I used to lie in bed and roll around with constant thoughts in my
head: What do I have to do tomorrow? On no! Look at the clock.
Tomorrow is now today. I would get ideas in my head, and keep
kicking those ideas around to enable myself to remember them in the
morning, thus sleeping poorly and often not even remembering it anyway.
One of the greatest time management tips I can offer is a simple
pad of paper at your nightstand. I’m now in the habit of waking up
when I have an idea—most times I’m groggy, but it’s now ingrained
in me to immediately write it down. I then drift off for the best night
sleep ever, knowing that my ideas or follow-up items are waiting for me
when I wake up for the new day.
Grab a pad of paper and a pen, put it next to your nightstand,
and simply wait for the ideas to flow. When random thoughts wake
you, write them down immediately. This has numerous benefits. First,
you won’t forget. Second, you’ll sleep better. Finally—and the greatest
benefit of all—you will have stronger ideas since you have reached the
inner non-stressed part of your brain.
Thomas B. Dowd III’s books available in softcover, eBook, and audiobook (From Fear to Success only):
- Time Management Manifesto: Expert Strategies to Create an Effective Work/Life Balance
- Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job…A Reference Guide to Finding Work
- The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World
- From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide received the Gold Medal at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards in Business Reference
- The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood
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