When you get home from a long day at work, it’s easy to just plop on the couch, turn on the TV and zone out for a few hours until it’s time to go to bed. It’s fine to do every once in a while, but daily binge watching on Netflix isn’t really the best use of your time. The most successful people use the hours before bed carefully to unwind and help them prepare for the next day. Here are five evening habits of successful people.
1. Plan for Tomorrow
Successful people aren’t running around like crazy each morning. Make your mornings easier by doing some planning the night before. Write out the things you need to do tomorrow, pick your outfit for the next day, pack your bag and prepare your breakfast and lunch. Do anything that can be taken care of the night before to save yourself time in the AM.
2. Go to Bed
Successful people know that in order to function properly throughout the day they need to get a good night’s sleep. If you’re most productive at night and like to get work done, that’s fine, but try to make up for it in the morning. Otherwise, don’t needlessly stay up late in the name of “being productive.” Set a hard time to go to bed, and make sure you’re getting ready well before that. Give yourself time to unwind and fall asleep, as well.
While many people like to meditate and center themselves in the morning, it’s also a good idea to take a few minutes each night to reflect on the day. Think about what went well that day and where you have opportunities to improve. This is also a good time to practice gratitude and joy. Write down the happiest moment of the day and one thing that you are grateful for about that day. Doing these will help give you perspective and keep you centered when things get stressful.
4. Develop New Skills
Successful people are always growing and learning. They use their free time to improve themselves. In the evenings, take some time to do something to better yourself. Read up on trends and news in your industry. Take a class, learn to code or brush up on your business knowledge. It doesn’t have to be something directly related to your work. You could study a new language, learn to knit or take cooking classes. Anything that stimulates your mind will help keep you sharp.
5. Relax and Refresh
In the evenings, find a ritual that helps you unwind and relax after a stressful day. You can exercise, read a book, drink some tea, chat with friends or family, shower, or meditate. You could even watch some TV as long as you don’t overdo it (or watch too close to bed time—the blue light can make it harder to fall asleep). Unplug from emails and social media for a bit to help you fully relax. You probably have a lot on your plate, and the most successful people know how important it is to recharge.