People are always asking me for recommendations on tools and systems to help them be more productive.

There are a lot of cool apps and systems that you can use these days to help- but over the years I’ve found one surefire way to make sure each day is as productive as possible…

Here’s my #1 productivity tip regardless of what system you may use personally:

Plan the day the night before.

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning thinking, “I can’t forget to do that thing?” and then launch your day with a stressed out mentality?

So getting everything out of your head will give you a better, more peaceful night’s rest.

The second reason why planning the night before is so powerful is that you free your brain up to do what it was designed to do.

Jim Rohn says, “Don’t use your brain as a filing cabinet.”

Get the things out of there that don’t need to be there, so you can use your brain to do what it was designed to do, which is to come up with new ideas, solve problems, and operate in your area of genius.

So if you clear your head the night before and plan your day in advance, you might find that you’ll wake up with a new, great idea, or a solution to a problem that you’ve had for a long time.

Here’s the third reason why planning the day the night before is so powerful – you start the day out-the-gate productive. You walk into the office knowing your priorities, and you can knock some off your list before you even dive into your email.

Otherwise here’s what happens when you don’t do this: You walk into the office, you launch into your email, you get a phone call, maybe someone grabs you on your way in… and before you know it it’s 11am and you haven’t even gotten anything done that you wanted to.

So if you know before you begin what your priorities are you’re more likely to get them done. Even if everything goes wrong the rest of the day, you’ve already gotten things done and have had a productive day.

I hope this helps you get to be massively productive… and sleep better!

Let me know if you have any great productivity tips that work great for you – I’d love to know.

Cheers to getting more done and achieving more goals!