Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Mindful Night Routine to getting the most out of your day

The secret to daily success,
starts the night before.

Mindful night routine, the secret to consistent daily success. Use these easy steps to plan your time for the best day ever.

It's having a proper plan so we can be
 mindful how we spend time!

Have you ever gotten to the end of your day
and feel like you did not accomplish anything?
Most of the time you can't even 
remember what you did all day,
but you know you were busy.
I know, me too!
It's rather disheartening to be so tired
and have not much crossed off the to do list!

Well, I don't have the secret to get
kids to lay down for a nap
or for cleaning up spilled goldfish crackers.
Nor do I have magic transportation to deliver kids to friends houses, 
school, dance class, or sports. (I wish)

But I do know of a way to be more
mindful of how we spend our time
and that is planning!

That planning doesn't start in the morning.
Oh no, the best time to plan for the day
is the night before.

So how does one plan for the next day?  


Start with your calendar

Google calendar is my favorite.
Our family syncs it between all of our phones.
I also print out a paper copy that goes
on the fridge every month.

It doesn't really matter what kind of 
calendar you use, just make sure that all schedules
and activities go on one!

Make a to do list with all 
appointments and activities

What time do you work?
What appointments do you have?
What are on your kids' schedules? 
When will you work out?
What chores do you need to do?
What is for dinner?
What are you doing to take care of yourself?

In your planner, or wherever you choose to keep track
of your day to day tasks,
plan out how you will spend your day.
Be mindful of what you need to get done,
and where you or anyone else in your house needs to be.
Do not forget to make time for yourself.
It's totally worth it to get up a bit earlier 
to get a work out in and/or some quiet time.
Meal planning in the evening 

Of course you need to be flexible
for parenting and other considerations.

Do prep work

Set out work out clothes, daily outfit and 
clothes for kids, if they're young.
Set out meat to thaw for dinner.
Make sure lunch bags and back packs are ready.

After doing as much as we can
to prep for the next day,
we can focus on closing the current day!

Write down a win list

We have a tendency to only notice the long list of things 
we didn't didn't do.
We can feel so ineffective if we concentrate on that.

So keep a win list.  
In your journal or the notepad on your phone,
write all of the unseen things done all day.
I know there is a ton of things that you and I do every day
that go unnoticed.  
At the end of the day, it's satisfying 
to spend time in reflection,
thinking of all the ways we made a difference!
Because playing a game of UNO and 
sleeping on clean sheets do make a difference!

Write down what you're grateful for

I have spoken of this many times in the past
and that is because gratitude is powerful!
As the saying goes,
there is always something to be grateful for!
The more energy and focus we give to
all of the things we already have,
the more we will feel good about it!

Park your phone and other 
electronics for the night

An important part of having a good day
 is getting a good night's rest.
It's hard to get good rest with your 
phone/Ipad/TV  keeping you up all night.
Put them away for the night 
and give your brain a chance to relax
from the assault of information always coming in.


I can say from experience,
that any amount of time spent prepping
for the next day will be totally worth it.

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