This week, I will give you a weapon, the nuclear kind. It will help you battle your calendar, destroy your miserable habits, and to have a sense of direction on a daily basis. Brace yourself.
💕 Weekly Meetups Are Going ‘Invite-Only’
Now that you are bracing, and impatiently waiting for what is to come, I sneakily moved one section up, in the hopes you will read it.
We’ve been having amazing weekly discussions on #weeklyaction, but I decided to make them invite-only. If you would like to participate - request an invite here.
⚡ The Action
Write down, in detail, what your perfect day would look like. Figure out what you need to change, in order to get there.
Credit: Marvin Liao and his awesome newsletter you should check out. Also, Tony Robbins, as I found, and did, a version of this exercise in his book a decade ago.
🤔 The Why
In the 1993 movie classic - “Groundhog Day”, Bill Murray is stuck in a magical spell of having to relive the same day over and over again, until he figures out exactly which kind of day he needs to have in order to move on.
In his case, he was stuck through “magic”, in our case - we have the global pandemic to thank, coupled with the monotonous routine of life. Most of us relive the same day over and over again, with minor variations.
That, to some extent, is inevitable, and even good. However, if you are going to relive the same day a few thousand times, perhaps you would care to elaborate as to exactly what that day should be like and create it for yourself?
🧐 The How - Full Version
There are two ways to do this exercise. One way is to focus on “dreaming”, and to imagine the one day that would be the culmination of all your inner desires. This helps with visualizing your dreams clearly.
This is not what we will be doing. We want to build a tool that we can come back to daily. For that, we are going to use your average perfect day, as mentioned by Marvin in his newsletter.
Close your eyes, and think of the perfect day that you would be happy to relive day-in and day-out.
Try to imagine the events that you would like to have on that day, the people you would like to talk to, the feelings, the routines, the must-haves.
Write it out, while being as detailed as possible. You could do it by making an entry for every 10 minutes, 15 minutes, or 30 minutes of the day.
Once complete, take it apart into two sections: “things I am already doing” & “things I am not yet doing”.
You now have an action plan to get your life in order and a concrete tool to build your calendar, as well as a measuring stick to see the progress you are making every single day.
🐨 Lazy Mode
Imagine your absolutely perfect day. Focus on the routines that must be present in each “successful” day. Start with one routine you are not doing yet, and implement it into your day.
💸 Professional Application
If you can have a perfect day, so can your company. What would it look like? What processes would make that a reality? What things are not yet in place for that day to take place? What worries must be alleviated? What solutions must be put in place?
This can be a powerful and transformational tool, to better understand how you manage the time of your business on a day-to-day basis. Perhaps you have too many meetings? Maybe they are all boring and unnecessary? Perhaps you never have the time to focus on your true path? This exercise can help you figure this out.
💖 Personal Application
If you simply share the idea of the perfect day with your family and friends, without really asking for advice, contribution, or critique, then you will enable them to help you in your quest to achieve it.
For many of us, the perfect day will create more time for our loved ones, and that can be a life and relationship saver. Give it a go.