Managing Time – A Successful Day
For some reason many people are under the belief that they will find their pot-of-gold under the next rainbow; business venture; idea; or get-rich-quick scheme.
These good hearted people will jump from one thing to another hoping the next venture will bring their long awaited prosperity (not only in reference to money).
The truth is a successful life is built upon years of prosperity. A flourishing year is built upon successful days. A victorious day is easily achieved if you will predetermine what that means to you.
When I coach clients, one of my questions is “What does success look like to you?” This question is important to ask yourself. If you aren’t crystal clear on what success will look like when you achieve it, you will constantly go on and on, never reaching a point of feeling accomplished. Actually, making any day successful is easy.
Four Steps to A Successful Day:
- Write down one to three things that if you were to complete these items today, you would feel as if the day was a success. They can be big or little tasks because you are the one who will be the judge.
- Next, place these items on your calendar as a priority for the day. Regardless of how busy your day may be, prioritize your schedule to get your one to three items completed.
- When you complete the items, stop and congratulate your self.
- Finally, at the end of the day, list your one to three items for the next day. This practice of predetermining your day for success will give you a direction of what you need to do tomorrow. You will know exactly what to focus and concentrate on to make it a successful day.
Don’t be tempted to list too many items. This could result in overwhelm and take away your inspiration. Remember the objective is to make it a happy and successful day.
If you complete one to three items every day that will ensure your feelings of happiness and success, you will be constantly building a happy life.
As the famous psychiatrist, Albert Schweitzer once said, “A man can do only what he can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day.”
Sometimes we get so engulfed in the “busy-ness” of it all that we overlook the things that would produce the greatest results. When we miss doing the meaningful things in our life, we end up producing an existence with less meaning or another way of putting it—a meaningless life.
There are no mysteries to a successful life. Just identify what needs to be done and Do It Now. As obstacles come before you, as they do with all of us, Keep Going! Success and happiness is usually within one or two steps beyond failure—never stop going toward your dreams.
It is so good to talk with you again and I look forward to our next time together. Until then, I am
In loving service,
Dr. Michael J. Duckett