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The Relationship Between Your Nightly Routine and Productivity at Work
The traditional 9-to-5, Monday-through-Friday workweek has conditioned us to assume we have “work time” and “free time.” This may be true for the average worker, but when you’re a business owner, you face a much different reality.
The decisions you make at home -- particularly regarding your evening routine -- have a direct impact on your productivity the following day at work.
Improving Your Nighttime Routine
When you’re a parent of young children, you spend a lot of time thinking about nighttime routines. You brush their teeth, put them in pajamas, read a book, turn on the nightlight, lay them down, etc.
You likely believe that a consistent and appropriate bedtime routine is critical to your kids’ ability to fall asleep, stay asleep, and awake refreshed. As an adult, you don’t put the same meticulous thought into your own nighttime routine – but you should!
According to research conducted by Amerisleep, poor rest has a significant impact on productivity and behavior at work. Those who report poor sleep quality are 4.7 times more likely to feel irritable at work, 3.1 times more likely to show up late, and nearly twice as likely to fall asleep on the job.
Since this is the case, you can and should improve your nighttime routine. Here are some helpful pointers:
Overriding the Illusion of Work-Life Separation
These days, too much time is spent focusing on creating a separation between work and one’s personal life. But the truth is that this separation is an illusion – especially for business owners.
Given the internet, cloud, mobile devices, and remote operational capabilities, we have ubiquitous access to work. Even if we make it a point to remove ourselves from our work at home or on the go, temptations and opportunities are constant.
One of the benefits of recognizing this ongoing interrelationship between work and life is that you understand the importance of making smart, productive decisions regardless of whether you’re in the office, at home, or away for the weekend. And as you come to respect the cause and effect nature of your actions, you’ll discover that productivity is less elusive.
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