How you end your day is just as important as how you start it. Most of us start our days with our coffee or green smoothie in-hand ready to take on what the day has to offer. We create to-do lists, and maybe even time block our days so that we can be at our most productive. However, by the end of the day, many of us are feeling tired and unfocused. The last thing we want to do is think about tomorrow—we haven’t even had time to process today, right?
Well, not so much. The end of the day is actually one of the best times to plan for tomorrow. Most of us spend our evenings thinking about what we’ll have to do the next day anyway, especially if it’s hectic; why not channel this energy into something more productive and write it all down? Think of it this way, planning for tomorrow means that you have one less thing to do tomorrow.
3 Things to Do the Night Before
1. Create your to-do list. If you want to jump start your day when you wake up in the morning, write your to-do list the night before. Planning your day the night before will also give you more time to prioritize your tasks so that you can do the most important activities when you’re feeling the most refreshed and focused.
2. Write down your thoughts. Thoughts and ideas run through our heads all day, and don’t quiet down in the evening when we’ve settled in for the night. Instead of letting them fill up our ‘off’ time, write them down. While you may say, “Of course I’ll remember that brilliant idea for a marketing campaign in the morning. I don’t need to write it down,” trust us, you should. This practice also helps you to sort out anything that’s been troubling you throughout the day—a worrisome home inspection, buyers who are on the fence, etc. Once you write things down, you can deal with them in the morning when you’re feeling refreshed and energized.
3. Shut off your gadgets. Smartphones and tablets are fantastic tools. You can work from them, catch up on the latest Hollywood blockbusters, read a good book or your favorite magazine, and read your email and texts. However, it’s good to shut them down an hour or two before your bedtime. Doing so will not only help you to quiet your brain, it’ll also help you sleep better, and everyone knows that beauty sleep is important.
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