We’ve heard the age old adage that practice makes perfect. Well, this couldn’t ring truer as it concerns productive habits that help fuel success.
While any given individual may have a set of habits they regularly do in the morning, evening habits are just as important. The evening is the perfect time to unwind, relax and reset for the next day. Below is a list of a habits of a few successful individuals.
1. Read before bed
Billionaire Bill Gates is known to read a book for at least an hour before bedtime. Numerous studies have shown that reading helps to reduce stress, as well as improve memory. One study by the University of Sussex found that just six minutes of reading a day is enough to reduce stress by 68%.
2. Reflect on the day
Take a moment to think about what went right during your day as opposed to sulking over the setbacks. Every evening, before retiring at midnight, Benjamin Franklin would reflect on his day and ask himself: “What good have I done today?”
3. Disconnect from technology
Ariana Huffington makes it her goal to turn off her phone in the evening and keep it away from her nightstand. It is believed that the phone’s bright light curtails the circadian rhythm making your body think it should still be awake.
4. Prepare for the day ahead
President Obama is known to review all the next day’s briefs and schedules. This helps you to have a clear agenda in place and to continue the momentum by thinking about your objectives, tasks, schedule and desired outcomes.
5. Take a walk
Joel Gascoigne, CEO of Buffer, enjoys evening walks to to clear his mind and slowly bring himself into a “state of tiredness,” as he describes it. One study has demonstrated that walking can increase creativity. Because your mind is not working in overdrive while walking, it encourages the free flow of ideas.