As a person who loves to plan, one of my favorite activities happens to be…um, yeah, well, of course- planning! If you have followed me for any length of time you might know this already. Also if you happened to join me for my brief endeavor with Fitness Blogging then you might even have a Deja-Vu moment. As a Personal Trainer for many years, one of the exercises mandatory for my clients was planning their ideal day, so we could target realistic goals and identify potential stumbling blocks. But one of my very favorite writing exercises is to take this a bit further and plan a perfect day…
I’ll tell you a secret. By planning, writing and pondering a perfect day you are that much closer to experiencing it. So without further adieu…
Your perfectly planned day – what does it look like, who is in it, where do you go and what do you do. It might be different at different times in your life, so this is a fun exercise to see what you might be needing at this moment. Details, dahlings…from dawn to dusk. Lots of details!
Make a Practice Planner Page in your journal (or sketch one out in your planner), of how you would like your day to look. Look for spots in your daily schedule to squeeze in things you have neglected or want to make time for.
This exercise happens to coincide nicely with my You Tube video. I have been mentioning on a few of these posts a little exercise I’d like to try (and have you try) which is an Experiment in Planning or, as I like to think of it, a Planner Boot-Camp.
A Practical Tip: Reflecting on what your best day looks like can help you connect with things that are important to you but fall by the wayside. As you do this exercise, notice if there is something you “fit” into your “perfect day” that is not making it into your reality. Brainstorm ways to adjust your schedule to make the time to fit it in, if it is something that is important to you.
Quotes to Ponder:
“A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. . . . When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar.” ~ Victoria Moran
“The amount of time we give to something indicates it’s importance to us.”
“Your choices and decisions are a reflection of how well you’ve set and followed your priorities.”
“You have everything you need today to do what God has for you to do today.”
A Prayer for Today: Lord, I praise you that you are the embodiment of perfection. You are perfect in every way. I thank you that you have created me and all that is created. You hold all things together by your perfection and wisdom. Lord, I ask your perspective on my planning, your clarity on my priorities. As I focus on keeping you first in my heart, mind, and soul, I ask you to order my days. Help me to realize that in each day you give there is enough. Enough of everything to accomplish all you desire. At the end of the day, let me lay my head on my pillow and rest, for this too is a gift. In Jesus Name, Amen.
This is Day 22 of the series Planning with Purpose: 31 Days of Planner Tips
I wrote an INTRO POST here explaining everything!
I have also made designated a PAGE for it. Hope this makes it easy. I am happy to tackle a topic, or issue with regard to your planner habits.
Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me.
I pray this series is a blessing to you.