Developing positive evening habits is vital to your success in life and at work. It will help you gain the energy and motivation to face the challenges of the next day. We all know the importance of starting your day with positive thinking and a positive attitude, but know that it’s equally important to end the day with good evening habits so your next morning will be better.
Remember that your evening preparation will be the reason for your success the following day. Have you wondered why evening habits make tomorrow better? That’s because a great evening relaxes you, helps you unwind, and also recharges you so that when tomorrow comes you’re in the best physical, mental, and emotional state.
Here Are 7 Evening Habits That Will Make Tomorrow Morning Better
“Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.” – Wayne Huizenga
1. Plan out what your next day should be like.
Before bedtime, make a list of things you have to do tomorrow. If possible, set the times for these activities so that you’ll have a clearer idea of your schedule in your head. Planning your day gives you a brief visual concept of what to expect the next day. It will also steer you from distractions that can hamper your productivity.
Listing down your goals the night before allows your subconscious to continuously work and generate ideas. A study from the Dominican University of California revealed that people who wrote down their goals daily were 43 percent more likely to accomplish them. People become their thoughts and if you train your mind to think of your goals even when you’re sleeping, you are maximizing your capacity to become a success.
2. Prepare your things for tomorrow.
What can quickly mess up your day? Ever notice that when you’re rushing and cramming in the morning, you feel more stressed and out of sync with yourself? You likely also tend to waste time making more mistakes than you need to.
To avoid this and save precious time, always prepare what you need for tomorrow. Set out the clothes you’ll wear, including your accessories or socks, or clean up and organize the contents of your purse. If you’re in the habit of packing lunch to work, prepare what you need in the kitchen too, so that it will be easier to cook in the morning.
If you make these small adjustments, you avoid struggling every morning. Instead, you can channel your energy to other things that will make your day more productive.
3. Make your family a priority.
There’s nothing like winding down the day with your loved ones. Despite your busy day, you must keep and honor family rituals after dinnertime. (In other words, you set the work aside.) It’s emotionally beneficial to take advantage of this bonding time because, in a few short years, your kids will be out of your house. You can always have work to fall back on, but you can never bring back the time you should have spent with family.
So, read to your younger kids before tucking them to bed. For older kids, a private and personal time with mom or dad can strengthen the bonds of trust and togetherness.
4. Unplug when you’re winding down your day.
It’s easy to get stuck with screen time if you’re used to sleeping with a television in the bedroom or with gadgets by your bedside table. Apart from other negative health effects, habits of being addicted to devices promotes “randomness” that messes with your sleep.
Motivational speaker and trainer Brendon Burchard said that when you do random things when you should be winding down at night, your brain remains activated. You’re still using and draining energy that should have been reserved for rest. It might be challenging to keep electronics off in your bedroom, but realize that you do need a rest from these both mentally and physically.
5. Shift your mood to positive.
When you lie in bed at night, don’t think about what you’re supposed to do the next day, the deadlines you need to accomplish, or bills you have to pay. When your mind starts racing, it could be impossible to turn off and you’re likely not going to get a good sleep as a result.
A study from researchers at the Binghamton University in New York found links between poor quality sleep and nagging, repetitive thoughts. So, force yourself to think positive thoughts and shut down the negative ideas, at least when it’s time to rest.
You won’t be able to act on a problem at work anyway if it’s midnight and the rest of your co-workers are likely already snoozing. So, deal with the problem in the morning and at the proper place – at work. In the bedroom, welcome positive thoughts and moods.
6. End your day with gratitude.
Establish a routine where you end your day by expressing gratitude before you go to sleep. It might be for the most mundane things, such as having new bed sheets, or a meaningful event that took place earlier, such as getting recognized during a board meeting.
A study revealed that if you put more attention on the positive things that have happened to you, you’re likely to increase your life satisfaction, energy, and emotional health. It might be even better to share this gratitude with your family too. So, why not create habits of encouraging each other to discuss the best parts of your day during dinner?
7. Do mental exercises in the dark.
When the lights are off, close your eyes and create stories in your head as you try to fall asleep. Use your imagination to daydream. If possible, heighten your senses with some instrumental music that’s great for bedtime.
Imagine visiting places and people you’d like to see. You can let your thoughts run wild, in this case, as imagination has no limitations. Olympians apparently use mental stimulation and visualization to prepare themselves for competition the next day.
When you follow a good bedtime routine, you’ll also have a splendid morning routine. Developing these habits will alleviate the unnecessary stress of a busy morning. You also avoid draining your physical energy or getting into tough encounters with people that could be otherwise avoided.