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10 Important Things to Do Tonight to Have a GREAT Tomorrow

After more than a few decades of living, I've finally come up with a list of things I work through to help my day get off to a good start. They're not rocket science...anyone can do them. It just takes a firm commitment and a determination to do whatever it takes to break the cycle of waking up in the morning already behind.
Picture this: Monday morning, or any morning for that matter, rolls around and the alarm goes off. You jump out of bed, get started on your morning routine, and wake the kids with a smile, ready to attack whatever challenges roll your way!

I’m sure that’s the picture at your place all the time, right? No?  Well, honestly, that’s not what it looks like in my neck of the woods, either.

But I  have to admit that these days (and this is after over a “few” decades of living!) I’ve finally come up with a list of things I work through to help my day get off to a good start. They’re not rocket science…anyone can do them. It just takes a firm commitment and a determination to do whatever it takes to break the cycle of waking up in the morning already behind.

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Here, then, are…

10 important things to do the night before to have a great tomorrow!

      1. Clean up the kitchen – I know, I know…it’s the end of the day and you’re beat! Nobody wants to clean up after supper (or maybe they at least like the concept, but I’ll never believe that even if you buy into the idea, you really want to do it…). Enlist the help of your family, and better yet, start the clean up process while you’re fixing supper – and you will SO thank yourself for it in the morning.  You can even get the coffee started – water and grounds – and then just hit “start” when you stagger into the room the next morning 🙂
      2. Have one last drink of water – If you pour a nice, tall glass of ice water and sip on it while you’re cleaning up…you kill 2 birds with one stone. Just think: you’re doing something good for yourself now (the water) and later (tomorrow morning)!  Win-win!
      3. Go over your calendar or “to do” list – And if you don’t have one, now’s the time to put it together. At the very least, write down any appointments or meetings you have. It’ll give you a bonus head start if you go ahead and look at the next few days, too, and jot down anything coming up that you need to plan for, or shop for, or get things together for. Pull together phone numbers, too, for anyone you have to call.
      4. Review your meal plan/shopping list for the next day – While you’re preparing your calendar, take a look at your freezer/fridge and see whatcha got for supper, what you need to buy at the store, and then decide “what’s for dinner!”
      5. Pull out bills to pay and/or correspondence that will need your attention – Don’t deal with them now, just add them to your “to-do” list and get mentally prepared to git ‘er done!
      6. Make/print out/review your child’s upcoming activity/assignment schedule for the day – Of course, you may want to print out your own, but even if you don’t, once your child reaches reading age, it may be fun for them to cross off things that they accomplish, too! It’s never too early to get them started on having an attitude of productivity.  (Note: If you’re more of an on-line person, and less of a paper-and-pen kinda gal, you may want to consider an on-line calendar/note taking resource. While you can always tweak Google calendar, if you want to include the kids’ assignments and activities, you may want to try out Homeschool Planet’s planner. The neat thing about their online planner is that you can add your lists/activities, too!)
      7. Wrap up your screen time (60 mins prior) – This is very important. It not only sets a good example for the kids, but it’s oh-so-much-healthier for you. Nothing is worse than falling asleep on the couch and waking up at 2 in the morning with a stiff neck, the computer or DVD on/running, still needing to get ready or at head over to the bedroom, and having your sleep seriously interrupted. This may or may not be a common and frustrating situation at my house with a dearly-loved family member…
      8. Take care of your personal hygiene – You know: teeth, face, etc. But also take a moment to get your clothes out for tomorrow… It leaves you with one less decision to make in the wee hours of the day.
      9. Enjoy some quiet time with your hubby or spend some time reading – I love to do this one in bed. Most of the time, truth-be-told, I’ll fall asleep reading, but I usually have a bunch of good books on my nightstand, and they say that deep sleep helps to solidify learning in your brain, so just make sure that whatever you’re reading is “good for you!”
      10. Go to  bed at a decent hour. Yes, the research backs it up: a healthy adult needs around 7 hours of sleep each night. And sorry, friend, but you’re no different. This is another interesting study, too, from MyFitnessPal.com

So there you have it! Ten simple things you can start doing this evening to start making your tomorrows even better!  They say it takes 3 weeks to make a habit – so let me challenge you to check back here in 3 weeks and leave me a comment…and let us know how it’s going for you 🙂

Here’s to better days ahead…

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14 Responses to 10 Important Things to Do Tonight to Have a GREAT Tomorrow

  1. Marilyn Lesniak March 31, 2016 at 9:21 pm #

    I find I can’t sleep well if I leave tasks undone. I have been known to get up at 2:00 am just so I can complete them and get to sleep! Thank you for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things. Pinned and shared.
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    • Pat April 2, 2016 at 8:56 pm #

      Thanks, Marilyn! Ugh…I’m often the same way! I’ll lie in bed with my head going around in circles. I’ve started keeping a pad of paper on my nightstand so I can at least write down what I have to do. At least I can get to sleep, then – lol!

  2. Pam@over50feeling40 March 31, 2016 at 4:44 pm #

    Great list…I agree with every single one! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

    • Pat March 31, 2016 at 5:00 pm #

      Thanks, Pam! And thanks for hosting such a fun party ;-)!

  3. Kellie March 22, 2016 at 4:40 pm #

    Such a great list! I like the one about putting things out for the next day. I can make a list, read it and when I wake up it’s gone. Putting the list out in a pile of to-do’s would really be helpful.

    • Pat March 22, 2016 at 9:32 pm #

      Kellie,
      I have to admit I’ve become quite a list-maker! I do notice a difference when I have that list there…pulling me back to the next thing (and away from the never-ending rabbit trails that present themselves!!)…

  4. Kathleen March 22, 2016 at 9:10 am #

    This list is so very good sound advice. Trouble is it is bed time and I am still on the screen, but I hear you. This list takes the stress out of tomorrow.

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    • Pat March 22, 2016 at 9:31 pm #

      Haha! Kathleen, I hear you – sometimes even when we know what to do… 😉
      Little by little, and don’t be so hard on yourself, ok <3
      Hoping you have not only a stress-free day...but a stress-free weekend, too!! Thanks for stopping by - see you next week, too!

  5. Mother of 3 February 23, 2016 at 4:56 pm #

    Yep, clean kitchen, checking the schedule, getting enough sleep… all things that must be done for the next day to flow smoothly.
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  6. Kathryn February 22, 2016 at 9:37 pm #

    I love waking to a clean kitchen. It is understood the children take care of clean up after dinner every night. It’s nice! And I love my quiet time. It is the balm at the end of the day.

    • Pat February 23, 2016 at 8:25 am #

      Kathryn,
      Sounds like you’ve got this thing DOWN, friend! I love the concept of getting the kids to clean up each night. Ironically, it was SO much easier when they were younger. As they entered teen years, and we started adding on activities and higher-level studies that required more time (sigh), it gets tougher and tougher to get them involved in evening chores…
      Oh well, as my mom used to say “This, too, shall pass!”
      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. sue February 22, 2016 at 9:29 pm #

    Really great advice here Pat. I always try to end the day with my plan for the next. It saves time and stress and makes the day start in a smoother way.
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    • Pat February 23, 2016 at 8:27 am #

      Sue,
      I would really be in a mess without at least thinking through the next day!! Don’t know why the concept didn’t really occur to me for so long – such a no-brainer to me these days!!
      Thanks for sharing…now have an amazing day 😉

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