Think about a successful person that you admire. Do you admire them for their generosity, their genius ideas or their incredible work ethic? While everyone attributes their success to something different, there are a few habits that help along the way.
Here are seven things the most successful people do right before bed:
1. They Unwind
Successful people know that the time to work isn’t right before bed. Before laying down for the night, they find a way to unwind. It might be taking a bubble bath, reading a few chapters of a good book or meditating. A successful person knows that calming their body and mind before bed can help them get a good night’s sleep and allow them to be more productive in the morning.
2. They Plan For Tomorrow
Most people who have experienced great success are known for their amazing work ethic. That often involves going above and beyond normal work hours. Successful people know that planning for the next day allows them to set clear goals and a reasonable timeline to make their day less stressful.
3. They Read
The very last thing many successful people do before bed is read. Bill Gates reads about 50 books per year, while Mark Zuckerberg resolved to read a book every two weeks in 2015. Reading allows for learning, it increases your focus and it promotes creativity. Curling up with a good book is also a great way to relax and unwind before bed.
4. They Practice Being Grateful
Many successful people take time to write down the things they appreciate or reflect on their blessings. Some use a journal to keep things in perspective and to serve as a reminder of all the progress they’ve made. This can be an especially helpful tool when your day is stressful. Focusing on the things you’re grateful for before bed can help calm your mind, reduce anxiety and keep a positive attitude.
5. They Daydream
Innovators, artists and other creative people never underestimate the power of daydreaming. They allow their mind to wander and explore the possibilities. For many successful people, daydreaming is responsible for their big breakthrough or genius ideas. They enjoy daydreaming and use it to relax their mind, gain inspiration or develop their goals.
6. They Unplug
In order to get your best night’s sleep, you need to unplug from all electronics at least an hour before bed. This includes your phone, computer, tablet or any other digital device. Successful people know how important sleep is to their overall health and productivity. They know when it’s time to put their work away and unwind before bedtime.
7. They Prioritize
Just because someone is successful, that doesn’t mean they put their work ahead of everything else. It means that they know how to prioritize. Successful people put their family first. They know how to balance a heavy workload while spending quality time with their family. That’s not to say it isn’t difficult to handle both, but they know when to slow down and when to say no. Before bed, they plan the day ahead and make sure to carve out time for the people they love.
Power of Positivity
The Huffington Post
National Sleep Foundation
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