Laying the Foundations of a Successful Day or Life: It’s All about Preparation, By Laura Stack

laura-stack4Preparation relates to how well you’ve planned and laid the foundations for your daily activities. The goals you set will focus those activities and provide direction for your life. An established direction, outlined with purposeful thought, ensures your life won’t be governed by whim.  These tips will help you set a direction and stick to it.

Abide by a personal mission statement for your life. Much like a corporate mission statement, your personal mission statement defines who you are, and what you’re all about.

Track your long-term goals and aspirations. Future goals will give you a sense of purpose. It’s not enough to set your mind to something; you must also plan your time around your goals.

Conduct weekly, monthly, and yearly reviews of your plans. Regularly reviewing your objectives is the most important aspect of time management; in fact, it’s the foundation of creating the best use of your time each day.

Create and prioritize your “to-do” list each day. Once you’ve put together a reasonable to-do list, try to identify the 20% of your activities and behaviors that are the most important to productivity, and concentrate on improving those.

© 2009 Laura Stack. Laura Stack is a personal productivity expert, author, and professional speaker who helps busy workers Leave the Office Earlier® with Maximum Results in Minimum Time®. She is the president of The Productivity Pro®, Inc., a time management training firm specializing in productivity improvement in high-stress organizations. Since 1992, Laura has presented keynotes and seminars on improving output, lowering stress, and saving time in today’s workplaces. She is the bestselling author of three works published by Broadway Books: The Exhaustion Cure (2008), Find More Time (2006) and Leave the Office Earlier (2004). Laura is a spokesperson for Microsoft, 3M, and Day-Timer and has been featured on the CBS Early Show, CNN, and the New York Times. Her clients include Cisco Systems, Sunoco, KPMG, Nationwide, and 3M. To have Laura speak at your next event, call 303-471-7401. Visit to sign up for her free monthly productivity newsletter.

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