Recently an enormous amount of attention has been paid to establishing morning routines that set people up for success. Still, your nighttime routine is just as important, if not more important, than your morning routine.
As the popular saying goes, “It’s not how you start. It’s how you finish.” I would say it’s both. A great morning routine is like a great starting pitcher in baseball. He gets you off to a strong start, that sets you up to win. Just as important is that great nighttime routine, which is like a closing pitcher. Rather than have things fall apart, the closer comes in and pulls everything together, making sure you end your day successfully.
These 9 tips are thoroughly researched and drawn both from science, and the habits of the most successful people in the world. I’m writing this article as a process of improvement for myself. I personally have been spending a lot of time late at night on Instagram and in front of my computer. I’ve been waking up groggy because of a lack of slack. Whenever I implement the following behaviors I feel significantly better both that night, and the next day.
1. Turn Off Technology
2. Read a “Real” Book
4. Plan for the Next Day
5. Cool Down
6. Do Spiritual Practice(s): Meditate, Light Exercise, Pray
7. Spend Quality Time with Family and/or Friends
A great nighttime routine is the perfect way to end a day. It leaves us feeling rested, rejuvenated and reflective. It sets us up for a great day tomorrow, and encourages us to develop outstanding habits.