Have you ever wondered why you sleep with your smart phone next to your bed? Does it give you some sort of comfort to know that your phone is there, so anyone, anywhere in the world can disturb your sleep and interrupt that crucial time you spend rejuvenating and recharging your batteries, at their discretion? To me it feels like you are giving away some, if not all your control over your sleep every night. Empower yourself and give yourself permission to do what you should be doing when you get into bed every night, namely to rest and recharge your batteries. Is that email from an overseas supplier, which comes through at midnight and disrupts your natural sleep cycle, so important, it can’t wait until morning?

Recent studies show that over 80 % of mobile phone users sleep with their phones in the bedroom. Can you honestly tell me why you feel the need to have your phone right next to you while you sleep? Obviously if your son or daughter is out late or there is some other reason a close family member may need to reach you in an emergency, then by all means have your mobile phone next to your bed. In every other instance, give yourself permission to leave your smart phone out of the bedroom. It is no wonder that so many people feel overwhelmed every day and like they feel like they cannot cope with their workload. They are switched on 24 hours a day, with their mind constantly spinning away. They never give themselves permission to switch off and to rest and rejuvenate. You will astound yourself at how much more rested you are in the morning, when you allow yourself to switch off and rest, when you go to sleep every night.

What is the first thing you do every morning to start you day? Is it grabbing hold of your smart phone, with bleary eyes, which are barely able to focus, so that you can read your text or email messages? This is crazy behaviour. You are immediately giving away control of your day to the whims of everyone, who may have sent you a text or email during the night. You are allowing these messages to set your priorities for the day. They see you start your day, in a reactive state, rather than in a controlled proactive fashion, where you are focused on achieving your goals.
Those text and email messages immediately demand your time and attention and they take up crucial space in your mind.

You have effectively surrendered control of your day, to others, before it has even started. Picture this start to your every day. You are lying in bed, reading messages form marketers, vendors, colleagues and possibly even your boss, which flood your brain with what they want you to do, not what you want to achieve that day. What a way to start your day, you put the needs of some random person, who has sent you a mail, ahead of your own. You are effectively surrendering control for setting the tone of your day to someone else. Can you now see why we seem to spin our wheels all day, feel exhausted at the end of each day, but we achieve very little?

Try the system I have described below for the next seven days. The people, who have tried and applied this simple new routine, have seen a remarkable improvement in the outcomes they manage to achieve. They get more done each day and they feel far more rested. Set yourself a goal for the next seven days to try this new daily routine as described below:

Action Idea:

•Plan your day the night before. Spend about ten minutes at the end of your day, formulating a simple plan, which will allow you to know what you need to achieve the next day. This simple process allows your brain to switch off and rest during sleep and also gives you a head start the next morning.
•When you wake up in the morning, do not push the snooze button, get out of bed immediately and get your day started on a high. I call this my activation energy; it sets the tone for an energised and powerful day.
•Spend the first five or ten minutes, refining your daily plan. Ensuring that you have time in your schedule to achieve your three most important priorities. Ensure that you have also scheduled time in your day to meet your future. This is a time slot of a minimum of 30 minutes every day, where you invest time working on your life, where you invest into creating the future you want to live.
•Once you have control over your day and your needs are your top priority, now you can open your emails and read your text messages.

I challenge you to try this new routine for seven days. You will literally astound yourself with what you are able to achieve in that week. You will not only get more done, but you will also feel more rested and inspired. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain, give it a try. I would really appreciate your feedback on how this new routine works for you, please drop me an email at Andrew@andrewhorton.co.za and let me know how things go, when you start your day focused on your needs, rather than on someone else’s.


Author's Bio: 

Andrew is an expert and master teacher that speaks and teaches self-leadership, expanded awareness, effectiveness, efficiency and productivity. He guides individuals and business professionals, to identify, prioritise and carry out the right activities, consistently, so that they can maximise their personal effectiveness and deliver their best; on time, every time. All the tools and techniques Andrew teaches; have been tested in the laboratory of his own life and the many successful businesses he has owned and led, over the past 20 years. These strategies have seen Andrew achieve financial independence and reach a point of harmonious balance in all areas of his life. His purpose is to help as many people as possible, achieve similar or better results and to show them how they can realise their full potential, both personal and professionally and to help them live a meaningful life, where they are fulfilled in all areas. http://www.andrewhorton.co.za