The ideal morning and evening routines
Waking up marks the beginning of a new day. And what you do first thing in the morning can make or break your day.
That’s why you need a new approach towards mornings. Even if you’ve never considered yourself a morning person, there are ways to ensure you start the morning on a high note.
One way to do that is to get enough sleep and prepare the night before. More on that later.
But build the habit of waking up with the first alarm. Otherwise, you’re basically telling the Universe that you aren’t looking forward to your day and want to put that off for later.
If, instead, you wake up passionate to do some meaningful work, excited about the opportunities that might come your way, and determined to do your best job, you’ll crush it.
What happens once you leave bed, though?
Try some or all of the following:
- Make your bed;
- Drink a glass of water;
- Meditate for a few minutes;
- Visualize a successful and productive day;
- Write a few things you’re grateful for;
- Go through (or write down now) your to-do list for the day;
- Include a quick workout.
Just imagine the difference in your health, relationships, mood, focus and career if your daily routine begins this way.
The ideal evening routine
When the day is over, don’t take your work home. Your mind won’t be able to relax if you insist on bringing the office home with you.
If you can’t let go of stress and responsibilities once it’s time to get ready for bed, you’re undoing all the great work you completed during the day.
That’s when having an evening routine will help. Dedicate your last hour of being awake to a few of the following activities:
- Declutter the room;
- Take a soothing bath;
- Unplug from electronic devices;
- Have a nice chat with your loved one;
- Don’t drink or eat right before bed;
- Review how you spent your day;
- Prepare your breakfast, clothes, and to-do list for tomorrow morning;
- Read a book in bed to get yourself to sleep naturally.