Rich or poor, the one thing none of us can get more of is time. Every day each and every one of us is given 24 hours in which to do everything we need to. Some are masters of time and achieve huge amounts while others fail miserably and do nothing. Why is this? For me, there is one thing that makes a world of difference.
It all boils down to planning ahead. What does Jim Rohn mean by ‘don’t start your day until you’ve finished it’? Well, before the day even starts, you need to decide the day before what you want to achieve the following day and how you plan to do so. I don’t know about you, but waking up in the morning knowing fully what I need to do keeps me focused and on purpose. On the other hand, waking up without the foggiest idea of what you’re going to be doing that day leaves you completely out of control and all you land up doing is reacting to everything that’s thrown at you that day. Another Jim Rohn quote springs to mind (I love his quotes):
‘Either you run your day or your day runs you.’
And how true is that?
Using this simple philosophy of ‘not starting your day until you finish it’ will work wonders. And the same principle applies to your week, your month, your year and beyond.
You don’t have to spend two hours planning. Even five minutes will do if that’s all you’ve got. If I’m really pressed for time, I’ll scribble stuff down on a post it note or in my notebook as thoughts pop into my mind during the day. At the end of the day I’ll have a look at it, prioritise actions and go to sleep knowing what needs to be done the following day.
For me, this is a major key to making good use of my time.
Do you plan your day in advance or do you go with the flow?