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.

If you do realise where you may have gone wrong, think about how you can improve on it tomorrow. Write out a mini action plan that you can get to work implementing in the morning. This will increase your productivity the next day as you will already have a plan of action ready to begin.

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 what you need for the next day

For example, lay out your clothes. I don’t do this all of 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. 

Also, you can make your lunch for the next day and have that ready for when you leave too.
I always underestimate how long making lunch takes me and it’s great if it’s something that past-me has already thought of and prepared.

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.

This helps you to be productive as you can start making small steps as to how you are going to make these dreams come true.

For example, one of my dreams is to graduate with a law degree with my sanity still intact. I’m clinging on to this last part but this will hopefully be achieved by June.

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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(32) Comments

  1. This is a great list of things to do! I especially like the review your day too! That definitely helps me relax as I organize all the information in my head! xx

    1. I always feel so stressed out and then I take a moment to organise all the thoughts I have and I feel so much better! x

  2. These are such helpful tips, I love writing to do lists and always plan out my clothes the night before! It makes the mornings so much easier!

    Soph – x

    1. Thank you! I definitely have too much fun writing my lists haha! x

  3. eviebraithwaite says:

    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

    1. I’m the same! If I’ve got a lot going on then I need to see on paper what I have to do. Thank you x

  4. 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 ♥

    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

  5. I always like to set out my to do list for the following day otherwise I really struggle to get going the following morning but I have to switch off more. If I start thinking too much about the future or reflecting that’s me wide awake for hours x


    1. Yeah that is true! Sometimes I get an idea in my head and that’s me awake! X

  6. Lisa's Notebook says:

    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 |

    1. That’s such a great idea! Some of my best ideas come to me when I’m just about to drift off to sleep!

  7. I’m definitely a dreamer. I think a lot before I fall asleep.
    I think it’s a good idea to write a diary or just general notes about your day to help you wind down at the end of it.

    Louisa |

    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.

  8. 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 |

    1. Thank you! I never used to keep a journal of my thoughts but once I started doing it I really noticed a difference! x

  9. 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

    1. Me too, sometimes I wake up and I’m kicking myself for not writing it down when I first thought of it! x

  10. Lex says:

    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

  11. Love the idea of reflecting on the day. Sometimes you forget what you have achieved! A to-do list is always key for me.

    Holly 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

  12. I absolutely have to set out my clothes and everything I need for the next day or I’ll never be ready in time, the other tips are great too and I’ll have to try some out!
    Sophie – x

    1. Thank you! And yeah, it takes a chunk out of your getting ready time

  13. betterthangoodenough123 says:

    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

    1. This is such a great idea, thank you!

  14. 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 |

    1. Yeah I have a similar problem sometimes😂 if I don’t have time then I’ve got to have faith in my original choice haha!

  15. I should do everything that you just wrote. By the way, good post.

    Veronica |

    1. Haha thank you! Sometimes I forget but it feels so much better when I do these things

  16. I really need to start laying out clothes I’m planning on wearing the next day! I mean, oh wow. I’ve been really bad at wearing anything but my PJ’s most of the time during the maternity leave!

    1. Oh yeah, PJs for a day at home for sure haha! It’s amazing how long it can take to decide in the morning sometimes

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