Add These 12 Daily Steps to Your Routine

Most of us have a daily routine we follow; whether it is written or not. In John Maxwell’s, Today Matters, he shares 12 areas of focus to add into your daily routine. Following, is that “daily dozen” list along with some additional insight.

The Daily Dozen

1. Attitude

Maintaining a positive attitude is a well known success ingredient. It is important to step back and evaluate your current state, especially when you are dealing with the stress of daily life.

2. Priorities

Make sure you work on the things that are most important daily. It is easy for us to get caught up with the urgent. Close your browser and turn off your phone for a while and get focused on those key tasks that provide great long term dividends.

3. Health

Evaluate your eating choices each day and make sure you have scheduled exercise time as if it was a meeting with a key client.

4. Family

Family can easily end up at the bottom of the to do list, if family time appears on your schedule at all. Make sure to spend time on what is really important in life… your family.

5. Thinking

Spend at least one hour each day in reflection. Ideally, you should be away from the daily hustle and bustle. Clear your mind and think blue sky. Take the time each day to strategize and plan, that time will be well invested.

6. Commitment

Ensure that any promises you have made are being acted upon. Check that any items you have delegated are on schedule.

7. Finances

Be wise with every expenditure. Some of the best money advice I have seen comes from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and George Clason.

8. Faith

Revisit and strengthen your belief system through quiet meditation and study. Strengthen your spiritual foundation.

9. Relationships

Life is about relationships. Make sure you have a relationship management system and keep on top of it.

10. Generosity

Spend time each day thinking and giving thanks for all the great people and things in your life. Then think how you can express that gratitude today. Break out some paper and write a hand written thank you note.

11. Values

Review your core values and make sure that your daily activities are in alignment. Eliminate those items that do not conform to your core values.

12. Growth

Find ways to learn each day, either through new experiences or active learning. For example, if you know you will be traveling all day, make sure to bring along an iPod filled with educational eBooks or podcasts.

What’s in your daily routine? Besides brushing your teeth…


Today Matters: 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrows Success (Maxwell, John C.)

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