Whether you’re a working professional, full-time mom or student, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. More often than not, it feels like our to-do lists grow rather than shrink. Here are six essential tips for planning a successful day.
Get an Early Start
Plan to wake up a little earlier each day. An extra ten or 20 minutes may not seem like much but it’s enough to ensure you aren’t rushed or forgetting something. Establishing an earlier wake-up might mean going to bed earlier the night before or just teaching yourself not to press that snooze button.
Envision Your Day
Set your intention for the day by picturing how you want your day to unfold and what you want to accomplish. Take a few minutes during your morning routine to think about this. Consider where you want to be and how you want to feel. Setting an intention for the day will help shape your attitude and approach to any obstacles you may encounter.
Set Your Schedule
Review your schedule and list your to-do’s. Remember to be realistic about what you can accomplish. As you outline your day, batch similar tasks in order to maximize your time and limit distractions. Break out your to-do lists by categories or keep a master list – whatever works for you!
Prioritize Healthy Habits
Plan out meals, snacks and exercise. This may seem like one more thing to pile on your list but taking the extra time to plan your meals and workouts for the week will only free up time later on. Plus, it helps you stay on track with your health goals.
Plan for Tomorrow
As your day comes to a close, don’t forget to look ahead and plan for tomorrow. Review your schedule, adjust as needed and move over any tasks you couldn’t check off. This will help you jump right in to the next day effortlessly.
Unwind and Commit to Quality Sleep
Being successful also means knowing your limits and when to stop. Taking time for yourself will keep stress at bay and you from burning out. This includes getting enough sleep. Determine the amount of sleep you need to feel your best. Create a bedtime routine and commit to it. You’ll thank yourself in the long run!