I’ve learned something that I wish I’d known years ago. I really wish that I had learned to manage my life with a system that could allow me to accomplish more and achieve more. But now that I have learned it, and proved its efficacy — I can’t help but share it.
Early this year I started a morning routine that aligned my time, my goals, my spiritual development, and my health into a rut that I will now strive to stay in. Consistency! It is THE essential element in productivity. Here is the formula: Set your course for the new year and determine to stay the course.
- Make Sleep a Priority. Every study on the planet shows that sleeping 7-8 hours each night will significantly improve your health, energy, and focus. Go to Bed!
- Make plans to plan. This isn’t about project management. This is planning your weeks and days. I’ve learned to use the Productivity Planner method to plan my weeks and my days with a simple process. A) Gratitude – What 3 things am I grateful for and write them down. B) What 3 things do I really need to accomplish today and write them down? C) What is my affirmation or statement of attitude for the day? D) Is my calendar aligned with my Productivity Plan for the day? E) MOVE! Even if you are stiff and weary – you’ve got to move. I choose to walk morning and evening. It is also the best time for me to have a talk with the Divine.
- Get in the Scriptures. Use a daily reading plan from You Version (available on all digital platforms). Or use He Reads Truth / She Reads Truth. You don’t have to become a scholarly professor, just read through the plan each day.
- Listen to the Scriptures. We’ve made it so easy for you to hear the Weekday Podcast every Monday through Friday on iTunes, the SHC APP, or online. Listen on your walk, your commute or while you are getting ready for the day.
- Chat with the Divine. I enjoy talking out loud with God. I also keep my eyes open. It assists me in staying focused and reminds me to stop and hush. I not only need to bring my heart to the Creator. I also need to bend my ears toward the Creator.
Everybody needs a system and a routine. As you are plodding through the Christmas season, remember that the new year is right around the corner. Start preparing yourself for a year of accomplishment.