Have you actually had a good morning? And what about yesterday evening? Could they have gone a little more smoothly if you were to create a morning and evening schedule?
I’m going to share with you a little about my morning and evening schedule and how I developed these to work the best possible way for me, and how they are going to help me work at my optimum this year (+ there’s a free printable, if you’re into that sort of thing!).
Routines are pretty personal, and mine may not work for you. There are definitely things I aim to add to mine, like 30 minutes of exercise each day. But it’s just not realistic for me to add some things into my busy morning or evening schedule. Most of this is pretty basic, healthy advice, but sometimes we all need a reminder, and what better way than to add a new pretty printable to the front of my planner, amiright?!
Whether you are looking to create a morning and evening schedule or not, I seriously advise that you start becoming organised by making a to do list the night before. I can guarantee that seeing the tasks laid out before you in that list form will really motivate you to get stuff done, and doing it the night before means you can, a) dump your brain into your to do list so that you don’t lie awake at night thinking of “all the things” and b) wake up and get straight into whatever projects you have set out for your day.
Social Media and Emails
Once it’s done, it’s done. And whatever is updated after I do my last check can wait until the morning. I know that I will want to do it, so I get it out of the way before I get ready for bed.
I wrote a post for people who need help falling asleep, and there was a point in there about how the light from screens actually stops our brain from producing melatonin, the hormone that tells our brain to wind down and go to sleep.
Drink Green Tea
Hydration, various beneficial antioxidants, not to mention relaxing before bed – it’s a no brainer! (Anyone worried about caffeine, green tea just doesn’t affect me like that. If it does for you, give it a miss and just have water instead)
Get a grip on tomorrow before it’s here. You’ll know what sort of outfit you need based on what your movements will be, and you’ll know what you have time for…
To Do List
…Which makes writing a To Do List all the more easy. Now that you know what is already planned for the day, write a to do list based on what you need to do, and things you can fit in around any appointments you already have.
Drinking a Warm Lemon Water jump starts my metabolism and wakes me right up – Do you drink enough water throughout the day? Have something straight away so that you can start the day right.
Please, please, eat breakfast! You will have more energy in the mornings, kick start your metabolism and keep your brain active in that mid morning slump.
Shower and Get Dressed
Go refresh yourself with a shower. Sitting around in your PJ’s all day can be cosy, but it has been proven to reduce your productivity. Not only will you feel great about yourself but you’ll be presentable for any errands you may need to run throughout the day.
Social Media and Emails
It might be emails, Facebook, Twitter, or even a glossy for you – But I know that I’ll be desperate to check Instagram all day, and once I do it, I can say to myself “You’ve already checked that – do something else!”
Eat the Frog
Right behind the whole write a to do list thing, my second most important tip would have to be to Eat The Frog! If you haven’t heard of the term before, it basically means, pick the worst possible job or jobs, those jobs you’re avoiding, and eat that slimy sucker! Accomplish the shit out of that task and then even if you do nothing else of a productive nature that day, at least you’ve tackled what is probably the most difficult or important thing on your list.
Prioritising means that whatever needs to be done, will be done, and all the rest is optional. I don’t know about you, but I need less pressure in my life to do and be everything all the time.
Some other great habits are:
- Ensure the hub of your home is tidy before going to bed. If this is the kitchen for you, you may want to make sure the dishwasher is stacked, benches are wiped down and the floor is swept. If it’s the lounge room you may need to do a quick pick up before going to bed and even a quick vacuum (if you don’t have sleeping little ones).
- Make your bed as soon as you jump out of it – making your bed leaves your room looking so much tidier and can really boost those happy hormones!
- Get in your 30 minutes of exercise in the morning. Then there’s no cramming later when you’ve had a busy day (this is something I aim to add to my morning schedule in 2017!)
Ultimately, when creating a schedule for yourself, you need to decide what is important to you and your family, and what is really a high priority to be completed throughout the day. Write it down and stick to it. If it doesn’t work, tweak it until it suits.
What would you add to your morning or evening schedule?
If you’d like a copy of my morning and evening schedules for yourself, just click the image above to download the PDF. Tag me in your Instagram posts and share your photos on the Facebook page if you do! I love stalking out other people’s planners!
Thanks for stopping by,