How to Create an Unbeatable Night Routine

Nighttime is a difficult time of day.

It’s been a long day at work or with the kids. You’re exhausted. Willpower is low. And it’s almost impossible to stick to anything healthy or good for you.

Or is it?

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This is why an intentional night routine is so important. With the right repetitive habits, you can still take care of yourself even when you least feel like it.

In turn, this gives you a huge advantage in your everyday health, happiness, and productivity.

“The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.”

Mike Murdock

So, today we’re looking at key ways to make your night routine work better for you.

10 Critical Tips for an Amazing Night Routine

10 terrific night routine ideas, tips that work

1. Decide What You Need – Night Routine Ideas

First, decide what actions to try in a beautiful evening routine. So, take a look at the list below, and jot down three that would be most helpful to you at night. All are meant to calm you down for the evening or set you up for tomorrow’s success.

The Night Routine List

Read a good book

Journal (gratitude, celebrate small wins, and/or check-in with habits using this printable)



Listen to soothing music or nature sounds

Take a bath

Drink a cup of tea (an hour or two before bed)

Connect with your partner or kids

Make your priority list for tomorrow

Set things out for tomorrow

Tidy a space that needs it

Try a brain dump printable (write down anything you are thinking about to get it out of your head)

Practice gratitude

Do bedtime yoga or stretching

Say a few calming bedtime affirmations to get in the right frame of mind

Take a light walk

Watch a show that helps you shut down (no feeling guilty)

the night routine list includes journaling and tea

For more night routine ideas, check out 11 Things to do at Night or 99 Life-Changing Habits!

Related: Daily Self-Reflection Questions To Ask Yourself

2. Try the Golden Ten

Carl Pullein (productivity couch and author) spends ten minutes each night reviewing how he’s doing on his goals and objectives and what he can do to improve on them for the future.

This practice is an effective and straightforward way to see if you’re making progress on what you want out of life.

So, if you need more direction or purpose to your days, consider adding this to your night routine list as well.

3. Curb Bad Habits

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Mm, but where do we find the time for the tremendous actions above?

Next, take a look at what is currently filling your time. Which night time activities are NOT helping you wind down?

Possibilities may include:

Scrolling your social media feed

Binge-watching shows or YouTube

Worrying about everything (the day, other people’s opinions, things that could go wrong)

Video games

Finishing a book you don’t enjoy


Checking email

Online shopping

Eating late at night

Drinking caffeine and large amounts of alcohol

Nowadays, the biggest hindrance to a life-changing night routine is our technology.

There are so many ways to get sucked into our devices, and hours pass before we notice.

But, by intentionally keeping track of your technology, you eliminate most of the destructive habits on this list.

So, set a time limit for your screens. Perhaps you scroll your social media for a thirty-minute allotment only, or you turn your phone on airplane mode at 9:00 pm every night.

Set firm rules that limit your self-sabotage. Then, stick to them!

4. Create Rituals That Promote Sleep

Next, improve your night routine by getting the best sleep possible.

Experts suggest building a hygiene ritual that signals to your brain that you’re preparing for sleep. Not only do these actions tell your mind it’s time to sleep, but they make sleeping easier as well.

So, make a short sleep ritual of turning down the lights, putting on pajamas, brushing teeth, cooling off your room, and starting the white noise or fan. It only takes a few minutes, but it will be the trigger your brain needs to relax.

5. Utilize a Weekend Night Routine

Now, weekends do one of two things. First, they mess up your routine faster than a toddler swipes a brownie. Or they set you up for a fantastic week ahead. Strive for the second option and utilize that extra time.

Channel the self-care Sunday vibe and add to your weekend night routine. Perhaps you deep condition your hair, take a bubble bath, or enjoy a long walk in the evening.

Whatever you do, nurture yourself before bed, so that you’re ready to conquer the week ahead.

Related Post: A Sunday Checklist to Prep for an Amazing Week

Additionally, be flexible on the weekends, but don’t abandon your routine completely. Taking a one day break is fine, but overall consistency is key to keeping the routine (and benefits) alive.

How to Stick to Your New Night Routine

how to stick to your night routine

Sticking with anything new isn’t easy, but these tricks help make the road ahead a smoother path.

6. Slowly Build a Strong Foundation

Now that we’ve separated the good from the bad, the key is to dip your toes in the water, instead of a headfirst plunge.

What is one habit you can do for the next week?

Commit and dedicate your time to this one habit every night. You should have plenty of free time now that you’re limiting the things that hold you back. Try this habit for two or three weeks, then add a second ritual to your night routine.

By slowly building, you’re setting a strong foundation for this night routine that lasts.

7. Create Reminders

Next, make it easy to remember your new night routine! Most of us need help when the going gets tough.

So, set an alarm for your phone each night telling you when to get off your screens and start your routine. If that’s not enough, text a friend your nightly routine for a few weeks. Knowing that you have to send a picture or check-in will get you to follow through.

A checklist works well too! Sign up below for extensive self-care ideas and a daily checklist to keep track of your rituals!

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8. Plan for Your Obstacles

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We all have challenges to our ideal routines. Remember those awful habits above?!

No matter how devoted you are to a better night routine, there will be obstacles. So, plan ahead for this!

Here are a few common problems and solutions:

Problem #1:

Just when you settle down to journal, one of your kids (that’s supposed to be asleep) enters the room.

Solution #1:

Tell your child that if they enter your room after a certain time there is a consequence (lights out, early bedtime tomorrow, etc.) Then, follow through.

Problem #2:

You don’t get to journaling at all because Netflix won’t stop playing the next show.

Solution #2:

Decide beforehand that your partner will turn off the tv after two episodes of your show. No matter what!

Now that we’ve explored a few, what are your most common obstacles? And solutions? If you need specific help, leave a comment below and I’ll help brainstorm a solution. 😊

You won’t be able to take care of everything, but by planning for your obstacles, you’ll have a much better chance of succeeding.

9. Make it Easy to Look Forward to

Importantly, be sure that the actions you pick are those that you truly benefit from.

After a few weeks, if journaling doesn’t make you happy, then don’t force it.

Likewise, if drinking tea before bed makes you pee at midnight, opt for a different wind-down ritual. It’s essential that you love these bedtime routine actions and look forward to bookmarking the end of your day. So, listen to your body and mind.

Otherwise, what’s the point?

10. Set Work Boundaries

Finally, this is crucial. So many of us still have to-do items to get done at night.

While it feels good to “get stuff done” when the kids are in bed, we slowly destroy our mental health and productivity.

As a result, burnout is now officially a syndrome!

If you’re a night owl and tend to be ridiculously productive at night, good for you! But for the majority of us, it’s difficult to be effective at night and still wind down for a rewarding day tomorrow.

So, decide on a time every evening that you check out from work and your adult responsibilities. It will be one of the best things you ever do for yourself!

Related Post: Create Your Powerful Not to do List

My Ideal Night Routine

My night routine - includes a lot of sleep!

As a mom of three littles, this is what my beneficial night routine looks like. Do I get there every night? Definitely not. But I do often, and it includes the rituals that make me happy.

Early afternoon: Cut off caffeine.

After dinner: A cup of herbal tea, take a walk with family

1 hour before bed: Turn off the phone/computer, stop drinking water, jammies, lay out tomorrow’s workout clothes, personal hygiene, read for 10-30 minutes

30 minutes before bed: Time with hubby

The biggest issue at bedtime is letting go of the day. If I follow the night routine, it’s no problem. If I deviate too often, my mind is like a hamster that escapes its cage. (Which does not result in a great night’s sleep)

What do Successful People do at Night?

The night routine of successful people

Seeing what works for other people is a huge part of learning, so here are the night routine actions of incredibly impactful women.

Oprah Winfrey – The media mogul described her daily routine to Bazaar, and it includes a nightly bath before bed.

Arianna Huffington – After collapsing due to exhaustion, Arianna discovered the importance of unplugging and plenty of sleep. She “escorts” her screens out of the bedroom at night, takes an Epsom salt bath, and sleeps only in pajamas (Business Insider).

Jennifer Lopez – Here’s what Jenn told Instyle

“The number one tip is to always get enough sleep. I can’t stress this enough. Beauty comes from within—you have to keep your mind, soul, body, and spirit in sync. I am a firm believer in meditating and when you are happy and feel joy and love, you radiate beauty.”

Find more wellness routines of successful women >>

What’s Next?

Now, it’s time to step into your intentions.

What are you doing at night that helps you? What are you doing that hurts you?

Each day is your life in miniature, so be careful with even the smallest of routines. In the end, they make up a large portion of your existence.

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