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8 things productive people do before bed

Ever wondered why some people are seemingly more ‘successful’ than you are? Well, it’s simple. They have their own daily habits that contribute to a happier, more organised routine. Productive people understand that their success is all dependant on their mental and physical well-being, which is why they always take the time to reflect and adjust their strategy each night before bedtime. In order to be just as productive as the person you admire at work, perhaps you should consider trying the following tips:

They sit back and review their day

According to Steve Jobs, everyone should always strive to do something wonderful. Hustling through life to be the better than the person next to you is a great motivator, but when you’re so focused on your career you’re likely to become obsessed which is dangerous. When you think, breathe and live your job, you forget about the finer details in life: the part where you contribute to society or your community at large. Understanding and living your purpose are the first two steps to making a difference. Before you go to bed at night, try and think about your contribution to the world and how that effort is directly aligned with your goals for a happier and healthier life. The simple act of laying down and thinking back on your day will inspire you to be better each day, which will guide you to achieving your goals and aspirations

They write down their thoughts

Often times you lay awake at night thinking for hours. If you simply took the time to write down your thoughts and emotions, you will be able to sleep better and it will allow you to analyse yourself and your actions more accurately. Many successful leaders tend to do this because they get the time to review what they did or didn’t do in the day, or how they spoke to someone in the workplace. Writing down your thoughts will help you to clear your mind and slip into a peaceful, much-needed sleep.

They read interesting books

Great leaders and influential people read before bed. More often than not they’re reading self-help and learning books to give them advice on particular areas in their lives, but either way, reading something that provides you with something to incorporate into your life is well worth the time. Reading is also an ideal way to distract your mind and work your brain in different areas.

They set priorities for the next morning

Many people can vouch that one of the first steps to a successful day is making your bed. If you feel disheartened because of your bedroom setup, buy yourself some new duvets and comforters available for sale in South Africa to keep yourself motivated and inspired.

Wake up, make your bed and go over the list of tasks you need to get done for the day. Knowing you have things to attend to the following day will make you feel more prepared and ready to tackle the new day. Every minute you spend planning in advance saves ten minutes in execution.

They spend quality time with people who matter

Whether it’s family or friends, never neglect the people who matter most because of your job or business. While life is about earning a living and being successful, success can be showcased in various ways. Never give up quality time with your family for something that could be completed the following day. There are always going to be times when you need to work overtime, but you cannot be stretching yourself beyond capacity. Life is already stressful as it is. Don’t miss out on ‘life’ because of something temporary.

They get things done

Productive people use their skills and talents to reach their full potential. Simply by planning ahead to get things done, they make it their mission to work hard and commit themselves in every department of their lives. No matter what industry you’re in, there are going to be days when you’re feeling unproductive and slower than usual, but you just need to push through and try your best.

They go on a digital detox

Something that has become extremely popular is digital detoxing. While digital plays an important role in how we operate and do business, coming home and spending time on your mobile is not the way to go. In order to rest your body, mind and soul, you need to take a step back and reevaluate your priorities. Spending plenty of time on social media is wasted time that you could be spending with your family.

They spend time outdoors or meditating

Spending time outdoors is a wonderful opportunity to clear your mind. Sometimes when you’re feeling down or stressed, going for a walk or meditating can help you turn off your thoughts for the time being. These activities are also good in moments of anger as they allow you to calm down and rethink a particular situation Taking the time to unwind will leave you feeling focused and rejuvenated.

Money tips to avoid

Most of us have little idea about what to do with our money. Those who are experts have either spent years of their life studying or have a knack for it the rest of us don’t. However, that doesn’t stop us trying to obtain advice from more successful people. The problem is we have to take a lot of advice on faith alone – since, naturally, we are not the experts.

Too often this advice might initially make sense, but actually be revealed to have the opposite outcome. Let’s examine some.

“Buy a house, never rent”

When you live in a house or apartment, you always have to pay for it – whether this is in terms of a bond or rent. This is usually done with monthly installments. A lot of people claim that instead of paying regularly into a landlord’s account (rent), rather put that money into the bank to pay off a mortgage (buying). After all, the money has to go somewhere so why not toward a goal that lands up with the place being yours?

This sounds like good advice. But there are some problems.

First, buying is not ideal for those interested in moving around. Young people in particular usually want to experience the world, travelling and working wherever the job takes them. Second, it can be beyond the price range of many people – especially these days – to buy a home. Interest rates have skyrocketed since the days of the previous generation, when houses and property were far cheaper in comparison to wages and salaries. Third, landlords are typically the ones who have to fork out money to repair property, not tenants. This reduces costs to you.

Patricia Jennerjohn, a financial planner who operates Focused Finances in California told Nerd Wallet: “Buying a home is not a rational financial decision…It’s an emotional lifestyle decision that has financial ramifications.”

“Always go to college”

These days we often hear stories about people in their late thirties still paying back student loans and other fees. Tertiary education is expensive and hard work. Not everyone is suited to it. Indeed, more employers are recognising that not all jobs require tertiary education. Many see more value in training individual employees, rather than waiting for someone to qualify from a university.

As one expert noted in the Times Higher Education Supplement: “No, not everyone should go to college…[But everyone] should have the option – really have the option – so we don’t miss talent based on prejudice masquerading as toughness.”

“Rent a car, never buy”

We all need to move around. The difficulty is knowing whether this means investing in a car or not. It could be that using public transport or renting a car could be sufficient, yet in the long run this won’t make sense. We can look at private car sales for good deals and, indeed, remind ourselves we can get something back when we’re done with the vehicle. It’s not simply money gone forever, but more an investment in ourselves and our mobile freedom.