My Morning & Evening Routines

I’m a big fan of routine, especially when it comes to creating new habits. I recently decided to take a look at optimizing my morning and evening routines, which quickly turned into a more thorough evaluation of how I’m spending my time. I’m not sure if anyone will really find anything valuable in these mundane details of my life, but for some reason I kinda love reading about other people’s routines, so here goes…!

This isn’t this first time I’ve looked at establishing a consistent morning and after work routine, but like anything else, I find these need to be revisited and revised as goals change! So first, a look at the things I would like to fit into my weekdays.

Morning Get Ready: This includes everything involved in making myself presentable in the morning – shower, get dressed, hair and makeup etc. In order to make this quick, I don’t tend to wash my hair every single day and lately I’ve been attempting to take a few minutes on Sunday to organize my clothes for the week, so I’m not wasting time standing in front of the closet in the morning with ‘nothing to wear’. Hopefully someday I’ll get around to figuring out a capsule wardrobe to make this even easier! I’ve got my makeup routine down to a pretty minimal 5 minutes. Total time: 20 minutes

Spanish Duolingo: I’ve been using the Duolingo app to work on learning Spanish! I try to do two lessons every day. I’m hoping to fit this in to my morning, since my brain just works better in the am. If you are interested in learning a language it is a great free app for beginners. Total time: 10 minutes

Meditation: My goal is at least 20 minutes a day. I’ve been trying to do this before bed, but I’m finding it often gets cut short, since I don’t want to sacrifice my sleep time. I’m going to try scheduling this in the morning instead and see if it’s easier to stick to. Total time: 20 minutes

Workout: In the past I’ve experimented with morning and evening at-home and gym workouts. Morning workouts are hit or miss for me, especially on dark winter mornings (much easier when it is light out!). Although I do love the feeling of completing this first thing, I find my performance is generally much better later in the day. I have also been trying to do a couple yoga classes every week either before or after work, which means juggling around my schedule a bit. For now I’m just going to focus on my routine for a typical weekday including an at-home workout. Total time: 45-60 minutes

Sleep: This needs to be my (and everyone’s!) top priority. People do not take their sleep even close to seriously enough – it makes a huge difference to every single aspect of your life! I could rant about this long enough to bore even the most dedicated reader and I’ll probably write a whole post about it at some point. I love using my Fitbit (currently the Charge 2) to track sleep. I’ve found that I feel best with at least 7.5 hours of sleep. From my sleep tracking data, I’ve learned that I’m usually awake for at least an hour during the night. This means I’m aiming for 8.5 hours of dedicated sleeping time. My plan is a 9:30pm bedtime and 6am wake up. Yup, I’m lame and go to bed super early! In the summer when the days are longer here I do tend to shift this a bit later (going to bed when it’s still light out is where I draw the line…). Total time: 8.5 hours

Evening Chores: This includes cleaning up the dinner dishes (husband usually cooks) maybe a load of laundry, and prepping lunches for the next day. Total time: 20-45 minutes.

Relax Before Bed: As mentioned above, sleep makes a huge difference to how I feel. I like to have at least half an hour, and preferably longer, to relax, do my minimal get-ready-for-bed routine (about 10 minutes to remove makeup, apply moisturizer, brush teeth, etc) and maybe read a bit. Total time: 30 minutes

So this is how I’m planning to fit all these puzzle pieces together:

Morning Routine

6am – Wake up! I use the silent alarm on my fitbit, but usually wake up before it goes off.

20 minutes – Shower & get ready

20 minutes – Meditate

10 minutes – Spanish

10 minutes – Pack up for work, random tidying

7am – Leave for work!

What about breakfast? Well, with my time restricted eating experiment I’m eating breakfast a little later, so I pack it the night before to take to work.

Evening Routine

4pm – Get home from work and immediately put on workout clothes before I get distracted by other things…

60 minutes – Workout

3.5 hours – Relax, eat dinner, blog, free time!

30 minutes – Dinner cleanup & chores

9pm – Bedtime routine

9:30pm – Sleep!

Obviously there’s no way I’ll be able to stick to this every day, because…life! But, it’s definitely a helpful exercise to figure out my top wellbeing priorities and how they can fit into my typical day.

What are your morning and evening routines? Do you prioritize sleep?

 

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7 thoughts on “My Morning & Evening Routines

  1. This is a fantastic post! I workout at 2 different times. I do weights at about 1:30 to 2 p.m then we go back at night at around 10 or 11 and do a water workout. Because I do I.F. I usually don’t eat my first meal after my lifting because fasted workouts I absolutely love. In my life I find I need structure for the things I don’t do habitually so they can become a habit. All the other things I just go with the flow with because I always seem to get those done. Sleep is the area that I need to work on because I don’t always get the same amount of sleep every night which is important. I never get 8 or 9 it’s usually 7 hours but it’s been that way since I was in highschool I really need to work on getting more sleep so I appreciate your post! Thank you.

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    1. Thank you! Sounds like you have some great routines and habits figured out. I am thinking of doing another experiment with keto next month, so I’ll have to try out some fasted morning workouts once I get back into it! Thanks so much for your comment!

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  2. Thanks for sharing the routine. I am a huge believer in sleep. Now that I’m getting more of it, my whole life goes better. For meditation, I find morning works better because I am more alert, but I have decided it doesn’t matter if I break it into two and get a few minutes in the morning and maybe a few minutes on a lunch hour. I’m a morning person so I like getting up at 5:30 so I have two full hours of time for creativity and things I like to do before I go to work and get immersed in the day’s activities (for other people). I really think morning and evening routines are important for living a good life, and the more we make our wellness practices easy to follow and part of our every day lives, the easier it is. Then we plan the other stuff around those priorities. Great post, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to share your thoughts! Great idea to fit in some meditation at lunch time – I often fall into the trap of eating lunch at my desk, so my lunch break routine could probably use some work.

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