Evening Routines: How to Guarantee Tomorrow’s Success Tonight 85

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Evening routines are yet another key ingredient in your personal and spiritual development process. But what are they all about exactly? Here’s what you need to know in order to make the most out of them.

If you’re interested in self-improvement and are trying to develop healthy, successful habits, you most probably have a morning routine, or are working on building one.

That’s great!

Starting the day right is a big step and an important part of everyone’s productivity system.
But ending the day right is as important.

What’s an evening routine?

It’s just like a morning ritual, but you do it an hour or two before you go to bed.

Its purpose is to get your mind and body ready for a good sleep, to leave the workday and all thoughts behind and get ready for the next day, to give you some quiet time for reading and writing, and to let you assess the past day and plan out the next one.

Why are evening routines important?

It’s a wind-down period. You do certain things before you go to bed (and stop doing others) in order to relax, to stop being worried, anxious and stressed because of what happened today and to empty your mind so that it can rest properly.

Having a ritual like that affects how you’ll sleep, how fresh you’ll wake up tomorrow morning and whether or not you’ll be in the mood for and have the energy to work on your tasks for the day and be as productive and motivated as you can.

All successful people have developed one and end the day in the best way possible.

What can you include in your evening routine?

All healthy, successful, relaxing activities you can think of. Many are the same as those in the morning routine.

Here they are:

evaluation of the day;
a to-do list for tomorrow;
3 most important things to complete tomorrow;
a walk;
turn off all devices;
make the room as dark as possible;
let go of the problems of the past day;
a pleasant conversation;
soothing music;
a long bath;
thank for everything that happened today;
get positive for tomorrow;
brush teeth;

What else to keep in mind?

Stay consistent and give it time to become a habit. But once it does, you’ll experience wonderful changes in your life.

Make it your goal to go to bed at the same time each day, preferably earlier than you do now, because this way you’ll get up early too.

And start your bedtime ritual an hour or two before that time.

Don’t put too much effort in it. Know you’re doing it for yourself. It must be a quiet time of joyful activities, not an obligation. It will help you end the day right, sleep better and be fresh and contented tomorrow morning, so keep these reasons in mind.

Start small. It is a new habit after all, so don’t try to change too many things at once. Begin with just trying to go to bed at a certain time every evening with a book in your hands, for example. After a few days add a few minutes of meditation and make a to-do list for the next day.

This way you’ll get used to each mini habit before you add a new one and won’t feel overwhelmed.

So that’s how you can set yourself up for a productive day tomorrow by starting tonight.

In other words, you guarantee tomorrow’s success this evening.

What’s your current bedtime ritual? And do you want to turn it into a successful evening routine?

See also:

10 things successful people do before going to sleep
12 ideas for establishing a calming routine
The best way to end the day: 5 things to do before you go to sleep

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10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning 15

10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.


As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

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It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.