Do you ever go through the day just trying to keep up? Does it feel like you're running late and can't keep up? Does time get away from you? It is easy for the day to become hectic and to feel like you don't have enough time. But there are a few simple things that can help you plan your day to make it go as smooth as possible.
Many people have said that a successful day starts the night before and there are a few things you can do before your day even begins:
Look at the day ahead of time. This way you are not caught off guard by surprises and can plan thoughtfully and not on the fly.
Make decisions the night before. Take the guess work out of as many things as possible and save yourself precious time and mental energy by making simple decisions the night before. For instance, what will you wear? What's for dinner? What will your workout be for the day? Whatever helps you get moving and keeps you moving!
Connect with the people who will be part of your day. Have an appointment with someone? Send them a quick email to remind them. Does your family have to be somewhere? Kids need to be picked up by someone else? A quick conversation can make sure everyone is on the same page.
Set an end time to your task or appointment upfront...and stick to it. Whether you are meeting with someone in your office or working on a message, set an end time. As you're sitting down for coffee, a hospital visit, or a staff meeting, let people know how much time you have before you'll need to get to your next commitment. You'll set yourself up for success by deciding ahead of time when you need to finish.
Start your day by preparing your heart. We all have our plans but many days never go as planned! But if you prepare your heart before the day begins you will be able to experience peace and joy in the midst of the day even if it doesn't go according to your plans.
When you do these simple little things and practice them on a regular basis, you will set up your day for success, no matter what comes.