Everyone has different daily habits. But what many people have in common is their nighttime routine. So many are used to watching TV or browsing the internet, or playing games on their smartphones, or just checking their facebook news feed just before going to bed. Many of them don’t know that all of these activities can affect the quality of their sleep and therefore the quality of their life as a whole.
Want some ideas for a more resourceful nighttime routine? Why not check how successful and organized people choose to end their day?
Prepare for tomorrow
One of the most useful things you can do before you go to bed is to plan the next day. Write down your To Do list in advance so you can start working on it right after you wake up. If you have anything important you need to bring to the office, prepare it from the night before. This way you will be more relaxed in the morning. Many successful people even plan their outfits for the next day before going to bed. All this can make you become more organized and effective and your mornings will be significantly less stressful.
Successful people love learning. That’s why most of them are book lovers. Many fortunate people, for example Bill Gates, confess that they read articles and books until they fall asleep. The CEO of AOL, Tim Armstrong also shared that when he gets home from work at around 8pm, he reads books to his daughters.
Meditation promotes physical and mental health. It is a great way to get in touch with yourself, to become more relaxed and to enjoy the present moment without distractions. It makes you more focused and recharged. It is a great way to improve the quality of your thoughts and sleep after a day full of hard work and dealing with the urban noise. Just give it a try for a few minutes every night and you will most probably be pleased with the results.
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Visualize the next day or week
Think about what you want to work on tomorrow or the following week. Visualizing will help you achieve the goals you set for yourself because as you see the picture in your mind you become more motivated and determined to realize your plans. Your mindset becomes stronger and your confidence grows. Successful people spend some time thinking about that just before going to sleep. Imagining even small details like what you would want to wear, who would you like to meet, how would you deal with different situations makes the visualization even more powerful and makes you more productive.
Reflecting on what you’ve achieved during the day will help you with setting your priorities. If there is something you wish you’ve done better or in a different matter, you can think of how would you change it. Also, being grateful even for the small things in life can help you feel more joyful and relaxed with how your day has gone. Successful people usually try to think of at least 5 things they are thankful they did during the day. This technique is worth trying as it can rid you of stress and tension.
What many successful people have in common is that each night they unplug from everything. They turn off their Wi-Fi, put their phones on silent mode and leave any distractions behind. This is a really healthy and helpful habit as it improves the quality of sleep and gives you the opportunity to be alone with your thoughts.
Get your healthy sleep
Having enough sleep is essential for our bodies and minds to function properly. The lack of sleep leads to different diseases and conditions that can decrease the quality of your life. Even one night of bad sleep can leave you feeling stressed and grumpy the next day. Make sure you get enough healthy, uninterrupted sleep.
Accept that the day is over
Many people struggle to let go of the day. Some think of all the work that has to be done, others are so obsessed with their work that they don’t want to accept the working day is over and even continue thinking about papers and documents when they get home. They struggle with making peace with themselves just because the day is over. In that way they deprive themselves from proper relaxation and recharging. Yes, life is short and the need to do as much as you can is understandable. But think about what you may be losing over thoughts like these. You won’t be able to continue with the next phase of the day, you won’t get a proper rest, you won’t be able to focus on other activities. All that because of the inability to accept what you’ve done for the day. So try setting time for the usual activities every day. For example, have in mind the hours you want to work, schedule your time with your family and friends and, of course, be sure to make time for a proper healthy rest, too. Be present in the moment, don’t lose your ability to feel joy now because of the unresourceful thoughts going through your mind.
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