We’ve touched on my habit of procrastination before, and as part of my effort to get past it, I’ve spent a lot of time working on my nightly routine. Building an effective nightly routine is key to a good nights sleep and a less stressful morning. It also sounds way more difficult than it actually is.
Silly Rory, you CAN do it all and get some sleep (if the kids let you), so let’s break down the elements of mine.
Spend 15 minutes blitzing around the house getting things tidy. Put away toys, tackle Mount WashingBasketTon or wipe down counters. Then spend another 15 minutes on a specific room, doing the things you never have time to do, like decluttering. Not sure where to start? Check out a program like Unfuck Your Habitat or FlyLady.
Get A Head Start
Think about your mornings. Work out which tasks cause you the most stress and try to get them done the night before. I absolutely loathe making lunches first thing in the morning, and go into a panic if I have to find clothes. Getting these things done the night before means far less to worry about.
This is the most important and yet it’s often the most neglected. Give yourself at least a half hour to decompress and do whatever it is you do to empty your mind of the day’s worries. Go for a walk, draw, yoga, meditate. Do something for yourself at the end of every day, because dammit – you’re worth it.
Get It On Paper
Still have worries about tomorrow rattling around in your head? Write it all down. Once it’s down on paper and formed into tangible goals, you will feel you’ve done something about them and it will help stop you grinding about your worries all night long.
Pretty much every sleep expert tells us that electronic devices are the enemy of sleep but let’s be honest, for most of us switching off for a half hour before bed is just never going to happen. For the tech obsessed like me, there are some ways to mitigate the damage screen time can do to your night’s sleep, such as turning your iPhone onto Night Shift or using an e-ink reader (such as a Kindle) instead of an iPad.
Have you got a great nightly routine? Share in the comments or join the confessional over at My Home Truths!