Morning routines are all the buzz these days. Everyone has one, good or bad.
Few people have considered a night routine. If you don’t have a night routine, you are missing out on the most rewarding and meaningful part of your day.
If you’re like most people, your nights are probably spent vegging out on social media, Netflix, drinking, and snacking.
Scientifically, these behaviours are not surprising. According to psychologist Roy Baumeister, we all have a limited amount of willpower we can expend each day — mental energy is depleted by every decision we have to make, whether small or large. Baumeister calls this decision fatigue.
So, by the end of our day, we’ve made countless decisions and exhausted our willpower. Is it any wonder we waste away our most precious time, struggle to be present with our loved ones, and ignore the resolves we made that morning?
This is a huge problem.
Fortunately, routines are the antidote to decision fatigue. When something is routine, it’s requires minimal mental energy. The decision has already been made. Willpower is no longer required. Life is on autopilot. You stop self-sabotaging. Unfortunately, evening routines are much harder to master than morning routines.
In his book, The Compound Effect, Darren Hardy argues that a person’s morning and evening routines are the “bookends” of a prosperous life. Without these bookends, your life will always be a disorganised mess. With them, you’ll create tremendous momentum towards the life of your dreams.