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.
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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