I am a firm believer in how you start and end your day determines the quality of your day. Having consistent routines aren’t just for 3-year-olds. Routines are for entrepreneurial mommas too. Having a bedtime routine sets me up for success each day. I can notice the shift in my performance quality when I don’t follow my bedtime routine.
I first learned about creating a bedtime routine from Chalene Johnson. She did an entire podcast episode called, “Bedtime Routines to Ensure Successful Mornings.” In it, she discussed how your evening routine sets you up to create a successful morning routine. My biggest takeaways from this podcast episode where:
- I need more water in my life
- Creating my schedule the night before
- The importance of NOT using my phone to create my schedule
- Putting my planner in my bathroom to trigger me to focus on my schedule before anything else
Below I’ve decided to share this podcast episode with you. I would love to hear your takeaways in the comment section below
How Bedtime Routines Help You Thrive
Although I love Chalene and many of her methods I had to tweak them to fit my life. I have found that having a nighttime routine has added to my:
- Increased productivity
- Increased focus
- Decreased stress and overwhelm
Before I let you into my routines I want to set you up for success and give you some permissions before you get started.
- Take your time – Start one shift at a time. When you try to add all the tips and resources at once you become overwhelmed and quick quickly. Give yourself some grace. Choose one thing try it out consistently for about two weeks then add something else.
- Make it your own – If you find that one of my tips or Chalene’s tips don’t quite work for you, change it to fit your life. The goal is to create YOUR best life, not mine.
- Set yourself up to win – Don’t go all in, find out what tools you might need first to get started. Do you need a new planner, water bottle, or alarm app? Figure out what you need to be successful in the morning and get it.
Supporting Your Success
The point in this isn’t to be perfect, it’s to be consistent. You are looking to create a consistent foundation at night so that you can have productive and focused days. My routine was created because I was sick of getting up in the morning feeling behind. I kept wondering why my plans weren’t working and why did I always feel like I was wasting my day.
In my research on the subconscious mind, I learned about the importance of routines. I learned that nighttime routines are more important than morning routines. I learned that what you implant on your subconscious mind the night before is important. It forms how you start and flow through your day. The subconscious mind cannot reject what you give to it, it accepts and executes everything. Also, the subconscious mind works even when you’re sleeping. So if your final thoughts are on your goals you’ll most likely wake up with a renewed purpose to pursue them.
My Bedtime Routines
Here are the things I do each night that keep me focused, on my A Game, and feeling my best.
- Creating my plan for the next day – At the end of each day, I take the time to create my Big 3 for the next day based on my top three actions I’m taking for the week. I also make sure I’ve added any appointments or calls to the schedule.
- Daily Recap – I do what Jack Canfield calls “Victory Journaling.” I recap my day by writing out, 3 things I’m grateful for, three things I’m proud of myself for, and three things I accomplished. This shows me on a daily basis the progress I’m making or where I need to refocus.
- Take care – I take care of my personal needs each night. I wrap my hair up, clean and moisturize my face and brush and floss my teeth. Nothing for me feels worse in the morning than bed head or fuzzy teeth. Self-care extends beyond your nail appointments and workouts.
- Get it together – I get all the things needed for me to be successful in the morning together at night. My workout gear is in the same place, my planner is in my bathroom on my towel rack, my water is on my nightstand. I make sure my kids are set up for success the night before so we’re not rushing and fumbling in the morning. This allows me to sleep with ease knowing that I’m ready to tackle the next day.
Over to You
What steps do you need to take to create more successful days? Add in the comment section below how you’re going to start using the strength of a nighttime routine to create focus and stability in your life.
I’m ready to hear how I can support you in creating a life that flows.
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