We're in a procrastination era, where we put off, float stuff and are simply unprepared. Now one person can never be fully prepared for every situation or scenario. You should control what you can though.
Some of it requires careful planning, but most of it comes down to routine maintenance. You don't want your gas tank running too low, or you want to ensure that your bank account is good. Also, making and taking routine appointments to the doctor and dentist are important. It's little things like this that make a big difference long term.
You should always stay a few steps ahead with a plan B, C in life. It sounds simple, but many fail to do it. All it takes is a few minutes of simple planning and forethought.
Expect the unexpected, plan well, prioritize and never assume. Also, rest and relax. This will keep you with the energy to push forward and stay ahead.
How do you stay ahead in your daily lives? What are some things you could do better?