Since I am not a morning person, which was established in my recent blog post about my morning routine, I do more at night to prepare for the next day (or if it’s Sunday, for the next week).
During the summer, I’m a lot more lax about my night routine, but during the school year, my Night Routine™ is very important and I do everything in my power to stay on track with it, even at 2 a.m. when I’m coming home from a night out.
So, here we go. Tips for improving your night routine (and some of what I do the night before).
Remove your makeup. This one should be obvious. If you’re wearing makeup, and you usually don’t shower at night, then please, for the sake of your skin, remove your makeup before going to bed. Why you would want to wake up still wearing day old mascara is beyond me.
Lay out your outfit for the next day. Okay, so I do enjoy this probably more than I should. Also, if I don’t plan out my outfit for the next day, I will end up wearing leggings and a sweatshirt. Which I do sometimes, but I like to dress nice most days, and I do not trust my morning brain to pick out something decent enough.
Pack your bag. Put everything you need in your backpack the night before. And if you exercise in the mornings, get all of that ready too. This will save you some rushing around in the morning (and will help you not forget anything important).
Check your planner. I check my planner probably about 18 times a day. This is also because when I’m bored in class, I’ll take it out and make random lists or stare at my calendar. But you should at least be checking it before you go to bed to make sure there’s nothing important going on the next day that you forgot about.
Do something to help you relax. I know this one can be hard to fit in. One, because I tend to do a lot of my work at night and usually don’t have a whole lot of time to force myself to relax before I get into bed. But this is important, and it’s something I need to do more when school starts up again. It can be something like having a cup of tea, reading a book or watching T.V. before bed. Maybe you like essential oils and relax by turning your diffuser on, or maybe you like to do some yoga poses to help you relax. Whatever it is, you should try and do something every night to help you unwind and decompress.
Pack your lunch if you need to. I usually don’t pack my lunch the night before, even though I really should because that does take up a decent amount of time in the morning. So that’s why I’m recommending you do it, because few things beat the feeling you have when you wake up in the morning and realize your lunch is already ready to go.
Is there anything you do every night to help you feel more prepared? Let me know in the comments!