Have you ever sat down and written out what your Ideal Day would look like? If all was right with the world, what time would you get up, what would you want to accomplish? I began this journey of writing down my Ideal Work Day because without a plan I seem to wander off doing miscellaneous tasks and never feeling like I accomplished something by the end of the day.
It all started after I read the book “What the Most Successful People do before Breakfast” by Laura Vanderkam. This book is life changing and I’m going to re-read it over the summer. I took pages and pages of notes because the words on the pages have changed my life forever.
To start, you are supposed to track your time in 30 minute increments for one whole month. I only did it for a week and to be honest but that’s all I needed. I saw just how much time minuscule tasks were taking me simply because I would get distracted by scrolling or switching the laundry. By the end of my work day, I would feel like I accomplished next to nothing. I got tired of feeling like I was spinning my wheels but never actually getting things done.
Eliminate, Automate, Delegate
Pareto’s Law comes to mind summarized by Tim Ferris author of “The 4-Hour Workweek” (another book you must read) : 80% of the outputs result from 20% of the inputs. Or another way to phrase it – 80% of the results come from 20% of the effort and time. 80% of your work can be Eliminated, Automated or Delegated.
I found after logging my time – where exactly I was wasting time, where I should automate things and where I should delegate things to other people (hiring a VA). In doing this, I was able to sit down and write out my Ideal Work day. Not only have I eliminated work, but automating has given me my life back, which has freed up time for me to shoot and create more!
Side note – I used to do a little bit of everything everyday (blog writing, editing, content creation, SEO, so on) but what I found was that my brain couldn’t switch from one task to another quickly thus wasting time. It took me 10x longer to accomplish one task spread over quit a few days. I’ve recently changed the way I work : Monday – Marketing, Tuesday – Blogging + Content Creation, etc. That way for a whole day I’m focusing on one topic and my brain can better immerse itself in that one task.
6:00 – Up! Grab coffee + get ready!
6:30 – Focused Work
9:00 – Breakfast + Tidy up house
9:30 – Focused Work
11:00 – Emails
11:30 – Go for a walk + eat lunch
1:00 – Work
4:00 – Emails
4:30 – Close up!
5:15 – Go for a run
6:00 – Prep dinner
7:00 – Dinner
7:30 – Run errands, Netflix, cuddle with hubs, etc.
9:00 – Quiet time + read
10:00 – Lights out!
A Few Things
I only check emails twice a day (this saves me so much time), I do work that uses the most brain power in the morning because that’s when I’m most motivated, and lastly, my day doesn’t always look like this. Some days I have meetings, or other things pop up but I aim to stick to my Ideal day as much as possible. I work 4 to 5 days a week depending on whether I have a wedding that weekend or not. My goal eventually is to work only 3 days a week till 2:00pm, that way I have more time to live this beautiful life God has given me!
I’m challenging you to first pick up the book “What the Most Successful People do before Breakfast” by Laura Vanderkam (if you’re on my email list you have a chance to win a free copy!!), track your hours for a week, then sit down and write out your ideal day. It doesn’t take very long and I’m telling you, it’s worth it!
I will be doing a series on organization and business in the coming weeks! I’m so excited to teach you about how I’ve cut out wasted time by implementing Lean, Automating and SO much more!
Happy Monday, Friends!
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