You have to begin by first deciding what’s important to you.
Get organized and create a to-do list that prioritizes those things according to their significance in your life. Even if you’ve never taken the time to make one up before, do it now. You can update it over and over as often as your circumstances change. Recognize that everyone’s list is going to be a little bit different. Maybe your list contains things like:
1. Earning a good income to be able to afford your needs and wants
2. Providing a safe, secure, and comfortable home for your family
3. Providing proper health care for your family’s well-being
4. Making time for family activities, such as religious services and vacations
5. Supporting your children’s education and other interests, such as sports or music
6. Setting aside special time for you and your partner
7. Scheduling time for your personal interests and hobbies
If you don’t make up a list like this, you’re going to find yourself wandering aimlessly through life without any real reason for existing. To me, living life with purpose is what makes it special. Give your life meaning — organize a list of priorities! Don’t just do it for you, do it for your family!
Without organization you have chaos. No matter how positive you are, if you don’t have some kind of organization to your day, time will become your enemy. You’ll wind up spending the day trying to figure out what you should be doing and where you should be directing your efforts. As a result, you will have basically wasted the day away and accomplished little or nothing.
When you leave your car in the parking lot on your way to your office or place of work, think of it as though you’re leaving the locker room to enter a playing field. You should be focused on getting yourself psyched and emotionally “up” for the day. This is not the time to be trying to figure out what you’re going to be doing. At this point, it’s all about execution, not planning. You should be completely immersed in YOU. If you’re not, then you’re not organized for success.
I don’t know of any successful planner who doesn’t first start by writing things down. A to-do list is a great place to begin!