Being prepared is an art.

It involves a lot of, well, preparation.

Sounds contradictory, but it’s true.

There are so many aspects of life that you should be prepared for, and many steps and methods to doing so.

Being prepared starts right when you wake up.

Ensure that you wake up in a non-jarring, “relaxing” way.

You can do that by making sure you get a good night’s sleep the night before, so waking up in the morning isn’t such a drag.

Do whatever you need to do to get full awake; splash cold water on your face, have your day’s first cup of steamin’ brew, and so forth.

Eat a good breakfast.

Breakfast provides the foundation to your day.

Going through the day hungry will put you in a cranky mood and hinder your ability to get things done, and, ultimately, achieve your goals.

Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day. Pack your purse, briefcase, or bag.

Make sure it’s neat and organized; empty trash and old receipts out of it the night before.

Plan ahead for the day; check the weather and bring a coat or umbrella if necessary.

Nothing is more mood-ruining than getting caught in the cold or soaked in an unexpected shower.

A big part of being prepared revolves around appearance and personal hygiene.

Remember: your mind is your god, but your body is your temple.

Give your body the tools it needs to keep you going.