While a morning routine is valuable, we should not overlook our nightly routine. The morning is about preparing for the day’s activities while the night should be about refocusing our energy on specific activities that allow us to relax and recharge. The best leaders have specific activities they routinely do before going to bed. Below are 5 things the best leaders do before bed:
1. Spend time with family-
Great leaders value spending quality time with their family. They place a high priority on family time once they got off work. Michael J. Fox said, “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” Great leaders become great greatly due to the nourishment and encouragement they receive from spending time with those they love.
2. Relax the body and mind-
The weight of leadership can be demanding. Great leaders take time to recharge by relaxing their body and mind. They engage in leisure activities: watching TV, walking, surfing the internet, recreational sports, hobbies, and other things that might not be productive but allow them to relax from a day of leading. They are intentional about coupling family and relaxing time together.
3. Reflect on the day-
At night great leaders take time to reflect on the day they had. The main reason to reflect on your day is to learn your patterns and habits, those that allow you to be effective and those that may cause you to be ineffective. This allows you to see what you should focus on and what you should avoid, what went well and what did not go well. This will provide you with the knowledge that can help you increase your productivity and effectiveness.
4. Plan for the next day-
Great leaders prepare for the next day by taking time to plan for the next day. Alan Lakein said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” If you don’t plan your days in advance (the night or morning before) your days will control you, causing you do whatever comes up, which might not be the most productive thing you can be doing. Plan the top tasks and activities you need to do for the next day.
5. Consume growth content-
It can be valuable to consume growth content before going to bed or listening to audio content (like an audio book) while you sleep. Your mind is always working even while you are sleeping. A dose of good content before or while you sleep allows the subconscious mind to be processing the information. The information can encourage the soul, potentially causing you to have a better day and the information can be stored in your memory banks for a later time.
Question: What else should a leader do before bed?