My Evening Routine (& how to create your own)

 

Towards the beginning of February, I wrote out a list of goals for the month. One of them was to “plan & implement a morning/evening routine.” It sounds official, doesn’t it?

As much as I love spontaneity in some things, it goes without saying that routine makes life run so much smoother. There are a lot of things in my life right now that aren’t routine (hello, 4 children), but my evening doesn’t have to be one of them. Here’s how I came up with my evening routine + how you can make one of your own:

Step 1: Make a List

Are there certain things you want to do every night before bed? Write out a list.

Note: this is not the time to list out things you do on an irregular basis, but only tasks you want to do every single night. It is also not the time to write massive goals, such as “Clean Entire Home.” 

Step 1.5: Think Ahead

In order to come up with your evening routine, think ahead to tomorrow morning. Is there something you can do tonight that will make your morning easier? Add it to your list.

I wrote the following 4 items on my list:

  • verses
  • spanish
  • face/teeth/contacts
  • oatmeal prep

Step 2: Count the Time

Next to each of your evening routine tasks, estimate how long each task will take. Add up the time. How long is it? Is that something you can reasonably expect to complete every night? If your time adds up to more than 30 minutes, you may need to slash off some of your tasks in order to make it a habit you can stick with on a nightly basis.

Here’s my time tally:

  • verses – 4
  • spanish – 8
  • face/teeth/contacts – 6
  • oatmeal prep – 3

Total estimated time: 21 minutes

Step 3: Try it Out

For the past week, I’ve been trying out this evening routine. So far I’m loving it and finding it to be very workable. But if I discover in a couple weeks that I need to add/take away something from the routine – well, it’s too late. I’ve already etched this evening routine in stone. Har har. Har har har. Of course there’s always room for change. Good thing too, because life is full of different seasons. The challenge is staying flexible and learning to change with the seasons.

That was just some free advice. No, no. Don’t try to pay me. You’re quite welcome.

Here’s a more detailed explanation of each task in my evening routine:

  • verses – One of my goals this year is to memorize 1 Bible verse/week on certain topics. While I usually work on Scripture memory at other times during my day, I want to take time every evening to just read through the verses I’ve learned so far to keep them fresh.
  • Spanish – another goal this year is to learn Spanish. I try to work on this (using this free app on my phone) every night while I feed Karis.
  • face/teeth/contacts – pretty self explanatory. none of us want nitty gritties on the bathroom routine, do we? no, we don’t.
  • oatmeal prep – GAME. CHANGER. I mean, it just makes my morning routine easier, so #WIN. I’ve mentioned before that my kids and I eat oatmeal (I like it with granola mixed in) for breakfast every morning. I make individual bowls in the microwave every morning. So for my evening oatmeal prep, I load up each bowl with 1/2 cup oatmeal and 1 cup water, then put them all near the microwave. In the morning, I (or one of my kids) put them each in for about 90 seconds, then top them with whatever toppings we want for the day. It makes it just one step quicker to get breakfast on the table and into grumbling tummies.

And there you have it! I’m still working on my morning routine. Karis has been waking up at nights lately (lately = the past 4 1/2 months…give or take a few nights), so I’m copping out on making a strict morning wake up time. I have the morning routine planned; it’s just not being implemented yet. Give me a few days (weeks? months? years? Tell me she’ll be sleeping through the night by age 12?) and I’ll get back with you on the morning routine implementation.

How about you? Do you have an evening routine? Anything on there that’s a game-changer for your morning schedule?

5 comments

  1. Megan says:

    I love this! My daughter is a few weeks younger than Karis (still getting up at night, too!), so I find that I am not able to do a strict morning routine either. (I have this fantasy of getting up before my kids, but i haven’t yet made it a reality.

    You mentioned in the post that you have other times that you do your memory work. When do you fit this in? When it was just my son I used to have my quiet time in the morning before he got up, but since I’m now sleeping until he wakes up, I’m missing out on that time. I’m not always able to time his afternoon rest time with my daughter’s nap, so I’m always curious how moms in the same season with a baby make their Bible time happen.

  2. Christa says:

    I write my verses on index cards (the ones that are all attached to a spiral) and try to keep them in sight – in my purse, on the table, in front of the kitchen sink, etc. I take them with me if I’m walking, practice them on my kids, rehearse while in the shower, etc. Basically, my goal is to keep practicing them throughout the day. Do I always remember? Definitely not. But then I’ll get back on the wagon and do well for a few weeks before I forget. And so on and so forth. Cycles of life happen. But I just try to keep memorizing Scripture as one of my top goals so I keep coming back to it. 🙂

    That was a long reply. Maybe I should write a post about it. 😉

  3. Colette Huggins says:

    Great for you – not being legalist with yourself about wake up time! Survival is the key. For the best encouragement on the wake up time issue, read the book, “A Mom Just Like You”, by Vickie Farris, home school mom of nine, I think, and wife of Dr. Michael Farris, who was founder and president of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association, founder and president of Patrick Henry College, and now CEO and president of Alliance Defending Freedom, a smart and godly man with a brilliant, godly, realistic, practical wife…like you!

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