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Benefits of planning your day the night before

The first hour is the rudder of the day. - Henry Ward Beecher

The most important part of our day is how we start it - just as Beecher said. Starting it well and stress free is essential is you want to have a good and productive day. One key practice that can make a huge difference is planning your day the night before. 

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Planning your day the "night before" isn't just a helpful habit; it can be a game-changer for how you manage your daily responsibilities and ultimately, how you feel about your day. You might think that planning ahead means rigidly scheduling every minute of your day, but it's more about setting yourself up for success by knowing what needs to be done and when. 


Taking a few minutes before you swift off your laptop or going to bed to plan out your goals and tasks for the next day can make a big difference. When you wake up in the morning with a plan already in place, you're less likely to feel overwhelmed or unsure about where to start (just don't let yourself be distracted by notifications pings!). Instead of feeling like you're constantly playing catch-up and reacting to whatever comes your way, you can approach your tasks with clarity and purpose. 


Another great benefit of planning ahead is that it can reduce stress and improve the quality of your sleep which is linked to productivity. A good night's sleep is essential for staying focused and productive throughout the day. So when you have a clear plan and schedule, you're less likely to feel overwhelmed or anxious, which can lead to better mental health and well-being. 


According to the article from Sleep Foundation, without enough sleep, processes throughout the body work sub optimally. Neurons in the brain become overworked, impairing thinking, slowing physical reactions, and leaving people feeling emotionally drained. These short-term side effects of sleep deprivation can wreak havoc on a day’s work. 


Fail to Plan is Plan to Fail 


Benjamin Franklin's timeless quote, "Fail to plan and you plan to fail" serves as a poignant reminder of the significance of planning in achieving one's goals. Though we know that no one sets out to plan to fail having a well-defined plan in place can significantly enhance the likelihood of success. 


A well-planned day is a well-lived day

Being organised and setting priorities in life is essential for success. Planning helps you do just that. By identifying the most important things you need to do first and setting aside time for them, you can ensure that you focus your energy on the right tasks. 


It's important to remember that simply planning is not enough. You need to put in consistent effort and take action towards achieving your goals. Without taking action, planning is just a dream. So, while planning is an important step in achieving success, it's the effort and commitment towards taking action that brings about tangible results.  


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