How to Start Your Day

Today’s post is an excerpt from a training I did on a “Recipe for an Epic Day”. Basically some principles and ideas on how to have a highly productive, satisfying day.

That training is part of the Pastor’s Productivity Pack which includes How to Plan Your Year, How to Plan Your Week, and Efficient Sermon Prep. And of course the Pastor’s Productivity Pack can also be found inside the Priority Pastor training system.

So here’re some ideas on how to start a great day. It starts with the day before and it starts with what you do before you ever go to work. Enjoy…

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What Makes a Good Day Off?

Have you had one of those days lately? You know one of those days that when it’s done it just feels so good? It feels like you did what you were supposed to do. You didn’t do anything you shouldn’t have done. It’s just completely satisfying and you can lay down on your pillow and just not obsess about anything from the day except just reflecting on what an outstanding day it was.

I had a lot of really good days lately; particularly last week. Last week I had some good days in my transitional role. I came home from the church and just said, “Man, that was an outstanding day.” I had a couple of good days on my online work. I carve out Mondays and Thursdays typically to do online work and they are outstanding. I had an outstanding day off as well.

And I think part of the reason I’m having so many really good days is because I’ve been getting ready to do a little module on how to have a great day. I’m not sure I’m calling it you know maybe my epic day pattern or formula or something like that.

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Netflix Free Zone

It’s not often that one change will positively affect your life on multiple levels.

After a two week trial run of Netflix on Friday evenings only, multiple books have already been read, productivity has been heightened, evening snacks eliminated, flab diminished and sleep improved. We are now Netflix free.

Even if we rent a movie online once a week, which will cost twice as much each month as Netflix did, we will each have ~50 hours in that same month to allocate elsewhere. So we’re trading ten or twenty dollars for an extra hundred hours. 

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What You Need to Do

Delayed GratificationA multiple Grammy award winning solo musical artist once let slip that the reason he did a certain album was so he’d be free to do the kind of music he really wanted.

“I had to do that…so I could this.”

It’s not that the make-money album was a bust. The related performance drew one of his many Grammy nominations.

But it really wasn’t the music he wanted to do. Yet he did it so he could be free to run with his artistic preferences in the future.

This reminds me of a Ziglarism: “If you do what you need to do when you need to do it, the day will come when you can do what you want to do when you want to do it.”

Delayed gratification, a foundational principle for all kinds of success, isn’t just about NOT doing something now. It’s also about DOING the right things in the present as a setup and preparation for the future.

Step away from the donut…and go for a walk.