9 things successful people do before they fall asleep

Everyone has their morning and evening rituals – it makes their day that much more productive and meaningful. Every person has their own quirks and small things that make up their evening rituals and prepare them for the day that comes tomorrow – especially people who are successful at their jobs.

While some think that they have special secrets or even superpowers that get them through a hectic day, the truth is far simpler. These activities and tricks can help anyone become more successful by doing them before they sleep.

Family time

The family is the pillar of support – anyone will tell you as much. What they might not realize however is the significance that family can have on your professional life as well. Spending some time with your family every evening can recharge your mental batteries in an instant.

Have some food together, sit together for a movie or play a group game on the living room floor. There are no secrets to it, and your family will always be there to help you through the toughest times, especially by helping you focus on your work.

Book reading

Reading something interesting before bed will help your subconscious relax and unwind. You can read anything that you personally crave for – whether it’s a crime novel, a sci-fi drama or even a comic book. Reading something that can transport you to a different world before sleep will help you get some shut-eye much more quickly. This is the main reason we read stories to children, and it works just as well for adults who want to sleep well.

Checking the schedules

People who are constantly thinking about their work tend to check their schedules before bed. Seeing what work you have done today and what’s waiting for you tomorrow can help you map out your activities for the day.

Preparing for the work that’s coming mentally is a great way to feel more productive during the following day since you knew that the work was coming. Implementing the scheduling in your evening ritual can be both productive and relaxing since you will sleep much more easily afterward.

Power down

The technology surrounding us is useful and life-changing, but it’s also distracting. Successful people tend to turn off any and all electronic devices once they get into bed. You can still leave a buzzer on your phone in the off chance that something occurs during the night but you should turn off everything else around you. Electronic devices emit signals that distract you from relaxing and make your sleep uneven and light – you won’t get as much rest as you would if you unplugged from the world.

Meditation

Meditation can take many forms, depending on the person participating. You can do simple yoga exercises, deep breathing exercises; listen to soothing music while laying in bed or anything that makes you relax. You don’t have to exercise before bed if you are tired (although many people do), but you can always play a soothing playlist on your computer and just forget about the day’s worries. This is an excellent way to prepare for tomorrow and shut off any negative emotions that might have gathered up during the day.

Shower or bath

People relax the most when they are in the warm water and the safety of their homes. You can improvise your shower or a bath and make it even more relaxing by playing music, having some chocolate close by or pouring a glass of wine. Relaxing in warm water is one of the best ways to sleep peacefully afterward and greet the next day with full batteries.

No stressing

Depending on the job you have, stress might come as a necessity. People tend to limit their stress levels around bedtime because it makes it difficult to fall asleep. Stressing over what happened and about what’s coming tomorrow is going to take you nowhere.

You can delegate some of your work or make a backup plan in case you are behind schedule and need to do some work until a project deadline – visiting some of the best websites for writing and editing will give you an idea about how to proceed. There is always a way to shut out stress before bed, so make sure that you do anything you can to relax and forget about it until morning.

Short walks

Taking a short walk in the evening will help you realize that another day has passed and tomorrow will soon come knocking. It helps if you can get some fresh air to sleep and just be outside in the open. Coming back to your house afterward will make you sleepy and tired because of the long day you’ve just had.

You can even take your spouse or a pet for a walk before sleeping and just reminisce or talk about the day you’ve had. There are no rules to night walks, so make up your own version and stick to it every evening.

Sleep on time

The most important aspect of having a productive day is going to sleep on time. It doesn’t matter if you have a lot of work waiting for you or if there is an amazing movie on the TV at 10 pm. Getting 8 hours of sleep is a must for any living person, and successful people know this.

While it may be difficult to get with the program at first, you will quickly realize that you feel much better about yourself. Fixing your sleeping schedule should be a number one priority for anyone who wants to get their life back together.

These are some of the best tips and tricks for creating your own evening ritual and becoming more successful at your job. While these activities affect your professional life only remotely, they will have huge effects once your evening ritual is in place. Make sure that you do anything that makes you relax and unwind before bed and go over your plans for tomorrow – success is just waiting for you on the other side of sleep.

Re-Envisioning Higher Education for Florida

In a recent Huffington Post article, Peter M. Shane purposed a new vision for higher education in America. Here is the driving question I found intriguing:

“What would it mean to build the theory and practice of journalism into the very DNA of American higher education? How would it affect communities to see a flowering of news outlets grounded in local universities, colleges, and community colleges?”

”For starters, it seems to me that journalism-centered liberal arts education would respond simultaneously to three major social problems. One is the shortfall in local news production around the country. The second is the well-documented deficiency in college student writing. The third is the low level of Americans’ civic literacy, their knowledge about how social institutions work and who makes the policy decisions that affect their lives.”

Read the full article from Huffington Post HERE

What are your thoughts about this article? Could Florida be the first to create “an entire program of liberal education that takes as its central theme the idea that the new media phenomenon is potentially making everyone a journalist?”

IMPORTANT: Early Childhood Caucus Focuses on Investments in Children

Rep. Ari Porth (D-Broward) kicked off Florida’s first-ever Early Childhood Caucus meeting in Tallahassee on Tues., Nov. 3. A bipartisan group of legislators, together with agency leaders and child advocates, attended the organizational meeting to begin discussions on how Florida can make smarter, more strategic investments in young children.

Porth presented two brief videos. The first, Why Early Investment Matters, highlighted economist James Heckman talking about the critical need to adequately fund early childhood programs to ensure the nation’s future prosperity. The second video was a news clip of retired military officers raising early childhood investments as a national security issue, and calling for immediate action by policymakers.

Worst to First speaks at FJCCSGA President’s Assembly

What an exciting time we had at the FJCCSGA President’s Assembly in Orlando this past weekend. On Thursday night, the DoubleTree Hotel conference room was packed with nearly 300 student government leaders from 27 colleges across the state. The energy was amazing!

To start, Bud Chiles shared the Worst To First story and the vision he has for this statewide initiative in bringing about fundamental change in the status quo for the education dynamics in the state of Florida. During the Assembly, the Worst to First team talked with the students leaders on how they can start their own Wost To First campus.

The goal of this initiative is to get one million Floridians to sign the Worst To First pledge stating they want to “Make Florida a Better Place for Florida’s Kids.” If every person will sign the pledge and find 20 other friends and family members to sign as well, to gather around this great cause, we can make a difference.

Below is the list of campuses that were present for the event. So many movements in the history of this great nation have been fueled by a spirit of youth. The future of Florida’s educational system needs to be fueled by that same spirit and is in desperate need of your vitality and innovation. We need you!