Morning and Evening Routines

One quote that has always resonated with me is, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” by Benjamin Franklin. The planner in me completely agrees. I do plan many facets of my everyday life. I prefer having a schedule to follow each day.

When I was young, my mother had me lay out my clothes for the next day the night before, and to this day I still do that most of the time. Being frazzled in the mornings can ruin my whole day and I don’t need the stress or the aggravation so I really work hard to avoid it. Planning in advance is how I stay on track.

I have my schedule planned out for each day, except for the things that, of course, come up at random intervals: phone calls, quote requests, trip bookings, a phone call from a friend, a child needing to go to the doctor unexpectedly, etcetra. For the most part, though, I do plan and I feel that helps me to succeed at all that I need to accomplish. I really try to stick with my daily routine.

One of the ways I keep my day running smoothly is by following my morning and evening routines. These have become habit and I feel that things run better and I am less stressed when I follow them. My morning routine is what I follow on the days that I don’t get up super early to book Disney dining reservations or fast passes for my guests.

Today, I thought I would share my morning and evening routines with you in hopes that you might develop some for yourself and ease your own stress a bit.

Here are my personal routines:

Morning

  • Coffee and devotional (quiet time)
  • Pack hubby’s breakfast, lunch and coffee (yes, I do this for him everyday)
  • Shower and dress
  • Make bed
  • Dinner prep or start slow-cooker
  • Scan my planner (make notes, as needed)
  • Laundry
  • Kids or Work (depending on whether I am in the office or babysitting one of the girls)

Evening

  • Prep for morning (Butch)
  • Clean the kitchen
  • 10-minute pick up
  • Self care
  • Read 10 pages
  • Say prayers

I find that when I stick to this schedule I can stay on task, get more done and enjoy each day more. I have daily time blocks for the hours throughout the day that I will post about soon. What do you do to organize your day? Let me know in the comments below.

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