Morning routines are crucial if you’re trying to achieve your goals. They give you an extra hour or so for a head start in your day and quite frankly, who doesn’t need extra hours to get everything done? I know I do.
But, what a lot of people do not realize is that for a morning routine to be successful, you need to have mastered your night routine. It all flows together and if your night time routine is a mess, your morning routine for success won’t work. Here are a couple of tips you need to incorporate into your night time routine, if you plan on having a successful morning routine designed to help you reach your goals.
1. Figuring out your bedtime
You might think that just because you are an adult, you no longer need a bedtime. But the truth is, if we kept following our childlike routine, we would be much better off. The fact of the matter is that without enough sleep you cannot function to your fullest potential. The minimum amount of sleep required for adults is an average of 7.5 hours of sleep. I know that might seem a little crazy, but you need it. Take your well deserved break and go to bed a little earlier.
2. Pick out your clothes
The night before is a great time to pick out your clothes for the next day. The less decisions you have to make, the more willpower you will have to last you throughout the day.
3. Prep breakfast
Again, decisions take away from willpower so the less of them you have to make right when you wake up, the better. Think of what you want for breakfast the night before, and prep anything you might need. Smoothie drinker? leave your veggies cut up and ready to go in a baggie. Omelet? cut up all the ingredients you will use and put them in baggies near the eggs. Make life easier for yourself.
4. Prep your to-do list
You might wake up with tons of stuff you know you need to accomplish that day. This will leave your mind busy and will make you wander from task to task while you still lay in bed. Make a to-do list the night before with 5 important tasks you need to complete with only 3 MAIN tasks that MUST get done that day. Only three, stick to this. Leave this near your bed so you can see it as soon as you wake up.
Stress can cause our sleep to go away which is exactly the opposite of what we need. Take some time during the night to get rid of any stress that might impede you from having a wonderful night sleep. You can learn some new techniques on how to de-stress HERE.
6. Put the Phone Down
This might actually be the toughest one but it must be done. Set an alarm, at least 30 minutes before you go to bed, to shut off all electronics. Keep them out of hands reach for the remaining of the night. If you use it as an alarm, make sure you put it to charge on the other side of the room. Not only will this keep you from using it right before bed, but it will also keep you from hitting the snooze button. Its a win win. Using your phone right before bed makes your brain think its time to wake up and not go to sleep. Don’t torture yourself like that.
The beginning is always tough, but if you stick to it for just a little longer, you will go 100x further. Its worth the struggle, so get your pen and paper out, start creating your new night routine and make sure you also check out how to build a successful morning routine, we are in fact goal-getters, might as well do what goal-getters do!
Until next time,
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