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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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].

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.
  • You’ll be able to tackle the morning in a smoother and more productive way.
  • Your brain will be sharper throughout the next day.
Get on a sleep schedule

Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day is a must if you want to get on a good sleep schedule and train yourself to wake up early.

Stick to your sleep schedule every day, including your days off, and your body will eventually begin waking up naturally.

The Brain as a Snowy Hill

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

Think of the brain as a hill covered in snow, and thoughts as sleds gliding down that hill. As one sled after another goes down the hill a small number of main trails will appear in the snow. And every time a new sled goes down, it will be drawn into preexisting trails, almost like a magnet. In time it becomes more and more difficulty to glide down the hill on any other path or in a different direction.

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