Once you map out your short term and long term goals it's important to determine the things you need to do daily to make them a reality. Additionally, you need to determine what you can focus on, and integrate to ensure self-care is a top priority for you.
I’ve found so much benefit in “bookending” my days. I learned about it when reading The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. Bookending means having a consistent morning and evening routine much like the book ends of a book. Through this approach, you will begin to feel control over your life because, no matter what happens in the middle of the day, you have comfort in knowing how you continually start and finish each day. The other benefit is this approach helps ensure you accomplish important tasks and decrease decision fatigue.
Do you ever find yourself having an extensive to-do list that is so long you don't know where to start? By the end of a long work day decision making is the last thing that you want to do. When something becomes routine, we no longer have to think about it–it’s set on autopilot. Instead of having to use self-discipline to decide whether or not you’ll read a book that day or go to the gym, you’ll simply read or work out because that’s part of your evening routine. The less you have to think about doing something, the more likely you’ll actually do it. That’s the power of routines.
Here is an example day:
6:30am: Wake up
6:30am-6:50am: Meditate & Pray
6:50am-8:00am: Shower, dress, etc.
-Workday- (listen to podcast on drive to and from)
5:30pm-6:30pm: Work out
6:30pm-9:45pm: Work on goals
9:45pm-10:00pm: Prepare for bed
10:00pm-10:15pm- Write in journal/review goals
11:00:pm- Lights Out
Get clear. Be direct. And be consistent. You owe it to yourself.
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