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Five Things to do Before You Go to Bed

Set yourself up for a successful work day by completing these five things every night before you go to bed! Just a few minutes each night will allow you to wake up and focus immediately on your day!



One thing I have learned as an entrepreneur is that the more time I spend preparing for the day, the less time I spend in the mornings aimlessly doing nothing and then looking up at lunch, wondering where half my day has gone!

Working from home can be a very challenging thing for the easily distracted!


Working from can be a really challenging thing - especially at first when you are making a transition from a fixed workspace to the freedom of working from your couch, your coffee table, your dining room table, your.... [insert current environment here]. It takes a LOT of focus and a LOT of determination to be able to stick to a workspace when you have the ability to move around as you please!

One thing that continually distracted me while I was working from home was... well, my home! It was a constant struggle to not feel like I needed to make sure the house was clean since I was basically spending my whole day in it. It seemed like I was being irresponsible if I didn't put away the laundry or clean the dishes! So I decided to implement this simple little routine and dedicate 10 minutes of my evening each night to setting myself up for a fresh, immediate start to the day the following morning.

Here are the five things I do every night before I go to bed!


1. Start a load of laundry - You can almost walk into our house through our laundry room at any given time and see completely empty laundry baskets. I am sort of an obnoxious laundry nazi - I cannot stand to have dirty clothes piled up! So every night (or, every other night depending on how many clothes we have gone through) I pick up all the dirty clothes start a load with them. It helps that I do not separate any of my laundry. (GASP. I KNOW. Tip: your laundry is stupid folks. It does not know what it's being washed with!*) The load finishes while we sleep, and I throw it in the dryer when I leave to take Jett to school in the morning. I put it away as soon as I get home. Voila - all the laundry is done and I don't have to think about it for the rest of my work day!

2. Empty the sink of dishes - My husband helps a lot with this but I really enjoy the look of a clean kitchen at the end of the day! It is like having an exclamation point on the end of the day instead of an ellipses. It is closure for me when the kitchen is clean and it means that I don't wake up to dishes in the sink (or the possibility of ants in the sink - which we know can happen!) It takes less than 2 minutes to put dishes in the dishwasher and it is SO worth that tiny investment of time!

3. Tidy up the living space - Before we go in to our bedtime routine, one of Jett's responsibilities is that he cleans up all his toys before he gets his bath. Of course, this mostly means that he puts three toys away while Chris or I do the rest, but it also means that I don't have to worry about stepping on a lego in the dark hallway in the morning. Bonus: I'm teaching him a bit of responsibility and accountability for his toys. For some strange reason, he seems to think if he leaves his toys out, Rebel will pee on them... whatever works, right?

4. Make a to do list for the next day -  I never go to bed without a general idea of what I need to finish up the following day either written in my calendar or on a mental list. Generally - the calendar works better for me. I am very much a pencil and paper type gal, and the satisfaction of getting to cross something off my list is unmatched! Rarely is it a detailed list. It is usually a very broad list of maybe the top two or three things I need to ensure get done the next day. That saves me lots of time in the morning - I already have an idea of what my day is bringing!

5. Know what you're having for dinner - I meal plan each Friday (you can read more about my method here) so I always "know" what we are having for dinner. But before I go to bed I check the notepad on the fridge to see what is on the menu and pull anything out of the freezer that I need to. I usually cook dinner, or at least the bulk of it, early on in the day so having everything I need to hand is helpful!

As soon as I implemented those five things to my nightly routine, it really did help me be more productive the next day, as I had eliminated several things from my mental to-do list already! What are five things you could do to mentally prepare the following day? Share your ideas in the comments below!



* I do make sure that for the first few times, dark colored clothing gets washed on its own to minimize the risk of bleeding. I also wash everything on cold, which helps immensely! Please don't call the laundry police on me!

34 comments:

  1. What a great list! You are super motivated before going to bed, haha! Taking off my makeup is #1 on my list, next is a nice relaxing cup of yogi tea!

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    1. I find I sleep so much better when all these little things are done! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I love this!!! I always get sleepy before bed!

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    1. If I'm not quite sleepy yet - this certainly helps! Thanks for stopping by Taylor!

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  3. We could be related! Oh wait ...

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    1. Oh we're definitely related! You're my clean house idol!

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  4. This is so helpful! I love your list before bed. That can make anyone sleep better knowing what is in store for the next day and knowing that everything is set and wont be forgotten. :)

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  5. This is very helpful. I've started working from home and definitely find that it helps the next morning to tidy up and plan the night before.

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    1. Congrats on starting working from home! That's exciting! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. These are great tips and suggestions - I agree with all but the first one. I cant stand to leave wet clothes in the machine so I always need to do laundry when I know I can get it out as soon as it is finished. :-)

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    1. I usually do put them in the dryer before I go to bed - it just depends on how many episodes of whatever we're currently binge watching we watch! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Great list. I have been leaving dishes in my sink and it is such a downer to wake up in the morning and see them sitting there. I need to take the extra 5 mins to finish them each night.

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    1. It is such a downer in the mornings!! I agree! Thanks for stopping by Carolyn!

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  8. I love your list and actually do some of your items. But as of tonight, I am adding the rest so I can take back some of my time!

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    1. Yes!! It is always good to actually REST when you need to!! Thanks for coming by Cynthia!

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  9. Wonderful tips! Starting a list for the next day and doing the laundry are usually two things I do every other night. :-)

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    1. Good for you Hil'lesha!! Thanks so much for coming by!

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  10. great tips. Though i do separate laundry because i use bleach in my whites to keep them pretty. But i do like the idea of a small everyday as opposed to large ones every few days.

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    1. I know my laundry routine is weird - I get questions about it all the time! ha! :) I bleach my whites every once in a while too!

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  11. I like this list as a reminder! The top one is tough for me but I do my laundry differently.

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    1. I know my laundry routine is weird - I get questions about it all the time! ha! :) Thanks for coming by Kimberly!

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  12. I do all of these things and I have to say it is such a huge help to feeling organized and ready to face the day. Plus, having my hubby and kids help makes less work for me.

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  13. These are all such great things to do! I am terrible at this kind of organization and need to get better.

    On a side note, I smiled so hard when I saw your name. I've never met a Skye before, but that is what I named my 3-year-old daughter!

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  14. These are all so great! I usually start my load in the morning, but I should try starting it at night!

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  15. So agree with everything on this list because I do them all! If your stay ontop of things working from home isn't as bad.

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  16. Super organized! I'm all about having a clean kitchen when I wake up and knowing what's on the calendar for the next day. I can't start laundry at night because I feel like it always smells funny in the morning. : )

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  17. Tidying the living room always makes me feel better. I want to sort laundry but when it is the kids' laundry I can't really do it at night.

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  18. Starting your laundry at night is very good, it really helps you breathe better during the morning. You feel like you have more time in your hands to cater to the other things that you need to do at home.

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  19. I would love to do laundry at night but I live at an apartment and they close early :( I have however been trying to get the dishes done before bed. I hate waking up to a dirty kitchen.

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  20. I haven't tried doing the laundry! maybe it is the right time to do so!

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  21. I absolutely must start making my to-do list for the next day! That would definitely make our lives so much better...with me being less grumpy in the mornings!

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  22. I usually do all of my planning first thing in the morning. I think that I do need a better evening routine, but my kids seem to throw it all over the place for me lately...I'm looking forward to the sun setting earlier so that they actually want to go to bed before 9pm

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  23. Love this list! Now that we're in our house, I want to make a similar list for myself! Dishes will definitely be on it!

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