As racy as the article title suggests, this is really a mini lesson in Time Management! Since I was a little girl I have been preparing “The Night Before” for all of my tomorrows. I’m going to copy verbatim what one of my favorite books, The Success Principles, says about this very subject. Jack Canfield says it best:
PLAN YOUR DAY THE NIGHT BEFORE
One of the most powerful tools high achievers use for chunking things down, gaining control over their life, and increasing their productivity is to plan their next day the night before. There are two major reasons why this is such a powerful strategy for success:
- If you plan your day the night before — making a to-do list and spending a few minutes visualizing exactly how you want the day to go — your subconscious mind will work on these tasks all night long. It will think of creative ways to solve any problem, overcome any obstacle, and achieve your desired outcomes. And if we can believe some of the newer theories of quantum physics, it will also send out waves of energy that will attract the people and resources to you that you need to help accomplish your goals.
- By creating your to-do list the night before, you can start your day running. You know exactly what you’re going to do and in what order, and you’ve already pulled together any materials you need. If you have five telephone calls to make, you would have them written down in the order you plan to make them, with the phone numbers next to the person’s name and all the support materials at hand. By midmorning, you would be way ahead of most people, who waste the first half hour of the day clearing their desk, making lists, finding necessary paperwork — in short, just getting ready to work.~Jack Canfield
I have found that in my experience as a professional organizer that where there is no structure in my client’s day, there is a “spinning of wheels” and confusion on what to do and when to do it. Conversely, when my clients are in the mode of planning and prioritizing their days (especially with the use of a good planner), these folks are productive and goal achieving.
For this month of September (because we know it takes at least 30 to formulate a habit) and going forward, figure out what you want to do tomorrow, tonight.