I don’t know about you. But whenever Friday comes along, two things come to mind:
- Hooray! It’s the weekends! I can finally rest and be at ease (for about 2 days and 2 nights of all-you-can-sleep)
- Damnit! It’s the weekends already. Time sure flies and I don’t remember achieving what I set out to do or at least enjoyed myself.
Fridays are a constant reminder to me that life is not meant to be delayed. Or as Tim Ferriss would call “a deferred life.”
It seems irrational to slug it out for 5 days while hating the process so that you can finally give yourself permission to enjoy yourself on the weekends.
This post was written to provide food for thought for those 5 days.
Designing Your Life By The Day
The exercise is to learn how to design your ideal day.
What on earth does that mean?
It would mean to really think about what would make the day a great one for you.
Now, some of you may think – but to me, an ideal day is travelling the world and sipping Margaritas on the beach.
Fair dream. Fair goal, I would say.
But if it is not within reach right now, why be unhappy till then?
Now, just imagine how great your life would be like if you were able to identify what makes a great day for you that you can do right now?
You would be able to do it all over and over again 🙂
Here’s my list to give you some ideas:
- Sleep eight solid hours (or as much as I need)
- Have a good meal (home cooked food tastes awesome)
- Exercise and sweat
- Meditate for 20 minutes
- Have a mid day nap for 20 minutes
- Make others more successful (for my company, or for my readers of my blog)
- Have “present” time (watching a movie, dancing, reading, writing)
- Talk to a loved one
- Explore a different part of the city / Change environments
Having a checklist such as this will not make you instantly happy but it would serve as a reminder of what you can do in order to feel as though that you made the most out of your day.
One of the things I do every morning is to ask myself what would make today great.
As you can see, it doesn’t have to be a big thing. It can be a good lunch, exercising, watching a good movie or accomplishing something at work.