An Absolute Personal Favorite
Without an ounce of doubt, one of my favorite activities is planning how my best day could look. I love crafting my daily schedule and seeing what could be. If I could make the perfect daily routine, one that builds motivation and gets things done effectively, then I feel on track to becoming my best self. As I am always looking for improvements, I wondered which combination would give me the best results. To learn more about routines, I read Daily Rituals: How Artists Works. Having such a connection with this topic, I was excited to experiment with the practices. On to the question at hand, what four tips helped me the most and how can they make you more motivated?
Your Daily Schedule Will Be Different
It goes without saying (and yet, here I am) that your needs are different than mine. Imagining the next steps as they apply to you is crucial for anything to take effect. I can’t answer those questions for you. However, I can recommend what some of the best people’s techniques were and then you can apply them; take each with a grain of salt.
I promise this isn’t an “it depends” cover-my-behind,
Tip 1: Start with Your Perfect Day
Make it fun because otherwise, you’re planning to fail. Too often when I’m in a rut, I want to make a better routine. I hope that not only will it save my bad mood but it will also boost my motivation and solve world hunger. All in one day! Quickly I begin to notice that the daily schedule is too brutal, my subconscious is punishing the rest of me. Instead of getting caught up with the best practices and making the perfect routine take after the 161 creatives from Daily Rituals: How Artists Work and start with what works.
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work describes the patterns of 161 authors, painters, and artists and perfectly fits with this post. Each person’s story is told with a brief summary of their routines and rituals, I recommend this read if you want to see how the best lived their lives. Click here for the link!
F.Y.I.- an astonishing amount of them were addicts; whether it was alcohol or psychoactive drugs, they all had their crutch.
Recognize What Works
For you to design the perfect day you need to realize what works best for you and how you respond to certain restrictions. Sadly enough, what has been working best is what you’re currently using. So, work with what you have and build off that.
“Work with what you have” simply means keeping your current routine and making small changes.
Tip 2: Isolate What Matters and Which Need to Be Done
Assume you’ve never been a morning person. The idea of waking up at 4:30 A.M. to run is hell on earth. But, if every time you’ve made a daily schedule and it involved a morning rush then you are preparing to lose. Each program drafted was front-loaded, and you don’t work like that. Obviously, that schedule is harder to implement than starting around noon and getting your tasks completed by 5:00 P.M
Help Yourself out and Plan What Works (To Start)
Before you incorporate your most desired routine (4:30 A.M. runs), spend five minutes to plan out your best day using your current schedule. What you’ll notice is that with priorities in place, what you want to be done is possible. With intent, your daily schedule will soon match your dreams.
For more on the importance of intent read How to Bullet Journal!
Tip 3: Design Fail-Safes into Your Routine
We all have great potential. Maybe this is a personal mantra of mine, but regardless I adhere to it and support it. With that said, we make mistakes, and often how we manage them is how we live our life. Plan for what’s to come, and you can overcome anything in your way. But, if you go against Benjamin Franklin’s words, you might throw your aspirations to the wayside. And not only is that wasteful, but it’s also preventable. Don’t prevent your daily schedule from becoming real because you didn’t manage your mistakes well enough.
Benjamin Franklin was quoted saying, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”
Tip 4: Grit Through the Beginning
Even with all of these guidelines in place (imagining the best, recognizing what works, and planning for the worst), making everything happen requires determination. Daily schedules are nothing more than a collection of your habits. As we learned from Good Habits, these take time and dedication to grow. You have to be patient and understandably that’s difficult. That’s why it’s essential to be realistic and work with what you have. Growth day-by-day for a year is better than the best week of work followed by nothing.
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