Start Your Day the Night Before

With all we do, time seems to fly by. It’s hard to believe it, but the holidays are almost here (where did the year go?), and that means trying to fit a massive holiday to do list into our already packed schedules.

But we’ve got a little tip that can make a big difference. Let’s call it “Start Your Day the Night Before.”

If you already do this, stick with us. We might have an idea or two to supercharge your nighttime routine. But if you’re not already doing this, we’re totally excited to share it with you because it is hands down, the very best tip for getting more done. And isn’t that what we’re always after? 

Give yourself (and your kids) a gift everyday — the gift of a clean slate! It stinks to have to wake up and still deal with yesterday. You know what we mean — you wake up to a sink full of yesterday’s dishes. Sitting on your dresser are the folded clothes from yesterday’s laundry. The dining room table is mounded with a heap of varied things from many yesterdays past.

No more of that. From now on, start your day the night before.

Seven Promises

Before you hit the hay, write down seven important things that you promise to accomplish tomorrow before your head hits the pillow. Why seven? Because it’s the number of completion. God made the world in seven days, and there are seven days in the week. If you make up your mind to complete those seven things every day, you’ll be a rock star in your house.

Chances are you’ll have more than seven things that you want to get done, so put those on another list. During your before bed routine, check today’s list. Figure out when you can accomplish anything that was left undone and make a new list for tomorrow.

Wake Up to a Clean House

Don’t let yourself off the hook on this one. Make a commitment to clean up before bed. Get everyone involved, and clean the kitchen, pick up stray items, and sweep the floor. If you’ve got papers or things that you need to sort through later, put them in a basket out of sight. You deserve to start your day with a clean house.

Check the Calendar

Grab your calendar and take a look at what’s coming up. Think about the week ahead. Do you need to pick up craft supplies for your daughter’s Girl Scout meeting this week? Does your husband need a suit dry cleaned for a big meeting? Plan out food shopping days and errands, and streamline your trips — this can be a big time saver.

Plan the Food

Is it just us or do other people think food can be a big pain in the butt? Don’t get us wrong — we LOVE food, but planning and buying and preparing it takes a lot of thinking and doing. If you really want to add time to your day, plan this all out the night before and do any prep work ahead of time. Think of ways you can streamline cooking.

And have the kids make their lunches before bed.

Get Clothes Ready

Have everyone in the house figure out tomorrow’s outfit during the nighttime routine. If you’re the ironing type (Jenni is and Jody’s not), get that done before you hit the sack. Lay everything out and make sure it’s 100% ready to slip on in the morning.

Pack Your Bags

Give your purse a quick overhaul, and make sure you have everything you need. Get the diaper bag ready, and have the kids get their book bags ready. Place everything near the door, ready to grab and go.

Do It First

Does your family like to veg out in front of the TV for a little while before bed? Ours does sometimes, and on nights that we don’t do TV, we’re still doing something semi-recreational — reading, working on a project, talking, taking a family walk.

Here’s the key to successful nighttime routines — do them first! Before your tush hits the couch, set yourself (and your family) up for success tomorrow and get the routine done. If you do, this will be the best holiday season ever.

Jenni and Jody

Jenni and Jody

Jenni and Jody are Christian, homeschooling moms with ten kids between them (ages 5 to 29), including one on the autism spectrum, plus one baby grandchild. Together they host a weekly syndicated parenting radio show, write a weekly newspaper column, freelance for a variety of publications, teach parenting and homeschooling workshops and seminars, speak at conventions and conferences and coach individual families. They are passionate about encouraging and equipping families to Parent On Purpose (POP) with the end result in mind.

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Jenni and Jody are Christian, homeschooling moms with ten kids between them (ages 5 to 29), including one on the autism spectrum, plus one baby grandchild. Together they host a weekly syndicated parenting radio show, write a weekly newspaper column, freelance for a variety of publications, teach parenting and homeschooling workshops and seminars, speak at conventions and conferences and coach individual families. They are passionate about encouraging and equipping families to Parent On Purpose (POP) with the end result in mind.

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