Sleep Your way to the Top

Warning: The title of this post is wildly misleading…!

let's sleep!

I couldn’t help but laugh when Arianna Huffington mentioned how everyone who wants to become successful needs to sleep their way to the top on the Ellen DeGenerous Show. I have recently started listening to Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global podcast, and it quickly became obvious to me that she is a bit of a sleep aficionado!

In general, I do not have any problems sleeping (except on Sundays, of course, where I like to sleep in in AND treat myself to a long nap…). However, having listened to the Thrive Global podcast, I realized that I need to add some steps to my – barely existing – evening routine, to improve the quality of my sleep. Thus, enter my new Evening Bliss routine, based on Arianna Huffington’s advice:

  1. No more phone activity 30-60 min. before sleep. Ideally it should be charged outside the bedroom, so you don’t get tempted to use it before you sleep, ehrm…
  2. Scented candle and calming music in the bathroom
  3. Wash off the day with a warm and aromatic shower or bath. I remove my make up in the shower, to make it last longer.
  4. Put on dedicated sleep wear (i.e. not lounge or sports wear, as I used to)
  5. Read a physical book (not on Kindle etc.)

I occasionally also do a gratitude exercise before I fall asleep, which is found to work as joy trigger, proven to reduce stress and improve sleep quality.

I took small steps to get into this routine. First, I put out a small notepad on my nightstand for the gratitude exercise. Then, I separate my sleeping wear from my lounge wear. It turned out I basically did not have any dedicated sleepwear, which I saw as an excellent excuse to shop a bit! While I was out shopping, I also got myself a scented candle and a calming shower gel. And then I was good to go.

This new routine of mine is so comfortable and was so natural to get into this summer. However, I must admit that I worry whether I will be able to maintain it when going back to work. Thus, my aim going forward is to do my routine 3 times a week. Anything above 3 is just a bonus.

Hope this inspires you to evaluate and, if necessary, improve your evening routine as well!

Your Future is in the Present

Hello, and welcome back. I hope you have had a wonderful summer! My summer has been great and sunny, and involved a lot of inspiration and thinking about the future of the #Busbeesblog. Now, I am fully recharged and ready to get back into my daily routines (i.e. involuntarily stop eating excessive amounts of chocolate and fast food every day).

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist is one of my favourite books, and the quote above has been imprinted on my mind since I read it. This quote motivates me to pursue and engage in good intentions, every day. I have personally witnessed how my thoughts eventually materialize into actions, and how – over time – these actions become habits. According to Will Durant, “you are what you repeatedly do“. By extension, you become what you repeatedly do. In that sense, our minds have significant power in taking us to our future. That is, the future we visualize and pursue for ourselves.

When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

My aim for this fall is to work on implementing new good habits, to achieve my formally (aka scribbled down on a napkin..) formulated goals, in the hopes that preparation meeting opportunity will lead to great achievements. For instance, I have thought about how to optimize my Hour of Powers, which books to read, and established a personal budget. I have also been working on a new evening routine, which you can read more about tomorrow.

Have you thought about your goals for the fall semester? And how to achieve them? If not, check out Mind Tools for inspiration on how to set and reach SMART goals. Happy reading!

Thrive and Progress on your Goals

If you repeated today every day for the next year, realistically, where would you end up? In order to achieve your dreams, what does a “normal” day look like? What activities must happen daily for you to live exactly how you want to be living?

These are some of the important questions raised in the article “Tell Me What You Did Today, And I’ll Tell You Who You Are” on Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global platform.

The Man on top of the Mountain didn't fall there - Vince Lombardi

The article continues to argue that you should build your day around the following four things, in order for your brain to thrive and make enormous daily progress toward your most important goals:

  1. Nutrition: Eating right,
  2. Oxygen: Getting enough oxygen to the brain,
  3. Information: Obtaining quality information, ideally above your cognitive level,
  4. Love: Nurturing loving and deep relationships.

If you are curious to learn more as well as concrete examples on how to achieve the four essentials, read the full article on Thrive Global.