As a seasoned multi-tasking working parent, I know I can’t get my coveted six hours of sleep if I don’t do certain things before I go to bed every single night.
And if I can’t get my coveted six hours of sleep, I know the chances that I’ll be able to take care of my family, function at my day job, write my next book and, in general, be the plate spinning superhero I need to be each and every day, are about as slim as a big rig trucker taking ballet lessons. In the buff.
So, without further adieu (or any more disturbing mental imagery), here are the 5 things I do before I go to bed each night:
- Make coffee. If you don’t have a programmable coffee maker, get one. Right now. Trust me, you’ll thank me in the morning. As soon as my sleeping self sniffs the aromatic whiffs of caffeinated goodness coming from my kitchen, I leap out of bed faster than Javier Baez stealing home (I’m not gonna apologize; I bleed Cubbie blue).
- Have your child empty his or her backpack. After they toss or refrigerate any leftovers from their lunch, have them pack the next day’s while you make sure they covered all of their homework and had you sign and/or pay for everything you need to…because who likes getting a call from the sobbing child while you’re in the middle of meeting, informing you they couldn’t go on a super fun field trip with their classmates because you forgot to sign their permission trip and submit the fee (not that that’s ever happened to me, but I’ve heard of it happening to other families…just sayin’).
- Got clothes? Don’t just pick out what you want to wear. Make sure it’s cleaned and pressed and, above all, weather appropriate. Don’t get me started on the time I thought “polar vortex” referred to a new program our local zoo was promoting.
- Make your breakfast. No, I’m not talking about running scrambled eggs that will look about as appetizing as wet paint in the morning. I’m talking overnight oats. There are a ton of fabulous recipes out there, but I highly recommend these from Wholefully to get you started. Yummy, nutritious and easy – a plate spinner’s dream combo!
- What’s for dinner? The best time to answer that question is the night before. No – scratch that. The best time to think about what to have for dinner during the week is the preceding weekend. That being said, follow this blog for my weekly menu plans and recipes, (cross your fingers) posted on Sunday mornings.
That’s it for me. Do you have any pre-bedtime prep tips you care to share? I’d love to hear them!