Evening Rituals Help us Have a More Productive Morning (Part I)

 

I believe in the importance of waking up early to start our day before our day actually begins.  What this means is, we should get up an hour or two before we need to and work on ourselves.  This allows our minds to wake up in a more relaxed state instead of us waking up with just enough time to get ready and head the door to start the day.  It also allows us time to work on ourselves.

I believe it’s equally as important to finish our day with the same attention for creating healthy habits.

For months I would scroll through my phone before going to sleep.  According to a study from  Michigan State using our smartphone after 9pm actually makes us more tired and less productive during the next day.

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What can we do instead?

Put the phone away and try reading a book. 

If it’s to difficult to fight the temptation of checking an email, or a social media update we could try leaving it in another room.  Out of sight out of mind, right?  Instead, reach for a book.  I do this and depending on the night and I read anywhere from 10-20 pages before my eyes begin to get heavy and close until the morning.  I wake up the next morning feeling more refreshed than I would to when I would fall asleep with phone in hand.

Meditation (Put the phone away)

Meditation at the end of a long day can help the body reset and prepare it for a good nights sleep.  A calm mind will allow us to fall asleep easier, and stay asleep throughout the night.

Listen to Music (Put the phone away)

Just like the first two ideas this one can help calm our mind before bed.  It’s important to be selective when it comes to the music we choose.  Listening to high energy music could have a reverse affect.  It’s important for us to choose something light and soothing.

There are many other benefits to the healthy habits listed above;  the bottom line is:

A chaotic night will lead to a stressful morning.

 

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11 thoughts on “Evening Rituals Help us Have a More Productive Morning (Part I)

      1. You’re absolutely right. I do love reading. I used to read all the time before bed, before I got slightly addicted to my silly phone. Silent is not the issue, it’s like a “pull” if you know what I mean. Must change my habits I think. Thanks!

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      2. I know exactly what you mean. I was the same way. I would see it light up and need to read the notification/message. Now I ignore it til the morning.

        The addiction was real, but I overcame it. And so will you 🙏😎

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      3. I never used to be like this. I was never someone who constantly had to check their phone. Not sure what changed, but I hope you’re right, because I do need to overcome this. I guess ultimately it’s mind over matter hey?

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  1. Message received & somewhat guilty! I’ve been keeping my phone on silent more than not for a month or so to loosen the addiction and it’s helped. Now I will up the ante and set the 9pm phone curfew. Thank you for this!

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  2. Great stuff, love this! 🙂

    I’ve been playing around recently with a nighttime routine and have found my quality of sleep to be much better. I also find I am more awake and alert in the mornings, ready to start my work.

    Great ideas here! I use an app on my phone called ‘relax moments’ which have relaxing sounds and you can create your own custom sound. You can also set it to fade out as your fall asleep, which is great!

    Loving the content, keep doing what you’re doing 🙂

    PS – On a related note, I’m on the hunt for feedback for my new show The HERO Podcast! It’s all about creating healthy habit. The episode with Derek Doepker may be of interest to you where he discusses how to make lasting changes. You can check it out (and maybe leave a short review if you like) here: http://apple.co/2kjNoGN

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    1. Thanks for the comment. I also notice myself much more awake in the morning by following my ritual of reading before I sleep. I wake up at 5am to start working. Thinking 445am tomorrow.

      That’s awesome about the podcast. I just taped one with a friend this week. He’s cleaning it up, and I’m settling on a host. It will be out to listen to this week.

      I’ll check out your podcast when I have a chance. Maybe you can email it to me?

      seth@gjseth.org

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