Why You Should Write your To-Do List Before Bed
If you’re like most people, your days consist of multiple priorities, and sometimes it doesn’t feel like you have enough hours in the day to keep up with everything you need to do. Unfortunately, this can leave our minds racing when it’s time for some much-needed sleep, and nothing starts the day off worse than a bad night’s sleep. Anxiety about what you need to do the next day should not interfere with your sleep, and if you find yourself in this predicament often there is a solution to the problem.
So, what can be done to alleviate this problem?
Writing down a to-do list for the next day is the first step towards a better night’s sleep. Typically, when our minds aren’t silent, it’s because we are trying to remember everything we need to do in order to plan out the day ahead. However, if you choose to sit down and write everything down before bed, your mind will rest a little bit easier.
Choose paper over technology.
It might be tempting to grab your phone or tablet when it comes time to jot down your to-do list, but this might add to your difficulty falling asleep. The blue light emitted from our cell phones and other electronic screens trick our brains into thinking that it’s daytime. The problem with this is that our bodies will cease to release the sleep hormone melatonin because our brains don’t think that we should be preparing for sleep. Sticking with good old fashion pen and paper should be your go to when writing your to-do list before bed.
Become more organized.
Have you ever noticed that a lot of our stressors are self-induced? Seems crazy right? Why would we add stress to our lives?? We don’t always know that we are doing it but little things we do or choose to put off on a daily basis can end up snowballing, creating stress in our lives. Choosing to be more organized and planning ahead is huge when it comes to alleviating stress. If you aren’t the most organized person, add extra notes onto your to-do list to help keep you on track throughout the day. Whether you need to add times to each of your tasks or pencil in tasks you know you’ve been avoiding; planning ahead is key.
Give yourself more time.
Are you guilty of always being late? Or barely making it out of the door on time? Time management or lack thereof is another big one for adding stress to our lives. The solution? Wake up earlier and choose not to snooze. Make sure you don’t hit the snooze button in the morning; hitting snooze will leave you feeling less rested then if you were to have gotten up when your alarm first went off. Hitting the snooze button has the potential to throw off your internal clock, which might make it harder to fall asleep when you want to later. Choosing to wake up earlier might seem dreadful for those of us who love sleep, but it is worth the reduction in stress levels because we aren’t rushing to get where we need to be.
So next time you are feeling the pressure of tomorrow, grab your pen and paper and write your To-Do List to ease anxiety. Here is a list of some of our journals that you can use to make to-do lists:
• Open Bound Journals
• Mood Journal
• Gold is the New Black Journals
• Naked Journals
• Leatherlook Journals
• Colored Essential Notebook
• Case Journals
• Wire-O Journals
• Seaside Journals
• Flatline Journals
• Easy Journal