The road to success is a long one, but the small, consistent steps you take every day will help guide you to your end goals. It all starts with your daily habits.
Whether you’re trying to get in shape, run a business, get glowing skin, or save money for things like traveling, the short-term goals you set and reach help you reach the long-term success you desire.
So how do you set up your days so you can reach these short-term checkpoints?
Not only do you need to pencil in your most important tasks for the day, but you should form better daily habits to get more done, stay sane, and still make time for some serious self-care.
Do you always feel like there are a thousand things to do, but not enough time to do them?
Get yourself in the habit of waking up earlier.
This simple task will open up a new window of time to get more done.
How much earlier you rise is up to you, but make sure you’re still giving yourself a healthy amount of sleep each night. No point in getting more done every day if you’re damaging your health in the process!
Do What’s Important
Start your day with the most important task. By getting it out of the way first thing in the morning, you have the rest of the day to work on less stressful, or unimportant tasks. If you don’t finish everything you wanted to, you’ll be able to say you finished the most important one! You may also find the morning is when you have the most energy and focus, giving you the best opportunity to give it your all.
However, if you’re not a morning person, it’s okay to work on something else. You can do smaller tasks to help you gradually wake up and focus if that’s more your style. Just make sure to get that super important task completed. The earlier the better!
Follow a To-Do List or Guide
I like to plan out my month in advance. It makes my life a lot less stressful and I can dive straight into my daily tasks.
If you don’t have a planner or calendar, then either invest in one or use Google Calendar to figure out what you need to do daily.
To plan out your month in advance, start with meals you would like to make or have prepped for each week. You could even create a grocery list for each week of the month if you wish to be super organized.
This frees up more time all month for other tasks and projects.
Include your daily workout plan for the month and what days will be your ‘off’ days. This way you know when you have an extra hour to do something else and you’ll also be able to keep track of your fitness progress.
If you have a job you go to every day, block this time out of your schedule. Do you have an hour-long lunch break? Plan out a small task you can get accomplished during that time.
If you work from home, plan out each thing you have to complete each day of the week for the entire month. Again, Google Calendar is really helpful for doing this. You can start with a Word or Google Document and figure out what your goals are for the entire month.
Break this down into weekly goals and from there, break it down into day-by-day tasks.
You’ll be so happy at the end of each week to see what you accomplished! You’ll also thank yourself at the end of each month when you realize you finished everything!
Make sure you block out some time to spend with your kids and family. It’s important not to become so goal-oriented that you forget to give your loved ones the time they deserve.
You must find a balance in your day-to-day life in order to stay sane. This means putting away electronics while you spend time with your loved ones.
Letting go of your past will allow you to think about the future and clear up your head for creativity and new ideas. Find ways to de-stress as much as possible so you can stay focused on what’s important.
Realize you don’t have the power to change everything, but you can take charge of what you can control.
Invest in Yourself
This means constantly educating yourself and improving your work and skills. Meet like-minded people who you can network with and who will help shuttle you in the direction you’re trying to go.
Remove negativity (this may include toxic people) from your life as best you can.
If you have a skill or hobby you’re trying to improve, make time for it. It’s okay if you can’t practice every day, but try for an hour or 2 each week.
This may be something you’re able to get done on the weekend. Whatever works for your schedule.
Have you already been taking strides to improve your life? What daily habits have you formed that help you reach your goals?
Let me know your daily activities in the comments below!
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