What does your perfect day look like?
Your life is made up of years, your years are made up of months, your months are made up of weeks, and your weeks are made up of days. If you get your days right, everything else falls into place. And how do you get your days right? By planning your perfect day.
The process, or exercise, you’ll be reading about in this post will allow you to proactively create or design the day you want to have, instead of just reacting to the things, people, and events around you. Planning your perfect day will do all of the following for you:
- Make you more productive.
- Allow you to work steadily on your career and personal goals.
- Enable you to make better use of your time.
- Allow you to make sure that you stay focused on your priorities.
- Help ensure that you’re living on purpose and maximizing your days.
- Act as a mechanism for achieving a good life-work balance.
- Improve your mood and well-being.
- Help you to design your perfect life.
Sounds good, doesn’t it? You’ll discover how to plan your perfect day below.
Ten Initial Questions
Before you plan your perfect day, ask yourself these ten questions:
- What’s the one thing that I must accomplish today for this to be a successful day? What’s my primary goal for the day? What am I committed to making happen today?
- What three things do I want to get done in addition to my must-do item?
- What will I do for my health today?
- How will I grow today?
- How will I stimulate my mind today?
- How will I increase my wealth today?
- How will I have fun/play/laugh today?
- Who will I spend time with today?
- What am I looking forward to today?
- How do I want to feel today, and what do I need to do to make sure that it happens?
Then, with the answers to these ten questions in mind, head on over to the next section and plan your perfect day.
Questions for Planning Your Perfect Day
Take out a pen and a piece of paper and answer the following:
In order to have a perfect day. . .
- At what time do you wake up?
- What’s the first thing you do after waking up?
- What morning routine (morning success ritual) do you follow in order to feel more centered, focused, happy and powerful? Do you do some stretching or get some exercise? Do you meditate, journal, or do some yoga? Do you spend some unhurried time with your spouse and/or children?
- What do you have for breakfast, and where do you have your breakfast? Do you have breakfast alone or with someone else?
- What tasks do you work on during the morning hours? Where do you work on these tasks? (Keep in mind that you probably want to get started with your must-do task for the day in the morning.)
- Do you have a mid-morning snack? If so, what is it?
- Is there anything else you do before lunch?
- What do you have for lunch, and where do you have your lunch? Do you eat alone? Do you eat with friends, colleagues, or potential clients? Do you go home and have lunch with your family?
- What do you do immediately after lunch? Do you follow a short after-lunch routine to make sure your day is on track and that you’re making the best use of your time, energy, and other resources?
- What tasks do you work on in the afternoon? Where do you work on these tasks?
- Do you have an afternoon snack? If so, what is it?
- What else do you do in the afternoon?
- At what time do you end your workday?
- How do you end your workday? Do you organize your desk, tie up loose ends, and disconnect?
- How do you spend your evenings?
- What do you have for dinner, and where do you have your dinner? Who do you have dinner with?
- What do you do after dinner? Who do you spend that time with?
- What bedtime routine do you follow to wrap up your day on a positive note, set yourself up for success the next day, and get ready for a restful night’s sleep?
- At what time do you go to sleep?
- What’s the last thing you think about before you drift off to sleep?
Keep in mind that even if you plan your day it’s highly unlikely that everything will go exactly as planned. However, your odds of having a good day will be much higher with a perfect day plan than if you just let things happen and allow other people to run your day.
Review Your Results
After a week of planning your perfect day, go over how things are going. Review how successful you’re being in sticking to your perfect day plan by asking yourself questions like the ones you’ll find below:
- Are your days going as planned?
- If not, why not? Who or what keeps getting in the way?
- What do you need to do so that you can better adhere to your perfect day plan?
Once you’ve answered these questions make any necessary adjustments to help you improve your ability to stick to your perfect day plan.
How you spend your days will determine what your life will be like. Live your best life by planning your perfect day. Then, make sure that you get to work on following your plan.
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