FLYing Basics: Day 28 – Success Begins The Night Before

About a month ago, I came home tired and decided not to shine my sink.  I left them piled up in the sink and went to bed.  What I did not know is that about 2 hours later, my son would wake up screaming with an earache, and would continue to wake once an hour until morning.  Ugh.  When I finally arose the next morning, I had to face a full sink of now icky, crusty dishes.  And then I had to add my breakfast dishes to them.  Double Ugh!  I also had neglected my full Before Bed Routine, so clothes were not set out, and I had no to-do list prepared for the day.  So now, with little energy left, I had to rush to find clothes for me and my son and leave the dishes to wait until mid-day so I could make it to the 1st available Doctor’s appointment.  I couldn’t have prepared for his ear-infection, but I life would have been just a little easier that morning, if I had done my routines the night before.

We never know what we will face the next day, so for the greatest success you should aim to prepare the night before.  You may be tired at the end of the day, but it soooo worth it the next day if you can awake to a clean kitchen, clothes ready to go, and your to-do list ready to go.  We’ve talked about our Before Bed Routine before, and hopefully, you have at least your Big 3 routine all set up.  But I want to focus a little more on the To-do list step.

Your Road Map For Tomorrow – Your To Do List

I didn’t always used to make a to-do list the night before; I used to wait until morning, and just think about what I needed to do then.  But I realized I could be much more effective if I thought my day through even earlier.  Towards the end of my Before Bed Routine, I sit down at my desk and take a look at my calendar.  Do I have any appointments for tomorrow?  Early morning appointments may mean I need to get up early and start my Morning Routine sooner.   I also need to see what my Weekly Focus task is for tomorrow, and see when I can fit them in.  For instance, today I had to work in the afternoon, so my Afternoon routine had to be done in the morning.  If I hadn’t planned that out the night before, my tasks would still be undone.  Without a plan, you are at the mercy of your day, instead of in charge (somewhat).

To plan my time, I like to use a sheet called the Daily Docket.  The one pictured is from the printables section at  www.simplemom.net.  This is one of 2 sheets I alternate between (the other is from www.mrsjanuary.com).  The one I used for today is perfect for days when I work, because I can make a time schedule alongside my to-do list.  I just plug-in my appointment times, then add in my routines and focus tasks.  All other things I hope to accomplish go on the to-do list section.  I was able to keep good track of my water today too!

If you are having a hard time keeping up with your routines and new weekly schedule, try to plan a little sooner.  Make every effort to complete your Before Bed routine each and every night.  Look over your schedule for the next day and really think about what you hope to accomplish on your focus tasks.  It takes work to get into a new schedule.  You don’t need to have it memorized–just look it over the night before.  When I wake up the next day, I can start right on my day.  You’ll find it so much easier to stay on track with your Weekly Cleaning schedule if you prepare this way.  So make a goal to think about tomorrow the night before — it only takes a couple of minutes, and could save you a lot of hassle in the morning!!

Get back to a consistent BBR and keep FLYing!

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