Wanna wake up refreshed and go through the morning with ease and without stress?
I’ve got a secret. You don’t need a magical morning routine for this to happen.
You need an awesome evening routine.
If you’re not convinced, I’m going to share with you why you need an evening routine and some things to consider implementing so that you can start your day like a dream.
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Episode Summary with Timestamps
0:00 Do you want to wake up refreshed and go through the morning with ease? You need an awesome evening routine.
2:13 The day I realized that I wasn’t my best.
4:12 What we can do in our evenings to have better mornings.
7:09 Get the kids in order and tidy up.
9:10 Prepare for the next day by making a list.
11:15 What to do before bed to help you fall asleep.
13:41 The four core things to have in your evening routine so that you can have amazing mornings.
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Transcript of this Episode
Do you want to wake up refreshed and go through the morning with ease without any stress? Well, I have a secret for you. You don’t need a magical morning routine for this to happen. We need an awesome evening team. And if you’re not convinced, I’m going to share with you why you need an evening routine. And some things to consider implementing in your evening routine, so that you can start your day like a dream. Now, before we jump into this episode, if you’ve ever enjoyed this podcast, gotten any value, or just really enjoyed something that you’re able to implement in your mom life, I want you to do me a favor, just press pause for me really quick, and leave me a review. I know that this may be overdue. And this is pretty much the only way right now that I know that you are actually liking what we’re teaching here on the podcast. And if the things that we are sharing here on the podcasts are actually lending for you, and encouraging you in your mom life. So this is like I said, the best way for me to get feedback and for me to hear from you. So quickly, just press pause for me right now, if you are on iPhone, and underneath my podcasts, if you scroll all the way down, there is leave a review, go ahead and hit that five star and leave a quick review for me and this will help me out. So so much. So thank you in advance for doing this. And let’s get on with the show. Now, I tend to have somewhat of a pretty stressful job. I know everyone can vouch and say that their job is stressful. But I feel like as a dentist, it’s even more stressful because people already are coming in with attitude like I don’t want to be here. You know, this is this is something that no one wants to do. Which is not true. There’s many people that actually like come to see me. And there’s a lot of fear and anxiety. And as an empath, I take on a lot of this energy, and it takes a lot out of me. On top of that I’m somewhat of an introvert. So after being around people all day, and having a lot of conversations and really trying to work through people’s fears, I am just mentally exhausted. And sometimes things don’t go the way that we plan just like with any job. And it leaves me pretty stressed. Now there was one day in particular that I came home from a pretty rough day just because there was a lot going on in particular with the kids. I don’t know what was going on with the kids. I just had some kids that day that just were not cooperative. But anyways, came home. Really, really tired. And I was interacting with my kids, we were paying, I was trying to get them ready for dinner time. And that’s when my fees, this was burnt out. And I wasn’t the nicest, let’s just say that. My youngest did something and he started crying. And so I started mocking him because he always mocks his brother and I thought, hey, you know, he needs to know how it feels. And plus, I don’t want to hear him whining. So I started mocking him when he was crying, which isn’t a really nice thing to do. Anyways, he got upset. i He’s helped me I was being mean when she was correct. But at the same time, he was being mean to his brother. Anyways, we’re not gonna go into who was right and who’s wrong. He went upstairs, I went to my room, after dinner in the whole shebang, went to my room to get ready for bed. And I noticed there was a paper on my bag. When I went to my bed and got closer, I noticed that my son had drew me a picture. On the picture, it says, Mommy, you was, and this is where I’m gonna correct him, you was being mean to me. And he gave me a big sad face and a broken heart. And the mommy me was a little bit upset. But the teacher side of me was like, We got to correct this son. We got to correct your spelling in chain that was to where and all that good stuff. But anyways, I realized that I wasn’t being my best, I wasn’t giving my best. And I needed to change something. So that is when I really started to look at what I was doing in the evening time that was actually helping me so that I could be a little bit better for the kids and for myself. And so that’s what I wanted to share with you today on what we can do in our evenings so that we can have better and productive days. Now evening routines like I talked about in a previous episode in Episode 195 evening routines are essential for a productive morning. Many times people think like oh, if I have this magical morning routine where I’m doing all of these things, my days and mornings will be better. And the truth is a lot of us we just don’t have that time in the morning to devote to doing all of these things to really make sure that our morning and days are running smoothly. A lot of times it takes like a lot of hours uninterrupted which is just not really heard of when you have young kids that need you and you have a lot of other obligations. So that’s why having an evening routine is so important so that you can have those productive mornings, without it, requiring you to have so much uninterrupted time. In the evening routine, it’s also essential and also super important for you, because it helps you to fall asleep quicker, and have a better quality of sleep. And the reason is, is because you’re actually, you know, unwinding and getting yourself ready for bed so that you are not up with your mind just kind of running and thinking in causing you to stay up or you’re on your phone, staying up even later, you know, either on social media or going through emails, or watching videos on YouTube, which is like my new favorite thing to do. So what are some of the things that we can do in our evening routine, so that we can have those really awesome mornings that I was talking about earlier. Go first, just know that your evening routine starts as soon as you walk in the door from work, that’s when it starts. So I really find that when getting dinner started and or at least prepped, as soon as you get in, I know you want to go sit and unwind. But get dinner started in prep, so that it’s not taking you a long time, or you’re getting behind because you’ve taken some time to relax and unwind. Which is totally fine. Especially since you just got home, I get it, you want to chill for a second, just go ahead and get that chicken in the oven and just get started baking or if you have something in the crock pot, just start that up, make sure it’s ready to go. Whatever it is that you need to do to make sure that dinner is started or at least prepped so that things will run a lot quicker. Once you get in the kitchen to get dinner going. That will help make your evenings go better and make it so that you have time to get all these other things that I’m going to talk about here in just a moment. So like I said, once you’ve gotten home, evening routine starts, there are a couple of core things to do, I would say about four core things to do, to really make sure that you have an awesome evening routine so that your mornings are amazing. And the first thing is getting the kids in order. What I mean by that is going through their backpacks and making sure you’re sending any forms, you’re checking for any communication from the school, you are making sure that the kids backpacks are actually ready for school tomorrow, so that you don’t have to think about it in the morning. And then also prepping their lunches and even breakfast for the next day. Just so that you again, don’t have to think about it in the morning, because it’s already done. So get the kids in order, make sure all their stuff is together. And this literally just takes maybe 510 minutes depending on how much you need to do. So once you got the kids in order, next thing, not necessarily an order is tidying up. Because nothing, I think nothing sets our brains often seeing just a bunch of clutter or a bunch of mess, our brains just can’t handle all of those things visually. So if you get things tidy, and at least put things in order, not necessarily saying you got to do a deep clean, and you know, make sure everything is like, you know, perfect for an inspection or anything like that. I’m just saying just making sure things are tidy, just like get those pillows back because like for me, I got a little boys I like do backflips off the couch, just putting the pillows back, getting all those the things off of the kitchen counter, making sure that the dishes are actually taken care of you’re not leaving dishes in the sink, because one quick thing on that is, if you’re leaving dishes in the sink, and I’m guilty of this, too, you’re already starting the day taking care of yesterday’s task. So go ahead, have the dishes already taken care of the counters cleared off in the kitchen so that when you walk down in the morning, you can walk down ready to start the day, not taking care of things from yesterday. And then also to when you walk down and you see dishes in the sink. First thing in the morning, you wake up feeling guilty and defeated before you even start your day. So again, we’re trying to set ourselves up so that in the mornings that we can start ourselves off with a bang. So tidying up is the next thing. Now after that, I would say prepare for the next day. So figure out what you’re having for dinner the next day, whether it’s taking you know food out from the freezer, or making sure things are ready, as far as having certain ingredients or making a list to say, oh, I need to pick these things up tomorrow on my way home so that I can create this type of meal for the kids tomorrow. Make sure that you know what’s happening for dinner the next day. The next thing, checking your calendar and seeing what you have going on check your schedule so that you can be prepared and know okay, I need to make sure I’m wearing this to work or I need to make sure I have this for the meeting tomorrow. Or maybe I don’t need to go to work as early as I need to or maybe you need to get to work a little bit earlier. So you need to set your alarm for 1015 minutes earlier. So check your schedule, check the calendar, see what’s going on for tomorrow. And then make your two Do this if you need to. And then the last thing would be to set out things that you need, and to start your morning routine. And this could be things like having your journal out, having your planner out, if you like to draw or sketch having your sketchbook out, if you do devotionals, having your devotional book and your Bible out, whatever it is that you need for your mornings have that out and ready. So as soon as you wake up and you come down, you can go ahead and jump right into whatever it is that gets you started for the day. So think about how you want to, to start your day, what type of intention you want to have for the day. And those are the things to implement, and to have set out and ready for you. Now for me, I like to have my planner and I like to have my laptop in a glass or a bottle of water on my desk ready for me, this is how I like to start my mornings. But for you, it may be different. Like I said, you may be a little more artsy and you want to dry it out or journal it out whatever it is, make sure you have it ready to go. Now the last and final thing is to start to wind down. So you want to make sure that you get off of your electronics in particular your phones, they say 30 minutes before bed. But ideally, one to two hours before bed is the best. And the reason is because even if you’re turning the blue light filter, on your phone, your phone is emitting all these lights. And those lights are setting up triggers in your your brain to stay awake longer, and it makes it harder for you to fall asleep. Then if you don’t have the blue light filter, that blue light is actually straining the production of melatonin, which actually helps you to fall asleep and makes it difficult for you to fall asleep and wake up the next day. So I know a lot of us we like to go on social media and look at different posts that people are putting up there, whether it’s inspirational or some celebrity gossip, whatever it is, try to stop doing that 30 minutes, I guess I wanted two hours will be best stop getting on the phone and scrolling on Facebook and Instagram. Because even though you’re looking at something that you may be thinking is positive, it is keeping your mind engaged in tricking your brain into thinking and staying awake. So getting off of these devices will help with you falling asleep a lot easier and quicker. And then lastly, I know I talked a lot about the phones and being on them. But you can spend some extra time reading emails because I know I have been off of social media. And that’s something I’ll talk about here soon. But I’ve been off social media since I think the beginning of this year. And don’t miss it. But what I’ve substituted for some of the times that I was using on social media is emails because I have like 51 million email addresses. So I’m checking all these emails. But these emails and checking emails is robbing you of the sleep that you need. So you end up feeling less alert and more tired in the morning. So like I said, ideally, get off of the phones devices, one to two hours before bed, but at least 30 minutes before bed, so that you can start to wind down. And then whatever it is that you need to help you to wind down whether it’s stretching, drinking something warm, or doing a journal exercise, do whatever it is that you need to wind your mind and your body down so that it’s easy for you to fall asleep. So those are the four core things to have in your evening routine, like I said, so that you can have those amazing mornings. And hopefully you see now that having this type of evening routine will set you up in the morning for an awesome, awesome day. Now, before we sign off for this episode, I really wanted to make sure that you know about homelife Trello. And I know you probably were thinking at the beginning of the year that getting a new planner would help you to get more organized. Or if you follow exactly what the productivity gurus are teaching. You’re finally a productivity ninja, but you’re finding yourself with not enough time. And nothing crossed off your to do list. And I totally get it because I’ve been there. But I have found a solution with Trello. Now if you’re not familiar with Trello Trello is a free app that helps me to really get organized in my brain so that things make sense. So Trello has been the reason why I’ve had a lot of success at home and in the business because I’ve created systems all of which you can find in home life Trello now how much Trello is the systems for the various areas of your life and a video course all in one it’s a system that’s you need box to Other so that you can show up like a boss at work and at home. So give yourself the gift of home like Trello with the peace of mind knowing that there is a 14 day money back guarantee by heading over to Real happy mom.com/trello To get started, and that again is real happy mom.com/trello Now if you have found this podcast helpful or if you want to get some of the links that were mentioned in this episode, head on over to Real happy mom.com/ 198 And you will be able to find the show notes there. Now that is it for this week’s episode. Make sure you stay tuned next time for another full episode. Take care and with lots of love
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