Now let’s just be honest with each other. Trying to have a successful start to your day will not be possible if you don’t prepare yourself the night before. Instead, your morning will be hectic because you will be scrambling around the house to get stuff done. Whether it be cleaning, preparing lunches, getting clothes ready for the day, or whatever. None of that stuff makes for a smooth morning. At least not for me. For me, preparation is key because I’m not trying to cut into my alone time, my working time, or my time with God to clean or do anything else lol.
Truth moment: After writing My Morning Routine blog post, the next two mornings were extremely rocky for me. Why is that? I don’t know! Those days just didn’t go as planned! But they helped me put my morning and evening routines to the test as to why they are so important. One morning, I woke up and came downstairs and my mood actually changed. There were shoes in the foyer that hadn’t made their way to their owner’s bedroom closets, there were jackets at my dining room table, I found a couple of toys where they shouldn’t be, and the floor needed to be swept. Thank God the kitchen was cleaned! I probably would have lost my mind if it hadn’t been.
The second morning, I OVERSLEPT! Which threw my morning off too! The house was clean that morning but I sacrificed most of my alone time and I felt rushed. Rushed through my devotions, my blogging time, and my alone coffee time. Once again, it totally changed my attitude for the day. I wasn’t upset but I didn’t have the time I needed to get myself together before focusing on my children. I don’t want that happening again so I need to prepare the night before in order to keep my sanity lol.
Having an evening routine helps with both self-discipline and your mood. You start looking at your day in a positive way. Not just for you, but for your children as well. For instance, every Sunday and Wednesday night my oldest son, Xavier, knows that the garbage needs to go to the curb for pickup. So he gets it done faithfully because he knows that if he doesn’t remember, his dad will wake him up at 6 am to get it done. Who wants that?! Well, if he does it the night before then it won’t be a worry for the next day. Do you see how that can instantly change someone’s mood?
Make sure you are creating an evening routine that works best for both you and your children so that their mornings run just as smoothly as yours does. Do you have an evening routine? I would love to hear about why or why not in the comments below! Thanks for reading!
Until next time….. Lady Ki