UPDATE / 5 Things To Do After 5pm (My Evening Routine)
I wrote a pretty personal post last week (I’ll link it below) and I figured before getting into this week’s “lighter” post, I owed you all an update.
I worked really hard on myself this past week, and leaned on a lot of people in my life for support. Things aren’t really getting any better, but they’re not getting worse, and for that I’m thankful. The hard work continues and I can only hope that the dark cloud hanging over my head lifts soon. Thank you all for being so patient with me. I know I haven’t been that accessible through text or by phone, and I apologize for that. Isolation, unfortunately, interferes quite heavily with my ability to surround myself with loved ones. I’m working on changing that.
The fight goes on.
P.S. I am now officially an aunt!
5 Things To Do After 5pm
Also Known As: My Evening Routine
Since I started my new job at the beginning of January, I’ve been trying to work on my evening routine so that my days go a little smoother. I fully believe that a consistent, well-rounded evening routine will pave the way for a more successful morning and afternoon the following day. Here me out - some of these suggestions may sound a little basic, or even slightly unimportant. But I promise you - what I’m doing seems to be working. I haven’t been late for work once!
1) Prepare your breakfast and lunch for the following day
I always get my meals ready the night before, especially because my alarm rings at 5:45am and there is not much time to do prep work before I leave the house. If I need to cook anything for my breakfast or lunch, I make sure to do so, and I pack my lunch before I go to bed. I try and get as much ready as I can so that things move quickly in the morning. I know the term “meal prep” is super trendy all over the Internet, but it is not something we should break our heads over. That being said, a little goes a long way in ensuring that mornings are smooth and hassle-free.
2) Lay out your clothes for the next day
I deal with incessant body image issues (like a lot of people in this world, unfortunately), and there is nothing I hate more than trying to get dressed in the morning and being unable to choose an outfit that makes me feel good enough. In order to beat that feeling, laying out my clothes the night before allows me to not waste any precious “morning time” figuring out what to wear. Let me tell you - not changing 100+ times before work because I don’t feel comfortable is another reason why I haven’t been late!
3) Pack your bags and charge your electronics
I need to bring my laptop and chargers to work, so I always make sure they are in my purse before I go to bed. The last thing I would want would be to get to work and realize I forgot my electronics at home. Plus, packing my bag with my (fully-charged!) laptop and chargers shaves about two minutes off the time I need to get ready for work in the morning. And I’ll take any time I can get!
4) Write down important tasks and reminders in your agenda/planner
Call me old-fashioned, but I still write in my agenda. I know a lot of people use schedules on their phones these days, but it is really a nice feeling to be able to write and plan on paper. Usually, in the evenings, I write down all important tasks for the next day, but also tasks that have come up for that week. I add in grocery lists on the days I go to the grocery store, and lists for the pharmacy, the dollar store, and any other store I need to pass by. I schedule when I will do certain chores (mop, vacuum, dust, etc.) and when I will see my friends. Don’t underestimate the power of an agenda or planner! As a bonus, they make really cool and personalized ones these days that you can totally customize. It really is a win-win.
5) Call your loved ones
Always call your loved ones. The simple act can go a long way. And never go to bed mad, either. It’s not worth it.
There you have it! I’m curious - what does your evening routine look like? What are things you do every night to ensure you have a successful morning? Let me know in the comments - I would love to hear from you!