Things Productive People Do Before Bed: 13 Tips

by Lynn

Things Productive People Do Before Bed

Productive people have certain things they do at night for a more productive day. Your nighttime routine should set you up for a successful day. A productive day depends on your mental, emotional and physical health. Focusing on these during your nighttime routine will help you have a more productive day. Being intentional about your nighttime routine will be a great advantage in being productive the next day. Finding productive things to do at night that help in nourishing you can be a struggle.

Here are some things productive people do before bed;

Review Their Day

As the day comes to an end, you will want to review your day. If your day was not as productive, think about what you can do the next day to make it more productive. Think about the challenges you faced throughout the day and determine the best way to approach the problem the next day. This allows your subconscious to come up with a solution. Being this intentional at the end of your day will make for a more productive day. One of the things productive people do before bed is going to bed after reviewing and rounding up their day. This will automatically set you up for success.

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Gratitude Journal

One of the things productive people do before bed is to fill a gratitude journal. If you want to program your subconscious for success, writing down what you’re grateful for that day will help you achieve this. Being grateful about something in your say at the end of the night automatically programs you for achievement the next day. Positive energy flows over into the next day making you more productive.

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Spend Quality Time With Family

Your family is a priority and it’s really important to spend time with them as you wind up your day. Humans are social beings, the quality time we spend with our family helps us relieve stress. You might think that spending quality time with your family is no big deal but it is. Having meaningful or meaningless conversations with your partner, kids or siblings can go a long way. Having this bond with your family sets you up for success the next day because the bond gives you a sense of purpose.

Reduced Screen Time

After a long day of spending your day with your phone or in front of a laptop or PC. Reducing your screen time can be greatly beneficial. One of the things productive people do before bed is disconnect from the world by turning off their devices. Using your phone or laptop right before bed can affect your sleeping patterns. It also reduces the quality of sleep because your brain is still stimulated by the light on your devices. If you want a productive day, you have to have had a good night’s sleep. Place your phone far from your bed and buy an alarm clock. Stop using your phone as an alarm. You will be tempted to check your notifications first thing in the morning. This will reduce your productivity.

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Plan Their Day

Failing to plan is planning to fail. One of the things that productive people do before bed is plan their day. Planning for your day the night before is crucial in helping you focus on the important things you’re trying to accomplish. Review your schedule for the next day to have it imprinted in your subconscious. You can use a to-do list or a calendar to plan out your day. Planning your day will make sure you focus on your most important tasks. This will save you a lot of time when it comes to execution.

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The world’s richest and most innovative people are readers. Every night before bed Billionaire Bill Gates spends at least an hour reading books. Reading for at least 30 minutes before bed helps you become more productive. It expands your knowledge as well as helps you relax. Reading a physical book can be relaxing and help your brain slow down. If you want to read an E-book, use settings that will not stimulate your brain neurons.

The more you learn the more you earn

Warren Buffet

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Quality Sleep

Depending on your sleeping schedule and habit stick to the same sleeping time every day. Creating this routine will help your body rest enough and automatically know when it’s time to sleep. You should sleep for a minimum of 7 hours every night however if you can function on 6 hours of sleep that’s okay. If you want to be productive, you want to be well-rested both mentally and physically. Sleep is how you reset your body. Don’t sleep at 3 AM watching Netflix and expect to have a productive day the next day.

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Plan Your Outfit

If you want to have a productive morning, planning your outfit the night before is super helpful. Mark Zuckerberg wears the same outfit every day to save on time. However, if you have a sense of style, you can save time by planning your outfit the night before. We all know how long it can be before determining an outfit. It doesn’t matter if you’re working from home or going out. Planning your outfit saves you at least ten minutes and some frustration every morning. Check with the weatherman if you need a coat or an umbrella. This way you’ll be prepared for anything.


Get physical at the end of the night. You don’t have to go to the gym or run fifteen miles. You can do simple yoga stretches that will relieve the tension that’s been building in your muscles all day. Especially if you sit all day, you might want to do a few stretches that will relieve your muscles. Stretching will help you sleep better and you’ll wake up feeling refreshed the next day so you’ll be more productive.


Meditating is a great way of relaxing. It helps you sleep better and helps you focus. Meditating at least 5 to 10 minutes before bed can be greatly beneficial. It increases you overall focus, you’re more calm and relaxed and you are generally more energetic. Meditating can even help you deal with stressful and frustrating tasks throughout your day.

Review Goals

As you review your day when you’re winding down, you will also want to review your goals. Ask yourself what did I do today that will bring me closer to my overall goal? Asking yourself this question every night will be a motivating factor to stay productive the next day. This will program you to stay on track and stay productive.

Side Hustle

If you are employed and your goal is to be self-employed in the future or just financial freedom. Working on your side hustle at night can make your day more productive. Working on your side hustle will give you a purpose and can motivate you in general.

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If you want to be productive, make a point of writing everything down. Journaling your challenges, affirmations, and just your general thoughts can help make your subconscious clearer. If you’re not much of a journaling person, you will want to start small. Most of the greatest people in history kept a journal from Winston Churchill, Andrew Carnegie, Benjamin Franklin, why shouldn’t you replicate the same? Journaling can make you pay attention to the things you’ve been ignoring.

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