Here’s what you can do today to ensure you start tomorrow on the right note.
1. Evaluate the day gone by
At the end of the day, take a good hard look at all you did. Did you do all the tasks in your to-do list? Did things get done right? What didn’t go as per plan? How could you have handled it differently? What tasks got derailed? What couldn’t you get done? These sort of questions will help you understand your performance, what worked, what didn’t, and how you can improve. You need to take the time out to analyse your successes and mistakes/failures so as to learn from each. Don’t try to do this at the end of the week. Chances are you will forget important details and gloss over the mistakes. Plus it’s rewarding to look at your ‘done’ list and see all that you have achieved. It will motivate you to be more productive tomorrow.
2. Fine tune tomorrow’s to-do list
Take 10 minutes out to draw up a list of all that needs to be accomplished tomorrow, the meetings scheduled, calls to be made, etc. Then draw up a timetable of sorts in your calendar. Jot down the meetings, appointments, and calls that are time-bound. Then start adding the different tasks. Block a suitable amount time for each, and list them out by time. In essence you’re creating an organised timetable of your day so that nothing gets missed and you can easily spot when a task gets derailed or takes more time that it should. It also helps limit the time you spend on distracting tasks like social media, etc. And now that you have everything organised and listed down, you’re less likely to stress and worry about the next day. This helps wind you down and get ready for a good night’s sleep.
3. Breakup larger projects/tasks into smaller goals
This involves drawing up smaller milestones for long-term projects. Convert those future deadlines into tasks that need to get completed in days. When will you start the research for the report? By when will you reach out to industry experts? When will you start to write the report? If you break a bigger task into smaller more manageable ones then you’re more likely to be on track and less stressed. Rather than one big deadline, you have smaller more manageable ones. Add these smaller deadlines to your daily to-do lists so that they don’t get skipped. It will make you more proactive and you won’t be scrambling at the last minute to finish the project.
4. Wind down before bed
Cut back on activities that are likely to disrupt your sleep. These include checking emails before getting into bed and spending time in front of a screen, whether it’s your e-reader, laptop or TV. Research says you’re likely to take much longer to fall asleep, have less REM sleep, and wake up feeling more tired and sleepy. Not the best way to start a day. So we suggest you pick up a magazine or a book to unwind and make sure you go to bed early. The best way to have a great day is to have a restful night’s sleep.
5. Try some yoga asanas
Yoga is a great way to sooth your mind and body, and get both ready for bed. It helps relieve the stress that’s piled up all day and quietens your mind, helping you unwind and reach a more calm state. So practice some yoga asanas before hitting the sack. Uttanasana, Balasana, Viparita Karani, and Savasana are especially effective. You can learn more
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