Recently, I’ve given the same advice to a few coaching clients for different reasons. So why not pass it on.
The idea is to bookend your days. Start and end your day with a brief practice that “holds” the day together, defining a beginning and an end. The benefit is that you decide how you want to start your day and how you want to close your day. The added benefit is that by defining the active part of your day from the restful part of your day it can enhance your ability to sleep. In business coaching, any topic can come up as did for a client who was struggling to sleep. Not usual for a lot of entrepreneurs with plenty on their mind. She’s already seeing positive results by bookending her days. It sets the stage for restful sleep.
So how will you bookend your days? I start off every day with 30 minutes of inspiration. Lately, that’s been reading a good business book. Sometimes it’s a Ted.com video. Something that will enliven me and support me to embrace the day. I close my day with journaling three things I’m grateful for. That takes less than 15 minutes.
Personally, I didn’t start this practice because of difficulty sleeping. That’s never been an issue for me. Side bar– I recently got a Fit Bit. You know, one of those devices to track your activity, calories burnt, etc. It can also track your sleep. On average, I fall asleep in 4 minutes, have 0 restless minutes and move fewer than 2 minutes a night over the average of 6 hours of sleep. So sleep was not the motivator.
Whether it’s to benefit your sleep or not, book ending your days is a great practice to control your mindset in a positive and productive way so that you can be at your best. Awake and asleep.