Even if the day’s about to end, you still have the power to maximize the night’s potential in setting you up for a good night’s sleep. If you’re looking for a way to be productive in the morning, a good night routine might just be what you need.
Jumping straight into bed after working all day might work for some busy bees but more often than not, people have a hard time sleeping on time. When you spend idle time staring at the ceiling wondering when you’ll doze off, you’re not really setting yourself up for a good morning when you wake up the next day.
Incorporating a night routine might just be the thing you need to jumpstart your productivity in the morning. To get you started, here’s a 5-step night routine that can help you have more productive mornings.
1. Unplug and Disconnect
First things first, disconnect from any of your electronics at least an hour before sleeping. Yes, this includes your laptop, phone, television or any other blue light-emitting technology. This practice lessens your exposure to blue light thus improving your quality of sleep.
In a more scientific sense, blue light blocks a hormone called melatonin that regulates the sleep-wake cycle. When this happens, your mind tends to think that it’s still daytime and you’ll feel more alert.
If you’re not used to unplugging from your phone an hour before bed, you can do this gradually by starting at 30 minutes first. Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, it will be much easier for you to let go of your phone for the night and reconnect with it the next morning.
Aside from losing your sense of time, mindlessly scrolling through your phone makes you lose precious hours of sleep in the process too. This is exactly why unplugging is the crucial in your night routine if you want to increase your productivity for tomorrow.
2. Declutter and prepare for tomorrow
“Never leave till tomorrow that which you can do today”
– Benjamin Franklin
Your productivity level for tomorrow morning highly relies on this step in your night routine. If it’s something that can streamline your activities for tomorrow, then you might as well do it now.
Before you go to bed, tidy up your space by fixing the things on your desk and folding your clothes. When in doubt, just ask yourself: is this what I want to see first thing in the morning? If your answer is no, then you better take care of it now instead of possibly getting frustrated over it tomorrow. Plus, waking up to a messy area just isn’t a good way to invite positivity and productivity to your day.
Preparing for tomorrow is also important in getting a headstart for tomorrow’s agenda. Instead of rushing in the morning while looking for that specific journal you swore you left on your desk yesterday, make sure to pack it in your bag already, along with your other work necessities. This not only saves time, but it saves your sanity as well. The less trivial things you have to think about in the morning, the more productive you’ll be throughout the day.
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3. Do your skincare routine
If there’s one thing you should invest in for yourself now, it’s skincare.
The skin is the body’s largest organ that acts as the primary barrier to external infections and harsh environmental conditions. Given this, you should have a proper regimen that keeps your skin healthy and moist.
If you’re worried about spending too much, you don’t really have to follow that intricate 10-step Korean skincare routine you’ve been seeing a lot online. It’s okay to start with the basics first using a facial cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. With these three products, you won’t even have to spend more than five minutes with your skincare routine.
Trust me, your future self will thank you for this.
4. Read a book
“As we start [reading], we set aside our own goals and concerns, somewhat as a person does who is starting a session of meditation.” – Researcher Keith Oatley PhD, professor emeritus at the University of Toronto
Reading a good book is a great form of self-care in itself since it significantly reduces stress.
A study from the University of Sussex proves that stress levels are lowered by 68% after six minutes of reading. This means that cozying up with a book is much more relaxing than listening to music or drinking a cup of tea. Whether it’s a self-help book or a dystopian novel, you can expect it to engage your mind and clear your headspace from your current worries at the same time.
A night routine isn’t complete without a soothing activity like meditation.
Aside from calming your mind, meditation can also reduce stress and promote your overall emotional health. With everything that you’ve been dealing with throughout the day, chances are, you’ve barely had enough time to check in with yourself.
Saving this night routine practice for last is the best way of bringing proper closure to your day. Once you’ve properly completed this, you’ll be in a state of calmness that can help you have a good night’s sleep.
What’s your current night routine? Tell me in the comments below!
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