Whether you’re running your own business or working as a salesperson, it never feels like there are enough hours in the day. The expectation that we always grow combined with our ever-growing “to do” list can overwhelm even the most focused people. One of the biggest factors affecting our success is, without doubt, managing ourselves and managing our workload. This is no easy feat, but it is a very important one.

Although many of us have had our initial company training, its safe to say a company crash course doesn’t cover everything you’re going to face in day-to-day life. In my experience, success is rarely 100 percent dependant on your work habits. Instead, they are largely focused on how you operate when you are not working. Not exactly something you are trained on, is it?

The big problem is that often we haven’t established smart and effective daily routines. Having been in business for many years, and worked with many business owners, I believe that routines and rituals are without a doubt, one of the biggest determining factors on whether or not a business is successful.

So, what are the rituals we need to establish and follow without fail? Here are the top 5 tips for balancing your life,

1. Start your morning right.

Personal routines, perhaps including exercise, eating a good breakfast, taking time to plan your day, or thinking about your priorities for the coming week. These morning rituals are really important, and starting off your day on the right foot can focus you in the hours to come.

2. Visualize how you want your day to look.

When you don’t take the time to imagine how you want your day to look, you will probably bounce around all day and not be as effective as you would like to be. Why? Because you have no direction. Think through your day, what absolutely positively needs to be done, what has to be done first, what’s going to derail you and so on. Once you have a daily plan, stick to it.

3. Manage your projects with intention.

What steps do you need to take to actually get jobs done? This starts from the minute you submit a proposal or quote right through to the close. What processes and procedures does your company use? Do you follow them? If not, then why?

4. Take care of yourself.

We tend to idolize workaholics but in reality, nobody can survive without a healthy work-life balance. It is incredibly important it is to have good routines and rituals that focus on your health or wellbeing. It’s pointless if you establish unrealistic or impossible routines, so be sure to start small. Make a concerted effort to do exactly what you need to ensure your health.  Then, if you feel like over-achieving, you can go for bigger goals.

5. Be better with money.

The last piece of the puzzle is around money. What are the routines and rituals you have here? Or more importantly, what do you need? Many people are not very good at managing money, managing their accounts,  or simply planning ahead. By taking the time to settle your finances – whether that means paying off debts, saving up for a home, or simply managing cash flow better – you can ensure your resting thoughts are not consumed with a huge stressor like money.

Rituals are important.

The better we are at managing ourselves, the more likely we are to have a successful work life. Take control of your daily routines and enjoy the results. Just be patient with yourself and adjust these routines until they are a perfect fit for you.