My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you want to do.
And as Michael Jordan also said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.’
How can you achieve more and move closer toward achieving your life goals?
The world we live in today is full of distraction, as you may already know.
Taking charge to accomplish more
Either you learn how to take charge of your day and learn how to make the best of it or someone else or something else will do it for you.
People find it hard these days to accomplish more than before.
It seems that the best time you determine to get things done is usually the same time a close relationship wants your attention or something else comes up and by the time you’re ready to get back to your task, you’re either not feeling motivated to do it or you’re stressed out and all you want to do is jump on the couch and take a good nap.
As Elle Sommer once mentioned, ‘getting back to the routine is the tricky part’!
The power of one single thing
It’s important that you learn how to make the best of your day before distractions set in.
And it all begins with the power of this one single thing.
Spend the first hour of your day working on the most important task on your list.
Every day make sure you accomplish one important thing and see what happens.
There’s nothing more suitable than feeling as if you’re already in the flow or at least able to accomplish one important thing that moves you closer toward your bigger goals.
The reason most people are unhappy and unsatisfied is that they simply go through an entire day without being able to reflect on something important they’ve accomplished.
It turns out that one of the keys to happiness and a sense of accomplishment is to use your morning for your most highly valued tasks.
Learn to prioritize and avoid the busy work that adds no real time value to you, or your long-term goals.
Low-value activities, such as responding to notices and emails can suck your time and even drift you off your priorities before you know it.
You can make appropriate time for these short-term tasks whilst making what really matters your priority for the day.
In a poll of 20 executives cited by Vanderkam, 90% said they wake up before 6 a.m. on weekdays.
Most successful people make their day productive by waking up early and spending the first few hours working on what matters.
Don’t believe me? Practice this for a week and see what happens.
Kenneth Chenault, the former CEO and Chairman of American Express, once said in an interview that the last thing he does before leaving the office is to write down the top 3 things to accomplish tomorrow, then uses that list to start his day the following morning.
The way to do this is to plan today from yesterday.
Don’t go to bed without having 3 important tasks you want to accomplish for the next day.
Then, you want to spend your first hour on doing the most important task that you set for yourself the prior day.
Try this for a week, and I bet you find you’re happy with the result. Then all that remains is to commit to trying it every single day.
You’ll notice how much you’ve achieved and the progress you’ve made in no time. And hashtag bonus you’ll feel really great!