1. What do I want to accomplish today?
Starting the day with a clear mindset of what it is you wish to accomplish within your working hours can help bring focus and attention to detail that will bring with it a successful day. Take a few moments to picture how you want to feel at the end of the day, and what you will need to do to get there.
2. What are my motivations for the day?
The stresses of running a business can often cloud your memory of why you began in the first place. Try beginning the day by reminding yourself of the reasons you began your business in the first place. Successful entrepreneurs always keep in mind the reasons they began their business and let it steer their decisions and motivation throughout the day.
3. What legacy do I want to leave?
Whilst it may perhaps be a little morbid, start each day considering how you would like to be remembered. What decisions will you make today to ensure that the legacy you leave behind is a positive one?
4. How can I make today better than yesterday?
No matter if yesterday was the worst or best day of your business so far, begin the day by considering how you can make today better! It could be something small or something big, but you should try keeping it in mind throughout the day to keep you focused.
5. What could hold me back today?
Setbacks occur to all of us, however if you are prepared for setbacks before they happen, you can help to alter the outcome and ensure these setbacks turn into something positive.
6. What can I learn from today?
No matter what went wrong or right today, take a moment to think about what it is you’ve learnt from the events of the day. Perhaps you had a successful pitch, think about the key moments that made it a success, can you replicate these in the future? Maybe you lost out on an important piece of business; consider what the contributing factors for this were. What could you change to ensure you win the next time?
7. What did I achieve today?
Once your work is accomplished for the day, take a moment to reflect and ask yourself what it is you have achieved. By allowing yourself to consider and reflect on your accomplishments you will be able to end your working day on a positive, determined to achieve more the next day.
8. Are my goals any different from this morning?
As time moves on, things can often change and you can sometimes find yourself ending the day in a different direction from where you intended. If this is you, consider how you got to your new destination, are you happy there? If you are, great! If not, begin to think of ways you can head back on the right track tomorrow.
9. Have I made people happy today?
This could be your employees, your customers or even yourself. We all know that a happy working day provides a more positive outcome on your business. If the answer is no, consider what you can do differently tomorrow so the answer is yes.
10. Is this still what I want?
Being an entrepreneur and running your own business is demanding and time-consuming! When you’re going after something you truly want, this will help fuel you, but if it’s not it can often drain you. Each day ask yourself if you’re still doing what it is you want to do. If not, what can you do to change this?