01 Oct 10 Productive Things to Do Before Bed
Today we’re talking about the 10 things we can do every night to make the next day easier.
Before we get to that, I want to let you know that this is the start of a series called Practical Proverbs. The goal is to show how you can use the wisdom in Proverbs to practically affect your life.
The Word of God isn’t just meant to change our lives. It’s meant to change how we live every single day!
Proverbs 31:13 “She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.”
When I think of eager hands, I think of someone who isn’t afraid of hard work. It’s someone who is ready to tackle the day.
That’s the kind of person I want to be. I want to be excited for my day and the work ahead of me.
In Proverbs 31:27, the author discourages having idle hands.
We’ve all had those days when we’ve binge-watched Netflix. We know we have things to do, yet we can’t seem to get up off the couch and get productive.
But there are several things we can do at night that’ll help us start the next day with productivity and eagerness.
You don’t have to wait until the morning to do your laundry.
Right now, I have six kids in the house ages eight and under. I’ve had to learn how to keep the laundry situation under control.
When the kids are brushing their teeth at night, I go around and collect all the dirty clothes. Because I do this regularly, I can wash almost all of them in one small load.
Then I set the washer to delay. This makes the washer start at about 5 in the morning so the clothes are clean when I wake up. When I get up, I switch it to the dryer, and then I read my Bible.
Next, I sort the clothes by child. It doesn’t take long because there isn’t much there. I put each child’s clothes in his/her basket so they can put the clothes away. To save time, I have the kids hang everything up instead of fold them.
Look Over/Plan Your Week
Every night, look at your calendar. I keep mine digital so I can see everything at once. It’s a good idea to take a look at your agenda for the next day and see what you have planned.
Look for appointments and obligations. Check to see what you have planned, make sure you have everything you need for your meal plan.
Take an Online Course
One of the best ways to stay productive is to keep learning. We don’t want to get lazy and become satisfied for just what we know right now. We want to keep growing.
There are courses online for almost everything these days. Any hobby or skill you want to learn, you can find an online course to teach you.
You can check out my shop to see the different courses I offer or join the waitlist for the Thriving Mom Club. TMC is a monthly membership that combines Bible study and life coaching for Christian moms. Each month you’ll get an exclusive Bible study, plus tons of videos on topics like productivity, marriage, parenting, and more.
Tidy Up the House
Before going to bed, I like to put the dishes in the dishwasher and make sure the kids’ toys are put away. This is a great way to make sure you keep on top of things.
Besides just helping to get things done, tidying up the house at night will help you feel less overwhelmed when you get up in the morning. You won’t be immediately met with all the chores that you have to do.
Choose Your Clothes for the Next Day
Before you go to bed, set out your clothes for the next day. Make sure that your outfit is ready to go. Check for wrinkles, stains, or tears. Then, when you wake up, you don’t have to worry about picking out something to wear!
This works great for kids, too. Have your children lay out their clothes the night before. To make it fun, they can lay out the clothes in the shape of a kid on the floor. We call it our “clothes kids”.
When clothes are set out like this, even children as young as three can get dressed on their own! Tell them to get dressed before even leaving their room in the morning. This will make your morning easier and less stressful.
Read a Book
Reading a good book at the end of the day is a great way to have some me time. Try to pick something light and fun that will relax you and settle you into bed.
I know this isn’t always easy for a busy mom in the evening, but it is well worth it to get recuperated.
If you know what you’re making the next day, bring the meat out to start thawing. Once you have a meat thawed, it makes getting your meal together a lot easier.
If your kids take their lunch to school, it’s way less stressful to have their lunches made the night before, too.
Stretch or Walk Around the Block
Try taking a gentle walk around the neighborhood. It will give you time to clear your mind, digest your dinner, and relax your body for bed. It’s a great way to end the day and have a good night’s rest.
Mom Tip: Don’t do strenuous exercise because it might do more harm than good.
Exercise Your Brain
Try doing an activity that helps to exercise your brain. You can use an app like Lumosity that gives you different games to stretch your brain. Even simple games like Sudoku can be beneficial.
Wash Your Face
This might seem obvious, but how often do you skip this important step?
When you don’t wash your face, you end up waking up with skin that doesn’t look how you want it to. That can make starting the day frustrating and difficult.
Even something as simple as this can make you feel good in the morning. When you’re feeling good, it’s easier to start your day with eagerness.
I know this might all seem very practical, but that’s the point! God wants us to apply His Word to every day, and we can get applicable wisdom from the verses in Proverbs.