Today was not my day. The evening, well that was a different story. But the day…not mine.
Let me walk you through my morning, the start to the day that was not mine and I think this might set the stage…
I was running 5 minutes late in my getting-ready-routine because I hit the snooze button one too many times.
I pulled into my work, also 5 minutes late, got up to my 3rd floor office, unloaded my bags, opened my desk drawer where I keep my laptop and thought to myself, “Oh my goodness, someone has taken my laptop!”
Then, and not a second before, it dawned on me that I had taken my laptop home for the weekend. I couldn’t have remembered that as I was pulling out of the driveway, partway through my commute, or even as I was pulling into the parking lot at work. No, I was sitting at my desk, saying good morning to my co-workers, with my commute well behind me. Awesome.
So I explained my situation, texted my manager and went back to my car to start the long drive back home to pick up the one thing that I absolutely needed to bring to work each day.
I’m not sure which emotion I felt most strongly on that drive home – embarrasment, frustration, anger, or stupidity – but needless to say, I was not happy.
It could have all been prevented had I just laid out everything that I needed to take to work the night before. Then I would have had to have blatantly chosen to not pick up my laptop bag because it would have been right there in front of me, instead of in a dark corner underneath the home desk where I never gave it a second thought.
So in short, I need a better bedtime routine.
While I would like it to be as simple as storytime and sleeptime, I think my adult bedtime routine will probably involve things like packing my lunch, washing any leftover dishes, laying out clothes for the next day and reading or journaling before falling asleep. My plan is to start with a bedtime routine in hopes that once it is a habit, it will help my mornings be that much easier. And down the line, help ease the transition to an earlier alarm time, something I have been wanting to accomplish for quite some time now.
Do you have any tips for a morning or bedtime routine? Something that works well for you?