How to Create Your Perfect Day
It’s that time of year again, and people are starting to think about new years resolutions. I love a good resolution, and last year made a list of 100 Things to do. This year, I’m thinking about things a little bit differently though, and I want you to try it with me.
First, some questions.
Do you feel like you were the conscious creator of your 2014? Did you live on purpose, spending your time doing things that light you up?
Are you ready for 2015 to be your best year yet?
Then let’s get to work.
This is a simple yet effective exercise; let’s call it
My Perfect Day.
When I started really looking at my desires – as I was raging around the house with post natal depression – the thoughts would go something like this:
‘I never thought THIS is how my life would turn out, this is never what I wanted.’
‘Well, what do you want? If you could create anything?’
‘I don’t even know. How friggin depressing.’ Cue tears. Many tears.
In different circumstances, a friend of my sister’s said she didn’t mind regularly working until 10pm, because “what do you even DO if you get home at 5pm?”
So I know I’m not alone, in been at a point of not even knowing what it was that I wanted out of my life.
And how can you chase your dreams if you don’t know what they are?
Which brings us nicely back to your perfect day.
First, grab a pen and paper. There are a series of questions below, I want you to answer them all with the first thing that comes to your head. Try not to over-think, and try not to censor yourself because of money, time or any other constraints. No stopping yourself with ‘that’s not realistic!’.
Consider also that these questions should be answered relating to your perfect ‘normal’ day. Not the last day of your life or the holiday of a lifetime, but the kind of day you want to live over and over again.
Here you go. On your perfect everyday day:
- What time do you wake up?
- What do you do first upon waking?
- What would you eat for breakfast?
- What would you wear?
- How would you feel in your body?
- Where would you live?
- How does your place make you feel?
- How would you spend your morning?
- Would you work?
- If yes, what would that look like?
- If no, what would you do?
- What would take up most of your time in the morning?
- Who would your friends be?
- What kind of people would you like to spend your time with?
- Who is already in your life that you want to spend more time with?
- Where and what would you eat for lunch?
- Who do you have your meal with?
- How would you spend your afternoon?
- What would you do?
- Where would you be?
- Who would you be with?
- How would you feel?
- If you work, how many hours would you work each day?
- Where would you work?
- Who would your colleagues be?
- What kind of work do you do? (remember, this is in your perfect day, so if you don’t love your current job you can put whatever you like the sound of!)
- What time would you finish work?
- What would you do during the evening?
- What would you have for dinner?
- Where and with whom would you eat?
- What do you want to learn?
- How would you spend your time, if you could be doing anything at all that you wanted?
- Would you move your body? How?
- Would you exercise your mind? Where? How?
- Would you spend time being creative? When? How?
- What else would you like to do in your perfect everyday day?
Take your time. Go back over the list.
Look for anything that’s on there because you think you ‘should’ and cross it out. No buts, I know there’s a reason why you can’t cross it off your list, but remember the Not To Do list, and all the ‘shoulds’ that don’t bring you joy need to go on it.
Now, of the things that you want to do to create your perfect life, pick one that doesn’t cost any money. For example, it might be that you want to do yoga in your living room for 15 minutes every morning. No cost (apart from time) and nothing stopping you (apart from giving yourself permission).
So determine what you need to do to be able to make that one thing happen. To make it as easy as possible t do 15 minutes of yoga, perhaps you need to roll your mat out the night before, lay your clothes next to your bed so you can just step into them and get moving, and commit to staying off your phone until you’ve done your yoga.
Those are all small, achievable steps. Once you do them to support your goal, then all of a sudden you’re doing your 15 minutes of yoga.
Once you have got one thing covered off, you can pick another thing on your list. It might be to get 8 hours of sleep every night. So perhaps the steps are to determine your wake up time each morning, work backwards to find your bed time, and then commit to starting getting ready for bed half an hour before that.
You know what I say – Small Steps to Big Change.
Now that you know what your perfect day looks like, go out and get it!
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