Your New Bedtime Routine.
Here at The New Gentleman we are firm believers in time being the most valuable currency in the world. So every part of your day should be worth millions to you. Just because its dark outside does not mean the day is over, follow these steps successful people do before going bed and you will be one step closer to achieving your goals.
1. Read for at least an hour…
If you have dreams of success, you should know that reading is one of the things that will make your dream a reality. The Oracle of Omaha or Warren Buffet as he is better known, has gone on record saying he spends 80% of his working day reading. He is not the only one, all the richest people in the world read all the time. If you want to join them, get off twitter before bed and read.
Furthermore, 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%.
Meditation is the number one when it comes to reducing stress and introducing calmness after a stressful day. I could list endless benefits for meditation but you’ve probably heard all of them by now. All I can say is that you should be meditating in the morning and right before bed. It’s in these intimate moments that you can reflect back on the failures and plan forward for the successes.
3. Go for a walk.
Leave your phone at home, go for a walk, you and the night sky. One study revealed that walking can increase creativity. Indeed, the next time you are walking just notice how free-flowing your thoughts are, the study showed that when we are walking our minds aren’t working vigorously as during the day. Think of your mind as being your phone, during the day you have a lot of things to do. This is like using a lot of apps at the same time on your phone, this makes your phone slower and some apps stop working properly. If you close all the apps and keep one you want to use open, you can now use it without your phone crashing. This is the effect walking has on you, all other the things you worry about are muted for a while, leaving you in peace to just think.
4. Create, create, then create some more.
Night time is perfect to work on that design you have been playing around with. Sure, you have probably read somewhere, your brain isn’t as active at night. This is partly true, our abilities to reason drastically reduces later in the day, however, for creative people this is the prime time to be working. Logic is sometimes the enemy to great ideas, without it your mind knows no limits, which is perfect for creativity. I can sense the confused expression on your face right now but trust me this makes sense, I’m typing this at night.
5. Plan what you want to do tomorrow.
The CEO of American Express always draws up a list of three things he wants to accomplish the next day. This way when he wakes up in the morning he knows exactly what goals he has to achieve before he’s even brushed his teeth.
Take this study from the early 90’s.
A group of researchers studied 90 college students who completed a time-management questionnaire in 1983; their high school Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores were obtained from college records.
The researchers then caught up with the students in university four years later and they made a shocking discovery.
The students who had better time management had higher college GPA’s then their peers who had higher SAT scores. Time management played a bigger role in the high GPA scores than natural academic proficiency.
6. Log Off.
Bill Gates puts his phone in another room before he goes to bed this way he is not distracted by any late emails or calls.
Also research has shown that the bright screens on our smartphones, can trick our brain into thinking that it is still daylight which will make it harder for you to fall asleep.
Research by Dr Charles Czeisler, a professor of sleep medicine at Harvard University, the bright lights produced by our cell phone screens disrupt our bodies natural sleep rhythm and actually “trick” our bodies into thinking it’s daytime.