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Nine Things Successful People Do Before Bed To Be More Productive
By Yoon Sann Wong, 16 Sep 2015
One’s last activity prior to hitting the sack is more important than some people realize.
Getting quality sleep is essential to recharge one’s mind and body for the next day. One of the things successful people avoid doing minutes before bed is checking their mobile phone—which, if you don’t already know, negatively impacts both brain and body.
While these nine bedtime routines—put together by Business Insider—commonly practiced by accomplished individuals will not make you an overnight success, it will aid in a more productive tomorrow and well-rested mind.
By reading, we’re referring to a hard copy of text. According to Michael Kerr, international business speaker and author of You Can’t Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work, “Many successful people find value in being browsers of information from a variety of sources, believing it helps fuel greater creativity and passion in their lives.”
Reflect on the day
Kerr encourages keeping a ‘gratitude journal’ to remind yourself about the progress you made that day, in any aspect of your life. This helps keep you motivated.
Laura Vanderkam, author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, adds, “Taking a few moments to think about what went right over the course of the day can put you in a positive, grateful mood.” This in turn brings us to the next point.
End the day on a positive note
When your day goes badly, it’s easy to harp on the negative and continuously replay unfavorable situations inside your head.
Successful people, however, avoid such pessimism knowing that it will elevate stress levels. Instead, try to focus your energy on the positives that occurred, no matter how few or far between.
Unplug from work
Michael Woodward, PhD, organizational psychologist and author of The YOU Plan, says, “The last thing you need is to be lying in bed thinking about an email you just read from that overzealous boss who spends all their waking hours coming up with random requests driven by little more than a momentary impulse.”
The bottom line: Get work out of your head before you lie down to sleep.
Click here to find out about the remaining five bedtime rituals commonly practiced by accomplished individuals.
[via Business Insider, image via IMGembed]
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