You probably know that almost every successful person starts his day as early as possible and even has a morning routine to kickstart the day and be productive and determined till the evening.
It takes a long time to get used to beginning each and every day this way. There’s trial and error too and you optimize over time after seeing what works and what you enjoy more.
There are many positive practices, success habits, activities for the mind and body, and productivity techniques you can include in that routine. Each might take 5 minutes, but the overall result is tremendous.
40-60 minutes after waking up, you’re ready to conquer the day.
You also somehow have the focus to get to work right away, are more peaceful because of the quick meditation session, more motivated because of journaling your thoughts or visualizing your goals, etc.
All that is fantastic. And you should work on creating such a ritual.
But there’s something else to it. And it’s the foundation of productive mornings.
That’s the night before.
Because if your evening is spent in lazy habits and unproductive activities (such as watching TV, eating or drinking prior to bed, overthinking what happened at work, not preparing mentally for the next day, not planning your tasks for tomorrow, and more), then you’re actually ruining the next morning in advance.
Each evening spent unconsciously (meaning, you haven’t taken control of this part of your day and structured it differently by adding healthy and successful habits), is another step back in your personal development and even business growth.
It means you won’t be on top of your game tomorrow and won’t do your best work either.
To stop that, and turn things around, here’s how your evenings should go:
Get your mind in relaxation mode an hour before bed.
This means no late dinner, no alcohol or caffeine in the evening, and not too much water right before bed.
All these tell your body it’s not time for sleep, and you end up having a hard time falling asleep when in bed.
What’s more, leave anything work-related for the next day. Discuss issues, track finance, have arguments or emotional conversations tomorrow too.
Leave social media, and ditch your phone in general, in that hour too if you want a good night’s sleep.
If you do any of these, your mind will stay activated long after that. This leads to bad sleep, waking up at night, and feeling groggy tomorrow morning.
Start the preparation for tomorrow.
Now’s the time to save yourself time tomorrow morning.
Wash the dishes so that you don’t see them first thing in the morning. Declutter. Prepare your clothes for tomorrow.
These little actions are good for the mind and soul too in the evening, actually, as they are rituals showing the day has ended and it’s time to rest now.
Learn how to really relax.
The last aspect of your evening is the relaxation part. It means emptying your mind of what needs to be done tomorrow, or what happened earlier today. These don’t matter, so don’t take them with you in bed.
Your bed is a sanctuary. And you should only go there with a clear mind, ready to recharge before you start another successful day tomorrow.
That’s why activities such as meditating, reading a pleasant book, journaling, taking a soothing bath and stretching are a good choice.
So that’s what you should do, and not do, at night to make sure your tomorrow is great.
Any other ideas?
You hold the power to transform your life!