Good morning all, hope the weekend was great and you are feeling ready for this new Monday morning! Since last weeks post was about “How to Start your Monday Right“, it was suggested by one of my lovely subscribers to write a post on How to end the day right. Now as you know I am no expert, but I love to share with you little tips and trick I have learned and utilised over time. You have by now, learn to start your day in a way that sets you up to win. By winning I mean making your day and hopefully the rest of your week as productive and as rewarding as it could possibly be.
Again, while there is no one exact way to complete a day, I believe it ending it well sets you up for the next day. So what ways will be great to end your day, basically this is a writable version of my night-time routine.
I am not ashamed to admit but I like to be in my bed at 10 pm during the weekdays. I do not always go by this rule during the weekends but come Sunday night, my uniform for work and bag is packed and I endeavour to be in my bed by 2130/45 hrs. This allows me 15 to 30 mins to reflect on my day. I can use this time to fill in my diary, tick off my to-do list and make sure my planner is up to date. The same way I have an alarm set for the morning, I have one set for night time. This way I do not lose track of time.
Take a break
When the day starts and you have all those things on your to-do list, it is easy to get lost in getting things completed. I am bad for this. For example, when I relocated yet again to my new place, I was very determined to have my room set up as soon as possible. (check out my earlier post on how to make a move easier) One, mainly because for me an untidy room equals a confuzzled mind. As my aunt will say, ‘I can’t think far’ when my room is in a messy state. I practically took a day to sort it all out and did not eat until I had finished after 10 pm. This is obviously not a good habit. So, when you start something, learn to take a break. It is recommended to take a break every 40 to 45 mins, especially if what you do requires staring at a screen for longer periods of time. In all honesty, I think this is something I need to do more of.
Phone and Social Media
This is nothing new and I am sure all that I am about to say, you have already heard. The same way it is advised to not use your phone first thing in the morning is the same way you shouldn’t use your phone when you are winding down and getting ready for bed. You put your brain in a reactive state, taking in unnecessarily information which your brain has to take in, as well as to process and respond to. Use that time to read or spend time talking to a loved one. using the last bit of the day to reflect and meditate is really important.
In the same way, that morning messages are important so are the messages that you hear before you go to bed. It is said that you dream about the things that you were thinking off before you fell asleep. So whatever you receive you take into your subconsciousness. Therefore it is important that you reaffirm the messages you said and heard in the morning.
Now I am not perfect and although these are the practices I have put in place I do not always follow them. It is easy to give advice but not so easy to follow them yourselves. However, I find it much easier to follow these when I am on my own. This works for me, you do not have to follow it to the T. Hopefully if you find this post to be helpful you can adopt the practices that you believe will be helpful.
Comment below things that you like to do to complete your day.