What’s your daily routine? I know you already have an agenda going into your day.
But do you really know what you’re going to do today?
Perhaps you are a highly successful entrepreneur who runs his own company from a computer screen.
Or maybe you are the founder of a company and the day-to-day decisions are made with input from many others.
There are many times when these two types of leaders sit down and assess how they can improve. They also take time to write down what they think their ideal day is like.
While most of the time it is an activity-based approach to improving, there are other times when leaders think it is necessary to live by the seat of their pants.
Don’t get me wrong. Some days, that is necessary.
The result of a well-planned day is that you have the optimal mindset to deal with the challenges that come at you.
In this article, I’ll share what I’ve learned on how to execute that kind of daily plan for success.
The first thing you have to do is start living a disciplined life.
There are too many distractions that can take over your life. You must establish routines that allow you to get your important work done and also have the space you need to clear your mind.
I have found that maintaining this discipline requires discipline.
Whether that means turning off notifications on your phone, spending time in solitude, or meditating, you have to put in the work to get it right.
Then, you also have to ensure that you are consistent with what you do daily.
Your routine should never be subject to your mood or lifestyle.
If you are a morning person, and you don’t get a lot of work done in the morning, you need to fix that.
For example, if you don’t get a lot of work done in the morning, you are just creating time for a poor routine.
Once you start to perform daily rituals, you will start to see positive results. You’ll be more productive and clear-headed, which means you will be able to hit the ground running when the day begins.
Before I start, I will share a few key tips that help me to be consistent with my routine.
Whether you want to start the day by meditating or doing some pushups, it’s important to start with a clear purpose.
For me, that’s to help my team members and clients be successful.
Ask yourself: “How can I create a roadmap for the day that sets me up for success?”
If you’re not clear on the first step, you will have wasted your time.
What are some ideas for activities you could do each morning?
Try anything that makes you feel good and that works for you.
Don’t worry about how you will stick to the routine.
Begin the routine with an intention.
On some days, meditating will be more productive than going to the gym. Other times, it will be the opposite. But the important thing is that you don’t try to do it all in one day.
Now, let’s get to some specific examples of how you can make daily routines work for you.
Whether you spend time meditating each morning or not, there is no reason why you can’t be mindful of how you spend your time.
I have found that being present in the moment can help me go above and beyond what others expect from me. I have also found that being mindful of my spending habits has helped me save more.
Take a few minutes each morning to clear your mind.
Read or meditate for a few minutes.
Turn off notifications on your phone.
Sit down for a few minutes and play a game, read a book or write in your journal.
For me, this is a mindfulness practice.
As I am busy working on my client’s challenges, I can have the “you” time I need to clear my mind and let go of the day.
Building in some time for mindfulness each morning gives you time to recharge and think positively.
At the end of each day, write down one thing you have done that was exceptional.
Anything you do that makes you proud or feel better about yourself is worth writing down.
What are some specific practices you can do in the morning?
How does it feel to do them?
Did you feel a sense of achievement?
Can you create some sort of ritual that helps you to be more productive?
The easiest way to become disciplined is to just do it.
It’s not about how you plan to do something. It’s about doing it. It’s about finding a way to make it a habit and get more into the habit of following through on what you need to do.
If you don’t want to write it down on a calendar, write it down in your pocket or wallet. Put a sticky note on your monitor or phone. Or put it in your wallet or pocket and start looking at it every morning.
Setting intentions (step one above) helps you set clear goals and helps you form the right habit loop. You want to do these things each morning. But how do you actually do it?
Get clear on what you want to achieve for your morning routine.