What will you do today (and tonight!) to give yourself the best chance at making tomorrow great?
As our CEΦ (CEO & Chief Philosopher) Brian Johnson says often, a Masterpiece day starts the night before.
The goal here is to do what you can now to make it as easy as possible to have a successful and enjoyable morning (and rest of your day).
Though there are many things you can do, here are a few that work for me:
- Decide on Targets for the Next Morning. I don't like to start my day with unlimited possibilities and have to use time and energy to figure out what I should be doing. Instead I invest a minute or two at the end of my workday to decide what I'll do in the morning. Not only does this allow me to start the next morning with clarity and intention, but having made this decision allows me to lead into a ritual that helps me end my day with finality. A...
- "Shutdown Complete" Ritual - in an always-on culture with many people now working from home, it's important to signal to ourselves when our workday is complete. A discrete end of the workday used to be commonplace — it was when you left your place of work and drove home — no emails or phone calls followed. Now we have to declare when we want our day to be done. Close your laptop, put your phone on do-not-disturb and declare (I recommend out loud), "Shutdown Complete!" Relax into the night and rest easy knowing your workday is over.
- Consider Your Curfews. I wrote previously about the importance of Sleep Curfews. Arguably the most important thing we can do to make tomorrow easy and successful is to get a good night of sleep. Therefore, doing what we can to set ourselves up for a great night of sleep would be wise.
Do these three things and you'll have parked downhill. Instead of starting your morning kicking it into high gear simply to get going, you'll flow into your morning and into a successful and enjoyable day.