5 Ways to be Productive Before Bed

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Being productive before bed can be the one thing that helps you get better sleep. Sometimes people don’t need to do these things but a worrier and planner like me finds doing these simple things can make such a difference to not only my sleep, but also my productivity levels.

1. Review your day

Did you achieve something today? Did you complete your to-do list today? Did you find something you need to do tomorrow? Reviewing your day before you go to bed allows you to sum up what you have achieved that day. This will allow you to see if there’s any tasks lined up for the next day. It’s also a great way of working out how long particular tasks take.

2. Write down what you’re thinking and feeling

Doing this can help relieve any stress you may have and de-clutter your mind. It’s also a great way of realising where something went wrong (or right) during the day so you can overcome it the next.

3. Set out your to-do list for the next day

Doing this at night can help you to prioritise tasks that need attention first thing in the morning. This will also help to increase productivity the next day as you already have a clear plan in place that needs followed. I like writing my lists out on paper but if you’re someone that prefers online organisation then the Microsoft to-do list is a great tool.

4. Lay out your clothes for the next day

I don’t do this all the time but I really should. There’s nothing worse than almost being late because you couldn’t decide what shoes to put on. Lay it out the night before and all you have to do when you wake up is put it on – no swapping the black top for the pink.

5. Dream

I don’t mean dreaming about being married to David Beckham – but please, don’t let me stop you. I mean dreaming about where you want to be in 5 years time. What do you want to be doing, where do you want to be living. Taking time to have these thoughts can highly motivate you into going after your dreams.

These are 5 things I like to do before bed (when I remember), and I always feel that a slight weight’s been lifted when I get into bed knowing my brain has less to worry about.

Do you do any of these things? What’s something you do before bed that boosts your productivity levels?



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  1. I always make sure to write my to-do list for the next day before going to bed! My mind is too full of thoughts to sleep otherwise. I used to just go straight to bed without doing any of these, but found the following day to be so much easier and productive having everything planned beforehand! Loved these tips x


  2. These are great ways to be productive before going to bed. YES on writing your to-do list for the next day. Sometimes, we’re in such a rush and we forget about things. I always appreciate my past self for doing things the night before – saves so much time. Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    1. It definitely does. There’s been so many times that I’ve woken up and forgot what I told myself I HAD to do the moment I get up!
      Thanks for commenting! x

  3. I actually set out my daughter’s clothes before she goes to bed but I don’t do it for me – why not???? I need to start doing this right now! I also keep a little notepad next to my bed so if I think of something before lights out I can write it down rather than try and remember it in the morning – I find that makes for a more relaxed sleep 🙂

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    1. Me too, I always dream about the future or what I want to happen in the future. Yes, keeping note can really help to settle your mind before you go to sleep.

  4. Loved this post Sophie! I totally agree, reflecting on the day is such a positive thing to do before going to sleep. I like to write in a diary and jot down my thoughts and feelings, it definitely makes me feel more relaxed. Fantastic suggestions, thanks for sharing 💖 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  5. I love the idea of writing down a to do list for the best day! I usually always think of things I need to do when I’m in bed, I also love the tip about writing your feelings down to get it all out before sleep! Great post x

  6. I like your ideas! I always make a to do list every night so I can prioritize everything I need to get done the following day or week. It’s always helped me stay on track (most of the time)! I should definitely try laying out my clothes, but honestly that such a last minute prep in the morning lol

    Lex | The Lady on Lexington Street

    1. Yes it definitely helps to keep me your mind at ease when you can see it all in front of you.
      And I know, some nights I don’t lay out my clothes and then majorly regret it the next morning! x

    1. Even if it’s something small it can put your mind at rest for a while. And me too, don’t think my brain would survive if I didn’t write them haha! X

  7. These are great practical tips. I try to be hyper-organized so I can get out the door. I’m a moody dresser, so what I started doing was picking out 5 outfits on Sunday evening. I line them up in my closet, even sometimes hang my necklace or scarf or whatever with them. Each day, I pick out one from the 5 to wear. I find it helps me be more efficient to do it all at one time, and gives me one less thing to do on work nights, when time is usually so short. Another tip that helped me when my children were small was I basically had a “palette” for my wardrobe, so literally everything matched everything (Red, Black, White, Grey). It was quite boring but saved me embarrassment from wearing navy with black while trying to get dressed in the dark with a baby on my hip and 2 hours of sleep. 🙂
    Joan Senio

  8. These were some super useful tips. I have tried many a time to lay my clothes out the night before, however, by the time I wake up the next morning, I say that I don’t want to wear that outfit and end up changing it again! 😂 I need to be a little stricter with myself!

    Ciara | https://teatimewithciara.com/

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