Night thoughts

by Andy Youings January 27, 2017

Night thoughts

Why is it that some of the best brain waves strike at night? And why is it that when you wake up in the morning you can just about remember how to work the kettle but have absolutely no idea what that world changing idea was? Maybe you dreamt of the winning lottery numbers, created an outstanding business or had a genius idea that would bag you the promotion you have been working so hard for. One sure fire way to remember your ideas at night is to keep your Say Nice Things journal and pen by your bed so you can write them down.

Having a pen and notebook by your bed doesn’t only come in handy for those creative ideas; it can also help you sleep better and wake up feeling more refreshed and organised. How many times have you been zonked on the sofa, trying to keep one eye on the TV whilst fighting the land of nod, only to get into bed and be wide awake? And what’s keeping you awake…all the things you remembered you have to do tomorrow, or all the things that you have forgotten to do during the day. Must remember to order that repeat prescription, need to buy milk, coffee is running out, letters to post, mum’s present to buy, school uniforms to be washed…the lists go on. This constant stream of thoughts and mental checklists of all the things you need to do constantly going round in your head doesn’t bode well for a restful night. No doubt you’ll end up dreaming about being chased by a pint of milk whilst wearing the children’s school uniforms and your mum shouting out the winning lottery numbers! With the best will in the world, you’re hardly going to wake up feeling refreshed; and in your sleep deprived state you will probably have forgotten all the essential tasks that you were thinking about whilst in the wide-awake club.


Image of Say Nice Things journal indexSo, if you’re feeling like you need a little organisation in your life and want to stop forgetting your great ideas, have your pen and journal at the ready on your bedside table. If you are feeling super organised why not use the indexed sections in your Say Nice Things journal for specific thoughts and tasks? You could have a list section for the things you need to do the next day, a section for things playing on your mind that may not need immediate attention (but shouldn’t be forgotten) and a section for creative ideas and random thoughts. It really is a simple case of clearing your head and making sure you sleep as soundly as possible.

In the morning, when the sun comes up, everything tends to feel much more manageable. We don’t know why, but at night everything seems so much worse than it often is…maybe it’s not having the ability to fix things there and then. But when you wake and you can see what needs to be done and what can wait, you can plan your day accordingly and tick the tasks off your list that have been bugging you – leaving you with a feeling of satisfaction and peace of mind.

Why not give it a try and see how you get on. Here’s to peaceful sleep and remembering those amazing life changing ideas…we’ll only take a bit of credit or perhaps a small slice of your lottery winnings!

Happy journaling.




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