Over at Money Saving Mom, Crystal (and some guest posters) are doing a series on making over your mornings. We're on day 11 of 15 right now, and you can read all the previous days by following this link.
Crystal is challenging readers to commit to a set bedtime and a set wake-up time for three weeks. The idea is that by starting your day intentionally — after enough sleep — you'll be more energized to face the day.
I'm still recovering from the summer of baby roulette (in which she might wake up at 4:30 a.m., 5:00 a.m., or anytime up until 6:30 or so — you never know when!). So I haven't had the energy to set an alarm. I know, I know. I wrote a book about getting up and seizing the day. Sometimes I take my own advice. But one bit of advice from this series that I have been thinking about is listing 5 evening must-dos. A good day begins the night before. Before I go to bed, I've been trying to remember to put some yogurt in the freezer (better for smoothies), shower (so I can wake up and get ready in less than 10 minutes), and plan out the next day's work schedule. If I don't plan my work schedule, I can quickly lose focus and spend an awful lot of time checking email. Some day I might get really ambitious and add something like "pull meat out of freezer for dinner" to the list, but I wouldn't bet on that anytime soon.
What do you try to do before bed?
In other news: The Columbus Dispatch writes about #beforebreakfast, and profiles several successful residents of Central Ohio. What do they do before breakfast? Find out!
Over at CBS MoneyWatch, I'm writing about The time-wasting mistake you probably make daily (at least I know I do!)
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