How To Plan Your Day For Success

by Helen Owens on July 31, 2018

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A crucial step to a fulfilled and productive day is envisioning it before it begins, what comes after is determining the tasks needed to get there. After your morning takes off, it is essential to check on your progress throughout the day so that you can examine your achievements.

Implementing this strategy will help you to utilize your time, allowing you to spend more time with your family, friends and doing what makes you happy, so let's take a closer look at it.


Start early


Make a habit of getting out of bed a bit earlier every morning. A 20-minute head start will allow you to begin your day without a rush. It might mean getting used to setting the alarm the night before (if you haven't been doing it already) and hitting the sack earlier.

Try not to hit the snooze button at all, it completely defies the purpose of what we are trying to achieve here, according to most sleep scientist.

The claim is that getting back to sleep after hitting the snooze button throws you back at the beginning of a deep sleep cycle. Waking up at the beginning of such a cycle is going to leave you feeling tired the rest of the day.

Take that extra time to start your day peacefully, use it to meditate, read the newspaper, exercise, or just sit back and have a cup of coffee, setting up a positive vibe in the morning which will reflect on your mood.


Picture the day ahead

Visualize the day ahead, use your morning commute to work or uni to ponder it. Take into consideration the thought of where would you like to be and how would you like to feel before you hit the sack that night.

Is it a step forward in achieving your long-term goals? Keeping that image in the foreground will make sure you are in control of your time, not vice versa.


Create a schedule, make a to-do list


Revise your schedule, if necessary, make some alterations, prioritize some tasks, postpone others, or add what you think could fit in.

Being realistic about what you can accomplish during a certain time frame is quite helpful. Otherwise, if you are aiming too high by making a lengthy list of tasks, you are just setting yourself up for failure.

You can keep two lists, one for daily tasks, and the other for your overall tasks. You can keep coming back to your overall list when you are making daily and weekly plants.

But make sure to put both on paper, and not just store them in your head. Lumping similar tasks within a certain time frame can help you utilize time efficiently and hinder distractions.

For example, one small part of your day can be reserved for messaging and emailing, while the rest of it you won't be paying attention to email notifications. Set aside one day in a week for meetings and errands.

Select three necessary tasks, may they be daily, weekly, or overall. Imagine that you have to leave town all of a sudden, which three tasks would you have to complete before you hit the road?


Make way for your health

Many of us value health and exercise, we consider them a priority, but we just don't go through with our plans and fail to make them a part of our reality and everyday life, this is another example where transmitting your plans onto paper, instead of just keeping them in the back of your head, can make all the difference.

A good way of making sure you'll complete your workout is by planning it ahead by writing it down in your schedule, making it an essential part of it.

Just like you would feel uncomfortable about missing an appointment from your schedule, the same applies here. Finding a gym buddy or signing up for a group exercise class is another mechanism for making sure you'll stay on track.

You are much less likely to scrap your exercising plans when your buddies are counting on you and being your support.


Plan ahead


While the most productive part of your day is coming to an end, don't forget to start preparing for tomorrow. Take another look at your plans for tomorrow.

Make revisions where needed. The tasks that you couldn't complete today postpone for tomorrow.

Think about the preparations that need to be made for tomorrow, like scheduling the dentist's appointment, what items you'll need to have on you, and so on. That way we are making sure you're ready when it matters.


Know when to rest

Knowing when to stop is an instrumental part of success and productivity. Knowing when to step on the brakes, get out of the car, and enjoy the view.

Taking time to take care of yourself, enjoying life in the present. That can help you to strike a balance between obligations an pleasure, as well as manage stress.

Take your family out to dinner, mess around with your pets, play with your kids, have a beer, and wrap it all up with a lovely book in the evening, or your favorite TV show. Unplug an relax, savor the feeling of knowing you have made the most out of your day.


Don't underestimate the importance of quality sleep

Let us not forget the commitment to a consistent sleeping pattern. Find out what is the best amount of sleep that works for you and go to bed at the same time every day.

Avoid using your phone or other electronic devices one hour to 30 minutes before going to sleep. Put them somewhere out of your reach.

Besides, it is much nicer to start your day without looking at your phone first. A good night's sleep is the cornerstone of a productive day.  

These useful little tips can be applied right away. You don't need to start big, start small! Starting out with a couple of small tasks and steps will help you gain momentum. It could appear hard at first, but it does get easier after a while, as it becomes a habit. Committing to making a change is the first step to the overall feeling of satisfaction.