We all know the benefits of having an early morning routine but have we ever thought about how important a night routine is? Most people don’t even have night routines; they just come home after a long day and head straight for the bed. Having a night routine can actually be more beneficial than you think and it can make you more productive the next day.
Certified life coach and motivation speaker, Shereen Mitwalli, lists out what successful people do every night before bed:
1. Plan the Next Day
Having a plan for the next day has many benefits. It makes you reflect on your day and puts realistic tasks for the day after that can help you get closer to goals by taking baby steps. Aside from the fact that you will be more organized, it’s going to give you a better night’s rest knowing that you know how you’re going to start your day, what you’re going to do and what your priorities are rather than waking up in a state of stress because you lack direction.
2. Clear Their Mind
Different people have different ways that they can clear their mind. Everyone needs to find an escape that they can go to that will ground them and make them feel more at peace. We live in the Digital Age where everything is constant and instant due to advancement in technology and smartphones. No matter how successful, strong and competent you are, we all need to relax every now and again. Think about what relaxes you. Find what helps you clear your mind and make sure you do it every night before bed. The payoff is priceless and it will help you in the long run.
3. Unplug from the World
This includes your social media, phones, TV and any other form of technology. Countless people make the mistake of sleeping next to their phones at night or leave their phones, iPads and laptops next to or under their pillows. Researchers have come to an agreement that any kind of screen time before bed can only do you more harm that good. Aside from the harmful effects it can have on your health, it’s a huge distraction that can keep you up.
4. Review and Reflect
Taking time at the end of the day to review what you’ve done and to reflect on what you can improve is one of the perfect ways to a productive and long day’s ending. As far as daily routines of successful people go, Benjamin Franklin’s is one that is pretty well documented. At the end of a night, Franklin always asked himself, “What good did I do today? While bad habits don't disappear overnight, the first step to eliminating them is to be aware of them in the first place.
5. Read Books
Reading is a great way to disconnect from this world. Aside from its benefits on mental stimulation, memory improvement and knowledge, it’s a great way to de-stress after a long day. Unsurprisingly, Bill Gates reads for an hour before bed every night even if he gets home late. Aside from its benefits, he considers it a ‘part of his falling asleep’ he told The Seattle Times.