What is the big secret to success? What patterns and practices do the hugely successful share? The ageless saying “the early bird gets the worm” seems to be extremely popular with these successful entrepreneurs. We have all heard the stories of those established professionals who get to the office early to conquer the world, while most of us haven’t even gotten up to put the coffee on. While this early morning routine might be helping these people build their success what about the other time of the day? What patterns and routines do these people have in common once their work day has ended? What we do with those hours before laying our heads down to rest help in building a platform for success. Establishing a consistent bedtime routine can help you end the day by letting go of built up stress and creating a clear mind for the next day. Here are just a few things you can do to end your day correctly.
Many successful entrepreneurs say that reading for at least one hour before bed helps them let go of stress. This stress relieving method not only helps you gain more knowledge but it can also help you improve your long term brain health. Next time you get comfortable in your bed, skip the television remote and crack open a good book.
If you do not fancy yourself a reader, another helpful stress reliever is pre-bedtime meditation. Meditating on positive thoughts before resting your mind for the night can help reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and physical pain. Many successful people including Oprah Winfrey admit to meditating for at least 20 minutes a day. After a hectic day, a few minutes of silence can help you get the full night of sleep you desperately need.
Forgetting to disconnect for a few hours can be detrimental to the health of our businesses and the health of our bodies as well. Sitting down to have dinner with the people you love and unplugging all cell phones, tablets, and televisions gives us the opportunity to leave work problems or work stress behind. In our relentless drive to build our business, it is easy to slip and devote less time and importance to the client that matters most: our family.
When you know you are going to face a hectic day at work tomorrow, it is easy to let your mind race with thoughts and ultimately keep yourself up until 3 a.m. with relentless anxiety. Planning your time management for the next day can help you keep this anxiety at bay and allow your brain to rest for a few hours of sleep. When thinking about the workday ahead, list three or four important tasks to complete in order of importance. Knowing what you have to get done and planning the amount of time you have to do them can make the difference between you sleeping soundly and tossing and turning all night.
Incorporate one of these methods into your bedtime routine. By doing these, you will establish a nonnegotiable ritual for yourself. You will quickly see the difference this small adjustment makes in your week. Remember, the simplest things we do in life for ourselves are what keep us moving. ‘Trep on.