"Den Computer herunterfahren," means shutting down the computer. However, the literal translation from German to English is "to drive it down." Just like a computer powers down slowly - you hear it doing all kinds of internal things for a while before it actually shuts down for good - we need in-between spaces between high-powered activities and slower ones. A normal mortal can't go directly from a corporate meeting into meditation. Neither can we go from work mode to evening mode, or from evening mode to sleep mode, without a gradual slowing down mechanism. Otherwise the more frenetic frequency bleeds into the slower activity, and prevents us from being fully present in the now, like when my husband's work experiences from the day keep popping up in our evening conversation.
After I shut my computer for the day I create a transition period by sitting down and looking at the newspaper, perhaps having a sip of tea, before going into dinner prep mode. Before turning the lights off and going to sleep I usually read in bed, if only for a few minutes, just to slow down further. Before beginning a meditation you slowly and gradually turn inward by becoming more aware of your breath and turning away from external stimuli.
You probably need the same in-between space in the morning to power up, whether it's your coffee ritual, your wake-up shower, or the morning commute that takes you out of home mode into work mode.
It's good to become aware of these transition modes, to traverse them with awareness, and enjoy the powering up or down. It helps to transition from one particular Now into the next particular Now without having a foot left in the last Now.