Having a successful day starts by planning ahead, and setting up yourself for success before you even lift your feet out of bed in the morning. Despite what you may think, successful people don’t just blink their eyes and have a productive day. Here are 10 simple ways to plan for a successful day.
Get up early
Getting up early doesn’t have to mean getting up before the sun. Even as little as 10 extra minutes in your day can make a huge difference!
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Utilize tools to help you along the way
You don’t have to go at it alone! Having useful tools or apps handy can make your day run a lot smoother! This might be a coffee pot that starts coffee at a set time or an app that sends you reminders.
Make a list the night before
Before you go to bed at night, create a to-do list for the following day. After you’ve finished making your list, put a star next to the five most important things that you need to get done. This will help you prioritize in the morning.
Don’t overbook yourself
One of the reasons we may feel like we didn’t get as much done as we could is because we overbook and overwork ourselves. We aren’t Wonder Woman and we shouldn’t strive to be either! Reduce the number of tasks you need to get done each day and you will have more happiness in your life and less stress.
Create healthy habits that will help you be successful
If you want to start running in the morning, keep a pair of running shoes by the bed or even lay out of your workout gear the night before. By creating habits that encourage you to be successful, you will make sure you stick with it.
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Stay on task
It can be tempting to step away for a break every few minutes or be distracted. Every time you get distracted, you are costing yourself the precious time that could be spent doing your work. Whenever possible, try to stay on task until the task is complete. Then take a break if you need to.
Unplug whenever you need to get something done
If your phone is next to you, you will be tempted to reach for it. Unplug when you need to get something done, and you’ll find you will work much quicker!
Put routines in place
Routines will not only help you stay on track for the day but help you knock out the things that are really important to you. Use this time to wind down for the night, or help get you excited about the day ahead so you can be purposely productive.
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Make time for rest
Rest not only refers to your sleep at night but also time to relax each day. This will help you recharge your batteries so you can be more focused the next day.
Learn to say no
Saying no might sound like a way to not be successful, but if you struggle with maintaining balance, this might be the key to keeping you on track!
As you can see, success starts by planning ahead! I hope these simple tasks have given you the inspiration to take charge of your day so you can have a successful day too.