Mornings are highly regarded as the most productive time of the day. And it’s true. But don’t discount the time you have in the evenings. What you do before you go to sleep can impact the next day. Want to get a jumpstart on your day? Then prepare the night before. Here are 6 things you should do before you go to sleep:
Pick an outfit & pack your bag.
We can spend entirely too much time in the morning trying to find something to wear or packing up our work bag. Instead of being in a mad rush, do it the night before and take your time. Lay out an outfit so that you can just throw it on in the morning. Also, get your work bag and gym bag ready so that you don’t forget anything.
Set your schedule.
Make it a habit to quickly set your schedule the night before. Even if you think you know what you have planned, you might forget or miss something. In the event that you do, you’ll be giving yourself a little extra time to prepare for it if you need to. Remember – the more you an automate even the first few hours of the day, the less likely you’ll suffer from decision fatigue.
Read a non-fiction, non-electronic book.
As a general rule of thumb, we should try to unplug from technology an hour before bed. Use that time instead to read a book. I always prefer fiction books because it truly allows my mind to escape. Also, non-fiction books (depending on the topic) can cause your mind to spin and examine the topic, almost as it’s a work project). I always make sure not to end my day by looking at a glowing, blue screen (read this) — so I opt for actual print books.
Recap the day you’ve had.
Take a few minutes to reflect back on your day. What did you learn? What were your high points? What could you have done better? Recapping your days helps you not only grow from your experiences but also figure out where you need to go. You can get in the habit of writing in a journal to jot down your thoughts.
Catch up with family.
Everyone is busy and sometimes, we can forget to spend time with the people who are most important to us – our families. Carve out 30 minutes each night, whether watching a show or just chatting, to catch up and see how everyone’s day went.
Prepare for a good night’s sleep.
Sleep is important so make sure you get a good night’s sleep. Prepare your bed, curl up with a good book, and unwind. Make sure are well-rested and prepared to tackle the day ahead.
What is your favorite bedtime ritual to help you prepare for the next day?