8 Productive Things To Do Before Going to Bed

Mar 2, 2016 | Simply Organize, Time Management

There are just so many hours in a day (24 to be exact), and most of us feel like we can use a little more, but I believe with the right routines in place, we are able to make the most of any day…

Putting in a little more effort in the evening can immensely improve your performance for the following day. Having a healthy evening routine can help eliminate some of your stress and improve your sleep habits. Think about it like this – you lie in bed at night and your mind starts wandering “Oops, I forgot to do this”, “Oh yeah, I need to collect a package at the post office” or “I didn’t pack lunch for my hubby”. Those are definitely things that could keep you up at night, meaning you don’t always get a good night’s rest.

By following a steady night-time routine and to-do list, you will not only be able to improve your sleep, but you will also feel ready and more productive for the next morning.

// 8 THINGS TO DO BEFORE GOING TO BED //

#1 – Pack lunches for the next day

We all need fuel during the day to keep us going, especially when our days are packed with meetings, running errands, or driving around our children. Packing a healthy lunch in the evening, not only saves money but also that much-needed time in the mornings, when there are just so many other things to do. 

#2 – Have your breakfast ready

Just like packing your lunch, having your breakfast all prepped and ready for the next morning makes a huge difference. For example, if you eat cereal for breakfast, take out a bowl and spoon with the cereal and place them somewhere convenient, so in the morning, you can just add milk.

#3 – Have a set beauty routine

This is the one I struggle with the most, but it is vital that we make time for ourselves. This can include anything like washing your face, brushing your teeth, flossing, putting on a facial mask, basically anything that will help you have a more relaxed bedtime.  As I have mentioned in this post – How to Create Your Perfect Morning Routine (PLUS FREE WORKSHEET) establishing new habits can be hard, especially if you are trying something new, but once you start doing something on a daily basis it will become natural over time.

#4 – Clean the kitchen

This is definitely one of my pet peeves, having a dirty kitchen. In my mind, a dirty kitchen = a dirty house (not that I am perfect in this aspect), it just feels a whole lot better if go into the kitchen in the morning with a clean sink and countertops. Make it a habit to wash your dishes daily and clear your countertops of dirt and clutter. Trust me you will feel the difference.

#5 – Charge all your devices

Most of us have multiple electronic devices like cell phones, tablets, cameras, etc. Plugging them into charge at night and having a full battery in the morning, will give you that extra confidence boost for the day and you know you are ready to receive that important call or email you have been waiting for.

#6 – Set out your clothes for the next day

This one’s a biggie and you can save so much time in the morning. By setting out your clothes for the next day, you eliminate the whole scenario of standing in front of your closet, wondering “What will I be wearing today?”. This also helps, if you know you want to exercise early in the morning or go to the gym after work, if you have them ready, you will feel more motivated to just go and exercise. Being organized has that effect on people.

#7 – GO OVER YOUR TO-DO & SCHEDULE LIST FOR TOMORROW

Take 5 minutes, sit down and go through your to-do list and schedule for the next day. This is not meant to give you a panic attack, if you see the list of 20 things you still need to do, this is more of a subtle reminder to help you prioritize tomorrow in the most effective way possible.

#8 – ENJOY QUIET TIME & JOURNAL

Right before you go to bed, make time to thank God for all your blessings and just reflect on your day. Another awesome way to enjoy this time is to start a journal. Listen to some soft music and just write down whatever is in your heart. Quieting your heart and mind before you go to bed will make a huge difference in the way you sleep. You cannot sleep properly when you are anxious and worried. 

These activities might seem trivial, but by working them into your night-time routine you will definitely experience a more productive morning. And if you’re a late sleeper like me, it gives you that extra 20 minutes to snooze. Just a thought.

Have I missed anything? What do you do in the evenings to have a more productive day? I would love to hear from you, feel free to comment below.

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8 Comments

  1. Sonja

    Thank you! This is really helpful.

    • Loné Dann

      I am glad you found it helpful, Sonja. Being more productive can save so much time and energy!!

  2. Jen

    I don’t mean to sound rude or anything but spelling is so crucial in the online world it just irks me when there is a simple mistake that could have been fixed. It should be “have some quiet time note quite time..” you might want to fix this.

    great ideas! :D

    Thank you!

    • Loné Dann

      I understand fully and thanks for catching that!! I will definitely try and make sure I don’t confuse them again :) English is afterall my second language! Regards Loné

  3. Macezie

    I love your website! So helpful. :) Thank you!

  4. David Smith

    Definitely 5-8 helps me, but 1-4 not so much personally, but I can see how it would help others
    1 – I cook and eat my lunch at home everyday 2- I don’t eat breakfast until 10 Am and then I cook it at home everyday, however, I do grind coffee and make a fresh espresso drink every morning before 6 am. then off to the Potter’s house of prayer. 3 – my ‘beauty’ routine is brief and to the point brush teeth and wash face, 4- I like to have the kitchen clean from supper (5-7 pm) My last meal is at 6 pm.

    • Loné Dann

      Hi David. Thank you for your comment and for stopping by. Thanks for sharing your daily routine, you sure seem well organized in your daily doings. If I don’t do all of the above points, my day is usually a mess, but alas we are different. My list keeps me going ;). Have a nice day…

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