My Evening Routine (as of January 2017)
My last post was about my morning routine (you can check that out here.)
The first thing you need to know about routine is
Your morning routine is only as good as your evening routine+
An ideal morning begins and ends with how you set up your evenings.
Here's my current evening routine:
- Try and be home @ around 9 to start winding down the night.
- Turn my phone on Night Mode. (3 seconds)
- Take a hot shower, run through the day's events, and end with cold water. (10 min +)
- Layout my clothes for the next day (reducing mental energy in the morning) (2 min)
- Roll my legs using a mobility ball [goal: my leg flexibility is pathetic, the goals is to be able to bend my legs enough to be a base in Acroyoga] [note: I feel a noticeable difference in my legs when I wake up, compared to not doing mobility at night] (5 min +)
- Make a SleepyTime drink (2 Tbsp of Raw Local Honey + 2 Tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar [I use Braggs] + hot water in a mug mixed up) — This smells awful but is super tasty. It'll knock you out real' good too. (5 min. make time)
- A glass of Calm Magnesium Supplement [This combined with the SleepyTime Drink is a one two punch ....zzzzzzzz] (1 min)
- While I'm drinking my healthy version of a night cap, I'll read a fiction book or a book that read like fiction (such as history or biographies) [current read: Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson ] (Usually just until I finish my Sleepy Drink)
- Teeth Health (3 min)
- Get in bed, lay on a sleep acupressure mat [I use the Bulletproof Sleep Induction Mat] (10 min)
- By this time I'm out. zzzzzzzzzzzz
Evening routine is about turning off and relaxing. You certainly don't have to do what I do, but you do need to do what makes you feel at ease and turns off your todo-list-mind.
Rest is equally as important as effort, but also the easiest thing to neglect +
I like to practice pushing my mental will capacity at night.
You know that feeling you get when you're in bed and you forgot something and you HAVE to get up. Ugh!! I like to push myself by lingering in those moments. The easy choice is not, it's saying no and going to bed anyway. But that's not my M.O.
I like to think that if I linger in that desire to not do something, and by do it anyway, I'm expanding my willpower.
Expand your capacity.
Linger in those moments of inaction, then train yourself to take action anyway.
I have no way of testing this, but my discipline in taking action has never been sharper.
Q: How can I expand my willpower more when it feels depleted?
If you feel like you don't have the time to have a evening routine, it's time to give yourself the space to create one. Make it a game, do it with your significant other, your kids and or your friends.
#KeepPursing — Josh Waggoner
Q: What's your Evening Routine?
(leave your answer in the comments below, if you feel the urge to share)