I’ve read a lot about how important it is to have a bedtime routine, so for February commitments I decided to create one for myself. Here are a few things that I took into consideration when planning my routine:
Think about how to simplify your morning
My brain does not function when I first wake up, and it takes me forever to roll out of bed. It’s why I set my alarm for 30 minutes before I actually need to get up. And since it’s hard for my brain to function, it’s hard for me to make decisions. Even simple ones like what to wear and what to take for lunch.
And knowing this about myself I decided to make these decisions the night before. I now lay my clothes out for the next night. And I prep my lunch box, so that it is ready to go. If I’m taking a sandwich, I lay out the baggies and bread. Or if I’m taking leftovers like pasta salad, I put it in a lunch bowl and have it waiting in the fridge.
Think about how to simplify your days off
I work four days on, and four days off. I use to leave all my chores to do on my days off, because “I have four days off that’s plenty of time to do everything!” Except that attitude made me go into my days off feeling very behind and overwhelmed. So, now before bed on my work days I knock out two small chores. It’s just simple things like unloading the dishwasher, taking out the trash, vacuuming, paying bills, or washing the dog bowl. I now go into my off days feeling ahead instead of behind.
Think about something that you love doing
For me this was easy, I love working on my blog and I love to read. So after I do my chores, I set the timer for 30 minutes and work on the blog. I have to set the timer so I don’t get sidetracked and spend hours online when I should be getting ready for bed. I focus this time on editing posts, returning comments, or participating in a link-up.
I also allow myself time to read before bed, I don’t time this, but I try not to spend more that 30 minutes reading. Not always an easy task, but I do need 7-8 hours of sleep to be able to function.
Think about your health
For me this is about the health of my skin and teeth. My routine is to brush my teeth, wash my face, floss, and put on my night solution and lotion from Mary Kay. After I do this, I settle down in bed to read. The overall process of this helps me to wind down, and makes falling asleep so much easier.
What my bedtime routine looks like
I work 12 hours days, so I start my routine as soon as I get home which is usually around 8:30AM. My goal is to be asleep by 10:30AM. So, anywhere from an hour to two hours before you want to go to sleep would be a good time to start your own routine. Keep in mind that I live alone, so this would need to be adapted if you live with someone or have children.
I also want to mention that there are some days that I come home from work so exhausted that I go right to bed. And you know what? I don’t beat myself up about it. And sometimes I might need to skip working on the blog or doing chores. And that’s OK too. Your routine needs to be flexible to suit the unpredictability of life.
- Empty lunch box and ready for my next shift.
- Knock out my chores.
- Change into pajamas.
- Work on the blog for 30 minutes.
- Lay out clothes for the next shift.
- Fill water bottle and put on night stand.
- Brush and floss teeth, wash face, and put on facial lotion.
- Set alarm
- Go to sleep.
I try to use my time efficiently. If I’m cooking something for my lunch, I’ll do chores while it cooks. Or if one the chores I want to knock out is a load of laundry, I put it in the washer as soon as I get home. I also keep my work clothes on, and don’t sit down until my chores are completed. This helps keep me motivated to stay on task.
The most important thing in all of this is to create a routine that you enjoy. After work, I look forward to coming home and starting my routine. It helps me to relax and puts me in a good mindset for sleep.
So that’s my bedtime routine! Do you have one? How did you create your routine? Is it something you enjoy? Tell me about it in the comments!