Need More Time? Start by Taking Control of Your Morning
Need More Time? Start by Taking Control of Your Morning
Do you often feel like you don't have enough time to accomplish everything? As if your days are running together with nothing to look forward to? Have you ever wished that you could change how you spend them? 9 out of 10 agents feel like there aren't really enough hours for the day. Well, it's time to change that.
In this seventh episode of The Process podcast, Preston Guyton and Travis McClure talk about how you can start taking control of your day by establishing a consistent morning routine and making it more fulfilling. They will share Bill Pipe’s Million Dollar Schedule and his Sunday Night Planning Process that are sure to help you get the most out of your days.
It’s time to use the power of your mornings to be productive and accomplish so much more than before.
Treat Every Day Like a Countdown to a Vacation
Think about the last time you went on a vacation. Before you left, you probably ran some errands and even made a list of everything you had to do before your trip. You were in an “uber productivity mode” wherein you guaranteed that all tasks were done before your long-awaited vacation so you don’t have to think about them while you’re away. It made you more intentional and proactive, right?
Life gets busy, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. But if you start treating every day like a day before a vacation, it helps you step back, evaluate and make sure that what you're doing is making you happy. Seeing every day like a countdown before your time off may sound crazy, but it will actually make you more productive by getting rid of all distractions and putting you in a more positive state of mind. It will help you stay focused and make sure you don't miss any important deadlines.
Better productivity doesn't require hectic schedules, and if you can embrace the fact that you deserve a break, you'll be amazed at how much more productive you can be. After all, if today is just one day closer to your important trip, then why not walk through life like this?
Structure your schedule in advance
There are two main strategies to make the most out of your day. The first is to plan ahead, and the second is to have a morning routine.
The first strategy is important because it allows you to set yourself up for success by planning out what you want to do in advance. You can create an easy-to-follow schedule that allows plenty of time between activities so that you don’t feel rushed or stressed when trying to complete tasks later on in the day. You can also take charge by making sure you have everything ready before getting out of bed in the morning, including having food prepared and clothes picked out the night before.
The second strategy is about consistently starting your day on the right foot. Your morning routine plays a big role in determining how successful you’re going to be during the day. Whether it’s making sure you wake up on time or making sure you have everything you need before leaving for work, your morning ritual can affect your entire day.
Planning your day or week in advance will help you keep track of what needs to get done so that everything is finished on time. However, don't just create a routine out of thin air. Take your time and think about what would be best for you. Once you have decided on a routine, set up reminders so it's easy to stick to it every day. This could be as simple as setting an alarm on your phone or scheduling a task in your calendar. If something doesn't feel right, make adjustments until it does.
Doing these changes will make all the difference between feeling like an efficient machine versus being frazzled by chaos every day.
Establish a Consistent Morning Routine
If you want to start your day with a bang, then it’s time to take control of your mornings. It’s easy to see why this is so important: research has shown that those who spend more time on their morning rituals are happier and more productive than those who don’t.
The morning is the most important time of day. It sets the tone for everything else you do. And yet most people waste their mornings on unimportant tasks like checking social media or watching TV, when they could be using them productively instead: showering, eating breakfast with family members, or going for a run.
By setting aside time before work to focus on what's important in your life—whether it's fitness training or reading up on industry trends—you'll have more energy and enthusiasm throughout your day at work. Plus, if you're looking to grow professionally as well as personally, having more control over the hours you spend on yourself healthwise will help ensure that you can maximize your productivity potential.
Value the Power of your Mornings
If you’re struggling to get everything done and need more time, start by spending the first few hours of your day on a structured routine. A good morning ritual can make all the difference in how productive you are throughout the day. Develop a routine for yourself that works for you. It will probably look different from what other people do but what matters most is that it gives you the space and freedom to accomplish what you need to do with your day.
Above all else, don’t let your routine become a source of stress. Be flexible, be adaptable, and be committed to working towards your goals. Ultimately, having a fixed schedule is just one important piece of the puzzle to becoming more productive and the rest will follow suit.