Chapter 6 - Design Your Day

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It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential. —Bruce Lee

In This Chapter

  • Learn how to set yourself up for success each day using “tests for success.”
  • Learn how to structure your day to maximize your results.
  • Learn how to chunk your day to avoid being overwhelmed.

Is your day by design or by default? One of the simplest ways to improve your day is to use The Rule of 3 to identify three results you want for the day. When you know what you want to accomplish, you can work backwards from that. Another way to improve your day is to add more power hours. It’s not how much time you have; it’s how you spend it. You can choose to spend your power hours having fun, blasting through obstacles, or achieving important results in your life. If you think of your day as a fixed budget of time, you can carve out time for what’s important. For example, have you made time for free time? Have you made time to invest in the important Hot Spots in your life (mind, body, emotions, career, financial, relationships, and fun)? The secret of a successful day is enjoying your startup routine, spending your time on compelling outcomes, enjoying the process, making time for what’s important (including free time), and ending your day in a way that supports you.

Each day is a fresh start. Remember as a kid waking up each morning to a new and exciting day? That’s the point you need to start from. The difference is now you have skills. You also picked up some good habits and some bad habits. You looked forward to growing up so you could do whatever you want. Unfortunately over time, maybe you started to think that life isn’t as full of possibilities or as limitless as you once thought. But what’s limiting you? You are, and all the limits you bring to each new day. Baggage brings you down. Don’t pick up your bags today. Travel light. Test yourself. Test your limits. Chances are you’ll surprise yourself time and again; just give yourself a chance. If things don’t work out today, then you can still walk away with lessons that will help you shape a better tomorrow.

Given that we spend our lives one day at a time, the real difference in our lives is how we spend each day. We’re creatures of habit, and it’s easy to fall into habits or routines that limit us. While you won’t get more time each day, you can choose how you spend it. You can think about your day in terms of activities. Or, you can think about your day in terms of events or highlights. You can also use outcomes or results as a gauge for your day. It really boils down to what you spend your time on, the quality of how you spend it, and who you spend your time with.

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