You’ve followed Srinivas Rao’s advice from Idea #1 above and planned your day the night before.
But how do you ensure that focusing on your “essential priorities and tasks” each morning is moving you closer to your longer-term aspirations?
Author and simplicity expert Leo Babauta advises in his book The Power of Less
that you do your “most important tasks” first thing in the morning. And he recommends that one of these should relate to your long-term goals and interests.
To help you identify which of your tasks will have high impact beyond the next 24 hours, he suggests considering one that has the potential to do at least one of the following:
- Advance your career.
- Be beneficial to your business (e.g., in terms of revenues, branding, expanding into new markets, etc.).
- Boost your recognition.
- Change your personal life in an important way.
- Earn you a lot of money in the long run.
- Make a positive contribution to society.
For Babauta, this simple step “makes all the difference in the world” because each day it increases the odds that your dreams will come true.