With all this talk about morning routines, we need to talk about nighttime routines too. Even though this course is dedicated to morning routines, not night routines, you cannot forget about your nighttime routine if you truly want an amazing morning. What you do at night will dramatically affect how you feel when you wake up and how much you have to get done.
Make Decisions the Night Before
As we have said multiple times already, too much stimulation in the morning is no good. One easy way to avoid excess stimulation in the morning is to make all decisions the night before. Making decisions at night will eradicate a lot of stress in the morning and help wind you down for bed.
One of the most important decisions to decide the night before is what you are going to wear. Check the weather and layout your clothes accordingly. This small change in your habit will make a huge difference in your morning. You will not have to worry about finding the right outfit or checking your phone. Instead, walk over to your closet and throw them on.
Another decision to make the night before involves what you plan to eat in the morning or for lunch. Breakfasts typically are not that stressful, but it certainly will not hurt to go ahead and plan out your breakfast. Also, plan out your lunch to not have to worry about any of your morning and midday fuel.
The last decision to make the night before is the tasks on your To-Do List. You will likely already know in your head what you need to accomplish the next day. Go a step further and write down the top three to five tasks for the following day. This will help you not forget anything and be as productive as possible.
Prep Ahead of Time
In addition to making decisions, prep ahead of time when possible. Prepping ahead of time will lessen the number of tasks you need to do in the morning. As a result, you can spend your morning time focusing on yourself and awakening your brain. One of the most important things to prep ahead of time is your breakfast and lunch. If you are anticipating making a pretty thorough breakfast, go ahead and lay out any ingredients or place refrigerated ingredients on the easiest shelf to access.
For those who do not eat breakfast but drink coffee, set up the coffee machine so that you just have to press a button in the morning. Do the same with your lunch. Pack your lunch and put it in the refrigerator. If you need to make anyone else’s lunch, do this at night as well. Making your lunch at night will make a huge difference, no matter the morning.
Whether you are a stay-at-home mom who takes her children to school or an office worker who carries a briefcase, put together any bags, and load up your car. Loading up your car will mean you do not have to run around like a headless chicken looking for your items in the morning. Do that the night before so you can hop in your car when you are ready to go.
Create a Nighttime Routine
Just as the morning routine helps you prepare for the day, a nighttime routine will help you fall asleep faster. Create a nighttime routine so that your body has a chance to wind down and relax before going to sleep.
Since this course is dedicated to morning routines, we will not spend a lot of time talking about what to incorporate in your nighttime routine, but make sure that it is relaxing, device-free, and productive. Having a skincare routine, bathing, reading, and meditating are all great ideas for a nighttime routine.
Go To Bed at A Decent Hour
If you do not get anything else from this chapter, get this: go to bed at a decent hour every single night. More so, go to bed at the same time every night. Your sleeping habits will dramatically affect how you feel in the morning and your energy levels throughout the next day. Most adults should shoot for sleeping around 8 hours a day. Some people may need an hour or so less, while others need an hour more. What is important is that you get enough sleep to feel energized throughout the day and make it until bedtime.
Additionally, try to go to bed at the same time every single night, Monday through Sunday. Even though it may be tempting to stay up late on the weekend, that only messes up your sleep cycle. Commit to bedtime, even as an adult, and stick to it as best you can. This will make a huge difference because your body will get into a rhythm, making it easier to fall asleep and wake up.
When you are making a morning routine, you cannot forget about your nighttime routine. Your nighttime routine largely impacts how smoothly your morning goes and how easy it is to wake up. Make all decisions and prep the night before. Make sure to go to bed at a decent hour every single night to get enough sleep.