically do everything.
Look for what Charles Duhigg calls “keystone habits“. These are habits have a positive trickle down effect on all other areas.
One of my keystone habits is spending one-on-one devotional and conversation time with each of my kids for 10 minutes every night. It’s an opportunity for my kids to know they have my complete attention.
I want to hear my kids’ hearts, know their struggles, and listen to them. This is a keystone habit for me, because I know that it will have a lifelong impact on my children.
It also has a trickle down effect for the next day. It fills up my kids’ love tanks and helps them feel secure, and it affects so many areas of their lives.
Another habit I really want to focus on is taking my vitamins before bed. So many times, I get tired and want to skip this. When I make it a priority, though, I sleep better and feel so much better on a daily basis.
These are my top two priorities. Secondary priorities for me include a quick pick-up of the house, cleaning up the kitchen, and laying out my clothes for the next day.
3. Pick two to five things to do every night.
Decide which priorities you will choose to do in the same order every night. Make sure you put them in order of priority. Right now, I am focusing on taking my vitamins and doing devotionals with the kids every single night. If I have time and energy after that, I do the secondary priorities.
If it helps you, time blocks might even be a really good idea to make sure you stick to it and get in bed at the same time each night. Figure out your bed time, and work backwards to figure out what time you realistically need to start your wind-down and evening routine.
4. Commit to stick with it for 21 days.
When you stick with something for three weeks, it’s much more likely that it will become habit. It becomes a part of your life and something you don’t even have to think about!
What priorities are you planning to stick with for the next 21 days? Tell me in the comments, so that we can encourage each other in public accountability!
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