Around the Garvey’s we’re getting ready for some big changes: tomorrow my son starts high school! While this is a significant milestone, it also means a big change to our daily routine. Collin will be shifting from getting up whenever he feels like it, to getting up earlier than ever before. Of course this means the rest of us are in for some big changes in our schedules, too.
Schedule changes that are forced by external events, like back to school, turning back the clock, or new evening activities, offer a terrific opportunity to intentionally add and subtract things from your existing routine. Since things are going to change anyway, why not add new habits and create a new routine that make life easier and better? When we aren’t intentional, these transitional times can cause the organization in our home to blow up. As new daily responsibilities enter (making lunches, helping with homework, etc.) habits that were holding our home together often fall by the wayside.
If your schedule is getting ready to change, either due to an external event or by your own choice, use it as an opportunity to intentionally change your current routine. Start by focusing on creating an evening routine that will set your morning (and the rest of your day) up for success. Consider what tasks and activities, if done the night before, will get your day off to a smooth start. Here are a few ideas.
- Pick out tomorrow’s outfits. When you decide what everyone is wearing the night before, it can save a lot of time, stress and drama in the morning. Do this task early in your evening routine in case you have ironing or a quick load of laundry to do to round out tomorrow’s outfits.
- Pack it up. Pack lunches, backpacks and your own bag the night before. This will save time in the morning, plus it will trigger you to take care of tasks such as filling out permission slips, checking homework, or packing your workout clothes.
- Tidy-up for 15 minutes. Nothing adds to the morning stress like clutter! Adding a 15-minute tidying session to your evening routine allows you to start the day with clear surfaces and a clear mind.
- Finish something you started. Take a few minutes to finish up an in-process task—fold and put away today’s load of laundry, empty the dishwasher, or
- Unplug and unwind. Turn off electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime and put them on their chargers so they’re ready to go in the morning. Then, recharge your own batteries by doing something relaxing. Read a book, write in your journal, take a bubble bath, meditate or do a calming evening yoga routine. Taking steps to ensure a good night’s sleep is one of the very best ways to take the stress out of tomorrow.
What do you do each night to simplify your morning? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments. Thanks for sharing!
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