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Step Away from the Spreadsheet

Shut off your brain and stop working. The tasks will still be there tomorrow—plus some more, because work can, and should, wait.

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Look Back, Look Ahead
Review what you accomplished today, then make a to-do list for tomorrow. 

Don’t make these lists too close to bedtime.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, the ideal temperature for shut-eye is around 65 degrees. 

The cooler you are, the sleepier you become, so turn down the thermostat.

At least two hours before bedtime, cut off the booze, food, and stimulants (not just coffee and soda, but also sugary desserts and even fruits). 

Digestion and sleep don’t mix well.

Clean It Up
Waking up to a messy household isn’t the way to start the day. 

Tidy up the kitchen, your bedroom, your workspace, and everything else within eyesight before you hit the sack for a clearer path in the morning.

Get in some light reading before bedtime.

Good old-fashioned print is preferable to an iPad or Kindle. The light from the screen of your tablet or phone is blue-spectrum light … it tells the brain to stop secreting melatonin [a natural sleep-inducing biochemical].

Dress for No Stress

Plan and lay out tomorrow’s clothing ensemble tonight, and you’ll have one less thing to worry about.

If your first outfit of the day is gym clothes for a morning workout, even better.

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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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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 with a brisk walk right before bed. He uses his walks to turn off his thoughts about work and slowly transition into a “state of tiredness.”

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