The Best Way to Start Off Your Day

It is wrong to start your day when you wake up in the morning. The right time is to start your day is the previous day.

For most people the day kicks off when they wake up in the morning, or get out of bed. Unfortunately, we can’t make the most of our day this way.

The best way is to start your day before the day. Actually, it is not about when you start the day, but about what you do in preparation for the day. Like any task or endeavour, being ready for your day before it starts is critical for success.

Here are 5 Little Things you can do to start your day right:

1. Go to Bed Early: ‘Early to bed, early to rise’ is not a counsel just for children. It is a fact that is true for all. One sure way to mess up your day is to wake up later than you plan/should. If you rely on an alarm to wake up, always ensure the time is set and the device charged.

2. Gear Up Physically Long Before Your Spiritual Exercise: This is the first and most important of my morning ritual. Reading and meditation using the Bible, as well as praying sets the tone for my day. I get ready for this by keeping my Bible, devotional material in plain view beside my bed. If you use a Bible on your phone and/or listen to music make sure it is charged. I also ensure my earpiece is handy.

3. Gear Up for Your Morning Workout Before Bed: If you exercise (which you should), lay out your workout gear (clothes, shoes, socks etc) and any item you need for exercise. This will keep you from wasting time looking for them when you should be sweating it out. I have exercised for a shorter time or missed workouts entirely, looking for my earphones or pair of socks. When it is comfortable there are days I wear my workout clothes to bed so I don’t have to look for them.

4. Get Dressed Before You Need to Get Dressed: Do this by deciding, the day before, what to wear. Ensure clothes and shoes are clean, ironed, polished, and are where they should be. If you keep track of how you spend your time, you will be surprised by how much time is spent wasted deciding what to wear to work or school. There are times I showed up at work or a meeting late and/or not as properly dressed as I would like..

5. Get Kids Ready for School Before They Wake Up: For parents, the task of preparing kids for school can mess up your morning and day, if you don’t plan ahead. Avoid the nightmare by ensuring uniforms, books & bags are ready and placed where they should be, the previous night. Decide on and ensure availability of food/snacks children will take to school.

For the best shot at making the most of your day, the best time to start the day is the previous day. These five things above have the potential to set you up for a great day. Adopt them one at a time as is relevant to your reality.

Make the most of your life adding one little thing at at time.

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The Two-Step Hack You Need to Stop Misplacing Stuff

One of the easiest things to do is misplace a personal item.

The loss of items like keys, pen, phone, socks, remote etc. is a common experience. An experience which always happens with a price, even when the lost or misplaced item is recovered. People have missed appointments or flights, arrived late for work or meetings, and suffered stress or anxiety. In every instance at least time is lost, irrecoverable minutes.

The number one time-waster is looking for things that are lost, says John C. Maxwell.

I agree. My life abounds with instances where time scheduled for something else was spent seeking misplaced items. One fateful day in February, I misplaced my car keys. After my unsuccessful frantic search, I took mine and my colleague’s kids to school using commercial transport. The kids were late. I arrived work late, stressed and drained at 9:18AM!

I daresay, one of the easiest things to do is waste time. Since time spent seeking lost things is wasted, and it doesn’t take much to misplace stuff.

How does one keep from misplacing items?

How does one keep from spending at least thirty hours annually doing avoidable search? Yes, that’s the average time spent seeking misplaced stuff. After paying the price one time too many I learned to use a simple two-fold strategy to keep me from losing my stuff. I literally

  • Create/ find a place for everything.
  • Keep everything in it’s place.
Create A Place for Everything:

If you don’t have a place for your stuff you will definitely misplace them. You will end up keeping your things anywhere, which actually is nowhere. Because anywhere can mean one hundred possible places. All you need may be hook(s) for keys, a holder for pens or remotes, a space in your wardrobe assigned for socks or boxers etc.

It is enough to have a place for your stuff. Take the next step, place your stuff where they are meant to be.

If you don’t have a place for your stuff you will definitely misplace them. You will end up keeping your things anywhere, which actually is nowhere.

KEEP Everything IN ITS PLACE:

Once you have a place for your stuff you must learn to keep them in the places you designated. Else, they will end up anywhere nowhere. Resist the tendency to keep things anywhere because it is convenient. Actually, it is not convenient. It only seems so. Later, when you waste time looking for a misplaced item, it will be clear placing things anywhere is not convenient, in the long run.

It is unwise to spend thirty two to ninety one hours of your life each year seeking things you misplace or lose. It is wasteful. Learn to have a place for everything and put everything in its place. Use the saved time to improve yourself, learn one simple skill at a time.

Any ideas on how to prevent the misplacement of personal stuff?

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How to Become a CEO: one book at a time.

I am on my way to becoming a CEO! Not because of entrepreneurial efforts or growing a startup. I am on the path to becoming CEO because I read 30 books in 2020. Based on personal testimonies, it is said the average CEO reads 4-5 books monthly. That is 48-60 books a year.

Now you know the basis of my claim.

For 2021 I upped my reading game a bit. My goal is to read 36 books-three books monthly. I am worming my way through 36 books this year the way I did 30 books last year. One page at a time; one book at a time.

You can do it, even more. How? Simply make a commitment to read regularly.

Writers write, right? So a booklover reads. People become writers by writing. You can only become a booklover by reading.

Read, during scheduled times as well as when random brief moments present themselves.; …whether you feel like cracking a book open or not; whether you flip a page or prefer to swipe your screen. Read. If you end up reading just a couple of lines, that’s great. If you have to buy or borrow the book, that’s fine. Just read.

One page at a time; one book at a time, you may be on your way to becoming a CEO.

How regularly do you read?

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