Richard Branson Shares Why His Nightly Routine Helps Him Succeed!
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By Jatinder Singh, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International
While many legends certainly come in different shapes and sizes, one area that you will often find they are very consistent in is having a set morning and evening routine. Because many of them live such unpredictable lives on a day to day basis and have many commitments, having such a routine provides a sense of structure that allows them to focus and be creative. Richard Branson is one such legend who takes great care in sticking to his nightly routine, as he shares in a recent blog post:
"While I’m known for being predictably unpredictable – I’m always up for an adventure and love a calculated risk – I do, however, have a morning and nightly routine. I find structure to start and finish the day helps me to focus, and achieve the things I need to."
He further expands what this routine usually consists of:
"I always like to wrap up the evening with a sit-down dinner. The dinner table is a wonderful setting for conversation and laughter. I can’t tell you how many ideas have been dreamed up around the dinner table on Necker Island; some which are now driving the Virgin brand forward. After dinner, I like to retreat to a quiet space with a cup of tea and do a quick email and social media sweep... But I make sure to switch off from the digital world for a while before going to sleep, so my brain can unwind. If I have some time to spare, I’ll read for a bit, or perhaps watch a documentary, to help me relax and put me in a great frame of mind to get a good night’s sleep. Then it’s in bed and lights out, hopefully by 11pm. I typically need five to six hours sleep to get the most out of my days."
As you can see from Mr Branson's example, having a routine is not just a nice idea. It provides them with a solid foundation from which they build value in their lives. For more on the power of mentoring to help you build routines and make rapid progress in any area of your life, click here...
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