Every morning we wake up to face the day with either dread or purpose. We can find that purpose in our Morning Routine. But here’s a secret…
the Morning Routine really begins in the evening. It can be a struggle to find your motivation as the day is winding down and you are faced with tired kids and all that comes with them.
It is SO easy to just rush through bedtime and collapse on the couch. That may feel worth it in the moment, but I have yet to meet a mom who enjoys waking up unprepared and frazzled to face the day.
The Evening Routine is your secret weapon! If you master the ability to push through that last stretch of the evening it will be so much easier to wake up ready to tackle the day ahead. The key to a perfect Evening Routine is to prioritize. Don’t overdo it. This isn’t the time to clean your whole house from top to bottom. Make a list of the things that can truly make your morning better. This can be different for everyone but here are some musts for me…
*Kitchen clean, dishwasher unloaded and sink empty. Even if I do nothing else this will give my morning a huge boost! There is just something uplifting about waking up to a clean kitchen.
*Prepare lunches. Sometimes lunches are fully packed, other days they are partially prepped to be finished in the morning. Either way there is a plan in place to prevent scrambling in the morning.
*Prepare for tomorrow. Does everyone have their clothes ready? Are they weather appropriate and presentable? All school paperwork signed? Homework and backpacks ready? This is a matter of training our kids to be accountable for themselves. Set a good example for them and practice what you preach. It takes consistency. And Follow Up. And Repeat. Over & over again.
*Review your schedule to see if there is anything tomorrow that needs your attention. Sports uniforms, deadlines, projects…Is there anything you need to tomorrow you can take care of today?
*Quick tidy. Don’t overcomplicate this! It’s not a detail clean! Just do a quick walk through and put as much away as you can in a short time.
Now that your home is reasonably managed, and you know you can face the morning without chaos its time for the most important part of your evening…taking time for yourself and your marriage.
It is crucial for your long term well being to make time for self-care even if you need to keep it brief. This can be as simple as washing your face, having a cup of tea or reading before bed. Do not end your day without knowing that you did something just for you.
Take time to connect and check in with your husband even if you are tired. This is so important. You are both busy juggling so many things, if there is not an intentional effort to connect it can very easily be forgotten. Don’t give the most important relationship you have the scraps leftover after you have given the best of yourself all day. Be available if your husband wants to talk, tell him if you have something on your mind. Check your schedules, review your goals. I always want to strive to end the day knowing we are connected.
A Morning and an Evening Routine really just come down to choosing what kind of day we want to have. It’s normal and ok to not get them right every single day but a day without a goal tends to go nowhere. When you set these goals for your day you are more likely to achieve at least part of them, and isn’t that better than nothing at all? The things worth doing aren’t always easy but they are just as they say- WORTH IT. Do you want to drift and just take each moment when it comes at you or do you truly want to live your best life? This is all part of choosing to live intentionally as a wife, mother and woman. Each day brings us one morning and one evening. What will you choose to do with it?
What do you do in the evening to make your mornings more successful? Or do you focus on ending each day in a special way? I’d love to hear your thoughts!