Do You Plan Your Days?

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Do You Plan Your Days?

 

One of the things I’ve found that has really helped me do better in all areas of my life is planning my days. I have a regular routine I follow and then each night before I go to bed I plan out my next day.

Like for instance I’m about to go to bed (it’s after midnight and it’s way past my bedtime) and I’ve made my plan for tomorrow.

Here it is:

Wake up -> do my mobility & stretching routine -> go for a walk with my sister -> go to walmart and buy a tripod for my camera so I can finish up the product I’m working on (to be released later this week hopefully) -> finish my product -> write the sales page for the product -> create a download page for the product -> write a new blog post (possibly talking about the product) -> work on my other product (to be released sometime this month) -> start advertising my product -> eat somewhere in there

I’ve got it more detailed and I’ve got a few other things after that on my plan for tomorrow, but the point is when I wake up I know exactly what I’m doing.

I know where I’m going to go, what I’m going to do and I’m not going to waste any time. I have goals I want to complete tomorrow (technically today I guess) and I’ve written out how I’m going to complete them.

It took me about an hour to put together my daily routine I wanted to follow (and I update it as I find ways to improve it) and it takes me 5-10 minutes each night to plan out my next day.

This simple technique has helped me double what I get done in a day and allowed me to be productive and never sit around not knowing what to do.

If you have a job where you can’t plan out your work day in advance, then plan out the rest of your day and make a plan of attack for your job. Let’s say you work at McDonalds (I use it as an example because it’s the only job I’ve ever had) and you work counter.

You could plan to serve customers and when you have spare time stock the condiments, clean something that hasn’t been cleaned in months that you know needs to be cleaned or find something you can do that is beneficial and will impress your managers/boss.

Now if you can’t really plan for your job, then plan your mental attitude. How are you going to deal with the different things that come up at work? When that coworker is driving you crazy or when a customer freaks out for no reason. What attitude are you going to arrive with and what attitude are you going to leave with?

Make a plan, and make your day as effective as possible. After a day is gone, it’s gone so make the most of it. Time is the only asset you can’t get more of – so make good use of that asset!

Try planning out your day the night before.

When you wake up, you’ll know exactly how you’re going to tackle your day. You’ll be more productive (if you actually follow the plan) and you’ll be more relaxed because you’ll already know what you’re doing.

As a bonus, when you plan out your day the night before, your brain will work during the night to solve whatever problems you may have coming up the next day – so you may find that when you wake up, you’ve got an answer that might’ve taken you all day to think of!

If you’re not planning out your days, then start now and see how it changes your life.

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