10 ‘Smart’ Things To Do Daily to Set Yourself Up for Success

The other day I had an amazing day. When thinking about it, nothing out of the ordinary really happened.  It was just one of those fantastic days that I felt in a groove like everything was falling really nicely into place in all areas of life. I got a lot done! I was happy, productive and felt like I had a very successful day. You know the feeling right? When you feel like you can take on the world in a day?  I absolutely love those days.  Don’t you just want to bottle those up and be able to have those kind of days all the time?

Now there is no doubt, that some days are just going to be outright challenging and things will get thrown out of sync for you. But on an ongoing basis, you can really do a number of things to set yourself up for a great day. It’s a state of mind, but also, I believe there are things that you can consciously do to be ready to take on your day and shine!

10 ‘Smart’ Things To Do Daily to Set Yourself Up for Success!

  1. Start Your Day Off With the Right Attitude  – The way you start your day definitely sets the tone for the rest of the day. Do whatever it takes to get into the right positive mindset. Get enough sleep and have a great, positive morning ritual. Start your day in a great way.
  2. Make Your Health and Fitness a Priority – There are many of you that are not morning people. I get it. But I am a morning person.  I must tell you that there is no substitute for putting your health and fitness as top priority at the beginning of the day. Do some exercise in the morning. When you make your health and fitness a priority at the start of the day, it sets you up feeling healthy and strong the rest of the day.
  3. Set Up An Action Plan For the Workday  – When you have a plan in mind, you are focused and less likely to just wander through the Where To Put Your Focus Today (cynthia@livendell.com)day. Get it together first thing in the day, so you can seize the day, getting a lot accomplished.
  4. Don’t Run From Challenges. Go After Them – Procrastinating and hesitating on challenges that you face obviously doesn’t make them go away. Our fears are typically more in our head than what will actually happen.  Get your mind on the outcome you want, then take on those challenges. You’ll be happy to get it done!
  5. If You Can Delegate It or Eliminate It From Your Plate, Do It  – Create more time in your day for the things that you need to focus on. If you can eliminate it from your schedule and/or delegate it, do it. Release it. You’ll be better for it.
  6. Be Efficient and Organized – Get yourself into a routine and use systems that work for you. When you are organized you will tend to waste less time, which means more success for you!
  7. Don’t Go Through Things Alone – Tap into the resources around you. Instead of always trying to figure out things on your own, the people around you might offer a perspective that is different than yours that actually might help you learn and grow.
  8. Give Yourself Some Time to Learn and Grow – Do something each day that will inspire you and help you learn and grow. Success is not a state, it is an ongoing journey.
  9. Always Think of What You Bring as Value to Others – As you go through each day, always keep in mind what value you bring to the world. When you keep that in the back of your mind, when you make decisions, that will keep you on the right path of authentic success.
  10. Know the Importance of Down Time – Create days which have some down time, away from work.  Success isn’t about always being ‘on’. Relaxation, recharging, having some interests outside of your workday are really good for you and will contribute to well-rounded success.

These are just some of the things I do to set myself up for success each day. Which ones do you use or need to focus more on? What other things do you do to set yourself up for huge success? I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Cynthia Bazin is absolutely passionate about YOUR success and happiness. If you are ready and committed to change your life and take charge of your life, contact Cynthia today to start a conversation!     Cynthia@smartchic.me   |   www.smartchic.me

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2016-11-11T11:55:57-07:00By |Inspirational Articles|16 Comments


  1. Linda Mastroianni August 26, 2014 at 10:05 am - Reply

    I just love this post Cynthia! I can honestly say that I struggle with #5 and #7. I am making more of an effort to have better balance on both points. In order to be efficient and productive, one cannot be all over the place. Thanks for writing such a great post!

    • SmartChic August 27, 2014 at 5:23 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Linda for your comments on the blog. It is great that you recognize which ones you struggle with. That is the first step in moving forward and doing those things more in your life. Thank you for your feedback. You are appreciated!

  2. gail harris August 26, 2014 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Hi Cynthia. I especially like #’s 5, 7, 8, 9, 10. So important to delegate when we can and not hang on to things. For me, 7-10 have to do with having that connections to ourself and others and that’s what really nurtures me. Being smart and efficient about this is important, but without the other points they don’t have the same meaning. Just my 2 cents.

  3. Franca Adamus August 26, 2014 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Hi Cynthia! Love this post and each of the 10 Smart Things you mention! #10 creating days which have some down time is a great one. I will definitely incorporate this in some workdays. Already looking forward to how this is going to work out. Keep you posted. 🙂 Thanks for sharing these Smart Tips and have an awesome week!

  4. Joan Rasmussen August 26, 2014 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    I just gave #5 a rare try and delegated something that was going to be a big time sink for me. What a feeling of freedom! Moving on to #6…

  5. Sheryl Brown August 26, 2014 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    I’m working on #2 right now. Getting your health and fitness in order is very important to being successful no matter what career you choose to go after. This body is the only vessel we get – gotta take care of it for the long haul!

    Love your articles – keep up the good work!!

  6. Nanncy C Walker August 26, 2014 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    I sometimes struggle with #10 but live by #3.

  7. Alli Polin August 27, 2014 at 3:09 am - Reply

    I’ve been a queen of procrastination for far too long! I’ve recently gone head first into some really challenging projects and it has been INCREDIBLE! My energy has skyrockted, the days have flown by and it feels great. It’s tempting to run from challenges, but you’re so right – going after them can be just what we need to make our day go from ho-hum to awesome!

    Love your energy and appreciate your constant source of positivity!

  8. Nora Whalen August 27, 2014 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Fabulous list Cynthia! I am 100% embracing number #10 right now. Two weeks in Durango, CO was just what I needed and I am loving every minute. Next up, perhaps becoming a morning person? 😉

  9. Sandra Griffin August 27, 2014 at 9:12 am - Reply

    I honestly think you were talking to me on this post. It’s totally me.. I am guilty that I push myself too hard sometimes and try to deal with problems alone instead of asking for help. I try to be organized and end up with 10 to do lists instead of 1.
    Thank you Cynthia.. I’ll print this out and put on my computer for sure 🙂

  10. Dale Fagre August 27, 2014 at 2:36 pm - Reply


    I have always found that your #1 Smart Thing of starting out your day with a “great attitude” is what absolutely sets the tone for the day. Without a great attitude, its hard to achieve the other 9!

    Great blog Cynthia!


  11. Regan Black (@ReganBlack) August 27, 2014 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    It goes along with action plan.. but I put my cell phone on silent during my best writing hours. That way I can sink deep into the story and stay there. It wasn’t an easy habit to start, but so far the world hasn’t ended. 😉

  12. Terri B August 28, 2014 at 10:00 am - Reply

    Fantastic blog Cynthia. You offer some very good advice that everyone can learn from. Honestly, I really struggle with #5 on a constant basis. I’m going to try harder, it is great advice and will only make me better! Thanks for the great Smart Chic tips!

  13. Jan Manimoi August 28, 2014 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    “Ms.Bazin, I enjoyed your article.I will be trying to beef up my strength in #7 more.There have been times when I felt like I was bombarded with major challenges. I should have shared my challenges with others much more, especially when there are so many experienced and professional help around. I don’t like to burden anyone. It is sound reasoning to return again and ask for help again from able resources that are available and have the capacity and experience to solve problems. Exposing a problem may bring feelings of shame and possible retaliation but we can also learn to manage these feelings, situations and issues too, in a professional way.”

  14. Aubrey Welch August 29, 2014 at 12:27 am - Reply


    As always you’ve got it spot on.

    It’s far too easy to blunder along without rhyme or reason.

    All of the points are of equal importance but the one I probably fall down on most is #7 and I will just have to try to ensure I use my colleagues when needed as they use me on a frequent basis!

    Thanks for being so spot on with everything!


  15. Donna from Gomee Girl September 2, 2014 at 4:39 am - Reply

    Hi Cynthia!

    What a fantastic post! You really shared some invaluable information when you said, “Don’t run from your challenges, go after them”. It is far too easy to run from challenges, but going after them, tackling them and getting it done can sometimes make all the difference!

    Thanks for the continued encouragement and inspiration. What you do matters and it makes a difference!

    Many thanks,

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