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The Evening Routines of Tim Ferriss, Bill Gates, and Arianna Huffington
Wake up. Shower. Coffee. Journal. Check email. Head to work. You've probably given some thought to how you start your day. And for good reason. A proper morning routine helps you set priorities, start off on a positive note, and show you're in control of how the day will go.

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Benefits of an evening routine

Haphazard evening routines can have serious effects on our sleep. 

The right evening routine helps us wind down, relax, and get into a deep, restorative sleep—making us refreshed and ...

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The science of sleep

When we close our eyes for the night, our mind cycles through different stages of sleep:

  • Light sleep: Which is most similar to being awake
  • REM (or Rapid-Eye-Movement): Where our ...

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Create a “closing ritual”

For most of us it is the mind, rather than the body, that disrupts restorative sleep.

To cleanse our mind of the leftover responsibilities of the day, we need to bring a mental wind down into...

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Prep for tomorrow’s goals

Your evening routine doesn’t simply need to be about relaxation. The reason those thoughts keep our brains active long into the night is usually because we feel some aspect of our life is out of...

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Reflect on the day

Your evening routine is a fantastic place to reflect on what you did today.

Writing down a list of positive events at the close of a day—and why those events made us happy—lowers stress level...

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Ditch the screens

Instead, pick up a book. Reading for as little as six minutes a day can reduce stress levels by up to 68%....

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Stick to a regular bedtime

Going to sleep at a consistent time is an important part of our “sleep hygiene”—the practices that insure we get regular, deep sleep. 

Commit to a daily bedtime and waking time and tr...

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Be creative

A study from Albion College revealed that tasks requiring creative insight were consistently better during their non-optimal times of the day.

If you can’t sleep, you can at least use the tim...

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Go for a walk

Exercise during the day can help us get more quality sleep but it can also be a great part of our evening routine. 

Buffer CEO, Joel Gascoigne likes to unwind

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Ditch the alcohol

The National Institute of Health found that alcohol robs you of quality sleep. When you drink or eat late...

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Change your sleep environment

If you can’t sleep, it might be your room’s fault. 

Excess noise and light can keep us awake. Temperature also plays a big role. According to the

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Get out of bed

When you lie in bed thinking for long periods of time, you teach your brain to automatically go into “thinking” mode rather than “sleeping” mode when you lie down. 

To break this ...

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Are your pillows as fluffed as they could be? Is your comforter evenly laid out? Does your bed look appealing to get into?

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Journaling for 5 minutes

Take five minutes to consider how your day went. Journaling reduces stress and helps boost your EQ.

Instead of going the “dear diary” route, write two bullet points for each of the following questions:

  • What are the two things you did well today?
  • What are the two things you can improve upon tomorrow?

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The snowy hill represents the brain, the people sledding are like the memories, and the trails left behind are the synapses in the brain.

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Memory Palace/The Method of Loci

A method to enhance memory using visualizations with the use of spatial memory.
  1. Choose a place that you know really well.
  2. Plan the route and pick specific locations in your route.
  3. Decide what you want to memorize
  4. Place an object or two, with a mental image, and place them in your memory palace. Exaggerate your images. For example, use nudity or crazy images forcing it to stick in your mind.
  5. Make the image into a mnemonic

Mnemonics

memory device that helps you retain and retrieve information simply with the use of retrieval cues to encode information in the brain.

  1. List the words you want to remember.
  2. Write the initials of each word vertically.
  3. Create a sentence/phrase using the initials.

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Why a Night Routine Matters

A night routine is the things you do immediately prior to going to bed.

Three benefits of having a decent night routine:

  • You’ll have a more restful and higher-quality sleep....

Before You Head Home…

  • Get rid of caffeine after 4:00 pm. Caffeine stays in your system for up to six hours.
  • Stay hydrated. Dehydration can make you feel sluggish and tired when you want to be awake.

  • Decide when the workday ends. Establish a cut off time for work-related emails and phone calls as well.

Immediately After Work…

  • Avoid alcohol. Alcohol may make you drowsy, but the sleep you get won’t be restful. Stop consuming it at least two hours before bed.
  • Have a healthy dinner. 

    When you need a snack closer to bedtime, reach for something light and healthy.

  • Take time to tidy. Waking up in an orderly space will work wonders for your mood.

  • Prepare for tomorrow. 

    When you don’t have a million things to do upon waking, it’s easier to fall asleep.
  • Take time for yourself. Perhaps you watch an episode of your favorite show or play video games.

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