When is the best time to plan your day?
First…do you take time to plan you day?
If the answer is NO you may be seriously impacting your overall success and productivity.
Without a plan it’s easy to get carried away by the chaos of any day (even with a plan you probably still put out a lot of fires!). But when you are clear on your top priorities it becomes much easier to stay on track, or get back after distractions. A clear plan and focus each day can drastically improve personal performance and achievement.
So when is the best time to plan your day?
The two most common times are the night before and in the morning.
While I’d rather see planning at night over not planning at all, there are a few other advantages to morning planning. This is also the routine I follow to start my day right, eliminate overwhelm, and keep me focused on the top action steps for the day.
Scientists have found your willpower is strongest in the morning and morning planning is one of 8 traits common to the world’s most successful people. In addition to taking time each morning to plan, they also:
Take time to get centered and clear which also helps reduce overwhelm, eliminate stress, and boost health.
They work out and set aside time for self care. (There is a space for self care every day in the Best Planner Ever specifically for this purpose.)
They finish difficult tasks by staying focused and doing these first so the rest of the day is clear. (In your Best Planner Ever use your Top Priority to knock out the hard stuff FIRST so the rest of the day is a breeze.)