Planning

How to Have a Great Tomorrow

By Craig Ballantyne15 - 36

If you want to have a great tomorrow, you have to plan and prepare for it today.

If you want to get eight hours of sleep then you need to use my 10-3-2-1-0 formula. It’s easy to remember and very structured. Ten hours before bed, stop consuming caffeine. Don’t have a coffee at 4:00 p.m. if you want to get to bed at 10:00 p.m, because you’re just going to toss and turn. Three hours before bed, stop consuming alcohol and heavy meals. Alcohol might make you feel drowsy but it impairs your sleep cycles. The same rule applies to heavy, fatty, or spicy meals. These make you toss and turn and interfere with your natural sleep cycles. Two hours before bed, stop working. An hour before bed, turn off your electronics and stop looking at iPhone, iPad, and laptop screens. Read a book. Do the dishes. Prepare your lunch. Talk to your spouse. Tuck your kids into bed. Read them a story. Do anything that relaxes you and doesn’t use any electronics. Wind down. I love to just sit and read a travel magazine or The New York Times. Finally, the zero stands for how many times you should hit snooze in the morning. It’s tough, but if you fall back asleep, you wake up drowsier than you would have been if you got up on the first alarm. Having a system in place sets you free. Having a schedule does not limit you; it actually helps you. Watch my video here on the 10-3-2-1-0 formula for more details.

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