Summary of Brett McKay, “Bookend Your Day: The Power of Morning and Evening Routines,” at The Art of Manliness. See also video.

Why to Have Morning and Evening Routines

  • Ensures the really important things get done. Get it done before office work and an unpredictable day.
  • Gives you time to moonlight. Don’t quit your day job yet.
  • Reduces decision fatigue. Make positive behaviors and tasks routine.
  • Keeps you grounded. Stay sane knowing will happen at the beginning and end of the day.

How to Create Morning and Evening Routines

  • Look at your most important goals. Make related behaviors or habits a part of your morning and evening routines. Suggestion: Every evening, review the day and plan for tomorrow. Every morning, review plans and goals.
  • Write it down. Make firm the what and when.
  • Adapt your routines as your life changes. Routines become all the more important with the additions of school, career, and family.
  • Get inspired by great men. Pay attention in biographies to morning and evening routines.