Start Every Activity with an Intent
We tend to forget that an intent paves the way to reach any objective.
If we don't formulate an intent, that means we don't have any objective. Of course, things can be done without an intent, but you will achieve more or less random things.
So, start every activity with intent! If you want to get useful and good results, you have to start with a good and clear intent. Then, follow up by scanning yourself and your environment (do SWOT analysis) so that you can formulate a good strategy to achieve your objective.
Don't forget to accommodate internal as well as external factors in your strategy. Don't focus too much on one factor.