The Importance of an Evening Routine

Chocolate Coconut Chia seeds overnight oats

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Overnight oaty goodness!

This is a guest post from Brad Ledson

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Colin Powell”

Evening routines play a pivotal role in setting you up for a better, healthier, more productive, stress free day.

And it all starts with the morning…

The morning struggle

Now I am a firm believer the more you plan your morning the better your day will be, but before you can have a stress free morning, you need to do a little prep in the evening.

If you’re anything like me, then mornings are tough, I’m either up at 4am to hit the gym or my wife and I are wrestling with our two young kids trying to get them ready for school and to eat up all their breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day after all.

I need at least a full glass of water and a cup of coffee before I’m in any frame of mind to function in the morning, regardless of the tasks I’m doing. I have never been a morning person and I still struggle from time to time.

The prep the night before

So with all that in mind, here are a few things I do as part of my evening routine.

  1. Prepare tomorrow’s breakfast. I’m a huge fan of morning oats at the minute!
  2. Prepare lunch/snacks for the day
  3. Prepare your clothes
  4. Prepare my gym kit
  5. Plan your training :weights/cardio/intervals
  6. Check my work tasks for the next day – just to give myself a heads up
  7. Turn all tech off at least 30 mins before bed time

The benefits

So now you’re thinking, yeah I can do all these things but what do I get out of it?

  1. A better night’s sleep as you are perfectly prepared for the next day!
  2. When you wake up you go straight into auto pilot. No more, “remember this or that” at the last minute
  3. Routines mean you can track your goals a lot easier.

Now it’s up to you. Try these tips and see the benefits for yourself. Keep your routine as short as possible, short means doable, and more, make sure they don’t put you off.

About the author

Brad Ledson is a blogger, Tough Mudder enthusiast and fundraiser for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. He blogs about training, diet and supplements, and when he’s not doing that, he’s also a dad.

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