Many large-scale influencers have preached the importance of morning routines and how pivotal they can be at not only setting your day up for success, but realizing your goals. The start and end of your day both should include some type of routine, reflection and visualization in order for you to realize your goals. Consequently, your nighttime routine pans out to be just as important as your morning one. The things we do rig
ht before we go to bed not only dictate our quality of sleep, but they also influence how productive and motivated we will be the following morning.
Here are a few tips on things you can do the night before to help you seize the day.
1. Lights out
Lots of past research shows that the light from our smartphones and laptops inhibit the release of melatonin, which is a hormone that helps you fall asleep. Being on your device means that you are telling your brain ‘it’s the middle of the day, don’t release any melatonin yet’ and thus, it becomes hard to fall asleep when you actually put your phone down. Try to turn your phone off at least one hour before you decide you want to fall asleep, and if this is in no way possible, there are lots of apps out there that you can download that can change the lighting on your smartphones and laptops (however, no altered light can be as effective as no light at all).
2. Night-time Planning
Planning out the next day before bed allows you to save time in the morning, and it also means that you can jump right into what you need to do the minute you wake up! This can also be quite relaxing as it allows you to let go of anything that has been picking at you all day. When you say “I’ll do THIS tomorrow” (and you actually commit to it) you know that whatever has been standing on your shoulders WILL be dealt with as you’ve appointed time to focus on that particular task. Humans are problem solvers and when we appoint ourselves tasks, we can rest knowing that the task will be looked at and the problem will be solved. Rest easy? Tick!
Reading before bed with a candlelight can be extremely soothing. Many of us jump on Netflix for entertainment before we decide to switch off, however, pertaining to why we shouldn’t have our laptops on in the tip above, reading can provide the same entertainment in a similar way! I generally enjoy self-help books, this way I never stop learning!
The art of envisioning, or visualizing, roots from the law of attraction (I recommend each and everyone of you to watch The Secret – a documentary explaining the law of attraction). When you imagine yourself doing the thing you want to do, it can increase your chances in actually doing it. To put it simply: Great thoughts attract great experiences! Never underestimate the power of envisioning. When visualizing, answer this type of question: What do you want out of life? Imagine you already have it.
Sleeping in on the weekend is not the answer. Many of us will sleep in because we simply can, however, this can make us feel more tired once we wake up. If you’ve woken up everyday at 7am and then on Saturday or Sunday you decide to sleep in until 10, your body clock will become confused – big time! This is why lots of us can feel groggy after sleeping in. Develop a time-schedule that works for you and learn to go to sleep and wake up around the same time every single day for maximum productivity potential.