One of the best things that you can do each day in order to be organized and effective is to have a plan for what you would like to do during the day. While these plans in no way need to be elaborate or rigidly scheduled weeks in advance, they do make a real difference.
When you wake up in the morning, have a plan in place mentally that you would like to use your day for. For most of us, waking up means going to work and spending a set amount of time there. After work, then there is the hours before we go to bed that we get to choose how we spend. Right off the bat, there is a schedule in place somewhat if you go to work or school.
That being said, the hours following work can be used effectively if you plan to do so. For example, these hours are usually full of errands and taking care of loved ones and doing house and yard work. There are many things that we need to do, and there are many things that we want to do. The key is to prioritize what is needing to be done, and then making the time to address the things that you would like to do.
Such a process is all about finding balance for your day and being able to commit to your plans. For example, if you know exactly when you are planning on waking up, then you can work from there. Are you leaving time to eat breakfast and exercise and read the paper and anything else you would like to do to get your day going?
When it all comes down to it,having a plan for each day directly empowers you because it allows you to make your choices ahead of time with what you would like to do.