How to stop waking up at 4am

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I was talking to a client recently and she said finds it hard to switch off from her business at night. Sometimes she’d wake up at stupid o’clock and remembers something she hadn’t made a note of the previous day. A shutdown ritual will put an end to evening anxiety and knock those 4am wake up thoughts on the head.

In Cal Newport’s book, Deep Work, he talks about a shutdown ritual.

David Allen advocates collecting all your loose ends into one bucket

Whatever you want to call it, it’s about tidying up!

  1. Shoes in the shoe rack
  2. Lego back in the box
  3. Spices in the spice rack

When everything’s in the correct place you know where to find it. It’s so simple. But where do you put your thoughts when you tidy them? And, how often do you have to tidy them up?

Like any chore, it’s best to stay on top of it and not let it get out of control.

Organise your Mind :: Optimise your Day

When finishing work for the day, spend the last 10 minutes tidying your thoughts. This often involves turning thoughts into tasks and creating a plan for tomorrow. It may sound dull, but the purpose is to free your mind from work-related thoughts, so you have a relaxing evening.

Rituals and habits can be difficult to maintain

The Digital Pensieve

I have created a simple tool for you to use and it’s FREE, quick and simple to use.

How to use the SDR Tool

At the end of each working day, simply click on SDR link and jot everything down that the SDR asks you.

Within a couple of minutes, you will reach the end and have your thoughts in order plus I will email your responses, so you have all your thoughts tidied and you’re ready to take on tomorrow with new focus.