Question: What one thing should all entrepreneurs do before going to bed on a weeknight?
Write Out Three Gratitudes
"Every night before bed I take out my leather-bound, medium-sized Moleskine notebook and write out three things I'm grateful for. I will write about anything, from being thankful for my parent's health, to the gratitude I feel for discovering a new band that I love. This ritual puts my mind in a positive place; it's helped me sleep a lot more soundly and I wake up with much more energy."
Turn Off Your Phone
"It's easy to get tethered to technology. But having your email and social feeds at hand every second of the day brings a lot of stress. Buy a real alarm clock and turn off your phone every weeknight. If you believe your company can't survive while you sleep, then you have a larger problem to address. And if you get flashes of inspiration late at night, use a pen and journal."
Set a Nighttime Alarm
"In entrepreneurship, there's always something else to be done and it's easy to stay up all hours of the night trying to solve the next big problem. But we're fooling ourselves if we think sleep deficit doesn't adversely affect our performance later in the week. Set an alarm to go to start your bedtime routine and stay energized, creative and sharp by getting your eight hours of sleep!"
Reduce Exposure to Light
"Entrepreneurs need a great night of restorative sleep. One tip that has helped me is cutting my exposure to light an hour before bed. Cutting exposure to blue light helps your hormones prepare you for sleep. An app called f.lux is a free tool that removes blue light from your computer screen at night. In addition, try your best to shut everything down an hour before bed. It's hard but worth it."
Check the Next Day's Calendar
"Checking your calendar for the next day's meetings or appointments before bed is a great way to mentally prepare for the day to come. It's also a great time to be reminded of any breaks from your routine: Do you need to wake up earlier? Take a different commute than usual if your first meeting is off-site? Dress differently? Your calendar will provide all of this information and more at a glance."
Write a Friend
"Having a good outside support network is crucial to starting and maintaining a business. Entrepreneurs often lose touch as they get busy and things start to take off professionally, and it should be the exact opposite. Staying close with people outside of your business will help you remember to enjoy life."