Day 17: Your evening routine

Everyone looooves to bang on about their morning routines, probably because of that book Miracle Morning.

And no shade here—my day lives or dies on my morning routine.

But it also lives or dies on my evening routine, which is just as important.

See, I have this tendency to doomscroll until I’ve lost the will to live of an evening—long after I wanted to go to bed.

Note the operative word there:


I don’t want to be wasting my life on the sofa mindlessly scrolling the internet while silently screaming at myself to get the fuck up and go to bed.

The problem is, there are a lot of things to do between the sofa and my bed, and they overwhelm me.


  • Washing up after dinner
  • Tidying
  • Brushing my teeth
  • Washing my face
  • Having a shower if I've been working out or doing handstands
  • Getting my pyjamas or whatever on
  • Writing in my bedtime journal about interesting or funny things that have happened this day
  • Going to bed

You might be looking at that list and thinking yeah and? but to me, that is a mountain and it makes me want to shrink into a ball.

So I set myself a bunch of reminders:

  • 8.30 pm shower and/or get pyjamas on
  • 9.00 pm brush teeth
  • 9.30 pm stand up
  • 9.35 pm wash face
  • 9.45 pm go to bed
  • 10 pm GO TO BED

So far, it’s working. My average time asleep is creeping up, slowly. Woo!

Set a timer for 5 minutes and write about your evening routine. How do you wind down for bed?

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Happy writing!



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