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Last week’s post was on 20 Ideas to Always Having a Productive Morning. This time, let’s talk about how to have a productive evening!
My morning vs evening
I’m not always the most productive in the evenings. I enjoy having a more structured morning than I am with a structured evening. Why? Because in the evenings, I want to just relax. My evenings were meant for lounging and binge-watching Youtube or Netflix. Relaxing is a reward for having a good morning and productive afternoon. C’mon, doesn’t that sound great?
When I decided to take up blogging, I knew I couldn’t just lounge around in the evenings anymore. It was a tough decision, but the love I had for blogging outweighed the unproductive evenings I was used to having.
That meant I had to change my ways.
I set some goals and scheduled blogging on my calendar specifically in the evenings. When I have a goal, it’s hard not to do anything. I want to keep going and achieve my goal as soon as possible.
My evenings still aren’t as structured as my mornings and that’s okay with me. If you’re more of an evening person, perhaps having a structure makes more sense to you. For me, I’m a bit loosey-goosey with my evening “routine”. I have days when I’m learning about blogging and other days I’m writing or having a date night with my husband. On my Google calendar, I have my evenings labeled, but I’m not too keen on following it. Simply because I have a relaxing bath scheduled doesn’t mean I’m going to drop everything else to take a bath if I’m busy with something of
Here are 20 ideas for your evening routine:
- Stop using your phone 1 hour before bed
- Eat a healthy dinner
- Reflect on your day
- Write 3 things you’d like to accomplish for tomorrow
- Wash dishes or
- put them away
- Take a relaxing bath
- Read a book
- Drink tea
- Take some Calm to help you relax and have a good night sleep
- Prepare your outfit for tomorrow
- Meditate or do some breathing exercises
- Listen to soothing music
- Reach out to a friend or connect with your partner
- Tidy up your living room and/or bathroom before going to bed
- Prepare your breakfast or lunch
- Play a puzzle or board game with your partner
- Do something to stimulate your creativity
- Work on your hobby
- Stretch or do yoga to prepare you to go to bed
- Sleep early
How having evening routine has worked for me
Having a productive evening can set you up for success to do your morning routine. I’ve experienced it firsthand!
As I mentioned before, I’m not too rigid with my evening routine. But I do try to do a few main things in the evening to help my morning routine run smoothly. A few things I do in the evening are:
- Go for a walk/connect with my husband
- Work on my blog (your hobby or side hustle)
- Tidying up including putting away dishes
These three things have helped me tremendously. The first one is all about fostering a safe and growing relationship with my husband as well as getting some exercise. The second one fulfills my soul and purpose. Lastly, tidying up in the evening frees my mind from worries in the morning so that I can do my morning routine in a clutter-free and organized space.
Having an evening routine is a great way to accomplish tasks if you’re an evening person or setup your morning routine. If you’ve tried a morning routine and it didn’t work for you, give the evening routine a try.
For me, having an evening routine is not so that I can have a super structured day, but rather to live my life and day more intentionally. I want to purposefully invest time and energy with all the things and people that are important to me.
Give it a go and create an evening routine to do what really matters to you, but remember that it isn’t important to stay on schedule.
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