A Routine From Steve Jobs To Help You Achieve Your Goals

A Routine From Steve Jobs To Help You Achieve Your Goals

“If today was the last day of my life, would I be happy with what I’m about to do today?” – Steve Jobs

One simple question, each morning in the mirror.

The above quote is the focal point of Steve Jobs' morning routine. I am fairly certain he had a number of routines, but this one is particularly fascinating.

After he would wake up, he would face himself in the mirror and ask that question. If he answered “no” too many days in a row, then he knew he had to shake things up.

Jobs knew that life was too short to waste time doing things that don’t make him happy. He wanted to make sure he was doing important, fulfilling work each day.

By checking in each morning, Jobs made sure he was being true to himself and it helped keep him on his chosen path.

Reflection Question:

What a simple, yet powerful routine. How many times do you wake up and just start getting ready for work?

How powerful would it be if you actually took a moment to ask yourself a simple question like Steve Job's question? A routine doesn’t have to be a grand gesture, or major lifestyle change. Sometimes, just asking yourself a question every morning can help drive you towards success.

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You may not currently be cognizant of your daily routines, but there is a big chance they are a significant part of your success. While on the other hand, negative routines may be unwittingly holding you back.

We all have routines, but few of us actually chose our routines. We just seem to fall into them, and we keep our routines unless they’re obviously failing.

Your current routines might be okay, but are they bringing you closer to your goals? Do they support your values and priorities? Examine your daily routines personally and around your business and determine how well they serve you.

Can you make some small changes here and there that would enable them to serve you better? Even a small alteration in a routine can make a big difference, because they’re performed consistently. Over time, these actions add up.

3 Steps to Evaluating Your Routines and Make a Change

What is your general impression of your current routines? Are there any obvious weaknesses or places where you’d like to do something differently?

1. Identify wasted time. Look at your routines and determine how much time you’re wasting each day. Include all non-value activities, like watching TV. Working on task in your business that should be delegated to someone else. You might be shocked by the number of hours you’re wasting. Start thinking about how you could better use that time.

2. Examine your goals, values, and priorities. Take a few minutes to review or write your goals, value and priorities down. It’s not really possible to evaluate a routine without having criteria to evaluate against. This is an important step. If you don’t know what’s important to you and what you want to accomplish, you’re undoubtedly wasting a lot of time.

3. Consider the challenges you’re currently facing in your life. Are your routines helping, harming, or having no effect on solving your challenges? For example, what routine can you establish to maintain a positive mindset in the mist ad adversity.

4. Create routines that make sense for you. Don't trying to create all new routines at one time. Keep doing your new routine until it becomes a habit and then add a new one. Consider your current goals and what actions have to be taken to reach those goals.

You can accomplish anything with effective routines. What are yours?

Reflection Question

· What activities can you do each day that support what you’re trying to accomplish?
· What can you do each day that will move you closer to your goals?
· What is the best way to use your time in each of your routines?

About the author, Sheles Wallace

Sheles is an award-winning business coach who gets results for her clients.
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