Sometimes by shifting perspectives, new strategies can be thought up which will change the entire way you do something.
All we really need is plan B but created through a whole new set of lens. And that's all it takes to make a world of difference. It could even lead to reaching new goals and finally making things happen.
But the way to achieving great things is always hard and unpaved. That's why we advocate about changing perspectives a lot.The road to success can be easy if you take it one day at a time.
What if we told you that one carefully planned out day can lead to your overall success? Don't believe us? Why not give it a try - experience ONE planned out day but done extensively out of the perspective of successful planning. It is a concept of measuring your success by the daily plans you make.
We believe that success is a result of how you go through your day-to-day actions, carefully and masterfully planned out to guarantee achievement of your goals. It's a way to put value on time spent inside the 24 hours given to you. By envisioning, planning and making progress during an entire day, you'll keep focused on what's important in your life.
There's an entire year to plan out, so take out your planners and get ready. Here are 10 ways you can start planning your day to set you up for a lifetime of success:
1.Wake Up Early
Gaining more time in the day has many advantages. You'll see a difference too even with just one day. Plan to wake up a little bit earlier than you usually do. It doesn't have to be hours earlier as merely 10-20 minutes early can already make a huge impact.
The main advantage to waking up early is to give you more time to do everything you wrote down in your planner.
The second advantage to having an earlier start is to give you ample time to prepare so you don't rush off into doing everything. By doing this as a point of habit, you avoid cramming. If you're not rushed off, it leaves your mind free and focused on one task.
By establishing this early-to-rise habit, you become a calmer person heading towards your day with clarity. You'd have everything you need prepared and your activities are organized so you don't stress out in between. So if you're not an early riser or a morning person, you will have to break a lot of your old habits to achieve this. It helps if you have a very LOUD alarm clock you cannot SNOOZE.
- Envision Your Ideal Outcome
March on through the day with intention to do as many things as you can, as best as you can - just as you planned it would. Create daily intentions like you've already achieved your goals and desired outcomes.
A planner helps you do this by giving you space for one goal to achieve for the day specifically. It is meant to help you envision and imagine what a successful day would be like for you or how you would like your day to go with the intention of crushing that specific goal.
Always remember that goal so all your actions for the day will lead towards it. The point is to run the day focused on one goal alone.
- Follow A Set Schedule
The keyword here is “realistic”. It's important that you know what you're capable of doing in a day and to know what limitations you have. So in this tip, we urge you to plan a day ahead.
Create a realistic schedule and set specific times to do your tasks for the day. Follow them as best you can but be prepared to make necessary adjustments during the day. Tasks could include your errands, work load, assignments, deadlines, etc.
You keep control of the schedule. Set yourself up for maximum efficiency but do not cram everything into one day. So outline your schedule as if you know how it would run it.
- Build a TO-DO List
Priorities for the day can be two-pronged. In ourplanners, you can set top priority tasks and then have room for secondary tasks. This is a way to map out only the essential 6 things you MUST do for the day. Ranking tasks this way enables you to figure out which are the most urgent ones from those you can possibly postpone (or not).
A baseline to do list is your outline of the day which guides you to everything else. Without this list, you could go back and forth on things that may not even matter for the day, at least. This list is structure and must be followed.
- Create Healthy Habits
When it comes to healthy habits, accountability is essential. You need to make yourself accountable for the habits you follow through or wish to not continue. It's easy to get started on any healthy habit and even just as easy to make trackers inside your planners for them. But without a proper plan, you wouldn't likely follow-through with them.
The best advice we can give is to always incorporate healthy habit plans into your schedule for the day. Just as you don't want to miss out on any of your appointments, you're most likely do a workout if you pencil it in your planners. Our brains are wired that way.
- Prioritize Only Three Things
As rule of thumb, there should only be top 3 things that are most urgent for the day. They are urgent in the sense that not completing them would make you worry more, stress more and might even affect all other tasks for having been left undone.
It is simple - Identify what these priorities are in a day and do them first.
- Maintain A Grateful Heart
You'll be a better person if you nurtured a grateful heart, day in and day out. Having the mindset of being positively grateful will change your perspective in almost everything. Period.
Start this exercise daily by reflecting on ONE thing you are thankful for. Focusing on one thing will already bring you joy and that emotion will carry throughout the day. In doing so, you'll eventually see the positive side to things and you're more aware and open.
- Spend Time With People Not With Gadgets
Living in the digital age is one big distraction which is a deterrent to fostering long-term relationships with people. Reflect on your priorities and include people in them. One thing you can do is to avoid gadgets even just for a day.
This gives you time to spend talking to your family or your friends and just being with them. Plan on unplugging yourself from things that easily distract and then go meet people more often.
- Get Good Sleep
It's not only mandatory, it's a good healthy practice too. Our brains need to reset and our bodies need ample time to cure itself. Make it a daily habit to complete a full cycle of sleep. Before you do, plan for the day ahead. Then brain dump all of the day's clutter into your planner. Doing this will unload all of the day's stress which wipes your slate clean for the next day.
- Do It Again Tomorrow
If trying this method will work well for you, do it for one more day until you accomplish an entire week. All you have do is rinse and repeat everything above. We guarantee you'll see a difference.