A good day doesn’t start the morning of, but the night before. It starts with a healthy night routine that allows you to end one day successfully and plan for the next day before you start it. A healthy night routine can help you sleep better, give you peace of mind, and supercharge you for the next day. It can leave you feeling healthier and mentally in control. But what does a healthy night routine consist of? Here are the five things I believe every healthy night routine must have…
1. Know When The Work Day Ends
Every day you work, you should know when it ends. Try to end your work day the same time every day. Make it a habit to be in work mode during those hours you have dedicated to work each day, knowing you gave it everything. Every workday should start and end as consistently as possible, when it comes to time.
2. Reflect On Your Day
When the day is over, you need to reflect on your day. What went well? What didn’t go well? Did you upset anyone today? Did you give it your best? What could you do better? These are all the types of questions you need to ask yourself at the end of each day. You can review these questions in your mind, actually write them in a journal, or record them digitally.
3. Plan The Next Day
You need to plan the next day out as well. What is on the schedule? What is your ONE Thing you need to get done tomorrow? Have you scheduled time to do it and made it your top priority? Are there any appointments or meetings you have to attend? Does tomorrow include some exercise? I hope so. Review the next day, set your calendar, and go into autopilot mode like I discussed in the post: Life On Autopilot. Jim Rohn said it best when he said you can’t start the next day until you have it done. In other words, have your next day planned ahead of time and then execute on that plan.
4. Know Your Bedtime & Wake Up Time
You need to know how much sleep you need and make sure you get that many hours of sleep. It is said that sleep cycles last about 90 minutes, and in my experience, I find that to be true. I need 6 hours (4 cycles) of sleep each night to be myself and kick butt the next day. Know how many you need and ensure your bed time and wake up time reflect that. Be as consistent as possible. I go to sleep at 11:15 each night and wake up at 5:15am. Sure there are exceptions, but I at least ensure I get my 6 hours of sleep. A sluggish mind is less productive than a rested mind.
5. A Ritual Before Sleep
A habit becomes a ritual when practiced long enough. You need to have a ritual before you go to be. No, I am not talking about an extraordinary event. Just something that tells your body it is time to go to bed. I know to turn the TV off at 11pm each night. I then say my prayers, go through a body type meditation, and then roll over. That combination puts me to sleep in less than 2 minutes each night. This is my ritual and it works well for me. Find a ritual that works for you and perform it every night. Make sure your body knows it is time to go to sleep.
A healthy night routine is essential to be the best you the next day. It will help you be physically and mentally prepared for the next day. It begins when you are ending your work day and follows you through the rest of the night until you close your eyes to sleep. If you do all of these things I have mentioned in this post, you will find yourself ready for bed when your bedtime hits. If you put these five things in your night routine, you are sure to have better days. The question is, “Do you want a better day?” Is it worth the nightly ritual for a good night’s sleep and a great next day? I believe it is.
If you doubt night routines or have never tried one, I challenge you to try it for one month. I guarantee you will want to stick with a healthy night routine at the end of those 30 days. Give it a shot and watch your days be more productive and your nights more peaceful.