Are you a lark or a night owl?
We all have an internal rhythm which means we are more alert at some point in the day. But as a parent, even as a parent who’s a natural night owl, I’m dog tired by the end of most days. I know there are some things I can prepare the night before which will make a huge difference to the kind of morning we have but I’m so tired, I don’t always remember them. That’s where the evening checklist comes in – or what soon became know as my Zombie List.
I’ve been using the zombie list for about a year and I love that I can wind down as I go into autopilot, potter around the kitchen and make sure I wake up to a morning which is likely to go my way. Yours might look different but here’s what’s on mine:
When I first started doing this, the list only had two things on it: Lay breakfast and check tomorrow’s meal plan for anything that needed defrosting or soaking (beans, mostly). As I realised how useful this habit was becoming, I was able to add on another few things that have since become really helpful in their own right. We were always forgetting our vitamins so I just put them out with breakfast. I hate wasting food so I make sure to put leftovers in the fridge. I ALWAYS forgot to charge my phone. No longer. I wanted to track our spending to stay on budget. It’s an easy time to do it. And yes, I plan the days from my kinder to do list which means spotting problems before they happen, like the fact that we need PE kit tomorrow or we need to change who does school pick-up because of a medical appointment.
The final line (coach) goes through to a really helpful app I’ve found if, like me, you believe in the transformative power of creating new habits. Whether it’s drinking more water or not going on social media when I’m focused on the kids, I programme in the habits I’m working on and just tick them off at the end of the day. It’s simple and intuitive and I really recommend it if you like that kind of accountability.
So, are you an night owl, a morning lark ? Do you just remember to do this of thing at night or do you, like me, tend to forget a few? And what would be on your checklist? I’d love to know!