Establishing Personal Development Goals for Work: How to plan your night so you wake up happy and motivated for the day

Evenings are an important time for most people. It’s a time to relax, refresh yourself after a hard day’s work. And of course, it is a time to help yourself prepare for the day ahead. If you are working toward some personal or professional development goals at work, it’s also a great time to think through the coming day, evaluate your priorities and make sure your head is clear so you get a good night’s sleep and are ready to hit the ground running. Here are 3 things you can do to make sure you’re ready for the day ahead, the night before.

Go To Bed On Time

If you’re like most folks, it can be a challenge to say when exactly you fall asleep. Whether you’re up late working or watching tv, those evening hours are much better put toward getting the rest you need. Go to bed on time. Make sure you are getting the amount of sleep and the quality of sleep your body needs to conquer your goals.

Get Organized and Get Focused

Lingering on a mistake can seem helpful if you want to learn from that mistake, but really now is the time to get refocused on the work and make sure you are set to succeed and move past it. To-do lists and schedules are obvious tools to help you stay organized. Setting personal deadlines and sticking to them will also help you stay on top of things. Learning to prioritize is key in feeling more productive at the end of the day. All of that can be done for the day ahead as you prepare to sleep. Just thinking through your personal development goals, thinking about what you need to do to refocus your energy and move you forward in your career will make a big difference for your brain.

Throughout the day, most people get busy with the mundane tasks that fill our time, but as the day slips away, the chances of accomplishing those big goals seem further and further out of reach. The evening is a great time to bring those goals front and center again. Take a minute to prioritize your coming day in line with your personal or professional goals. That way each evening you can refocus on the productive work that is a high priority and you’ll inevitably fill in the blanks with the busy work that may otherwise overtake your day.

Check Your Attitude

If you’re having a hard day, or are just not feeling like you are in a positive place with your work, chances are that you could really use an attitude check. If you are tired from a long weekend or are otherwise not fully focused on the work, don’t fall into the routine of cutting yourself too much slack. Try to convince yourself that work time is for being productive, and use that energy to kick start your can-do attitude. Breaks are important and without them we all risk burnout. But if we are having trouble getting into the right frame of mind, some positive self-talk and surrounding yourself with equally motivated people can be just what you need to get the most out of your day.

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