The Unexpected Key to a Great Morning
By Sukh Singh, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International
Mornings can be one of the hardest parts of the day to get right. Recently we shared on the Legends Report, 3 reasons why your morning routine doesn't work. There is so much emphasis placed on getting that magical morning routine, but have you ever heard of an evening routine?
The evening routine isn't sexy. It isn't full of fast-paced exercise, meeting the sun as it rises or jumping out of bed. But it is in many ways, far more important than your morning routine.
Getting It Right At Night
The way you go to bed is the way you're going to wake up. If you are watching a movie or rushing to finish those emails just before your head hits the pillow, how do you think you're going to feel when you open your eyes in the morning?
How you choose to spend the last hour or two at the end of your day is entirely up to you. There's no "secret routine" that's going to help you - the driving principle that governs your success here is balanced renewal. If you are looking after yourself every evening, however that works best for you, you're going to perform better tomorrow. To nudge you in the right direction, here are a few examples:
U.S. Founding Father Benjamin Franklin would review the day by asking "What good have I done today?"
Composer Ludwig Van Beethoven made sure to have 7-9 hours of sleep by going to bed at 10 p.m.
Entrepreneur Arianna Huffington leaves all electronic devices outside of her bedroom and reads an actual book before sleeping.
Actress and business owner Gwyneth Paltrow has a relaxing salt bath every evening.
Actress Jennifer Aniston meditates for 20 minutes in the morning and evening.
Try This Exercise: Visualise Your Morning
Sportsmen and women from Wayne Rooney to Jessica Ennis-Hill to the late Seve Ballesteros all advocate using visualisation to help them succeed. But what if you could use it to help you kick start your morning?
Spend a few minutes thinking about this question...
How do you want to wake up tomorrow morning?
Thanks to fastcompany.com and mydomaine.com for the examples of legendary evening practices.
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