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5 Productive Things I do Before Bed: My Evening Routine

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Creating routine and habits has become a real growth driven in my daily life. I’m consistently working on how to improve my productivity and be successful women. My evening routine is a big part of my successful habits. 

As you know, I’m a full time employee and I manage simultaneously this blog, so every minute of my day is precious. It seems harmless but believe me a few intentional habits can make a big difference in your life 😉

Having a morning routine is also very important for me. I start my day with 6 simple activities that allow me to be productive and it actually works.

For a long time, my evenings were all about relaxing on my sofa and watching TV, but since few weeks, I swapped my Netflix evening for a productive routine that actually brings me wellbeing and satisfaction before going to bed and helps set myself up for the next day.  

Night Routine

Why having an evening routine is important for your productivity?

Before starting creating any new habits, we need to understand why an evening routine is important for our productivity and wellbeing.

1. It helps to improve your sleep

Regular bedtime ritual help us getting a good sleep and having a restful night may stabilize the feeling of satiety, strengthen alertness and the energy level of the next day, optimize memory efficiency and promote good mood. Many benefits are listed in this article from MedicalNewsToday

2. It avoids stress of next day

Establishing a good evening routine can help you to prepare for the next day and reduce your stress levels by promoting organization and planning. 

3. Get your brain accustomed to habits

Habits are powerful; it’s something we do regularly without consciously thinking much about it.

Habits save our brainpower for other more important things in our days. You know routines are part of successful people journey to be more productive and focus.

Go read Atomic Habits by James Clear to help you build good habits and easily break bad ones! 

Things I do every evening before bed

When I go home, I transit totally into “out of work” mode, no email, no work late. My evening routine may change depending on my mood and desires, but here are my 5 usually  main habits.

Do something that I love

Evenings are the perfect moment to appreciate what makes me happy!

I take time for a warm bath, sometimes listening to my favorite songs 😉 and then I do my full evening skin care routine; it makes a real difference to my skin health. I usually choose the same products every night; I exfoliate and do my mask (I know, I need to try some homemade recipes). After that, I spritz toner on my face to hydrate it and I finish with my night cream, I switched recently to “Clinique Smart Night” I love this brand and I’m really in love with my skin 😉  

Cook homemade dinner

It’s part of my daily Self-care routine, I cook almost every evening with fresh ingredients. I plan all my recipes in the weekend and do my grocery shopping based on this list.

I love sharing this moment with my husband as we both work outside all the day, so we try to spend much time together in the evening.

We are currently in a ketogenic diet – (if you are in, try these 20 dinner recipes) and this is awesome! I have many new recipes to try.  

Write down my ideas for tomorrow

Planning and organization are things I’m obsessed about, ideas comes when I’m relaxing in bath or cooking my dinner. I take advantage and write down all these good ideas in my planner I’m not an evening person that’s why I prefer set my goals and my to-do-list in the morning. If you feel more productive in the evening, you can totally write your to-do-list for tomorrow and develop your action plan.

Journaling and gratitude are also good for your mental health. For myself, I do both in the morning.

I use multiple kinds of planner, one for my monthly and weekly goals I sat for my blog, another for my projects ideas, one for my finance stuff and budgeting, and others and others.

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Stop using my phone

I’m so proud of this new habit!! I put my phone away at least 30 minutes before bed, it was so hard to stay committed to this habit but I finally did it and now it’s like natural, I don’t feel need to use it late in the evening I prefer spend my time with my husband or reading new books.

If you really want to create a productive evening routine, I highly suggest you to try to establish this habit

Read a book

“The most important investment you can make is in yourself. Very few people get anything like their potential horsepower translated into the actual horsepower of their output in life. Potential exceeds realization for many people…The best asset is your own self. You can become to an enormous degree the person you want to be.” Said Warren Buffet. You are your biggest investment!

I read at least 2 books a month, few pages every night and I love reading in both French and English. Currently reading “The 48 Laws of Power” but also have some others in my waiting list 😉

As you can see, my evening routine is not busy; I choose habits that pushed me to be relaxed and productive at the same time. Spending time with people you love is very important especially if you far from each other during the day.

Do you have an evening routine? What are your favorite things to do before bed?

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162 Comments

  • Rachel Roy

    This is great advice. I love how these habits are calming and productive!
    I do use my phone phone (or laptop) before bed, but I try not to use social media or play games; it is what I read on most of the time.

  • Pam

    These are absolutely wonderful suggestions and I would love to start implementing these ideas into my evening routine! I am in search for a better sleep so all of these are great ways to wind me down at the end of a long day! Thank you so much for these suggestions!

  • Kadie

    Great post! Thanks for sharing. I have a hard time getting to bed a lot of the time mainly because I am thinking about the day and what I also have to do for tomorrow. Writing it all down before bed seems like such a good idea.

  • Grislean

    I love this post! I have trouble getting to bed so I think a good tip is writing a to-do list for tomorrow. That way it reassures me that I won’t forget and also have it ready for the next day. I need to get back to reading instead of browsing on my phone at night 😅

  • Kat T

    Such a good post!! Well done for getting into the habit of putting away your phone before bed! I am trying to not spend too much time on my phone and honestly really struggling!

  • Viki

    I absolutely love taking time in the evening to evaluate my day and plan tomorrow! It’s so relaxing to just have some candles, ambient music and write. I really need to stop using my phone before bed, I’ve honestly been trying for years but scrolling through things makes me fall asleep

  • Savannah

    Great post! I love the suggestions to put down my phone and to plan the day ahead. What great ideas to relax and get organized for what’s to come. Thank you so much for sharing these tips!

  • Emma

    I love having an evening/bedtime routine and find I definitely sleep better when I do!!! I also like to get off my phone where possible or my laptop. Not always easy because watching some TV or scrolling is so chilled. But it’s always better when I do a puzzle or read a book or listen to a podcast! Preferably after a hot bath!!!

  • Izzy

    I don’t have a strict night routine, but I’ve recently tried to stop using my phone before bed and it has helped! What I do now is to leave my phone in a different room so that way I’m not tempted to open any social media platforms. 🙂

  • Shuana

    It’s absolutely great and important to have a routine and I love how you plan the next day before you head to bed. I still struggle to do that because I snuggle in bed right after I take my shower, and eventually fall asleep. Thanks for sharing your evening routine, I’m inspired to push myself to have one (:

    Shuana
    howivebeen.com

  • Britt K

    Every night before I go to bed, I sit down and create a to-do list for the next day. This has really helped me to be more productive, as I wake up the next morning with an idea of what I hope to accomplish. it gives me direction. Recently, I’ve also started reading before bed. It’s been a nice change – I wish I had started doing that a long time ago!

  • Anthony Gaenzle

    These are great tips. A nightly routine can really help in a number of ways and can impact the following day. I really like the homemade dinner note. We always feel run down when we opt for takeout. A nice, homemade dinner can really set a positive tone.

  • Chloe

    I love reading a book before I go to bed. I’ve been doing it a lot more recently as I’ve been getting back into reading and I find it really helps. I do have to put a time limit on it though otherwise I’d probably be reading all night 😀 I have been trying to get into the habit of not using my phone before I go to bed although I don’t always succeed. It’s a work in progress. Thanks for some great tips!

  • seraine

    I really need to be better about my evening routine, especially stopping my phone use at least an hour before bed.I always sleep better when I don’t stare at my phone right before sleeping! Great tips!

  • Katie

    Great post. I agree, it is really important to do something you love in the evenings. I have just recently stopped checking my work emails from home in the evenings. I have notices how less stressed I am and manage to turn off from work 😁

  • Castlesandturrets

    Having a routine is so important! I always try to go to bed at the same time, wake up at the same time etc. I make sure to switch my phone off, have a glass of water – if I didn’t do the same thing I would never be able to sleep and I like my sleep haha! This has some great ideas in it, and it’s super useful for helping people get into a routine before bed, thanks for sharing x

  • Michelle

    I always enjoy reading people’s routines. I’m trying to cut off my bad habit of staying on my phone and scrolling through social media but I’m adding new habits on reading different books like Robert Greene.

    Michelle| brokebutflawless.com

  • Grace

    I currently have a terrible evening routine so will be putting some of these suggestions into practice and see if they help me to unwind and hopefully sleep a lot better.

    Grace x

  • Vanesh

    First, I appreciate the efforts you have taken to write and publish this posts about the things to do before sleep.
    I need to strictly folllow the rule – put the phone away before 30 minutes to go to bed.
    Thanks!

  • Narasinh Purohit

    Significant list. Let me tell you, I use ten minutes before going to bed and immediately after getting up in the morning for communicating with my subconscious mind. This has helped me to see my dreams materialized in real life. Thanks.

  • Kay

    Great tips – we recently moved into a new room and my DH and I are no longer allowing any phones/tablets into our bedroom at night. Instead, I complete my planner’s daily review and plan top priorities for the next day than we actually – are you ready? Talk! It is amazing! I can’t read books though – I will stay up all night to finish it.

  • ELL

    I loved this post! I have also started writing down a to do list for the next day in the evening and it has helped me so much. I can finally shut off in the evening and never stress about things tomorrow. Ell x

  • Matt

    Great tips! I have recently started cleaning up before bed too. It makes such a difference waking up in the morning to a clean and tidy house, ready for the day.

  • Sarah S

    This was super motivational for me.
    I am in the middle of my first week of trying to put away my phone before bed.
    It’s been a game changer for me already, but it’s hard!
    Great list!!

    • Natasha MacFarlane

      What a great post! I really enjoy routine. I feel so much less stress when I know what to expect. Thank you so much for this post! I’m going to try the phone thing, though I’m not sure il be successful right away! Haha

  • Kelly

    You have such a lovely evening routine. I have a morning routine but don’t really have a night time one, I need to get into the habit of doing something productive before bed.

  • Nicola

    Some really fab tips. I struggle with not using my phone before bedtime. I must try harder to put it down at least 30 minutes before. Well done for getting into that habit.

  • Stephanie

    This is practically my exact evening routine! Make dinner, do something I enjoy (watch a show, take a bath, do a facial), turn off my phone, and read a book until I’m tired enough for sleep. I don’t write down tomorrow’s plans because I write all my plans for the week on Sunday before the week begins! But I love your suggestions here so much.

  • Lizabeth

    I have tried to make nightly routines before in the past & they always seem to get messed up! But, I have read that there are serious sleep and health benefits to putting your phone away before bed. It suppresses the production of melatonin, makes it longer for you to fall asleep, & then makes that sleep much less satisfying. I am so bad at looking at my phone in bed even though I know it’s bad! If anything, I’ll at least have to make reading instead of scrolling through social media my new nightly routine.

  • Kelsey

    A lot of great ideas! I don’t have a nightly routine.. but I need one! Especially for skincare, that’s something I’ve been bad about. I’m lucky that I have good skin, but I know to keep it that way that I need to get into some of these good habits. I’d also really like to start reading before sleep as I love to read and I can never find the time. This post is motivating! Thanks for sharing!

  • Em

    This is a great post! I do a lot of these thing already so it’s nice to see that there are other people with the same ideas and putting them into action.
    I think turning off the phone and going to a book is so important and couldn’t agree more with you on this one!
    Thank you for sharing x

  • Kaci

    These are some great things to do before bed! I really need to get an evening routine. I’m way to inconsistent with my nights right now.
    Thanks so much for sharing your routine! Great post.

  • Rebecca Ross

    My evening routine is just to get straight out of my uniform when I’m home from work, take my make up off and relax with dinner in front of the tv with my husband. Right now we’re watching Once Upon a Time on Netflix. Then as all of my shifts are early starts I like to make sure I’m showered and ready for bed by 9pm so I can relax and start to drop off around 10pm-11pm

  • Divya

    Great post! I’ve started doing a full skincare routine before bed and I always try reading but I need to get out of the habit of being on my bed before sleeping haha!

  • Cassie

    I am SO bad about staring at a screen right up until bedtime. It’s either my phone or my kindle since I can’t just go to the library right now. One of several things messing with my sleep pattern.

  • Danielle

    Great suggestions!! I love writing in my planner and organizing my thoughts before bed! Or mindmapping just to put everything in my head down on paper so I don’t keep running through it when I’m trying to fall asleep.

    Danielle from Whether the Storm Blog

  • Kathryn

    Great ideas! I love reading before bed. I write my to do list on a morning so I know at the start of the day what my plan for the day ahead is, but ideas do tend to pop into my head on a night – especially when I’m getting in to bed. So I’ll start to write them down on a night before sleep so hopefully I’ll be more rested.
    Great post – thank you 🙂

  • Jaya Avendel

    My evening routine starts with dinner, middles with some exercise, and ends with writing or a good book. I have recently really loved checking out poetry books and trying my hand at writing structured poems. 🙂

  • Teresa

    Having any sort of routine in life definitely is important! I have a very relaxed morning routine, but it’s a routine I will not negotiate on! My evenings also tend to go the same way: I write my journal and make list tomorrow’s must-do tasks, have a quick scroll on Instagram and then retreat into bed to read a book before turning the lights off.

    Teresa Maria | Outlandish Blog

  • Charlotte

    Love this! My evening routine is very similar, but I need to read before bed more. I always have to write down things for the next day – otherwise, I lie awake thinking about it!

    Charlotte | charlotterick.com x

  • Sam

    Love this one! I think you brought up a really cool point at the beginning about how building up these habits is healthy not just for the sake of the habits themselves, but also for conditioning your brain to be better at developing habits in general.

  • Bri C

    Reading before bed puts me right to sleep, I love it! This extra time at home has really helped me create productive morning and nighttime routines. I hope these habits stick when it’s time to go back to the real world.
    This is a great post,
    xo Bri

  • Emma

    Wow seems like you’ve got your sleep routine perfected! I’ve tried so many because I know I sleep better when I have a relaxing bath, a proper dinner and read a book or magazine in bed or listen to music instead of watching TV or being on my phone!

  • Casey Anne

    My boyfriend and I have really started to get into a nightly routine lately. It usually consists of eating an early dinner, a cup of tea for me, putting the phones away, and reading a book. I love the nightly ritual and I’ve noticed it helps me sleep better and longer!

  • Emily Adventuring

    These are some great ideas! I really struggle with putting my phone down before bed – but I totally get the logic behind it! Need to work on that one! I also love writing my ideas/ thoughts/ to do list for the next day before bed!

  • Maddie

    Great ideas! I always write a list before bed, but I struggle with always being on my phone. I’ll definitely try to adopt your idea of not being on my phone for at least 30 mins before bed. Thanks for sharing ☺️

  • The busy shelf

    I always have a physical book and my kindle with me in bed xD Something else I do is listen to either podcasts like Get Sleepy or to stories from Calm. They help me ease into sleep and I love it event though ( or, rather because) they make me feel like a 5 years old being tucked in bed <3

  • Claire

    Brilliant ideas for a better evening. It really does make the mornings much less stressful if you’ve hit it the night before.

    I was doing well with a night time routine but since lockdown it has gone out the window. I must start again or when I return to work it’ll come as a real shock x

  • Simon Gary

    Great article! Thank you for sharing!

    As a huge believer in Continuous Improvement, I know the power of doing something small every day. I also know how, when driven by habit, these small things can add up to become a big difference!

    I admire you for cooking something from scratch each night, and for taking the time to plan these recipes and ingredients in advance.

    As for the mobile phone, that is superb advice. I’m going to give that a try myself! Fingers crossed!

  • James Tasker

    Really enjoyed this post, so thanks for sharing! Definitely need to implement putting my phone away before bed! It’s a really bad habit of mine to be on my phone just before sleep even though I know it disrupts the sleep pattern. I’ll work on that one.

    Hope you’re keeping well!

    James.
    anothermaleblogger.co.uk

  • Maisy

    Love this! I definitely need to pick up on some of your tips – struggling hugely with nighttime routine in lockdown. Really like the aesthetics of your blog too x

  • Matt

    Great list! There is something so unbelievably satisfying about cooking a proper meal at home, even if it is just something simple. There’s also a lot to be said for taking the time to do something you love.

    I actually make my list for tomorrow throughout the day. Anytime I think of something important that needs doing I add it to the list until the list is full. I find it works quite well and keeps me from getting sidetracked on future tasks that I think of.

  • Alyssa

    These are definitely great habits to have. I can tell you my biggest vice is putting down the phone/tablet 30 minutes before bed. I think I need an app to stop me lol.

  • Lori

    What a wonderful post! I am a big fan of routines, and I do many of the same activities you do each evening. My favorite nights are when the tv never gets turned on! Easing into a calmer state through routines definitely ends up in a better night’s sleep. Thank you!

  • Lindsey

    I love this post!! My bedtime routine is all over the place at the moment, it’s definitely something that I need to focus on and there are some great suggestions here. For some reason my evening skin-routine has totally disappeared and this has inspired me to definitely try again – thank you!

  • Clarissa Cabbage

    Great post! I really like that you included the self-care stuff. A few of my evening routines are similar. I like to write my to-do list before I lay in bed, otherwise I can’t sleep because my brain is worrying about all the things I need to do tomorrow. I also like to read and do gratitude journalling in the evenings. One thing I really need to work on is no phone before bed though!

  • Mehsi

    Great post! I liked reading about your bedtime routine. My bedtime routine is generally either reading a book, or if my eyes are too tired, watch some Netflix. I take about an hour for this so my body is completely relaxed. 🙂

  • Lisamarie

    Love this post… really great ideas for bedtime! I write down In a journal 3 things I am grateful for 3 things to let go from the day 3 things I hope to accomplish the next day. Then I set out my clothes for the next day and I read, my husband has the tv on…that’s the one habit I don’t like before bed but it’s okay because it’s the only way he can sleep. Thanks for the great post!

  • Katie

    This was so helpful! I work full time too and struggle to be productive during the week… I keep meaning to put my phone away before he’d and read instead but I can’t get in to the habit 🙈

  • Em Wells

    Night-time routines are something I love. I like to put on some music and write down a to-do list for the next day. I can’t function otherwise. I like to watch a little bit of Netflix, do my night face routine and then head off to bed. This post was lovely, thank you for sharing your routine!

    Em x

    https://loveemblog.blogspot.com

  • Jenny in Neverland

    Great post and I totally agree, developing routines that work for you really increase your self growth! I’ve been slacking with my bedtime routine recently, especially since lockdown. This has definitely given me the kick I need!

  • Aimsy

    These are great tips. I love reading just before I go to bed, it really helps to unwind, doesn’t it? Although sometimes I get really into the book and then can’t sleep!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Aimsy xoxo

  • Sumedha

    Lovely tips! Since I become restless during the night and fidget a lot with my legs, I’ve taken to stretching and tiring my legs out with some leg exercises. They help me sleep so much better.

    • Prettysam

      Very nice routine. Following up routine makes you productive. Like sleeping on time is a must. Even I love to take bath before sleeping. Lovely post.❤️❤️❤️

      Https: Prettysam1.blogspot.com

      • Kelly Diane

        It’s great to have an evening routine, especially one that helps you relax. Well done on putting your phone down 30 minutes earlier. I’ve been doing this for a while now but I remember how difficult it was to break the habit of scrolling before bed.

  • Jenn

    I have some of the similar routines I am trying to implement in my life now. I like to read before bed and try not to use my phone. And a whole skin routine as well.

  • Giulia

    Having a before bed routine is sooo good for you! It’s good sleep hygiene (essential to beating insomnia), something I wrote a blog post about and you are practicing it. I love that you put your phone away, that is a hard habit to break! I practice similar habits myself.

  • Stories of She

    Oh my.. The phone thing is SO hard but I have seen the benefit from it as well, it really helps rest your mind. I love your evening routine, I can definitely see how it gives you some peace and is healthier for your wellbeing.
    Fab post!

  • Haaya

    Absolutely love your blog and this post is perfect for me. My sleep routine is all over the place meaning I’m super cranky in the morning. I am definitely gonna try and unwind before I sleep every evening.

  • Beth

    Before bed I write notes or a mindmap for blog writes I need to write the next day or during the week and it helps me stay organised but also declutters my head and I can sleep better having chucked all those ideas down onto a page before I try to relax. I do it in a pink pen too, so it doesn’t get much better than that !

    • Johnny

      Good suggestions you’ve pitched in! I’ve started to read more often in the evening and not just in the mornings or afternoons. Recently I’ve been going for evening jogs/runs recently and so would take a bath by default. I also have to-do lists but might start doing them in the evenings before the next day rather than early in the mornings like you do as I think it might work better that way.

      Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures
      https://johnnystraventures.com

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