A lot of people love reading success stories, as well as interview people they consider to be successful and learn how they could also become more successful. We especially want to learn the key to success. You can imagine how much money some have made through the production of media, as well as books, CDs, DVDs, classes, conference, all of which success-related.
So, have you ever wondered what successful people do before they go to sleep? With asking this question, it has been discovered some of these bedtime habits fascinating.
Here are the ten things which successful people do before they go to bed:
1. They read a book.
One thing which behavioral experts have found is that reading is the very last thing which a lot of successful people do before they go to bed. From business magnates such as Bill Gates; to national leaders like Barack Obama, or fashion designers like Vera Wang – reading books is also considered to be a non-negotiable activity for numerous successful people.
2. They have an ‘unwinding’ ritual.
One thing which most successful people do not do before bed is work. Even though some successful people are considered to be “workaholic” and might continue their work into the late hour – that is considered an exception to the rule. To “unwind” is something considered non-negotiable and there are also plenty of ways to do so.
3. They become nostalgic.
There are several successful people who enjoy “taking a trip down memory lane.” By doing so, they can keep the things in perspective – to remember what is truly important in life. One part of their success is that they have mental ability to recognize when they need a mental break; when their body and mind require something else than the work that all-too-often makes up their day.
4. They dream while they are still awake.
This is not a big surprise here. A lot of successful individuals have attributed daydreaming – “mind wandering” – to breakthroughs that have led them to the next level of success. That particularly applies to innovators, as well as artists and several other creative persons that appreciate the power behind daydreaming. Apart from the next “big breakthrough,” a lot of successful people daydream to relax their mind, gain inspiration and wisdom and develop potential goals.
5. They make their plans for the next day.
Those people that have achieved tremendous success are famous for their unbelievable work ethic – an attribute which usually involves working above and beyond the standard “9 to 5” routine. While they might not do anything too difficult before going to bed, they will make some plans for the day that follows. Not to mention, that short time investment pays significant dividends. Successful people know that this short planning time makes the execution of the next day’s activities clearer and less stressful too.
6. They unplug from everything.
Avoiding hard work, as well as relaxing and recharging, requires complete disconnect from the phone, laptop, tablet or any other digital device. Moreover, researchers have found that the use of electronic devices before going to bed will make it much harder to fall asleep.
7. They spend some time with their family.
For a lot of people, the phrase “work-life balance” means “work-family balance.” For most, including the very successful ones, family always comes in the first place. Sometimes, it is not easy to balance a heavy workload and quality time with the spouse and children too. But, it is usually considered non-negotiable and rightly so.
8. They practice gratefulness.
A lot of successful people take the time to reflect on or write down all those who make them appreciate their lives. Some of them write a ‘gratitude journal’ to keep things in perspective. Also, it serves as a reminder of progress which is made in several aspects of their lives.
9. They decompress.
As we already mentioned, most successful people too often have to deal with stressful scenarios. Anyone that has been exposed to high levels of anxiety over a long duration of time requires a period to decompress. For some of them, that means hitting the gym. Other individuals prefer to meditate, as well as listen to relaxing music, or have a hot bath. Even though the list is endless, the goal remains the same: decompression.
10. They abstain from alcohol.
A lot of successful people refuse to drink alcohol right before they go to sleep. Whether intentional or not, those that abstain from drinking before going to bed can improve their quality of sleep.