Doing a little preparation the night before is said to help with the a productive day. While I struggle with this approach and usually use the first cup of coffee in the morning to prepare and plan the day ahead, this simple approach from Chris Brogan shared in Open Forum post about nighttime habits intrigued me:
Chris Brogan, author and founder of Human Business Works, provides an interesting twist to the traditional to-do list. It's a powerful, five-part preparation template. Imagine how your life would change if you adopted this practice every night. Give it a try.
Tomorrow, I’m going to ____________________.
To be ready, I need to ____________________.
I will remember my ____________________.
The random thoughts that just filled my head are ____________________.
Also remember to ____________________.
This is nice and easy and can even be turned into a TextExpander snippet.
Now you can use it when journaling, for example in Day One at the end of your day and do some light preparation for the next day. Copy the snippet from here:
Tomorrow, I’m going to %filltext:name=Tomorrow's Goal%. To be ready, I need to %filltext:name=Preparation required%. I will remember %filltext:name=Remember tomorrow:default=my%. The random thoughts that just filled my head are %fillarea:name=Dump it here%. %fillpart:name=Also Remember:default=yes%Also remember to %filltext:name=More to remember for tomorrow% %fillpartend%