Over the year I’ve tried a lot of productivity tools and time management plans. But probably the most useful method has to be creating a morning ritual.
First, it does what Stephen Covey calls “putting first things first” – unless you put yourself first, no one else will.
Second, it sets the tone for your day. If you start off feeling rushed or frazzled, it’s really hard for things to get better from there.
Having a ritual really also takes away the need to think. I don’t know about you, but even after 10 years in the navy, I’m still not much of a morning person. So, one less thing to think about early is less taxing on my willpower.
Studies have shown how we have a limited supply of willpower. Think of it as your life bar in some video game. Once it runs out, it’s game over.
So how we allocate our willpower throughout the day is really important. Putting the BIG rocks first will actually make it easier to get to the little rocks – not the other way around.
My own personal ritual is based on Hal Elrod’s The Miracle Morning – if you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s a great “open source hack” for your productivity. Because there’s no need for special equipment or facilities, I can do this almost anywhere – even on the road, or while traveling. More here..
What’s your daily success plan? How do you “make it happen”?