Being a busy mom with a million balls in the air, I am always trying to find ways to get more done. I recently evaluated my morning and evening routines to try and be more productive. I found that some nights I was too exhausted to work on my blog or if I worked on it I wasn’t as engaged as I should be. That was when I decided to try and work on it in early the morning. Studies have shown that most people work more efficiently in the morning.
First, I opened a Word document and wrote out my current morning and evening routines. Then I brainstormed ways I could get streamline my routine. For example, I was taking 45 minutes to get ready so I looked for ways to get ready faster. Right now it takes about 10 minutes to do my makeup, but my goal is to be able to do it in five. I was washing my hair on most days, so I experimented with time-savers such as braiding my hair the night before so that I would have nice waves in the morning. This saved me a lot of time because when I don’t have to wash or style my hair, my routine was essentially cut in half.
I also mapped out the best evening routine to set myself up for success the next morning. This includes:
- Laying out my clothing and accessories the night before
- Packing my lunch and my son’s lunch the night before
- Getting the coffee-maker ready so that I only need to turn it on in the morning
- Staying off the phone for the last 15-30 minutes before bed
- Reading for 15 minutes before bed
- Making sure my alarm is set
My routine differs from day to day, but here are my current routine for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday:
5:30 a.m. Wake up
5:30 – 5:35 a.m. Turn coffee maker on and put my contacts in
5:35 – 7:00 a.m. Blog
7:00 – 7:30 a.m. Get ready (Shower, clothes, hair, makeup)
7:30 a.m. Leave for office
5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Get home from work and put on comfortable clothes
5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Cook dinner
6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Eat dinner
6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Down time
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Cleaning “power hour”
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Bath and bedtime routine for son
9:00 – 9:45 p.m. Downtime (or Blogging)
9:45 – 9:50 p.m. Pack lunches and lay out clothing/accessories
9:50 – 10:00 p.m. Brush teeth, floss, wash face, apply night cream
10:00 – 10:15 p.m. Read for 15 and then lights out
Some days I oversleep, but this is essentially my routine on a good day. Since I have made these changes I am finding that I get more done.
What do your morning and evening routines look like? Comment below!