What do you do one or two hours before you go to bed?
What is your evening routine?
Do you have one?
I’m not here to tell you what you should and should not be doing during that time, as I’ve still got much to learn when it comes to evening routines.
There’s one thing I learned about six months ago that has contributed a fair amount toward increasing my productivity.
And you can start doing it too, tonight!
Prepare Your Next Day The Night Before
Do you struggle waking up in the morning?
There are so many articles and books telling you that waking up early is a key to success, but damn it’s hard, isn’t it?
What I’m proposing to you here is simply to make a list of things you want to accomplish for the next day a few hours before bed, and then review it shortly before “calling it a night.”
Don’t make it too complex. Just a simple list. It shouldn’t take more than five minutes. I usually come up with a list of anywhere between 10–20 things to do.
Here’s what happens when you prepare your next day the night before:
While you sleep, your subconscious is “working on” things you “fed it” before going to bed. When you feed it with things you want to accomplish for the next day, it will “prepare” you for them.
When your alarm goes off, you wake up with a sense of purpose. You know WHAT you have to do, and potentially HOW to do it as well.
And that is powerful!
I personally found that by reviewing the things I want to accomplish for the next day the night before, I very rarely procrastinate or hit the snooze button.
I wake up, jump out of bed, and start going! No matter the time I wake up.
Your brain is a powerful thing. Make it work for you. Feed it the right things shortly before going to bed. Make one of those things reviewing what you want to accomplish for the next day.
A few days after starting this habit, you’ll see your productivity increase.
Do that every day and you’ll build lasting momentum!
You can do this!
Thanks for reading and sharing! 🙂
Originally published at medium.com