5 Ways to Set Yourself Up for Daily Success

productivity Jul 20, 2019

If you want to be a more productive version of yourself, it's important that you intentionally set yourself up to be so.

Here are FIVE BIG ideas for doing that.

No. 1 SLEEP

How much sleep are you getting every night?

Experts recommend 7-9 hours. Yes, in a row!

If you want your mind to be completely blown, I highly recommend Arianna Huffington's book, The Sleep Revolution.

I know you might think you can get by on less than the recommended 7 to 9 hours sleep but the experts are saying that's not true. Your body works very hard when you're sleeping.

Setting yourself up for success starts before you even go to bed. What do I mean by that?

What does your bedtime routine look like?

Everybody talks about a morning routine but what's your bedtime routine? Do you even have one? How do you transition from your day to going to sleep?

Arianna Huffington recommends cutting off screen time at least 60 minutes before you go to bed (read a print book or a magazine), making your room cool and shutting out all light.

No. 2: MORNING ROUTINE

What do you do when you first open your eyes?

Hit the snooze button?

Grab your phone to check your email, social media or news/stocks?

High performance trainer Brendon Burchard suggests you avoid checking email or social media in the first 60 minutes of your day.

Instead, be in control...be intentional about your time. Create a morning routine that will launch you into the day that works for you.

Here's my morning routine: make the bed, do several pushups, read the Bible followed by a devotional. After this, I fill out my High Performance Planner and then post on social media (I don't check it...just post it and yes, this is possible!). After this, I'm off on my daily run (since August 29, 2017, I've run at least one mile every single day).

Simple. Short. And something I can anywhere in the world.

What's your morning routine look like? Do you need to change your morning routine?

No. 3: WHAT ARE YOU CONSUMING?

What are you consuming every day?

Not only with your eyes: social media, the news and email but what are you drinking and eating?

Are you drinking half your weight in ounces of water? Your body is made up of between 50-65% of water so I'm thinking drinking a lot of water is a good thing. And science backs this up.

Tips: have only water in your house. If you don't have other beverages, when you're thirsty, your only option is water. My wife and I subscribe to a service that brings us 5-gallon bottles of water every month. It's so delicious.

Are you eating fruits and vegetables? Your body need greens. There are many options to choose from. I don't like cauliflower, broccoli and several other vegetables but there are many I do like. Find the veggies you like and add them to your diet along with fruit.

Be intentional about what you're eating.

Here's a crazy idea: take a 30 day fast from watching any and all news. I did this and in just a few days, I felt so much calmer.

What you consume really matters.

No. 4: YOUR ATTITUDE

How is your attitude?

Have you ever been driving down the freeway on your jamming to your tunes when somebody cuts you off? What do you do? Do you get angry? Maybe flick them bird and scream at them? When you pass them - why not? - you see that they're on their phone.

I want you think about something. You don’t know why that person cut you off. Maybe they are a moron. Maybe they're a jerk. Or maybe they just got some bad news and their loved one is being rushed to the emergency room. Ah, now your perspective changes, doesn't it?

We like to assume the negative. We like to assume we know why people are doing things. Why people are acting like jerks. But do we really know?

You ever been at a stop light and the light turns green and the guy in front of you doesn't go? So you honk on your horn. Come on, Go! What are you doing? And you find out they're on their phone. You yell, you shouldn't be on your phone, you idiot! Go! I've got places to go. Don't you know who I am?

But maybe they just got fired at their job and they're talking to their wife. Maybe their child got hurt at school and they're talking to the school. We assume they're being a jerk.

So how is your attitude? Do you look at people and assume the worst? They're just doing this to make me mad or oh, they're just doing this to get under my skin?

I've some news for you. You care more about that than they do. The people you think are doing things to make you mad might not even know you. It's affecting you. So we try to make the world all about us, and it's really not. 

I want you to practice positivity now. As I studied high performers, I noticed that they tend to be really positive people. Negativity is not going to help you succeed.

No. 5: HAVE A PLAN

Take the time to plan your day the night before.

Tell your time where to go instead of wondering where it went.

It's better to have a plan and have to modify it as things come up than operate without a plan.

A blank day on your calendar is an invitation to doing nothing. To having a most unproductive day.

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