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:

Morning:

  • 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);

Evening

  • 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?

Winter Break Reading List and Thoughts on Establishing Routines

Holy Cow….what a day.  It wasn’t a bad day at all…just long, I think.  It was warm enough for a car nap, so I was pretty psyched about that, and I made A’s in both classes, so that was a relief.  We’re gearing up for year-end at work, so things are a little hectic in Insurance-Land.  But, I did have some time to make plans for a few books that I want to read when I have free time between semesters!

I checked out The Blogging Bookworm since they’ve always got good suggestions for books about sustainable living and voluntary simplicity.  Even though it’s a site primarily for eco-literature, the aforementioned two concepts go hand-in-hand with green living, so I knew I’d find something great.  Be prepared, this list is a bear:

  • Food Matters, Mark Bittman
  • Appetite for Profit, Michelle Simon
  • Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser
  • Small is Possible:  Life in a Local Economy, Lyle Estill
  • Made From Scratch:  Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life, Jenna Woginrich
  • Whatever Happened to Thrift:  Why Americans Don’t Save and What to Do About It, Ronald Wilcox
  • Twinkie, Deconstructed, Steve Ettinger
  • Serve God, Save the Planet, A Christian Call to Action, J. Matthew Sleeth.
  • The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It, John Seymour
  • Voluntary Simplicity, Duane Elgin

I’m definitely not going to get to many of these over Christmas break…I just started French Women Don’t Get Fat, which I hope I’ll finish this week or so.  It’s a good read; I thought it was going to be a bunch of silly fad-diet advice, but so far, I’ve read pretty sound eating philosophy.  More to come once I’m done!

So, after spending significant amounts of time on Zen Habits and Overcoming Busy, I’ve come to the realization that I need to establish better morning and evening routines.  Here’s my typical morning routine:

  • 5:20 wake up, shower
  • 5:40-6, sit in the living room floor and pet the Kins
  • 6:  make lunch, eat breakfast, pile up in the chair with Vellux
  • 6:20:  try to figure out what I’m going to wear, usually getting upset in the process.
  • 6:35: leave for work.

And Evening;

  • 5:15, home from work.  Either gym or piling up in the chair under Vellux
  • 5:30 decide that whatever I’d planned to cook is too much work and either get takeout or make noodles and cheese
  • 6:  Becker
  • 7:  Jeopardy, internet
  • 8:  House, NCIS, whatever’s on…internet
  • 9:  Criminal Minds, Smoking Gun whatever’s on…internet
  • 10:  bed or The Mentalist, or whatever.

Ok…the evening routine is pretty embarrassing, seriously.  I have three shows that are nonnegotiable, NCIS, Criminal Minds, and the Mentalist.  But I watch this other crap and then don’t get anything done.

Routines set the tone for the morning; they help you wind down at night.  They keep you from being rushed and ill-prepared, and they comfort you with a sense of consistency and stability.  While there is stability in the above, if nothing else than that it doesn’t change, it’s not satisfying.  I never have lunch already ready in the morning, and I usually don’t even know what I’m going to take.  I’m usually smelling the pits of a shirt at 6:25, trying to figure out if it’s clean enough for another wear….a better nighttime routine would surely prevent this (and probably make everyone who reads this blog much happier).  Honestly, if my night routine was more productive, I could probably sleep later in the morning.

Do you find yourself dissatisfied with your current routine?  Or are you just now realizing that you don’t really even have routines in place in your home?  Either way, you could benefit greatly from setting up some simple things to do in the morning or evening to keep your life in order.  Make a list of the things that you do every morning and evening…then figure out how to streamline those things or rearrange them so that they’re more effective.  Implement and enjoy your newfound sanity!!

Easier said than done, yeah?  Well, I’m right there with you, struggling too…let’s keep with it, eh?

Here’s a Deadly-Panther-Kins pic for you: