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Infographic: How To Start Your Ideal Day

“How we spend our days,” proclaimed Annie Dillard, in her beautiful book The Writing Life, “is of course how we spend our lives”. Hence, our success in life depends on our daily success. We have to make sure that we set ourselves up for daily achievements. If we can accomplish our daily goals, we will be able to achieve our monthly goals and so on.

Successful people set themselves up for daily success. They practice a certain level of discipline to make sure that they work harder on a daily basis.

It is true that only we can understand what is best for us but we can also learn from others as well. It is often helpful to look up to people who have achieved so much in life and learn from their lives.

Anna Vital of Funders and Founders just did that. She studied the morning routines of some of the most successful people of our time and put together a wonderful infographic with some of their best morning rituals. Find the infographic, we borrowed, below and a crisp explanation.

 How to start your ideal day

Start with the difficult problem
Many people operate best during the early hours of the day. Research also suggests that our brain performs best in the first half of the day. It is only logical to do hardest works when you are best fit to do so.

However, this might not be the case for everyone. Many people start the day with email and communications but that’s up to you. You need to find out what works best for you. The point is, though, you should start the day with important work.

Think about your best day
This is extremely helpful. Think and decide on how your ideal day looks like. Now design your day accordingly.

Start with a list
We live in an age of ubiquitous distractions. It is hard to maintain a consistent workflow if you don’t have your priorities set.

Avoid social media and email
Stop mindlessly scrolling down your social media feed. You will not achieve anything doing so. The best way of controlling your social media and email consumption is by deliberately setting a specific time for both. Then use a website blocker if you need to.

Find time for some physical work. Exercise helps us to clear our head and prepares us for physical work as well.

At the end of the day, reflect and ask yourself whether you achieved what you set for. Find out the problems and work on them.


Mohammad Ruhul Kader is a Dhaka-based entrepreneur and writer. He founded Future Startup, a digital publication covering the startup and technology scene in Dhaka with an ambition to transform Bangladesh through entrepreneurship and innovation. He writes about internet business, strategy, technology, and society. He is the author of Rethinking Failure. His writings have been published in almost all major national dailies in Bangladesh including DT, FE, etc. Prior to FS, he worked for a local conglomerate where he helped start a social enterprise. Ruhul is a 2022 winner of Emergent Ventures, a fellowship and grant program from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He can be reached at ruhul@futurestartup.com

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