Do you have an End of Day Routine?
You hear about morning routines just about everywhere and for good reason–they are crucial for setting your day up for success! I've found end-of-day routines to be just as useful.
If you find yourself working all the time or not able to set real boundaries around your work or your business, an end-of-day routine and proper planning will help.
Here's my end of day routine and tips for making the transition away from work and back into life and then settling down for sleep.
START YOUR DAY WITH A CLEAR STOPPING POINT
When you sit down at your desk first thing in the morning, have a plan for when you'll wrap up work. Look at your calendar and make a note of what time you'd like to end so that you're already working within a time constraint. Work expands to the time we give it. There's always more to do. Before you start, make sure you know when you're going to stop.
CELEBRATE YOUR WINS AS YOU GO
When awesome things happen, allow yourself to really stop and feel into them. No matter if it's big or small, notice it and claim it for yourself as a win! Life is a roller-coaster and we want to ensure we're celebrating the highs as they come to us. Also, getting stoked on the little stuff keeps your energy levels high and keeps you feeling good.
DISCONNECT WHEN YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO
When you don’t disconnect, you are apt to carry work around with you into other things, therefore 15 minutes before you planned to end your work day, start the winding down process. Wrap up any projects you're working on and jot down a few quick notes in your notebook:
Today I did… This puts a bow on what you actually did for the day. To-do lists are great but an I-did list shows you what you actually accomplished. It also keeps you mindful of how you're using your time.
Tomorrow I need to…Writing down pending projects and crucial reminders for the next day will let you wrap up what you're working on and not feel like you're forgetting something as you leave your desk.
WIND DOWN FOR BEDTIME
If I'm really on top of it, I'll do some light stretching and breathing exercises before getting into bed. And I'll make sure not to use any electronics at least one hour before bedtime but that doesn't always happen...
The most important things for me are to make space for self-care and getting into sleep mode...and blue screens are definitely not good for that.
But life happens, so start with the intention, then relax and let it go.
JOURNAL ON IT ONE MORE TIME
I have a journal on my bedside table that I incorporate into my bedtime routine. I journal on anything that came up during the day but the most important things to write are the following:
I'm proud of...Give yourself some props for how you showed up during the day. What did you do well that you want to keep incorporating moving forward? What hard thing did you tackle? What tiny win did you have? Feel into the awesome human that you are.
Something awesome that happened... Being on the look-out for awesomeness keeps your brain expecting awesomeness. And lo and behold, if we expect awesomeness to show up, by golly, it will!
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