They have a regular bedtime
Scheduling a set bedtime allows you to get enough sleep so that you’re able to perform optimally the next day, according to Laura Vanderkam, a time management expert and the author of I Know How She Does It, 168 Hours, and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast. “Having a bedtime means you don’t need to debate with yourself every night about when you intend to go to bed,” Vanderkam says. Making the conscious choice to go to sleep at a certain time frees you from wrestling with the consequences of going to bed too late, which can include decreased productivity and an intense longing for a good nap. Also, follow these morning habits of successful people.
They set a bedtime alarm
Once you’ve established the bedtime that’s best for you, Vanderkam suggests setting an alarm to ensure that you stick to the schedule. While it may sound unusual (after all, you probably set an alarm to wake up, not to go to bed), she’s confident that this technique can make all the difference. “Lots of couples watch TV together before bed, which then requires one person to be the ‘bad guy,’ telling everyone it’s time to turn it off and go to sleep,” Vanderkam says. Setting an alarm makes the alarm the bad guy, so it lets you off the hook—and you’re more likely to do the right thing. You can also start honing these 10 other attributes of wildly successful people right now!
They set a realistic wake up time
Setting a morning alarm is a no-brainer for most people, but the key is to set it for the time you truly plan to get up. “Be honest about it,” Vanderkam says. “Hitting snooze is really the worst of all possible worlds. The sleep is lousy so you’re not getting the benefit of more sleep, but you’re also not getting up and doing anything either!” Successful people tend to value quality sleep, knowing that chronic fatigue can seriously derail your daily goals.