We all long to be productive don’t we? But we live in a world full of distractions and pressures to always be busy. Good intentions are all well and good, but you can really see the difference when you implement and follow an actual plan for success. That is why a step-by-step guide to planning a successful day is so important to have.
1. DON’T PUSH SNOOZE
Are you guilty of this? I certainly am. Instead of snoozing your alarm three or four times, get yourself up and see what you can accomplish in that extra time. I am not talking about anything huge either.
If you seem to be rushing around each morning it would be a positive and less stressful result to be able to sit down to have a relaxing breakfast instead of finding yourself racing around like a headless chicken. Keeping your stress levels down in the morning will ensure you have started your morning in the best way that you can.
2. SET YOUR INTENTIONS FOR THE DAY
Visualise or write down your one ‘big goal’ for the day. Where would you like to be and how would you like to feel when the day comes to a close? Visualisation and affirmations are a great way to set goals and go forward with intention.
Once you have your ‘main’ goal set, you can start to set stepping stones in order to reach this goal. Creating these smaller steps will make it more manageable and less daunting to get the results you want. Find out how to do this in The Wellness Workbook.
3. CHECK YOUR DAILY SCHEDULE
I tend to create my daily schedule either the night before or first thing in the morning. Time blocking is something that works really well for me so I can see when I am busy and when I am free.
There are a number of different ways you can do this – I use the iCal app on my phone and also a calendar stuck to the wall in my kitchen.
4. ACT ON HEALTHY HABITS
What is it that makes you feel healthy and happy? Does going on a run make you feel alive? Go for one! Does planning your meals for the day help you with organisation? Go ahead and do it. Whatever you feel helps you to feel your best should become a priority within the structure of your day.
Of course some days may be so busy with other commitments that you don’t have time to workout; please note that this is completely ok! Life does get in the way sometimes and there is no reason to feel guilty for that.
5. WORK HARD, PLAY HARD
Do you feel as if you have a good work/life balance right now? Being a hard worker is a great trait to have and it can get you really far in your career or business, however it is also important not to forget about the other aspects of your life.
Spending time with friends and family is important as it fulfils our social needs and keeps our relationships afloat. Making time for hobbies you enjoy can become challenging with other commitments such as family and work, however try to see how you can fit in time in your day or week to do these.
6. SELF-CARE = SUCCESS
How can you go about your day in a productive way if you aren’t taking care of yourself? Basically, you can’t. You can’t pour from an empty cup so make sure you aren’t running yourself into the ground by taking care of yourself. Block out specific time to do something relaxing or just to have time to yourself.
Self-care doesn’t have to be all about bubble baths and face masks either. It can mean having a 20 minute nap, reading a chapter of your book or meditation. Self-care doesn’t have to be a big grand gesture.
7. HAVE A CALMING BEDTIME ROUTINE
No, it isn’t just children that benefit from a bedtime routine, adults can too. Do you have a hard time switching off late at night? You aren’t alone and a major cause of this can be not winding down before getting into bed.
Some ideas would be to have a hot bath, drink a hot chocolate, light some lavender candles and switch off from your phone. Give both your body and mind time to relax and slip into a nice deep sleep.