Friday, April 10, 2015

five on friday- helpful articles for establishing an evening routine

five on friday- helpful articles for establishing an evening routine
One of my goals for April includes establishing an evening routine. I recently established a morning routine and it has been enormously helpful to me. Establishing an evening routine is much like establishing a morning routine- a). begin by writing down your priorities; b). determine a time sequence; c). create a checklist and refer to it often; and finally, d). stick to it. I embellished on the process here. In that post, I mentioned that I had completed Crystal's  4 Weeks to a More Organized Home and every day of the challenge, she encouraged following your (recently) established morning routine. She mentioned the significance of establishing routines to create peace and calm throughout your day. I appreciated her series: How to Develop a Routine That Works (be sure to start with part 1 by scrolling all the way to the bottom). I am definitely referring to her series in establishing my evening routine. These are 5 other articles I will be referring to when establishing my evening routine:

1. This list: 10 Evening Routines To Ensure A Productive Morning by Carolyn Heneghan. Heneghan says,"Bookending your day with solid morning and evening routines is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself, both physically and mentally. They can help you boost your focus, memory and even creativity throughout the day and make you more productive in general. Routines can also help you keep your priorities straight, which can also help you to get the most out of your day."

2. I have linked to this before, but I think it is helpful in establishing an evening routine: 10 Things Productive People Do Before Bed by Luigi Potenza. Reading will be part of my nightly routine. As Potenza says, "Many successful people in the world are voracious readers. They read at least for 10-20 minutes before going to bed every day and they learn from what others talk about. They expand their know-how."

3. I've also linked to this before, but I will link to it again as I think it is helpful in setting habits: Nicole Reaves' How I'm Using My #Make29 Goal Tracker. Nicole is tracking her progress with her daily, evening routine using Elise's printable tracker. I am using the daily tracker (see here) for other habits I am seeking to establish, and it's strangely satisfying to see all of those bubbles marked.

4. This list is a good one: 5 Steps to a Calmer Evening by Erin Kurt.  I like the suggestion to "Create a Dinner System." She elaborates, "Rushing to get dinner on the table is a major source of evening mayhem, but a little bit of preplanning can help you power through with a minimum of stress. Use weekends to chart out your nightly dinners, grocery shop, and even preassemble parts of a meal when possible."

5. And finally, short, sweet, and to the point: Tips to Establish a Morning & Evening Routine by Leo Babauta. His tips include focusing on establishing this goal only for a month, making the habits rewarding and calming, and tracking your progress.

Do you have any tips for establishing routines? I'm all ears!

Hope you have a good one! See you Monday. :)