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Life hacks: Morning and evening routines

I love to sleep, but I also love to stay up late. I tend to find that I’m both productive in the morning and in the evenings. This makes it hard to go to bed. Thus, I try to maximize the hours of sleep I can get. I have a few routines that I find really efficient to improve my sleep and get out of the door faster in the mornings:

Use the timer on your phone for shorter showers

Only have what you use every day easily accessible on your bathroom counter

Prepare your bag and what to wear the night before

Turn on flight mode when entering your bedroom

Empty your brain

Sheryl Sandberg writes in her book Option B:

“Journaling (…) helped me quite myself and reflect. I was able to put words to my feelings and unpack them. (…) Labeling negative emotions makes them easier to deal with. The more specific the label, the better. “I’m feeling lonely” helps us process more than the vague “I’m feeling awful.” By putting feelings into words, we give ourselves more power over them.”

Lately I’ve also been trying to use The five minute journal, an experiment I wrote about here. It’s been fun to focus so much on positive elements of my life. It’s made me feel more happy. Going forward I’ll do a mix of both The five minute journal and emptying my brain.

Read fiction

Keep a water bottle by your bed

Know when you have to wake up

Summary

  • Only have what you use every day easily accessible on your bathroom counter
  • Turn on flight mode when entering your bedroom
  • Prepare your bag and what to wear the night before
  • Empty your brain
  • Read fiction
  • Keep a water bottle by your bed
  • Know when you have to wake up

All of these hacks have made my sleep better and reduced the time I spend in the morning on getting ready from 1 hour to only 20 minutes! Do you have other morning or evening hacks? Please share them with me. I’d love to further improve my routines.

Further reading:

Thanks to Tiff Willson and Torstein Berteig for reading drafts of this.

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Aurora Klæboe Berg

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Co-Founder & CEO @megacool_co. Previously @DirtybitGames, creator of @TheFunRun (100M downloads). MSc Engineering & Entrepreneurship.

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