What do you do every morning when you wake up? Shout for coffee in bed? Hit snooze on your phone a billion times? Check emails? Watch the morning news?
OR do you do what millions of other people do? Lie around wondering what they are going to do today?
Sure there are a lot of people that have solid routines in the mornings, but there are more people that don’t know what to do. They just wake up, have breakfast, get dressed and figure out what to do for the day on their way to work.
Now sure if that works for you, you can do it, but I have a different way of getting my head ready for the day..
Every morning when I wake up I have 2 things that I do to plan out my day before getting out of bed. Let’s see what they are…
1. I list everything I need to do for the day
That’s fairly simple you might say. I also have a to do list. Yes, sure you do, but I setup a new to do list every single morning as my previous list was scratched the previous night. I start fresh every day and make sure that I set achievable goals for the day. If I find that I finish my tasks early, I do add one or two extra tasks for myself. However, I have managed to become pretty accurate lately.
2. I make notes on how to get these tasks done
I go over each task that I have setup for myself to complete today and make notes where needed. The notes that I make for each task will help me complete it in a timely manner. A quick example is: I need to pick up a package at 10AM. So I make a note that I know someone who is going that way at 9:30AM and that I need to call them before 9AM to find out if they can pick it up for me. Yes, that is a very simple example, but you should be catching my drift.
Now these two simple points mentioned above get me through my day. They help me live a great, well balanced, productive life that sees me complete my to do lists on a daily basis so that I can start fresh every day. Remember that you need to be real when setting up your to do lists. They aren’t 1 year goals nor are they milestones for your goals. They are purely things you need/want to get done today.
Start off small and give it a try. Once you get used to setting up a new list every morning, you’ll love the flexibility it offers you when planning your day.