If you’re like me, sometimes you lay down at the end of the day and wonder what in the world happened with today.  You might feel like you spent your time do anything but the most important things.  I’ve found that these 5 question help me start the day in a mindset to stay focused on what’s most important.

1. How will I honor Jesus today?

Sometimes the answer is reading the Bible, sometimes the answer is spending extra time in prayer, sometimes is committing to using my commute as a time of worship.

2. What can I do to help my spouse succeed today?

It gives me the chance to make sure I know what the biggest things in her life are, so I can do the things that are the biggest help and support for her.

3. What is my food and workout plan today?

If I make a plan for what I will eat, it helps me say no to the things I know I probably shouldn’t eat without planning for it.  If I know that ice cream is in the plan for dessert tonight, it’s easier to say no to the break room donuts at work.

4. What are the most important things for me to accomplish today?

Usually there are only 1 or 2 things that I absolutely must get done in a day, so by naming them early in the day, I’ve found that I’m more likely to be sure they get done (sometimes even before I leave for work!).

5. What are the potential obstacles to success today?

Name the things that might cause you to lose your cool, break your food plan, or lose your patients.  If you think through how you might navigate through those situations ahead of time, you’ll have the plan to follow when those moments arise.