Do you have a routine in the morning or at night?
What do you do right when you get up? (Besides going to the bathroom…)
When you wake up, you typically don’t start working or running around. Your body was just fasting and resting for (hopefully) about 8 hours.
The two most important parts of my day are my morning and nighttime routine.
My simple morning routine allows my body to wake up, get energized, organized, and it sets the tone for the remainder of my day. My simple nighttime routine prepares my body for sleep and mentally prepares me for the next day.
My 5 To-Do’s EVERY MORNING:
- Freshen Up. Use the bathroom, wash my face and brush my teeth.
- Make my bed. (I used to NEVER do this, but now it makes my room seem far more organized and I like coming home to a neat bed.)
- Meditate for 1-minute. Stretch for 1-minute. (I mentally set an intention for the day, like visualizing completing a certain task that is important. The quick stretch naturally wakes up my body!)
- Organize my backpack and workout clothes (for later in the day). I do this so I don’t forget anything and have my clothes ready to go for training.
- Review my to-do list.
*It is important to note that the above tasks get me moving and do not take a lot of brain power. I allow my body to wake up while organizing myself for the day. (And yes I do everything in that order).
My 5 To-Do’s Every Night:
- Prep tomorrow’s snacks and or lunch. Usually, I am away from the house all day so I like to have a healthy meal and snacks on deck!
- Write tomorrow’s to-do list. (I do this before bed so I know what to expect tomorrow).
- Wind Down. Wash my face, brush teeth, & get those pj’s on.
- Organize my desk. Typically, I am running around and working all day so my workspace can be a cluster****. Doing this helps me clear my head.
- Avoid screen time. I make an effort to charge my phone away from my bed so I am not tempted to scroll the “gram” or even check it right when I get up.
My “to-do’s” may seem super simple, but that is the point! By keeping these tasks regimented, I know exactly what to expect. You may feel these exact tasks will not work for you, but after trying different things, I have found what works for me.
I HIGHLY recommend figuring out a short list of routine tasks that work for you, morning and night.
One of my 2018 goals was to meditate daily. By implementing a short session in my daily routine, I have made it happen!
COMMENT one of your favorite morning or nighttime “to-do’s” and I’d love to hear what you’d like to see next. 🙂