5 Things You Should Do Before Bed For A Better Tomorrow
Written By: Matt Mignona
Don't wait until tomorrow to prepare for a great day. There are ways you can help yourself before you go to bed tonight. When you're stuck in your habits and routines, it's hard to see what a difference a change might make until you try. Here are five things you should do before bed to give yourself a better tomorrow.
1. Tidy Up
The worst way to start your morning is by waking up to a messy home. Before you go to bed each night, make sure you wash all dishes, put clean laundry away and dirty laundry in baskets, pick up kid's toys, and make sure everything is where it belongs. By doing this on a nightly basis you will find that is doesn't take very long because things won't have a chance to pile up. You will wake up in the morning without the stress of dirty dishes to be washed and things misplaced because they aren't where they belong. This is a habit you can instill in your entire family to ensure each day begins on the best foot possible.
2. Evaluate Your Day
It's a good idea to evaluate the day you just had to see what went right and what you'd like change for tomorrow. If you watched too many hours of TV, you can make a decision that you won't do that tomorrow. If you worked out and felt amazing all day, you'll probably want to repeat that activity. Knowing that you will be reviewing your day each night might also help you make better choices about what you do with your time because you'll want to be satisfied when you go bed.
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3. Make A To-Do List
A good way to make sure you have a better tomorrow is to create a to-do list so that you won't waste time wondering what you have to do. A to-do list will help you focus. If you didn't accomplish something you want to today, add it to your list for tomorrow. Don't kick yourself if you don't cross everything off your list every day. If it helps, create a schedule for yourself so that you can manage your time better. Don't overwhelm yourself with too many items. You want to be productive, but you don't want to stress yourself out.
In order to have a better tomorrow you need a good night's sleep. If you find that you don't sleep well, this could be because you use your phone or watch TV up until the moment you want to sleep. It's important to shut everything down at least thirty to sixty minutes before your intended bedtime because your brain needs time to wind down. It might be a difficult habit to get into, but it will benefit your sleep and leave you feeling refreshed in the morning. Make sure you don't keep sound notifications on through the night. You don't need to be pulled back to your phone by the sound of a new text coming. Instead of playing on your phone, read, journal, or meditate. These things will relax you instead of keeping you awake.
5. Be Grateful
Remembering what you have to be grateful for every night is a wonderful way to end the day and prepare you for the next day. There may be times when you dread the next day, but when you think about the things you're blessed with and the things that went right with your day, this will make you more positive. It's easy to get caught up with every day life and forget how much there is to be grateful for. This nightly habit will put you in a better frame of mind.
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Try implementing these new nighttime habits to help yourself have a better day. If you're willing to let go of old patterns, you can change the outcome of every day.