Let’s take a moment to appreciate the nighttime ritual. Morning routines tend to get all the glory: A peek into someone’s waking hours will reveal their secrets to productivity, motivation, and ultimately, success. Improving your morning routine is a worthy endeavor of course: The a.m. can set the tone for the rest of the day. But the evening hours, those are precious moments too. If the morning is about setting an intention for your day ahead, then the night is about reflection. (What is intention without reflection?) How you close out your day can have just as much impact on your well-being as how you start it.
I don’t know about you, but more times than not, I let the day get away from me. As the hours tick on and the tasks pile up, I get caught up in the minutiae. Before I know it, the day has ended—and whatever goals or intention I set that morning has been lost to time. Then there’s nothing left in me except the dwindling energy to wash my face, crawl into bed, and slowly fade into slumber. Not very mindful, no? But it is reality.