TWoman drinking morning coffeeypos are generally small unintended misspellings. Usually, typos show up in your writing or typing, changing meanings, or confusing words. However, in life, tiny misses confuse your outcomes. In your mind, intentions and destinations are known, but somehow unproductive habits can lead to missed goals and personal improvements. Introducing purposeful habits can lead to success.

Days can tend to meld into weeks, then months, years, and you wonder what happened to time. Everyone is busy, it is accepted in our culture that our obligations outweigh our allotted time. The frantic pace can keep you off-center and struggling to balance your personal and professional life. Your consistent behavior and habits have consequences, even unintended actions. It may be time to fix small missteps that hinder your success.

What is Your Approach?

Look at how you approach each day. Is it intentional with a clear focus on constructive outcomes? Consciously preparing for each day may seem like a challenge, but deliberate planning need not take a lot of time. Start thinking about long-term goals and projects, then incorporate small daily actions toward personal goals and deferred dreams.

You may be surprised how waking just one-half hour or an hour early to do something you enjoy, work on a deferred project, or gather your thoughts, can add to your peace of mind and accomplishments. The truth is you must take charge of your destiny. No one will “rescue” you or tell you what you should do.

What is Your Plan?

Every day you control whether you’re happy - whether or not you’re going to be successful. It begins with a plan.

What steps are you going to take to be successful? If you don’t know what steps to take, then you have no course of action. If that sounds like something you’ve struggled with, change your behavior and habits. When you challenge yourself in any area of your life, you end up growing. If you stick to what you already know, you stay stagnant. Change is how we grow, and it does not happen overnight.

Ending your day is just as important as how you start. Just as you gear up for the day, you should consciously close out the day peacefully. Plan an orderly end to your day. Relax and prepare for sleep.

When you don’t get the sleep that your body needs, it leads to a loss of productivity. You will begin to slow down physically and cognitively because your body can’t function at top performance when it doesn’t have the right amount of sleep.

Download the checklist below to help you establish a productive Morning Routine and an Evening Routine.

Check back often to discover suggestions for planning for your success.

7 Tips to Get Your Day Started

7 tips to get your day started

7 TIPS TO START YOUR DAY

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the most of starting your day

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5 Tips to Wind Down and Relax

5 tips to wind down and relax

5 TIPS TO WIND DOWN YOUR DAY

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the most of winding down your day

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Brenda Goburn-Smith
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