Starting and ending your day the right way can make or break your productivity. Your mindset is ultimately what links your skillset with results, and in order to optimize your mind it’s incredibly important to establish healthy habits and rituals to help you wrap up your day and get started off on the right foot in the morning. Here are some secrets that I have found work most effectively at preparing me for my day.

1. Turn Off Your Phone

My first tip is an increasingly important thing to do at the end of the day as well as the beginning of the day, and that is to step away from your phone. Whether this entails physically distancing yourself from it, resisting checking it, or turning it off altogether, it’s really important to establish control and restraint over your phone. If the last thing you see before you go to bed is what random email came in from a client or marketer or whomever, or what’s on your Facebook feed, then you’re just letting your mind be filled with whatever randomly pops into your iPhone. The same applies in the morning: if the first thing you do is check your phone when you wake up – and I’m guilty of this sometimes, too – then you’re letting your focus be dictated by randomness. Be in control, be intentional.

2. Reflect On Your Day

Every evening before I go to bed, I like to think about the things that went well during the day. I’ll reflect on what I’m grateful for that day and consider the top three to five things that I want to accomplish the next day. Then when I wake up, my routine is to spend a few minutes more thinking about what I want to get done that day.

3. Write It Down

After reflecting on what I’m thankful for, I will physically write them down onto paper. Hand writing is a physical act and it’s the first step to transforming thoughts that are in your mind into action and results. So first I’ll usually spend a couple minutes in silence just meditating and thinking. Then after that process I’ll write down the top three to five goals that I determined I want to accomplish.

4. Healthy Body Healthy Mind

Following my reflections I will either exercise my body or mind, be it through working out or reading a book. This will help engage my brain and body, stimulate my creativity and get me feeling fresh and upbeat and ready to conquer the day ahead.

I started doing these exercises several years ago, after reading The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod.  In fact, if you write to me and want a copy of the book I’ll send you a free copy. If you buy the book I think pairing both of them together is a great opportunity to really help with your real estate business, help with your productivity and your overall mindset in life.

Hope you enjoy that tip. If there’s anything you want to hear about specifically on productivity or how to become a better real estate agent or make your business better I’d love to hear from you, so please let me know in the comment section below.