Set Yourself Up for Success.
This is one statement that I have really been working on in 2018. One morning last year I woke up and I remember everything just seemed off. I had fallen asleep on the couch and woke up in the middle of the night to move to my bed. When I woke up, an hour later than I had planned, I realized I had overslept because my phone was dead and I had forgotten to plug it in when I relocated in the middle of the night. I got dressed, grabbed my computer, and headed to the office.
When I arrived my client was waiting for me and I quickly ushered them into the conference room while I fumbled to get my computer up and running (it too had died overnight and if you’ve ever worked with an overworked and overloaded 5 year old computer you know just how slow time can move when you’re waiting for everything to boot up!)
The meeting was successful and I had signed my buyers agent agreement but when my client left I still found myself behind the eight ball for the rest of the day. My phone kept dying because of the insufficient charge the night before and I went home feeling defeated. That was the day I decided to really put into practice what I preach, being proactive instead of reactive.
So often we are in the fast lane of life and things are flying at us faster than we can respond. We don’t realize how taking a second or two to set yourself up for success will impact your tomorrows until it’s too late. Now when I turn in for the night I do 3 things: plug in my iWatch, plug in my phone, and charge my computer. This does 3 things to help me kick off my day on the right foot: I wake up on time from my phone alarm, I track my calories and fitness progress from my morning work outs and when I get home from the gym I can get right to work without waiting 10 years for my ol’ Bessie of a computer to get with the gets.
I challenge you to take a look at your morning and nightly routines and ask yourself this question: What is the one (or 3!) thing you can do tonight to set yourself up for success tomorrow? Is it as simple as plugging in your phone? How would packing your or your family’s lunch the night before make for a better, smoother morning?
If you really want to grab the bull by the horns and kick start your morning routine I’d highly recommend Hal Elrod’s book Miracle Morning but for those looking for a quick fix just remember to plug in your phone J