5 Steps to Set Up Each Day

Key Takeaways

  • Having some structure to your days can be highly beneficial.
  • Not only are we more productive when we manage our time, we’re happier.
  • There are five steps you can follow to help you get the most out of your day.

Aristotle said “Well begun is half done,” and that brings to mind a book by Robert Cialdini called Pre-Suasion. In the book, he explains that when we’re influenced by others, it’s really the things the person says to us before the main pitch that affect us. The “pre” is what makes all the difference in the results.


Similarly, the way we set the stage for our day plays an important role in how well those days will go – everything from how productive we are, to our levels of happiness, to how energetic we feel, are affected by this. So how do we go about this? Well, there are five steps anyone can follow to help get the most out of their days.

As you may have guessed from “Well begun is half done” and the reference to Pre-Suasion, setting your day up right actually starts the night before. Step one is taken from The Strategic Coach® Program which created The Positive Focus™. All you do is ask yourself “What are the three things that happened today that were positive?” It doesn’t take very long – it’s just a quick exercise to help you focus on the positive aspects of your day and then consider what positive things you’d like to see happen the next day.

Step two is also done the night before and it’s to go to bed at the same time every night. It’s been shown time and again that this makes a big difference in our ability to function well.

The next three steps occur during the day, after you’ve set a good foundation with steps one and two. Step three is to get into something called deep work. Aim to accomplish three things during the day and tackle the hardest one first. The book Deep Work by Cal Newport talks about how, oftentimes, we can get the most difficult task and the most rewarding thing done first thing in the day.


Step four is to get some exercise. Now, what time of day you do this is up to you, but make sure you’re taking some time every day to exercise, even if it’s just going for a walk around the neighborhood.

The final step is to learn something new. Whether that’s learning something about your environment, or delving into something you love doing, or reading up on something you’re trying to learn more about, take the time to do this. It could even be just learning one new vocabulary word each day!

These five steps, completed on a daily basis, will make a huge difference as you go through life. You’ll find more positivity, productivity, and enjoyment by focusing on them. Until next time, enjoy.



Gary Klaben serves as a Financial Advisor, and visionary for Coyle Financial Counsel. He has over 30 years of experience and is the author of Changing the Conversation, Wealth of Everything and co-author of The Business BattlefieldWhether advising his clients, mentoring his team, or coaching entrepreneurs, he is always simplifying complexity and motivating others to take the next action that’s right for them.

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