Whether you call yourself a morning person or not, a well-organized routine for the first hours of your day can set a positive tone for the rest of it. Contrary to popular belief, the secret to the start of a fine day is not (Coffee addicts, please don’t stone me!) a freshly brewed cup of coffee … it most definitely helps, though. But, in reality, a good day often results from a well-spent night before.
10 Things to Do Tonight for a Better Tomorrow
Please understand. I’m not saying you should do all 10 tonight. Just pick a couple of things, or perhaps my suggestions can spark other ideas for you.
1. Set a bedtime alarm
We set our alarms to jolt us out of REM sleep every morning. Why not set an alarm to remind us it’s time to get ready for lights-out? I have to remember this too because it’s very tempting to stay up into the wee hours because interruptions don’t usually occur.
2. Spend quality family time
Make some memories with those you love most. Our painting session (pictured below) was unplanned but turned out to be one of our cherished times together as a family.
3. Teach your kids a bedtime routine
Kids thrive on repetition. They will eventually see that each night is the same ol’ thing: put toys away, change into pajamas, brush teeth, go potty. And one fine day, you will no longer have to tell them what to do every night.
4. Look over your plans for tomorrow
Don’t wait for tomorrow to smack you in the face. Know what’s coming to avoid the mad rush the next day.
5. Decide what to wear
Ok, so if you’re a stay-at-home-mom, like me, this may not be so crucial. Deciding between your black or gray yoga pants will probably not make or break your day. But perhaps just having those clothing items within reach is enough motivation to get a shower in the morning or simply get out of your pajamas.
6. Make-ahead breakfasts
Oatmeal in a slow cooker, eggs baked in muffin tins, French toast you can pop in the oven, waffle batter ready to pour in the iron, the extra batch of pancakes in the freezer defrosted quickly in the toaster … the possibilities are endless.
7. Clean important rooms
Does it put a smile on your face to wake up to a clean kitchen? Or perhaps it’s the bathroom or the living room. Or if tidying up a whole room is too much, maybe just clearing the dirty dishes from the sink or sweeping the Cheerios off the floor is enough.
8. Prepare for meals the next day
Get those sandwiches packed for lunch the next day. Or get even more ahead by prepping for dinner: take out the meat that needs to defrost or chop some veggies.
9. Do something that relaxes you
Read a good book, write in a journal, listen to music, enjoy your favorite tea, or take a relaxing bath. Or maybe just sit on the couch and rest your eyes, like me. 😉
10. Spend time with your spouse
It’s the end of a full day. Kids are in bed. Take some time to snuggle and catch up with your spouse. Share some of the highs and lows of your day. Savor this time because tomorrow will be a new day.
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