[Day 5] How to create your perfect day in work and play
You know that great song from the movie Trainspotting that goes “‘Oh it’s such a perfect day, I’d like to spend it with you”, well how about if you were to have more of those perfect days in your life?
But let me ask you this – what does your perfect day look like?
You may be surprised but very few people know the answer to this question when I ask them. They’re stumped because in reality they’ve not take the time to daydream and really think about this in full vibrant technicolor!
If you don’t have a clear vision for what your perfect day looks like (which translates to your business you love and your ideal lifestyle) how on earth can you move one step closer to it?
This whole 30 Day Blog Challenge is to move you towards creating freedom in business and adventure in life by giving you clarity on what that means to you. So let’s get even clearer shall we?
The Perfect Day Exercise
As I’ve read through as many of your posts as I can in a given day, I’ve been impressed at the number of blog posts that paint a picture of what freedom looks like to you in great detail.
Like this great example from Verna from Day 2 on A Different Tomorrow or Megan on Day 4 who already wrote down her perfect day in great detail which acts as the perfect example for what I want you to in today’s challenge (and she didn’t know this was what I had planned)!
So what am I asking you to do today?
Basically I want you to take 30 minutes to write down your perfect day in the present tense.
Start with when you wake up, and move through each hour of the day. Jot down thoughts and descriptions of what the ‘Perfect Life’ would be like.
- How would you spend it?
- With whom?
- Where would you be?
- Would you be working, playing or both?
- What does that smell, look and feel like?
Contemplate how a business fits into your perfect life.
- What kind of work do you do?
- Who are your customers?
- How much time would you spend in your business?
- What hours would you work, ideally?
Write it down in clear detail.
If it helps find pictures that capture how you see this perfect day. You can create a vision board like Morag did in this post with her two dream boards.
This is your perfect day.
The next step is to consider how you can create more of these perfect days in a month or in a given week.
For example if being by the ocean, eating fresh fruit and doing yoga for an hour is part of your perfect day, what’s stopping you from adding in even 20 minutes of yoga each day and taking a drive to the local swimming pool.
Sure it’s not quite what your ideal is but you’re getting closer to it.
Writing about your perfect day is very liberating, and it creates a sense of accomplishment. It’s as if you’re already on your way.
The reason why this works so well is writing stuff down makes it that much more real. As does adding in visuals. What’s more stating it in the present tense makes you far more likely to actually believe it.
Given that you are what you think – you can see how this starts to become a reality. And who doesn’t want to have more perfect days in their life.
I went through my YouTube archives and found a short and entertaining video I did explaining exactly how to detail out your perfect day.
In fact it was my very first Suitcase Entrepreneur `lifestyle’ video, shot on location in Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2011! (Yes I’ve come along way, and yes it’s noisy in the background by the water – but the message is from the heart).
Day 5 Blog Challenge to accept in 3 easy steps
1. Write a response blog post to this question:
What’s does your perfect day look like?
Top Tip: Get as clear as you can and don’t let anything hold you back from stating every aspect of your day.
2. Let us know you’ve written a blog post:
Don’t forget to copy and paste the URL of this blog post into your `trackbacks’ section under your blog post so we know you’ve written a response.
3. Embed the 30 Day Blog Challenge badge in your post:
Choose the badge you most like from right here. Then just COPY the HTML code already pre done for you, and PASTE it into the HTML tab of your post.
Read these resource post to help you
Visualise Your Business Future With The Power of a Painted Picture
What’s next in the 30 Day Blog Challenge?
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Follow the 30 Day Blog Challenge Pinterest board (and see if you can spot your own post there)
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog post for Day 6 How to live life on your own terms [with case studies]
You’ll be asked to respond with your three priorities for the next 30 days that will move you closer towards living life on your own terms.
Round up of some of today’s blog posts by you
I have especially enjoyed reading your blog posts today – so vivid, beautifully visual and deeply personal. Thank you to all who have shared in the comments below and on social media. Here’s just a taste:
- Miller’s perfect day would be waking up with purpose, feeling energised. He cherishes the great feeling of making a difference to people’s lives with his blog
- Navid writes “There’s no better feeling in the world than helping other people achieve their dreams and biggest aspirations in life”
- Michelle Evans has painted a wonderful picture of how she’d like her perfect day to look like. Her green Honda Element is no less than a tiny house
- Curt paints his vision of a perfect day in his lively post. His day is never complete unless he involves others with the motive of helping them live a better life
- Christian suggests trying your hand at an exercise that involves writing about your perfect day from start to finish, in present tense, to make it more inspiring and real
- Morag describes her perfect summer day as getting up to see the magnificent view of the hills outside, rolling as far as the eye can see.
- Linda’s perfect day involves waking up by the sounds of the waves of the Caribbean Sea.
- Katie’s perfect day includes meeting up with her hubby to check out the Botanic Gardens and talk about how productive their days were
- Inspired my Morag’s dream board, Dharmesh realised he had never day dreamed fully about his perfect day so pulled all his dreams together and put them on his first visual board on Pinterest
- Olivia speaks of “Awaking in the arms of my Marine always makes for a nice morning of reflection on how blessed we are to still be married, have healthy babies, make each other laugh and work from home”
- Paige gets up at 5am, before anyone else is up. She goes to her yoga room, lights the scented candle and turns on her zen music.
- Deborah knows that “variety is the spice of life.” So, rather than just one day, she outlined a perfect WEEK for you!
- Angela’s afternoons are when she has time to go on an adventure and expand her knowledge of the country she’s temporarily staying in.
- Alan challenges you that perfect doesn’t exist and that you should always try to strive for your best life (and I disagree somewhat in the comments)
- Angela’s perfect day is when Sporty and her wake up early of their own accord, run, workout at the gym and go for walks. We’re happy.
- Elizabeth wakes up to her husband bringing her tea in bed, and they sit looking out at the glorious vista
- Curt’s day is incomplete unless he involves others. “ They feed me. And they give me the opportunity to create things for them. The opportunity to help others grow.”
- Whitney’s perfect day is never having the same day twice. She has painted a vivid sketch of the days that bring her joy.
- Katie loves the work hours that give the greatest work-life balance, and her customers are the awesome people who just want to get the most out of life
- Todd blogs about his diamond business to help people make intelligent choices. He feels “practically anything is possible, if you open your mind up to the possibility, and take proactive steps to develop a strategy for achieving your goals”
And there a ton more in the comments.