3 Nighttime Routines Successful Entrepreneurs Swear By

Kelsey Clark

Almost any morning routine story you read will include a bullet or two about setting the stage the night before. Whether you lay out the next day's outfit, pack your lunch, or read a few chapters of a book, what you do at night almost always influences how you'll feel in the morning. For this reason, I'd argue your nightly routine is just as important, if not more so, than your morning routine. Here to shed some insight on the matter is Business Insider, which recently interviewed successful entrepreneurs about how they prepare themselves for a successful next day. From Hollywood screenwriters to savvy self-made investors, here's what they had to say, in their own words: 

Meditate and separate

"I've found that just a few minutes … of either tai chi or qigong [before bed] really calms my mind and helps me stay grounded. I'm a bit of a social media addict as well, so the breathing meditation creates a tangible barrier between screen time and restful sleep. It also seems to expand my creative thinking so that I can tackle thorny business issues in unique ways the next morning."

—  Irene Chang Britt, former president of Pepperidge Farm and board director of Dunkin’ Brands (Dunkin Donuts and Baskin-Robbins)

Visualization and appreciation

"Every night before bed, I meditate to clear my mind and visualize what the ideal next day would be for me. If it's been a really tough day, I'll write in my book of gratitude. It's definitely worth it! I started visualizing in 2010; by 2011 my income had increased by 5000%. Focusing on my desired outcome has helped me save million-dollar deals, obtain projects that weren't in my favor, and find the good in people and situations so we can work together in the most optimal, harmonious way. "

—  Katrina Palandri, co-founder and CFO of AEG Investments

Reflection and gratitude

"I am a mom and an entrepreneur, so my days start early and end late. For the last eight years my family has been traveling the world, so I feel it's important to anchor ourselves in what we have learned and experienced. I take a moment every night to reflect with my daughter before bed. We pick three things we’re grateful for; flip through Louise Hay's book, Daily Affirmations & Positive Quotes, and randomly select a page to read aloud; say our prayers; then head to bed. I get to stop my busy day, take time with my daughter and be present with her. The results are immeasurable."

 —  Rhonda R. Swan, founder and CEO of Your Brand Is My Business and The Freedom-Preneur Movement

Head over to Business Insider for the full list of entrepreneurs, and share your go-to nightly routine below!

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