For instance what do your morning and evening routines look like? Successful people plan and prioritize their day the night before. They journal and review the results of the day to see what went right and what went wrong and what needs improvement? And they read for at least a half hour everyday.
They also have a morning routine. They get up early enough so they can start their day with gratitude, exercise, meditate or read, and go over their schedule again to see if anything needs to be adjusted. They prioritize and tackle the most difficult and important task first.
If you aren't book-ending your day consider starting, you'll be surprised how much more productive you'll be.
Habits To Include In Your Daily Routine:
- Have a clear vision of your dream. What will it look like five or ten years from now and how will you feel when you achieve it?
- Write down your goals. A goal that isn’t written down is just a dream.
- Plan/your day/week/month/year.
- Prioritize – which three to five things need to get done today and which is the most important? Do the most important thing first.
- Review your day/week/month/year – did it go according to plan? What went right? What went wrong? What needs to be improved? What needs to be changed? Do you need help with something to make it better?
- Journal – this is a great place to write down your ideas, dreams and your review results.
- Read your vision, goals & mission statement daily.
- Gratitude – appreciating what you have can set the tone for the day.
- Exercise – when you’re physically fit you have more stamina and think clearer. Exercise helps to increase the amount of blood and oxygen that goes to the brain. It also makes you feel better.
- Meditate – meditation helps reduce stress and stimulates creativity. If you haven’t meditated before start for just ten or fifteen minutes and concentrate on your breath. Repeat an affirmation while meditating. If unwanted thoughts come into your head concentrate on your breathing and repeat your mantra to yourself.
- Read books to improve your skills or something inspirational. If you read a given topic for one hour everyday in five years you’ll be an expert.
- Choose how you respond to people and circumstances – being proactive vs. reactive. Proactive people are driven by value. Reactive people are driven by feelings, circumstances and conditions.
- Pay attention to what you say to yourself and others. Do you use negative or positive language? Do you reprimand first and ask questions later, even to yourself?
- Do what you have to do, before you do what you want.
- Be able to say “No”
- Delegate or hire someone to do the things that anyone can do. This will give you more time to do the things that only you can do.
- Never assume – clarify expectations and never take anything personally.
- Take time for yourself and your family – a balanced life brings more satisfaction and calmness.
- Surround yourself with people who encourage you, will help you and are strong in areas where you are weaker.