Wake Up at the Same Time Every Day
Sticking to a sleep schedule, even on your days off, creates structure that your body will thank you for. On highly productive days, waking up earlier keeps you on schedule and forces you to start your to-do list earlier. Tomorrow, wake up 45 minutes to an hour earlier than your normally wake up.
Visualize Your Day
What do you want to happen today? What would put you in a good mood at the end of the day? Plan out your perfect day from morning, through lunch to the evening. You’ll be amazed how much more you fit in to your day when you decide what you want to fit in to your day.
Write Things Down
When you make a to-do list, you make your ideas into something you can hold on to and work with. When your plan is on paper, you can focus fully on each task as you work on it. Schedule out everything you visualized and as you complete each task, cross it out – it’ll give you a sense of finality when you complete your task.
Break Up Big Projects into Smaller Phases
Lao-tzu famously said “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Think of your projects the same way and divide your journey into smaller goals, and celebrate when you reach them.
Develop a Routine
Sticking to a routine of waking up and being active will help you continue to be productive throughout your life. All your early mornings, visualizing and writing will only work if you stick with it. It takes 4 weeks of consistency to develop a good habit – start today.
Just Do It! Don’t Overthink It
Like Nike says, just do it! In most cases, the more you think about doing something, the more time you’re eating up by not doing it. Be proactive, make decisions, and make progress.
Fit in a Quick Workout
Even if it’s a quick 10 minutes, a workout will keep you mentally acute, raise your energy levels, and have you feeling stronger both mentally and physically. Wear a heart rate monitor (I love Polar) and stay between 75-85% of your target heart rate. This will makes sure you’re as efficient as possible with your workout time and eliminates the guess work of what you have accomplished!
This is a huge one! Be accountable not only to yourself but to others. You’ve promised to wake up early tomorrow, but you’ll be more likely to wake up early if you tell your spouse or a friend tonight you goal. You’ll be more likely to exercise daily if you have a workout partner. Friends and loved ones can help keep you on track.