8 pm was usually when my “day” would start. I was busy all day trying to manage the kids, the house, the errands, yet I was still left with more work to be done after the kids went to bed. I had to work on my online business, not to mention clean the kitchen, living room, start the laundry, fold laundry, call mom and so many more things (and I have husband who helps out a lot).
Some days I used to just collapse in bed together with the kids and wake up in the middle of the night to finish some due dates.
But things have changed recently.
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A great morning starts the night before
Last year I wrote about my morning routine which has changed the quality of my life (this post is one of my most popular posts on the blog, so I am hoping that it did help some moms to have a better morning routine).
It took me a while to realize that a good morning routine depends on how good is your night time routine. So this year I decided I needed to change my night time routine (thanks Clare, your advice has done so much good for me in the last 2 months).
My Night Time Routine
8 pm – 8.30 pm. Kids are brushing teeth, washing up, changing into pajamas and doing the rest of the their bed time routine while me and my husband are cleaning up downstairs. Him – washing dishes, me picking up things around the living room, starting laundry.
8.30 pm – 9 pm. Husband reads or tells a story to kids while I give a bath to baby, nurse and put her to sleep (it’s not always on the clock, but we try to stick with it as much as we can).
9.00 pm – 9.15. Shower/bath routine for me.
9 pm – 10.30 pm. I start my diffuser with Harmony essential oil (it’s a blend of 17 oils total!) which helps to reduce stress, calms me down and I really love the smell, then I make my favorite tea and turn on Netflix. We have been into The Good Wife, House of Cards, Downtown Abbey lately. However, if I have some important emails or work to be finished I might have my laptop in bed and do little work while I watch the movie. Also I have a journal next to me where I write to do lists and ideas if I come up with any. I make sure to write at least one thing I was grateful today for and what I am looking forward the next day.
10.30 pm. Sleep time. Even if I am not that sleepy, I try to stick to this time, so I can get up early enough in the morning, without loosing any sleep.
I am really looking forward for my night routine every day. I love that I can gradually wine down and have some ME time as well as relaxed time with my husband.
What happened since I have a night time routine
While I still have the same amount of hours a day, the same amount of things to do I feel like I am more organised, energized, goal oriented and very productive. I simply do things faster and make better decisions during the day which lead me to more spare time left to work on my business before the night comes, so I don’t have to spend all night long working. I get to watch a movie instead!
So If you think that bed time routine is only for kids – think again, because we, mamas, need one too.
I got inspired to change (or gain) my before bed routine after I took this awesome course How To Make Over Your Evenings. It’s an awesome course that helps you CREATE YOUR OWN morning routine and bed time routine.
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