31 Days - Evening Routines

Yesterday I talked about Morning Routines and how I realized that I needed to make time for quiet in the morning, namely waking up before my kids.  But, really, a good morning routine begins the night before.

I should start by saying that not every person is a morning person, and if you are more of a night person, by all means, use the time after you are finished with work, after your kids are in bed, for you, to unwind and take some time for you.  These tips for an evening routine are especially important for people who have trouble getting up early in the morning.

For me, the number one thing I like to have in the morning is coffee.  I know it is acidic and too much caffeine is not good for you, however, having coffee in the morning makes me happy, so I am going to continue to do it.  I do alternate with tea sometimes.  In the summer I often like iced tea, in the winter I will drink hot tea all day to try and stay warm – Maine is very very cold in the winter.

Because I like coffee so much, I figured out that having the coffee already brewing when I wake up in the morning saves me quite a bit of time.  I don’t have to set up the coffee maker, I don’t have to wait for the coffee to brew, it is already waiting for me when I come down in the morning.

I spend my mornings reading my Bible and writing.  It is what helps move me through my day.

My writing is not all journaling or blog work either; it is list making and preparing for the day as well. 

I like to make sure my Bible, journal, and Erin Condren Life Planner are all sitting and ready for me in the morning.

Now, I think that there is a case to be made for making a list of things you need to do the next day, the night before, however, my brain doesn’t work much past 4:30pm, so I prefer to write out my to-do lists in the morning. 

Writing out a to-do list the night before would definitely help you in your morning routine if that is something you can manage the night before.

If you are going to sit down for quiet time, I think that it helps to have a special place to do that.  Not that it has to be special, but the same place, where you know you are going to go every morning to sit and meditate on the day.

If your goal is to exercise in the morning, make sure all of your workout clothes are out and ready to go.  Make sure your sneakers are right there, so you can immediately get ready and go.  If your goal is to sit and eat breakfast, make sure that your breakfast is ready for the morning, make a breakfast meal plan, and then spend the night before preparing it so you can immediately eat it the next morning – a nice option is overnight oats in the crock pot or some type of muesli that you can take right out of the fridge in the morning.

Another great idea is to prepare everyone’s lunches the night before, then you won’t need to be concerned about preparing lunch first thing in the morning.

There are obviously more ways you can prepare for your morning the night before, but I wanted to give a few options to let you know that if you do prepare the night before, your morning will be much smoother, and you will be able to have that time for self-care that we all need first thing in the morning.

What is one item on your morning to-do list that you can do in the evening?  Are you a morning person or a night person?


  1. Great tips to help both morning and evening people! I'm definetely a morning person and it's essential for me to have clothes for school ready to go, breakfast table set, lunches prepared and backpacks ready. I leave the house with my oldest at 6:40am so any unplanned items can really throw us off!

  2. I'm a morning person, so far as I'm up at a decent hour. If I sleep in, nothing seems to get done on those days! Every once in a while, though, I'll go through a bit of time where the evenings (or late nights!) are super productive for me.
    I try and make sure that the next day's list is done in the evening, and that is the most bit of preparation that I do for the next day. I wish I knew what more to do to prepare for the next day, but beyond actually just doing tasks ahead of time, I'm not sure what it would be! I've always liked the idea, though. But I try and leave my planner in the same place on my desk, so it's ready to go in the morning, as well as where the keys, shoes, and purse are in the off chance the next day is a leave-the-house day - which is good for grocery days, as I can get up, get ready, and head out the door!

  3. I'm a morning person stuck in a family of late-nighters. I want to do things in the morning but we end up rising late. Then I'm feeling behind all day. Having things ready to go for the morning before bed helps a lot.

  4. Preparation is an important key to self-care isn't it? I was better at it when our kids were home but with it just my husband and I, I've become lax. I need to remember how my mental state improves with things prepared. Thanks for the reminder!


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