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How to Create an Easy Evening Routine

manage everyday life Jul 30, 2020

For years I struggled to get to bed on time.

I didn’t stay up late intentionally – I just always had one more thing to do.

And then another thing.

And another.

I’d do them all, go to bed late, and wake up exhausted.

What changed?

I married my husband and he taught me the power of an evening routine.

Now, before you roll your eyes and click away because you already know you don’t have time for one of those magazine evening routines (you know, the ones that include 20 minutes of yoga, 10 minutes of meditation, and an hour long bath…), I want you to read what I said again.

My husband taught me the power of an evening routine.

He’s not a yoga, meditation, hot bath kind of guy.

He’s a “plug in the phone, brush teeth, floss twice, and read for 10 minutes” kind of guy.

And you know what? It works!

The simple act of stopping at the same time every night, plugging in my phone (I keep it in the kitchen), and then going to wash my face, brush my teeth, and spend a few minutes reading has been a game changer.

Want to create your own evening routine, but not sure where to start?

No worries – just answer these four questions and you’ll have one in under 5 minutes!

(You didn’t think I’d sign off without practical tips, did you?)

1. What time do I need to be in bed, lights out?  (Ex: 10:30pm)

2. What do I want to do before turning out my lights? (Start the dishwasher, brush teeth/wash face, read for 10 minutes).

3. How long will it take me to do these things?  (25 minutes)

4. What time do I need to start doing these things? (10:05pm).

Once you know the time you need to get started, set a reoccurring “Start Evening Routine” reminder on your phone.

When it goes off, stop what you’re doing and start getting ready for bed.

It’s as simple as that.

(And if you need some added motivation to actually STOP what you’re doing, ask a friend to hold you accountable. It’s so much easier if you do).

Any questions? You know I’m here for you! Send me an email at [email protected] or come on over to Instagram to say hello (@katie.haahr). I’d love to chat!

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