If you were to ask some of the most successful people in the world how they got to be so successful, you would likely hear a wide variety of answers. And while truth be told, luck, circumstance, resources, and any other number of factors can play a role in success and failure, there is one element that is common amongst them all: Preparation for the day. And for the best of the best, that preparation begins the night before.
So, what do the top performers do each night before they put their head down to rest? Today, we are going to break down some of the critical elements of the best nightly routines so you can change your evenings and maximize the day ahead.
Disconnect From Work
Want to be better at work? Your first step is to disconnect yourself from it. That is because the most successful people understand a clear divide between personal and professional time and realize the value of having downtime. The last few hours of every day should be about you and doing something you enjoy, which can do wonders at helping you start the following morning off on the right foot.
Some people spend all day staring at a screen for work. And very often, those same people spend all evening doing the same thing, except they call it “downtime.” The problem with this is that the blue light that is produced from these devices like your phone, tablet and monitors mimic the brightness of the sun and can trick your brain into stopping production of melatonin, an essential hormone for regulating sleep. So, if you are looking for a good night’s rest, ditch the phone and pick up a book a couple of hours before bed.
Life is busy, but if you look hard enough, it is pretty easy to see the wonderful things around us. From family and friends to the little moments of joy we can provide to ourselves, being grateful of the good things in your life will help keep you grounded and give you an excellent foundation for tackling the harder things the day ahead may have in store.
Make a To-Do List
Just because you are taking some time the night before work to rest, relax, refuel and refresh, that doesn’t magically make all the tasks you have to do disappear. To adequately prepare for the day ahead the night before, you need to be clear on what that day ahead consists of, and for that, we recommend making a list. Keep it bulleted and straightforward, but knowing you have locked in your tasks for the next day can bring tremendous relief in knowing that you won’t forget anything and can rest easy knowing what tomorrow has in store.
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