Not many ambitious people wake up in the morning and say:
I hope I get to the end of the day and get nothing important done.
Still, the lot of us hit the bed with our minds still busy trying to solve the problems we were supposed to dominate earlier in the day. And the self-defeating cycle goes on until the weekend when we either catch up on stuff or settle for a gasp of air before we’re sucked back into the whirlwind on Monday.
Can you relate?
I’ve learned that there are 3 things, that if used together, can decrease how often this happens.
- Starting and ending with gratitude
- Reviewing most important goals
- Taking the next right steps toward progress
How do I put them into daily practice?
- Every morning as I’m having my coffee and breakfast, I think about what I’m most grateful for and write them down. The longer I do this ritual, the more I realize that I already have 99% of what I want.
- Before I go to any meetings, I write down my most important goals and the three things that I need to do to call the day a success. That way, whenever I find myself getting distracted, I always have a compass to help me get back on track.
- Throughout the day, I take note of my wins and key lessons learned through failure.
- Last, before I go to sleep, I write down three more things that I’m thankful for.
I used to write all of these things down in three different places—An app called DayOne, a note-taking software called Evernote, and a leather-bound journal from Barnes and Noble. Having separate and redundant tools for what I wanted to write was such a pain that I created my own planner to be able to do it all in one spot. But then, I found a company that had already made the product I was looking for.
It’s called the Best Self Journal.
It’s priced at about $30 but you can try it out by printing off a free PDF download from their website. I’m not affiliated with them any way. I just thought people might be interested in giving their journal a go for a week or two.
Until next time, cheers to being thankful for what you’ve got and getting what matters most done!
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