The Value of Organizing Tomorrow – Today

One of the best habits I’ve ever established for my life is organizing tomorrow – today. Once you have established the ritual of not going to bed until you know what you’re going to do tomorrow, the second you open your eyes you’ll be clear and certain about what you have to do that day.

It’s much more effective than trying to plan your day on the fly!

In the evening, you can see tomorrow more much more objectively objective than when you are in the midst of trying to get things done. It’s a lot easier to plan a trip to the gym the day before than when it’s raining, and you’re just not in the mood.

The best time to plan tomorrow is today!

Answer these questions for better organizing tomorrow – today:

1.    What are the most important things you want to accomplish?

Depending on your job, health, family, hobbies, and life in general, what you want to accomplish will vary. Make a list of all the things you want to accomplish tomorrow and prioritize them. This means you need to prioritize the tasks that will help you to reach your goals.

Your list might have activities like this:

  • Make a nutritious lunch for kids.
  • Be at the office by 7:45.
  • Give a great presentation at work at 2:00pm.
  • Eat a healthy lunch.
  • Work out for 30 minutes.
  • Practice piano for 30 minutes.
  • Speak with an employee about frequent absences.
  • Call my financial planner to schedule a meeting about my portfolio.

2.    What are the best ways to accomplish those tasks?

Just like there are many tasks to choose from, there are many ways to accomplish them. But there is only one best way for your circumstances. As you go about organizing tomorrow – today, think about your resource constraints (including the time you have available) and then determine the optimal way for you to accomplish the tasks you’ve prioritized.

For example:

  • What foods will you include in your child’s lunch?
  • What is the best route to get to work? What time do I have to get up in order to be at work by 7:45?
  • What do I need to do to be prepared for the presentation? Do I need to reserve a room? Who should I invite?
  • What will I have for lunch? Will I bring it or go out to eat?
  • What type of workout will I do? Where?

3.    What are the obstacles you’re likely to face?

Anyone who’s every accomplished anything knows that life has a lot of twists and turns and there will be roadblocks along the way. Consider everything that might get in your way and develop a plan that will address those obstacles.  If something goes wrong, how are you going to handle it?

What’s your plan B, C and maybe even D? As you think through the obstacles you might face, go with the plan that has the greatest possibility of avoiding as many obstacles as possible.

4.    When are you going to do your tasks?

Decide when you’re going to do each of the items on your list and then assign that time to its completion. Bill Gates plans his day in 6-minute intervals. You probably don’t have to be that precise.

Find a method that works for you.

5.    At the end of your day, think about and document what went well and what needs improvement, then try again.

One of the main tenants of NLP is “There is no failure, only feedback.” At the end of the day, take a look at your day and look for ways to do better. Use what you learned to organize tomorrow – today even better and write what you’ve learned in your journal.

Use these questions to evaluate your results:

  • What did I accomplish?
  • What did I fail to get done?
  • When am I going to do it?
  • What could I have done better?

Use these 5 simple steps for organizing tomorrow – today.

Make the most important decisions about your day the night before. The day is for executing, not deciding. Save your decision-making time for the evening when you can be more objective and thoughtful.

Put your nose to the grindstone during the day and get things accomplished. Living life by the seat of your pants might be exciting, but it’s not the most productive way to live. Make a good plan and then follow it to the best of your ability. The quality of your life will soar!

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