5 Essential Evening Rituals For A More Productive Life

Darryl Bachmeier
Jul 4, 2020
Productivity


Do you aspire towards great goals and productive days, but somehow always find yourself drained with lack of energy?

Perhaps, it’s because you’re unable to get a good night’s sleep.

Believe it or not, but recent studies have suggested that approximately 1.2 million working days are lost in the United States because of sleep deprivation. In short, you’re far from being alone as far as this problem is concerned.

Fortunately, if you are looking for a fix for this predicament, there are several ways to do so and the most effective includes setting up the right evening rituals.

What are evening rituals?

Evening rituals are activities or routines that someone performs before they sleep. These activities can range from penning down your thoughts to planning out for the next day.

These rituals not only prove beneficial for a goodnight’s sleep, but they also come in handy for having a productive tomorrow.

Here is a list of five evening rituals that you should consider making a part of your nighttime routine.

Read

Reading before sleeping can significantly reduce the time it takes for you to doze off. Apart from improved memory and cognitive functionality that constant reading develops, reading before sleeping acts as a pleasant distraction for our mind. A calm and clear mind, therefore, results in better sleep quality and lower stress levels.

Disconnect

Try disconnecting yourself from all of your concerns before going to sleep through meditation. Meditation can assist in increasing melatonin (sleep hormone), reduce blood pressure and heart rate, and lessen daytime fatigue.

All of these proven benefits in addition to more help deal with insomnia and create a peaceful aura in your mind, allowing you to sleep like a baby.

You can always look up articles or videos to learn how to meditate, as it is one of the most essential evening ritual everyone should practice.

Plan and Visualize

Failing to plan is planning to fail. It is highly recommended to plan for the next day by making the necessary preparations before going to bed.

These preparations can range from arranging your clothing, packing your materials, and making a to-do list for the next day. Additionally, a top productivity tip is to prioritize your tasks, as it helps you focus on what’s more important. When planning, make sure to be as specific as possible by assigning time slots to certain activities as it takes away the anxiety of not knowing what to do at a moment.

Furthermore, visualizing how your next day will go vividly works like a charm. Visualization is a proven method that enables you to be more motivated to achieve your goals. It is based on the power of our subconscious, which facilitates us through ingenious ideas and creative resource recognition to achieve our goals.

So sit back, relax, close your eyes, and visualize yourself working on your goals. It’s that simple.

Shower

If you don’t shower before sleeping, you might want to do now as research suggests that a warm shower before sleeping demonstrates improved sleep quality and onset latency. Onset latency is a fancy word to represent the time it takes for a fully awake person to sleep.

Another plus point of showering at night is that you won’t have to do it in the morning. This frees up 10-15 minutes of your morning time in which you can get ready, drink coffee peacefully, or just sleep.

Gratefulness and Reflection

If there is one thing that 2020 has taught us, it is to not take anything for granted.

Evening rituals like maintaining a gratitude journal where you note down what you are grateful for can really help in reinforcing the perspective of gratitude in our lives.

Sleeping in a state of contentment not only helps you sleep in a calm and happy state, but it also enables you to wake up with a mindset where you look forward to the day.

Along with writing down the positives of the day, makes sure to also write what you learned and what room for improvement you explored. This helps in recognizing and dealing with issues at the get-go, instead of dealing with them when they get out of hand.

Summing it up

Just like morning rituals, evening rituals should hold similar significance in our lives due to the benefits they have to offer.

Rituals like writing and showering can dramatically reduce the time it takes for you to sleep and enhance your sleeping experience. On the other hand planning and visualization before sleeping helps ensure that you achieve what you set out to achieve in the following day.

Proper sleep discipline is important folks, so let’s start taking it seriously for a more peaceful and productive life.

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