ADHD timeTake a second and think about how you start your day.

Do you roll over, turn off the alarm, lie in bed… and check Facebook?

Do you suddenly leap out of the covers, make a mad dash to the shower and hope you can get out of the door in time?

Or do you take the time to set up your day for success?

A few years ago, I noticed an interesting phenomena – and it’s something I’ve seen many people comment on since. The way you start your day determines the tone for the entire day.

No matter how many times I’ve tried to approach this, I always reach this same outcome.

Start stressed, stay stressed.

Start in control, stay in control.

It’s that simple.

Setting Up Your Day For Success And Control Using The 1% Approach

For some time now, I’ve been following the 1% Approach. I just didn’t know it was called that until recently.

Every morning I wake up, get out of bed and have a shower, and head down to a nearby park that looks out over the water. While I’m down there, I read over the outcomes I’m currently working towards and a selection of quotes.

It doesn’t take long at all.

In fact, the entire process takes no more than 15 minutes, and it gives me drive and focus for the entire day. Like some kind of Jedi Mind Trick, it gives me the ability to filter everything in my day into one of two areas; helping me or hindering me.

My entire day is set up to get me where I want to go, and in just 15 minutes. And that’s where the 1% Approach comes in.

You see, 1% of your day is 15 minutes – that’s right, just 15 minutes – and when you use this time, first thing in the morning, you no longer react to the general whims of day to day life. You respond in line with the outcomes you’re working towards.

Creating Your Own 1% Time

Your 1% Time is based on two factors: knowing what you want, and then keeping that in the front of your mind from the very start of the day. Here’s how to create yours.

1. Write down the outcomes that you’re either currently working towards, or you want to work towards.

This isn’t rocket science. Figure out what you want, and be specific. “Lots of money” is bad, “$10,000 in the bank by Decemeber 12th, 2012” is good.

If you’re stumped, try doing it across various areas of your life. Personally, I’ve based mine on a Tony Robbins ‘Time Of Your Life’ suggestion, and used the categories of Health, Wealth, Family, Friends and Mindset.

2. Write down the specific reasons that you want each of these outcomes.

So for example, if you wanted to earn $10,000 by December 12th, 2012, write down “so that I can pay off my mortgage early and be proud of what I’ve achieved” or “improve my family’s financial situation, so that we can all sleep better at night.”

Whatever it is, be specific and understand the emotion behind it. Make this as engaging and honest as possible – you’ll be reading this every day.

3. Put it into a PDF. Print it if you’d like.

Armed with a PDF on your phone or a print out in your pocket, you’re now ready to kick off your day with a 1% Time. This will set up your day and keep you focused on what it is that you’re working towards.

In fact, I’d recommend you make this the first thing you read every day. Going over the outcomes you’re working towards is a lot better for your brain than reading about how TomKat divorced.

Trying The 1% Approach For Yourself

Just as athletes warm up and stretch to prepare themselves for getting into the game, you need to mentally warm up and stretch each day to get yourself ready for what lies ahead.

Go ahead now and put aside no more than 45 minutes now to go through the steps outlined above to create your own 1% Time. Follow your 1% time each day for just a week and you’ll already see how much focus it will give you each day.

What are you working towards?

About Rob Hanly

Rob Hanly runs, where he writes candidly about cutting the sh*t and getting awesome with ADHD. He was diagnosed with ADHD a year before finishing school, and has been using The S.E.E.D. Approach To Drug Free ADHD since 2008.