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The evening routine is definitely a good thing. It relies on stopping work on time, and I am not perfect at that yet, but the evening routine clearly means better sleep and a more pleasant morning.

Here’s the routine:

  • 6:00 Stop work.
  • 6:00-7:00 Prepare and eat dinner.
  • 7:00-7:30 Dinner cleanup and daily chore. Deadline for food, electronics, etc.
  • 7:30-8:30 Needlework
  • 8:30-9:00 Self care/ get ready for bed (hair, teeth, skin, nails, clothes for tomorrow)
  • 9:00-10:00 Read
  • 10:00 Sleep

Dinner has been quite nice most days. Lots of fruit and veg, lean protein, flavorful herbs and spices. I can’t say I’m being a foodie, but I’m having proper meals most days. Of course, I use meal planning stickers to organize this. And I’m embracing vegetables. This week’s featured veggie is the radish.

I’ve also done the scheduled cleanups and chores. Not tonight because I am adamant about Friday evenings off so I don’t know why I thought I’d be dusting. But this is certainly giving me better mornings, and I won’t need to spend hours cleaning tomorrow.

Needlework is important to me, but fitting it in is difficult. With the scheduled time in the evenings, I redid the sleeves of #1 son’s sweater again this week — I am optimistic that it will be right this time.

Taking time for a bath or shower and getting ready for bed properly makes a surprising amount of difference in how I feel. Getting into bed early with an actual physical book leads to better sleep.

Next up: morning routine.