It’s proven time, and again that small actions can have a significant impact. If you don’t believe that, then throw a pebble into a pond on a calm day and watch how the ripples spread in all directions for what seems forever.
So too, small habits can create a lasting impact that will resonate for the rest of your day. Don’t believe it? Then try these three things and prepare to be amazed.
1. Make your bed every morning. As a child, the act of making a bed almost seemed like a punishment, but it served a purpose that you might not have realized. By taking the time in the morning to make your bed, the bedroom does take on a neater appearance. But, you’re also starting the day with an accomplishment that will launch you into a feeling of success, which you carry throughout the rest of the day.
2. Banish your cell phone from the bedroom. Before you panic, you should think about recent research about reading before bed. The studies found that people who used something with a screen like a phone or a tablet had a much harder time falling asleep at night, had a significant decrease in REM sleep, and felt less tired when they lay down to sleep. Why? As it turns out, the light from the screen suppresses the creation of melatonin in your brain which is what helps you to relax and get a good night’s rest. By not using your phone or other screens directly before bed, you’ll ensure a good night for a better tomorrow.
3. Assess your day. Before closing your eyes take a moment to think about, or even to journal about the day as a whole – though don’t get too caught up in writing pages and pages of notes. Practice Five-Minute Journaling to express what’s important and leave out the rest. Focus on the things you accomplished. Allow gratitude to creep into your thoughts. Let your mind unwind. The goal here is to relax and let go of the day.
If you do find that you can’t help but think about tomorrow, then take a moment to jot a quick list of your goals so that you can release those as well. Bedtime should be a time of shutting down gently.
Small habits can be used to change how you begin – and end – your day. By being more deliberate with actions in your life, and following mini-habits, you will find that you’re readier to face tomorrow, with an energy and enthusiasm that you previously lacked.