Your Unleashed Daily Routine
How to Create Your Unleashed Daily Routine
Now that you've set a strong foundation you need to plan your day. The unstoppable daily routine has two parts.
"Action without wisdom, and wisdom without action do little to help man." BKS Iyengar
Part 1: The Day Before Action
- Brain Dump: At the end of your day take a few minutes to write down all of the items still left to be done in your mind. It can include things like, the meeting you need to schedule, the new task you need to have your team get started on, your upcoming anniversary dinner, your kids soccer practice, etc., etc. Whatever it is write it down and then move on to the next step.
- Prioritize list: Now that everything is written down you start what I call the SOP. No this is not the standard operating procedure (although in a way, it is one). This SOP stands for, Simplify, Organize, Prioritize
Simplify: Is there anything on your list that it isn't important right now? If so, eliminate it. Is there anything that can be delegated to someone else? If so, delegate it.
Organize: With the reamining items are there any larger categories that you can group them together under? Maybe there are a few tasks that can be grouped as "marketing" or "team development." If so group them together accordingly.
Prioritize: Now for the most important step. Take your items and organize them from most important to least important. The first three items on your finished list are going to be the first three things that you do tomorrow morning first thing.
- Jump Start: Now that you know what you're going to do, are there any actions you can take right now to make it easier for yourself in the morning. If you have a newsletter to write, can you create the template now or maybe you can get the images and copy together in one place. If you are working on a new book maybe you can write a brief outline or open up a word document on your desktop so it's cued up and ready to go.
Take a moment and look over this powerful formula. In just a few steps, you've gone from having a bunch of loose "to-do" items in your head, that you were probably stressing about, to now having a clear outline for what you're going to do and how you're going to do it. Even better then that you've already set yourself up for success for tomorrow!!
Part 2: The Day of Action
- Get Up Earlier: This is the key to success. I learned this (and many of the principles I'm sharing) from Craig Ballantyne. He explains the magical early morning hours and howe valuable they are to your success. After reading his book, The Perfect Day Formula I started getting up at 5am every morning. You know what. He is right. I have three young kids. That extra hour in the morning before anyone else is awake is vital! Not only do I get some of my most productive work done but I also have time to do some yoga and my meditation. Start getting up earlier. If you can't make it an hour start with 20-30 minutes.
- Attack your the top three items on your GSD (get shit done) list:Now is the time to take action on everything that you set up the night before. Because you've already simplified, organized, prioritized and prepped for this moment all you have left to do is execute.
Follow this system and you will start to become more productive than you ever thought possible.