Do you have a goal you want to reach but you’re just not sure how you’re going to get there? Or you know what your dream life looks like but achieving it seems impossible? You think you’ve tried everything, and now feel fed up and deflated? You think, ‘it’s just not meant to be?’ STOP! Stop with the self-sabotaging thoughts. The reason you feel this way is because you haven’t nailed your perfect day… Until now.
Whether you have a job, have your own business, or looking to be your own boss, this blueprint is guaranteed to get you reaching your goals and living your dream life. Every. Single. Day.
Why you’re not living your dream life
I’m sure you know the definition of insanity, but just in case you haven’t heard it before, here it is: the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
This insanity is one of the reasons you’re not getting what you really want, and you’re not reaching those goals. To make a difference in your life, and to start truly living your best life, it starts with a small change, and in this case I’m talking about setting your days up for success.
What if you could create the perfect day for yourself, where you’re getting more done, and can actually see yourself getting closer to your goals? In order to create your perfect day, you have to plan it.
Why do I need to plan my perfect day you ask? Well, 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 maximizing your days
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail – Benjamin Franklin
Getting your days right, will mean you win your weeks, months and years!
I often found myself ending my days in complete frustration and feeling like the day had gotten away from me, so once I started planning my days, I really found that the structure and control it gave me allowed for me to actually have freedom.
Set up for success
In order to start having the perfect day, you need to create a system or process for yourself, and the one that I’ll share with you in this post will allow you to design the day you want to have, so you’ll be more proactive, rather than having a very reactive day, where things, people or events control you. I’ll be breaking down what you need to do on a monthly, weekly and daily basis, to get you heading in the right direction, towards hitting your important goals.
Before I dive into your daily, weekly and monthly process, I’d like you to get out your journal or notepad and a pen and answer the following questions:
- What time do you want to wake up and go to bed each day?
The first thing you need to do is decide how long your day is going to be. By that I mean decide what time you’re going to wake up and go to sleep each day and stick to it! One of the easiest ways for me to ensure I get to bed on time is by setting a reminder in my phone. Once you’ve been doing this for a couple of weeks, your body naturally gets used to your daily sleep cycles, and before you know you’ll no longer need a reminder to go to bed, because it’ll just become a habit. The benefit of waking up at the same time each day is that you will actually have better sleep and be more focused and productive in the day.
- What will your daily rituals be?
It’s a known fact that the most successful people in the world have created daily rituals to allow them to leverage their time by creating routines for success. As Time Ferris says, “if you win the morning, you win the day”.
What morning routine will you follow each day to set you up for success? Maybe it’s meditating for 10 minutes, or go to the gym, or do a simple stretch, some yoga, or read a book.
What evening routine will you follow to end your day with a focused tomorrow? My end of day ritual consists of reviewing and reflecting on the day, and one big element of that is gratitude. I love to end my day by writing down 3 things that I was grateful for that day, because it helps to end my day on a high, not to mention improve my quality of sleep!
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“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine” – Darren Hardy
Now you know how you’re going to start and end each day, let’s look at what you need to do each month, week and day.
- Monthly Activities
- Set a BIG goal you want to achieve – This can be done either monthly or quarterly.
- Write down 3 actions you must take to achieve these goals.
- Write down why it’s important for you to achieve this goal.
- Weekly Activities
- Write out your To-Do list for the week ahead – I like to do this on a Sunday evening
- Set weekly milestones you want to hit
- Track your habits
- Review your goals and milestones
- Daily Activities
- Morning and evening rituals
- Schedule your day – ideally the night before where you have the most clarity, so you start your morning off strong and productive.
- Set daily targets you want to hit (these will refer to your BIG monthly/quarterly goal)
The key to success and to ensure you follow through with the above activities is to schedule them into your diary – This is the process. This will ensure you have no excuses to just get it done.
Put a calendar entry for one day a month/quarter to go through your monthly activities. At the end of each week, schedule into your calendar time to go through your weekly activities, and each morning and evening, schedule your rituals, and daily plan.
Scheduling your day
The simplest method I use to effectively and efficiently plan my day is as follows:
- First, schedule in all fixed appointments or commitments that you must work around, e.g. important meetings, Doctors appointment etc
- Schedule your top 3 priority tasks into your calendar (you will pick these from your weekly To-Do List)
- Schedule in any breaks, i.e. Lunch, Social media time
- If you’ve got any free slots, backfill with other items from your To-Do list to fill in any gaps.
Your schedule could look something like this:
5am – Wake up
5am-7.30am – Morning Ritual: Gym, breakfast, shower, review journal
7.30am-10am – Priority Task 1
10am-12.30pm – Priority Task 2
12.30pm-1.30pm – Lunch
1.30pm-3pm – Priority Task 3
3pm-4pm – Lower priority Task
4pm-5.30pm – Lower Priority Task
5.30pm-6pm – Emails
6pm-7pm – Travel home/ family time/ time to self
7pm-8pm – Dinner
8pm-9.30pm Evening Ritual & Sleep
Can you notice how by 3pm, you could’ve completed all your top priority tasks for the day? With these completed, everything else will feel easier.
Now you have a proven blueprint for planning your perfect day. Make sure you
- Schedule your key monthly, weekly and daily activities into your calendar/diary
- Plan your day the night before
- Track your daily habits, and
- Get the most important tasks scheduled and completed first
If you do all these, you’ll start noticing how much more productive you really are.
Just remember, even if you plan your day, it may not always go exactly as planned, however the odds of having a great day will be much higher with a planned day and as long as the needle is moving in the right direction, you’ll notice in no time how close you get to achieving your goals and start living your dream life.