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We already talked about creating an evening routine, right? How it can help you wind down after a busy day. And how it helps you fall asleep easier too.
But having an evening routine also helps with your tomorrows.
Why do you want to prepare for the morning?
It doesn’t matter if you’re an early bird or a night owl. We all have to get up in the morning again, right? And what better way than to start your day on the right foot.
You want your mornings to go smoothly, don’t you? It’s no fun to have to run around, have no clarity of what you still need to do in the morning, and getting to work, being stressed already.
What you can add to your evening routine
That’s why it’s beneficial to prepare already, the night before. It sets you up for a positive day.
I have stress-free mornings these days. I go on autopilot and I really enjoy my mornings. OK, I’m a morning person, I have to be honest with you here. But it’s also because I have a great morning routine. And I always prepare my morning the evening before.
Let me share with you the 7 things I do in the evening to get ready for the next day.
1. Tidy the house before turning in
And I don’t mean cleaning everything. But picking up around the living room and kitchen. Making sure the coffee table and countertops are tidy. That kind of things. It only takes you 5 minutes tops. Let your kids take their stuff with them to
2. Set the breakfast table
I always set the breakfast table during the week and I do that in the evening. I have done so since the kids went to 1st grade. And my kids make their own lunches and breakfast. Besides, it’s cozy to come together in the morning before we all have to go our separate ways.
3. Prepare lunches
Because my husband leaves early in the morning for work, I like to prepare his lunch in the evening. Yes, I prepare his lunch, no judgment,
4. Check the meal plan
I like to check what’s for dinner and see if I need to do something for that. It could be taking the meat out of the freezer for instance. I know I forget about that in the morning. It happened to me more than once. So I try to think about it before I go to bed.
5. Pack your bag in the evening
For my family, that applies, especially for our teenagers. I work from home, so I usually don’t need to pack. Sometimes when I have to go out later in the day and I can take some work with me, I make a little list of what to bring. That way, I don’t have to think about it when I’m on my way out and be afraid I forget something.
But my kids need to bring their bags to school every day and need to pack them. I encourage them to pack their bags before they go to bed. Let them check what they need the next day. It could be books, gym clothes or swimming gear. And they need to charge their laptops to take to school.
6. Choose your outfit for the next day
You don’t want to waste time standing in front of your closet and not being able to decide what to wear. So do that in the evening. I like to lay out my clothes the night before. You can also do that with your sportswear if you want to go for a run or hit the gym early in the morning. This will save you time most definitely. Luckily, my husband does this too, so he doesn’t wake up the whole household early in the morning.
7. Make your to-do list
Do you want to get to work right away after your morning routine? Then it’s essential you know what to do, right? You don’t want to waste the first 15 minutes or longer coming up with what you need to do today. You don’t want to forget things. Write that list and incorporate it into your evening routine, so you can get right to it in the morning.
To help you out with planning your evening and have more productive days, I made The Productivity Bundle. In it is “The Evening Cheatsheet for Tomorrow”. You can find the bundle in the shop.
Do you take care of certain things the evening before so your mornings are peaceful and more relaxing? Let me know what your evening routine looks like, I would love to hear from you.
Other posts you might enjoy:
- 9 Ideas You Need to Perfect Your Evening Routine
- 15 Simple Ways to Help You Unwind After a Busy Day
- How To Effectively Structure Your Day with Time Blocking
Hi, I’m your time managing and organizing best friend. I am a mom of 3 teenagers and married to my best friend.
I love to show you as a working mom myself, how to juggle your time using routines & schedules and give you time managing tips.