Let’s get some thing straight. I am a hot mess. An organized hot mess, but still a mess. To put this into perspective, Tyler just texted me and asked a very simple question.What are we doing for supper? My response was, I have no idea. I set some cauliflower out?
I think this pretty well sums up how a lot of us manage our nights on a continuous basis. Did we plan and prepare to have a good meal to be full and satisfied? Did we set out an outfit so there’s no early morning panic of, what am I wearing today?
If you are like me today then the answer would be no. I didn’t plan for supper, therefore we’re having sandwiches. I did not plan my outfit and now I have a huge pile of clothes to clean up on my bed. See where I’m going with the action/consequences thing? I don’t like having to throw together a sandwich for dinner because I want something with a lot of protein and something that actually tastes good. Also, cooking is so comforting. I also don’t like to wait until the last minute to throw together an outfit because if you look great, you feel great. But, let’s face it. We are all human and sometimes It is good for you to throw the routine out of the window to relax or have fun. Just make sure you are comfortable enough with your routine that you don’t mind getting back into the swing of things.
So, let’s dig in, shall we?
My (most nights) Nightly Routine
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
Getting Home From Work
This portion of the evening is crucial. You are tired, hangry, and generally just needing to
be left the hell alone. You should have a cheese stick and say push forward because you know your tomorrow will be great with a little prep today.
- Say hello to your spouse. You have no idea how much this will brighten your(and their) day. Plus, husbands are kinda like puppies. They’re adorable and they really miss you when you’re gone so it’s best to love on them when you can.
- Start supper. If you like to use the slow cooker, you just knocked some cooking and cleaning out of the equation. If not, here are some awesome 30 minute meals. Also, have a glass of wine while you cook. It’s a crucial step.
- Light cleaning. I’m talking the tables with all the things on them, doing the dishes, starting a load of laundry. These things that don’t take a lot of time but for some reason become so overwhelming if left unattended.
- Have dinner with your family. Seriously do not skip this one. It’s more crucial than the wine mentioned above.
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
This is a good time to read some of that book you love, catch an episode of your favorite show, or just have some quiet time. However, be careful of where you put your relaxation time because we aren’t done prepping for a successful next day…
- Shower. It is absolutely essential that I shower as early as possible because I have enough hair for about three people and a small child. This means that I’m either needing more time to air dry before I blow dry or I just need some extra, extra time to blow dry all the way. The struggle is real y’all.
- Plan that killer outfit. Have it hung up with your shoes and accessories ready to go.
- Pack a lunch and snacks for the next day. Pack all the protein so you can drive by the do-nut shop without an internal battle of willpower. This is especially important if you have class until 9:30 p.m three nights a week.
- Study. I try to plan at least one hour to study. luckily, I have down time before my night classes to catch up on homework so I don’t have to devote as much time when I get home. Hubby appreciates this.
- Relax. That’s it on this one. Give yourself some time and enjoy being with your family.
My goal is to be in bed at 10:30 p.m. finishing a chapter in my book. This is what I’ve found to be a perfect ending to my day.
That’s it! This is the basic routine I follow. It allows me to have a little structure but still be flexible to achieve what I need to for the next day. It’s not complicated, but everything gets accomplished and that’s the goal here.
So, what is your routine?