Aside from the morning, there is another part of the day that is extremely important. Today I will share with you my night routine and little practices that make my life and sleep better.
After a stressful and hectic day, most of us just want to chill out, open a pack of chips, put deep-fried food in the microwave, drink a beer, and watch a few episodes of the latest Netflix series. This may sound tempting, but it’s also a productivity killer. Bad evening habits and lack of a nighttime routine can impair the productivity of the next day and worsen the quality of sleep. The significance of winding down is more important than we would like to think. Therefore, establishing good habits can make all the difference in how our next morning starts.
My nighttime routine starts around 5pm. Around that time, I finish with the last meal of the day and start preparing for the exercise. I train 4 times per week, and on days when I exercise, it’s usually for 60 minutes.
Following exercise, I stretch my body and take a cold shower.
I aim to go to bed around 8 or 9pm, ready to wind down. I usually talk with my wife about our lives and we have daily assessments each day to see if we’re going in the right direction, analyze what was good and what was not that day, and so on. This is also time to play with pets. We don’t watch TV series or movies on weekdays, so this special lounge time is reserved for Saturday night or Sunday afternoon when we gather with friends or family and watch it together so we can share that experience with others, and then talk about it afterward (if we watch a documentary).
Sometimes we work until 9 or 10pm but I don’t recommend it. It’s harder to have your own business than work for someone because you want to spend more than 8 hours doing it. Sometimes best ideas come to you at night or before bed, and you don’t want to lose them.
This is also the time to prepare a list of MITs (most important tasks) for the next day, so when I wake up I don’t have to think about what I need to do.
I try to get 6 to 7 quality hours of sleep per night.
Each person’s nighttime routine will be different. There is no one recipe, and you need to find yours. Your nighttime routine can last 10 minutes or 6 hours. You choose what to do to wind down from the stress of daily life.
I believe that having a good nighttime routine can make an enormous difference for the most important part of your day – your morning.
Create a personalized nighttime routine that will help you get better sleep, allowing you to wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the day.
Remember: Perfect morning starts the day before.
If you have any tips or tricks for better sleep, share them with me in the comments below.
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