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.
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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