As I am trying, for the umpteenth time, a way to get to bed on time, so that I sleep enough at night, I’m becoming more interested in evening routines.
Reading on this topic, I was inspired by the extensive list of evening rituals of Life with Dee. Mine are nowhere nearly as extensive, but nonetheless, I felt motivated to write down my evening rituals – in the ideal world.
In the real world, there is a preschooler who liked to fight bedtime, and I sometimes just stay sitting at the dinner table and scrolling my phone.
But, writing my ideal routines down is something I have been doing in the past. I like to see it laid out, and see how it all could work if the stars line up for me.
I also need to ease my way into bedtime – I can’t just run around the whole evening and then “switch off” and sleep.
End the work day
- plan the next day
- log what I did in this day
- walk home (often listening to an audiobook)
- feed the cat, give him his medication
- water the plants
- activity with my daughter
- MWF: short workout
- cook dinner, often while listening to a podcast
- pack lunches
- eat dinner
- drink a cup of wine
- take a bath with my daughter (every other day, roughly)
- wash my face and put cream
- brush teeth
- put clothes for the next day ready
After my daughter goes to bed
I have a short window of time before my own wind-down, and I tend to spend it as follows:
- Monday: reply personal emails, follow courses
- Tuesday and Friday: blogging and podcast stuff
- Wednesday and Thursday: creativity, but too often emails seep in
Ending the evening
- make tea
- read for about half an hour
- sleep, ideally by 9:30pm-10pm