Just last week I shared my 2019 Morning Routine, and I am a firm believer that in order to have a good morning routine, you need to first have a good evening routine. Today I’m going to share how I set up my evening routine in my bullet journal, in order to have a productive morning!
2019 Evening Routine
I know first hand how hard it can be to come home after work or a busy day, sit on the couch, flip on Netflix, and stay that way for the next 5 hours. That has happened to me more times than I would like to admit! However great a TV show is, I know that there are so many productive things I could be doing at that time.
Constantly feeling stressed about having a never-ending to-do list, and sitting on the couch for 4-5 hours a day, does not add up! This type of routine also meant I was waking up tired, and needing to clean up after myself, rushing to get out the door in the morning. Clearly, something needed to change.
I decided that in order to have my productive morning routine, I needed to overhaul how I was spending my evenings. I typically walk through the door at the end of the day at 5:15, and go to bed around 9:30. That’s over 4 hours I could be spending doing something beneficial!
With that in mind, I decided to pull out my bullet journal and write down what my ideal evening routine was. I’m so happy to share that I can more or less follow this routine daily. Of course, I do still make mistakes and end up sitting on the couch for way too long. However, when I wake up feeling crappy I know the reason why, and it’s a huge motivator to not let that happen again!
My Evening Routine in my Bullet Journal
I decided to time block my evening so that I always know what I am supposed to be working on or doing. I created a spread in my bullet journal, but I also inputted this into my google calendar so that my phone lets me know when it is time to move on to a new task. Here’s what it looks like:
5:30 pm: Walk in the door, immediately put shoes/coat/bag away (and not on the ground)!
5:45 pm: Start dinner. Depending on what I’m cooking (if it’s in the oven), I will also use this time to clean up a room in my space. I live in a lower suite so I thankfully only have 3 separate rooms, which means I can easily clean and keep an eye on dinner.
6:30 pm: Sit down to eat. After I’m finished eating I immediately will clean up my dishes, and pack my lunch for tomorrow. This has been a game changer because I used to have to pull everything out in the morning and pack a last minute lunch (it was never good). Now I pack my lunch when all of my food is out, and I’m only needing to do the dishes once. It’s also a great way to save 15 minutes in the morning!
7:00 pm: I typically use this time to get ready for bed (PJ’s, brush teeth, etc), because I’m a big fan of comfy and not staying in my outside clothes for longer than needed. Who’s with me?!
7:30 pm: I take an hour in my evening to work through any outstanding things on my to-do list (blog posts, checking emails, etc). If I don’t have anything to work through, I will then watch a Netflix show. By scheduling TV time as a reward for getting things done I don’t feel guilty!
8:30/9:00 pm: This is typically when I go lay in bed (yes, I’m a grandma by heart). I’m really trying to read more in 2019 so I take 30-45 minutes at the end of my day to read through a book!
Summing it up:
It’s easy to think that a Routine is too constraining, and won’t allow you to have any fun. I, however, think the opposite! By creating my routine I can schedule in things that I enjoy, and not feel guilty about doing them.
Some tips for a successful evening:
If you’re wanting to create your own evening routine here are some tips that have made all the difference for me:
- If you’re someone who always has your phone on you, use that to your advantage! As great as a bullet journal is, it can’t tell you when it’s time to move on. Set up your phone to give you alerts when it is time to move on to a new task. That way if you have gone down the rabbit hole doing something else, this will help pull you out.
- Group similar things together! There’s a reason I don’t make dinner, eat, clean up, then go watch tv, and then decide to pack my lunch. I pack my lunch while all the food is already out, and that easily saves me at least 10-15 minutes a day.
- Don’t keep your phone in your room!!! Seriously. Don’t. This year I’ve started plugging my phone in at my desk, which is in my living room. Not only does it make me get up and walk across the house when my alarm goes off in the morning, but it also isn’t distracting me from having a good nights sleep. The blue light is not good for your brain when you need to rest!
Now, go forth and create the evening routine of your dreams! Don’t expect it to fall in to place overnight, however. It takes a long time to make a habit, so start small, and don’t beat yourself up if you mess up. We’re only human!
What’s one thing you are absolutely including in your 2019 evening routine? Let us know below in the comments!