Someone recently asked me what makes me tick. You know those kinds of conversations, the type of conversation where someone wants to find out what’s wrong with you…why you are so crazy. In my case, they simply wanted to know why I get up every day and do what I do. They wanted to know where my motivation came from and what drives me to strive to be consistent on the follow-through with which I live my life.
The answer is simple: I do what I do daily because I know that life is lived – and destiny determined – in the day-to-day decisions and habits we have.
I learned something a few years ago that changed everything for me. I learned that success leaves clues. I learned that if you want to be successful you need to study what other successful people do. And so I have made myself a student of others. I posted a podcast this week that digs into the ins and outs of designing your life. You can listen to that by clicking [HERE] if you missed it earlier. Designing your life starts with designing your day. Your world is what you design it to be. Your perspective and how you see the world significantly affects how you experience the world. Never forget that you are the product of your decisions, so make up your mind to be all that you can be.
There are nine things I am committed to doing every day that work for me and help me to be the very best version of myself each and every day. Your personal list of what makes your day successful may be different than mine, in fact, it should be because we are all different. Whatever habits your list includes, make sure you have a list. The nine habits I am sharing with you are my daily compass. They guide me and they help me grow each and every day.
Here are the nine things I do every day to keep my momentum moving forward towards my dreams:
#1: I create a to-do list every night for the next day.
Creating a to-do list for the next day helps me sleep better, keeps me focused on my priorities, and prevents me from feeling overwhelmed when there seems to be too much to do. I always make my to-do list with three different categories of priorities: “A” priorities, “B” priorities, and “C” priorities. As long as the “A” priorities are completed the next day, the day is a success.
#2: I tackle an easy task first in the day and then jump immediately to my most challenging or dreaded task and get it done.
Getting something done motivates me to continue the trend, and there’s nothing better than getting your hardest challenge of the day done in the beginning of the day.
That’s it! Those nine daily habits have made me become the person I am today, and they are helping me become more and more like the person I aspire to be tomorrow. Design your day with intention. Go ahead and comment below and let me know what YOUR daily must-do habits are to set yourself up for success!