10 Things to Do Tonight to Have a Better Tomorrow

The following post is from Bernice Wood of Living the Balanced Life:

Source: Editor B

Does that look like you in the morning?

Mornings tend to be a rough time for many families. But we can create a foundation for a better day by preparing the night before.

Below are 10 habits to incorporate into your nighttime routine.

1. Forecast:

Look at your calendar/planner and see what tomorrow holds. Look up the weather and choose your clothes accordingly. Help your children do the same.

2. Prepare your tools:

Make sure your kids’ bags are all packed, papers are signed, etc. If you have to leave the house, prepare your bag as well. Does anyone need anything washed specifically for tomorrow (a uniform?)

3. Plan for fueling your bodies:

Look at food for tomorrow.

What will be for breakfast? For lunches? And what about dinner? Do you need to take something out of the freezer? Will you have to stop by the store tomorrow?

4. Maintain your surroundings:

Spend 10-15 minutes straightening the house and ask your family to participate as well.

Pick up dishes, trash, toys, clothes, and shoes. Load all the dirty dishes and run the dishwasher. Throw a load in to wash overnight.

5. Build bridges:

Spend a few minutes with each child — snuggling, cuddling, reading to, asking or answering questions.

6. Unwind:

Have a glass of herbal tea or even a small glass of wine. Kick back and put your feet up. No electronics, except maybe some soft music.

7. Meditate:

Practice true meditation or just sit quietly and contemplate the good things in your life. This could also be a time of prayer.

8. Bond:

Spend some time snuggling close with your mate. This is just a good way to end your day — close and comfortable.

9. Visualize:

As you set your alarm, set your mind for what time you will get up (make sure it is before your kids!) and what your morning will ideally look like.

10. Go to bed on time:

I recently heard author, Brene’ Brown, of Ordinary Courage speak. She said, “If I get less than 8 hours of sleep, I don’t make good choices.”

This is probably true for most of us!

What things do you do to have a more peaceful morning? Is there something on this list you want to try?

Bernice Wood is a mother of 4 young adult kids, plus Nana to 7 grandchildren. After a major lifechange summer 2010, she began blogging to journal her personal struggles and transition. To help others avoid the pitfalls of stress and burnout and learn to live a more healthy life, she recently launched her new blog at Living the Balanced Life.

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