Establishing Morning and Evening Routines…

So, I’ve previously discussed how I need to get myself into regular routines in the morning and evening (that consist of more than complaining about how worn out I am and then doing the bare minimum to be able to function…allegedly).   But it’s much easier said than done, yes?  And I don’t know about you, but with me, I enjoy thinking about what I’m going to do more than actually implementing it.  The planning is fun, but the working?  Not so much.

But, plan we must!  Let’s think about our ideal morning and evening routines; what would they include?  Here’s mine:


  • Wake up, 5ish
  • do yoga
  • shower/dry hair, etc.
  • read a little Bible
  • have breakfast
  • drop lunch in lunchbox
  • dress and leave for work.

This really doesn’t look a lot different than what I do now…the yoga and Bible are new things; however, I’m already getting up at 5:20 am as it is.  To fit these things in, some forethought and planning needs to happen at night to get rid of morning time-wasters.  Here’s what I want to incorporate into my evening routine (this is after dinner and whatnot);


  • lay out clothes for tomorrow
  • put lunch for tomorrow together and have together in fridge
  • face/teeth/meds
  • read in bed

My normal evening routine now is:  tv, tv, tv, get irritated at Joey for forcing me to brush my teeth, fall into bed.  But honest, to add preparing lunch and hanging up clothes for the next day really doesn’t add that much time.  And adding just ten minutes to my PM routine would save twenty or thirty minutes the next morning.

The next step?  Looking at simple ways to start incorporating what we WANT in our routine.  Before I go to bed, I’m going to think about what I’ll wear tomorrow, and I’m going to fold it up and put it on the dresser.  A small step, yes, but a step nonetheless.

How about you?  What do you want to add to your regular routines?  What do you need to get rid of?