How do you wrap up your day?
With a calm routine to quiet your thoughts and prepare for tomorrow?
Or a flurry of “just one more thing” before you finally quit and fall into bed?
I love staying up late — the quiet, the lack of interruptions, the feeling that I get a couple of extra hours added to my day. The only problem is that I’m borrowing the quality from the next day.
Late at night is when I like to stay up to read, or write, or come up with random ideas. (I’m sure I’m not the only one who has moved furniture at two in the morning.) I enjoy it, but I’m not being truly productive with that time, and I’m always dragging the next day when I stayed up too late.
For my day to start well, I need to begin with my routine the night before. A nightly routine shouldn’t be too long or complicated, or you’ll just skip it and go to bed. But when it’s done, you experience a sense of calm and order. Let the unending projects wait until the morning, and focus on closing your day in a peaceful way.
A few ideas:
- Setting up tomorrow’s coffee.
- Laying out your clothes for tomorrow.
- Placing your bag and keys by the door.
- Making tomorrow’s lunch to take.
- Brushing your teeth and washing your face.
- Taking a warm bath.
- Reading a few pages from a book.
- Going to bed at a decent hour.