By Nigel Boys
If you want to be an achiever, follow the example of those who have proved they are successful in life, and that includes getting enough sleep, according to Jacquelyn Smith.
The careers editor for Business Insider explains that most successful people have certain rituals they perform just before retiring for the night. Here are some of them:
Most successful people put aside a certain amount of time to read before they go to sleep at night, according to Michael Kerr, author of You Can’t Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work. “This isn’t necessarily reserved just for business reading or inspirational reading. Many successful people find value in being browsers of information from a variety of sources, believing it helps fuel greater creativity and passion in their lives,” he stated.
2. Organize what to do the following day.
So that you are not disturbed when you finally lie down to sleep with thoughts of things you forgot to do, make a list of outstanding things you need to get done so that you can follow up on them the next day, Kerr writes.
3. Relax with your loved ones.
Relieve the pressure of the day and take your mind off work by talking to your spouse or playing with the kids or pets, according to Organizational Psychologist Michael Woodward, Ph.D.
“I realize not everyone can go to bed at the same time as his or her partner, but if you can, it’s a great way to connect and talk about your days,” according to Laura Vanderkam, author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast.
4. Take a look back at what you achieved during the day.
Writing a “gratitude journal” is an easy way to remember what you have achieved in your life. Most successful people write down at least three things they are glad to have done during the day, writes Kerr.
A great way to relax your body and mind at the end of a stressful day is to take the time to meditate for 10 minutes before you go to bed, according to Dale Kurow, an executive coach based in New York.
6. Obey regular sleeping habits and times.
Consistency in your sleeping plan is the way to make sure that you get enough sleep and that you remain in good health. All sleep experts recommend this practice, according to Kerr.
If you’re unsure of what time you should go to bed and usually end up hitting the snooze button because you haven’t had enough sleep, try setting an alarm to remind you what time to start getting ready for bed, writes Vanderkam. The way to do this is to work out what time you need to get up in the morning, take the number of hours of sleep you need from this and you will come up with the exact time that you should be beginning to get ready for bed.
7. Forget about work for the night.
If you’re always checking your inbox or thinking about work-related problems just before you attempt to sleep, you’ll never be among those who are truly successful, according to Kerr.
8. Avoid negative thoughts when you lie down to sleep.
Even if your day went terribly wrong, thinking about your mistakes as you hit the hay will only make matters worse because you won’t sleep. “Remember to take some time to reflect on the positive moments of the day and celebrate the successes, even if they were few and far between,” Woodward says.
9. Imagine the successes you will achieve the next day.
Instead of thinking negative thoughts at night, imagine how you will handle the problems you will face the next day, and picture that perfectly, according to Lynn Taylor, author and national workplace expert. She adds, “For most, this is not a task or exercise; they’re wired with a gift of solid resolution skills that come naturally.”