As the old saying goes: “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”
I believe that our nights have strong impacts on how we also start our days. These impacts start from our moods to our levels of productivity.
In order to have a successful day, it requires prior planning and even though it is something that can be organised as we wake up, there are other aspects that are primordial when we are about to go to bed in order to increase our levels of productivity in the following day.
After reading tons of articles about the night habits of the most productive people, I personally started to execute most of them. In this article I will share with you the top 5 night activities that really helped me to improve my productivity the following day.
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1. Spend Quality Time With Family And Friends
The dynamic of our world today makes it hard and harder to find healthy time to spend with our beloved ones, nevertheless, prior to sleep we could aggregate some time and build our relationships.
It is important that you have to spend quality time with your family and friends in order to get connected and stay connected. Some people choose to meet up with their friends every Wednesday, and the rest of the days they will just spend time with their family members. It all depends on how you allocate your time, the most important is to have those moments.
2. Avoid Electronic Devices
It is well established that short-wavelength or “blue” light is the most melatonin-suppressive; this is the type of light typically emitted by devices such as televisions, computer screens, and cellphones. To produce white light, these electronic devices must emit light at short wavelengths, close to the peak sensitivity of melatonin suppression. This means that products such as tablets, smartphones, and other devices with self-luminous electronic displays are major sources for suppressing melatonin at night, thereby reducing sleep duration and disrupting sleep.
Also, according to Dr Charles Czeisler, a professor of sleep medicine at Harvard University, this bright light produced by our cell phone screens disrupt our bodies’ natural sleep rhythm and actually “trick” our bodies into thinking it’s daytime. Those bright lights send a message to our brains that prevents certain chemicals from being released, causing us to have a much harder time going to sleep.
3. Plan The Next Day
I guessed this question came into your mind after going through the last lines of the previous step: ”If I need to disconnect myself from my electronic devices, what do I have to do now?”
Start by planning the day to come. Write down what you need to do and get ready for the next day to come. For instance, most people will iron their clothes and get all the relevant documents that they need to use for the next day ready before they sleep. You should do the same.
4. Read For An Hour
This is one of the last tasks I do before I sleep. If like me, after reading for a period of time you feel tired and sleepy, then it should be part of your last steps as well.
Apart from the obvious benefits of gaining new knowledge, reading daily has also been shown to reduce stress and improve memory. A 2009 study from the University of Essex revealed that reading for as little as six minutes a day can reduce stress levels by up to 68%.
The brain also deserves to be trained and reading can improve the long term health of your brain. Every time you read, it’s like a mental workout for your mind. This study performed in Britain showed that people who stimulated their minds through activities like reading, reduced cognitive decline by an average of 32% as they got older in age.
5. Get enough sleep
It may sound obvious but most of the people do not have enough sleeping hours. As a result, they always wake up with a feeling of tiredness and mood-swings.
What about you? Do you have enough sleep? and do you know that getting enough hours of sleep, is one of the most important energy sources for you when you wake up the next day? If you don’t get enough sleep, you will feel lethargic and tired, making it difficult to get things done efficiently.
Share With Me In The Comments’ Area Below, Other Efficient Methods That Must Be Done During Night Time In Order To Increase The Next Day’s Productivity.