The Routine of Champions
Setting up a nighttime routine was a game changer for me. Why? Well, for starts, I finally felt like I wasn’t a failure for not being consistent with any kind of morning routine (I’m not a “morning person”). Plus, now my nocturnal habits help me end my day well. And when you end your day well, you sleep better—which ultimately leads to starting the next day off right.
But . . . just like a morning routine, a nighttime routine can be difficult to maintain if you don’t know what you’re doing. So, for today’s post, I’m sharing five tips on building a nighttime routine and, as a free bonus, I’m offering a simple overview of what my nights look like.
Five Extremely Helpful Tips
- Use the secret weapon: listen to the Bible
Like I said in the video, listening to the Bible was a game changer for me. This is such an easy thing to do, and it will cause you to start craving Scripture. Honestly, I don’t know how to describe the Bible. It’s comfort when you’re hurting. It’s the answer to a problem you can’t solve. It’s creativity when you need an idea. It’s love. It’s power. It’s alive. It’s dynamic. So just put on those headphones and let God’s Word light up your nights.
- Get competitive
Competition isn’t something that only belongs within sports or games. If you use it correctly, it is an amazing tool and motivator. I’m competitive with myself to see how long I can keep my nighttime-routine streaks going. In fact, the Bible App has a tool that tracks the number of consecutive days you’ve read or listened to Scripture. There are many healthy ways for you to be competitive with yourself—or others—so be on the lookout for them. (My current streak on the Bible App is 55 days . . . beat me, or at least try.)
- Don’t set yourself up for failure
This is a simple yet an important thing to remember. Don’t make crazy complicated routines or goals. Just start off simple. Once you master the simple, then you can add new things. Any great routine is built with a bunch of small, intentional steps. Maybe just try listening to the Bible while you’re falling asleep and then work up from there.
- Mix it up
On one night of the week, I’ll do something completely different. This helps me keep things fresh. What does that look like? For me, it’s always changing, but I mostly research random questions that I thought up during the week, listen to audiobooks, watch scientific YouTube videos (a channel I’d recommend is Smarter Everyday), watch or listen to a sermon (maybe the latest S&D episode or MessengerTV), or work on a special project.
- It’s not about the routine
Even though this tip may seem anti-routine, it very well could be the most important tip to building a great routine. The whole idea here is to create space for God to reveal new things to you. And as you do this, you’ll notice that He actually can and will speak to you throughout your whole day as well. His goal is deep relationship, so when God invites you to break the mold for the sake of greater intimacy or to experience something new, don’t be afraid to step out.
Listen to 1 Samuel within the Bible App. This is an amazing book. And if you enjoy book one, there’s a part two. Download the Bible App if you don’t have it already, put on those headphones, and crank the Word.
(Sunday – Thursday)
8:45 PM – Reminder Alarm
- This alarm is a simple reminder for me to wrap up whatever I’m doing
9:00 PM – Listen to the Bible
- Headphones go in
- Get ready for the next day
9:15 PM – Continue listening to the Bible or mix it up
- I’ll go to my desk and continue listening to the Bible while taking notes
- Mix it up
- Research a question
- Educational videos
10:00 PM – Pray
- Some people pray at the beginning of their time. But I pray after listening to the Bible because I feel my prayers are more focused then.
10:30 PM – Get in my bed
– While falling asleep, I’ll listen to the Bible.
(Fun Fact) Did you know that according to the Bible the beginning of the day starts after the sun sets, not rises? Which means, if you really want to start your day off right then start at night.