Some of us just aren’t a “morning person” … (Ahem, me). For those of us who struggle with getting ourselves going when we wake up, we need to set ourselves up for success starting the night before. This means, we need to plan out as much of our morning before we go to bed. Otherwise, the morning can sometimes be a bit of a write-off. If this sounds like you, then continue reading this post to learn a few hacks on how to create a productive night routine!
How-To: Productive Night Routine
The first step of having a productive night routine is to spend 5 minutes thinking of what you need to accomplish the following day. Write down a To-Do list, so that when you are feeling groggy in the morning, you limit how much you need to think. Knowing what tasks I need to accomplish as soon as I wake up makes a huge difference in my productivity.
Make sure to tidy up a little bit before you go to bed, so you don’t have to deal with it in the morning. Also, set out your clothes for the next day. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, set out some exercise clothes at the same time. If I skip this step – I usually won’t work out for the entire day. I like making my mornings as mindless as possible, because I usually feel like a zombie for the first few hours lol.
The next few steps are pretty obvious – get yourself ready for bed! Brush your teeth, do your skincare routine, put on your pyjamas and get your bed ready for a good night’s sleep.
Shut down all your screens, and grab a book instead! Oprah swears by reading a chapter before bed. Studies also show that the blue light that emits from your phone can interfere with falling asleep, so turn it off a few hours before bed. This is also a great way to ensure you are being productive and not mindlessly scrolling online (guilty as charged).
Lastly, set your alarm. Calculate 7-8 hours of sleep, and make sure your alarm isn’t a sound that is going to annoy you in the morning. I find, a happy and calming tune puts me in the best mood upon waking. On this note – turn off your snooze. I know from experience that hitting snooze 7 times ends up just making you stressed and angry. Mind over mattress! When you hear your alarm in the morning, open the blinds, spray yourself with some face mist, or drink a glass of water you’ve left on your bedside table. Find something that works for you!
Once you have done the steps in the productive night routine, be sure to take a moment to be grateful. Reflect on your day, say some affirmations, or a prayer. Whatever puts you in the right headspace to release the stress of the day and enjoy your sleep.
Try going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. It has shown to increase productivity and maintain good health.
Having a productive night routine is definitely something that I’ve been working on in 2018. I have had a bit of forward progress, but hopefully by writing out all of these steps that I know I should be practicing, it will encourage me to keep inspired on this mission.
Do you have any other steps you wish to share as part of your productive night routine? I would love to hear them in the comments below! Also, please don’t hesitate to reach out on Instagram Twitter & Pinterest !