Part 2 of 2: Feeling Stuck? Here’s a Few Things I Did to Propel Action – Detailing Your Ideal Day
If you haven’t already, read the first part of this blog post here.
The second thing that was tremendously helpful in reverse engineering where I wanted to be in my life was to detail what I wanted my idea day to look like. Let’s be clear – at this point, I had no clue what I was going to do next. I just knew I had to make a change.
Here is what I knew:
I pretty much suck at doing much after 4:00 in the afternoon
I do my best thinking early
I love to have as much time as I want to workout
I am happiest when I don’t have anywhere to be and I’m in control of my schedule
I also knew what I didn’t like:
Days of meetings that left me feeling unproductive and drained
My long commute home. I actually liked my commute to work because I was able to do some personal development via podcasts.
Not feeling like I was impacting anything – I felt like I was going through the motions
So with that, I outlined my perfect day. I outlined it pretty high level at first, and recently my business coach challenged me to go so much deeper with it. I’ve revised my perfect day to even be MORE perfect now that I have achieved so much of what I first started looking for.
Here was my original perfect day:
6:00 am - wake up call – morning coffee, reading, meditation, 20 minutes of cardio or yoga
7:00 am – get ready and make breakfast with John
8:30 am – start work and work in chunks of 45 minutes until about 3:30 with a few breaks
4:00 pm – shut it down for the day and relax for 30 minutes
4:45 pm – hit my favorite workout class
6:00 pm – make dinner with John
7:00 pm – chill on the couch and watch TV
9:00 pm – shut down all technology, take a bath and read
10:00 pm – lights out
I have recently started imagining how it could get even more perfect. There are some tennis lessons in there, long lunches with friends…my new perfect day is getting pretty awesome. Not every day looks like the one above. There are still some late nights finishing decks. But about 75% of the time – that’s my life. And I love it.
You can get there. It takes planning, belief and persistence.