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