I recently read ‘The Perfect Day Formula’. I’ve been working on a good routine for a while now, and this got me thinking even more about how a really good day would look for me.
It would involve doing the most important things, which for me looks like this :-
- I would spend time in prayer + in the Word, in fellowship with God.
- I would get my mind + attitude in a good place, renewing my thinking by listening to or watching something positive, meditating on a verse and surrounding myself with helpful influences.
- I would be productive in my work. I would do my Most Important Action FIRST (as recommended by Brian Tracy, in ‘Eat that Frog’)
- I would work on those FEW THINGS that align with my purpose + passion in life. Goals that really mean something to me.
- I would do something that positively impacts someone else’s life – giving, encouraging or helping in some way. This could be writing something that encourages others, a phone call, watsapp message or a catch-up in person. Or it could be just hanging out together with a friend + having fun!
- I would get the home in order, throwing in a wash load, cleaning the kitchen + doing my home management task for the day.
- I would spend quality time with my sons, either having fun together, teaching them an important life skill (or hiring someone to do it), doing homework together, chores or taking them to an activity in line with their passions + interests.
- I would do some exercise, even if I start small (as NOT exercising has been a flaw of mine) + I would eat healthily and drink enough water.
- I would prepare a good meal for my family + we’d sit together at the table as a family, and have discussions that involve encouraging one another, enjoying each other’s company, finding out about our day, or talking about a topic that enriches their lives.
- I would cherish + make the most of bedtime with my boys, reading a devotional or discussing something from the Word or chatting through something that they need to talk about.
- I would spend quality time with hubby, especially on date night, where we’d do something fun together.
- I would ensure that I have had breaks and enough rest + relaxation in my day just to slow down, breathe and enjoy the moment.
Because these are for me, the most important things, I’ve dedicated time + energy to finding out how I can do them well. I’m still very much on a journey, but I’m on the way – and I’m further then I was last year – and the year before that.
Now I’m not advocating perfectionism – not at all! (I wrote here about the lies of perfectionism). If I get half of these things done, then it’s a great day! What I’m aiming at is to remember to focus on the things in my life that really matter, rather than trying to do everything, or being too busy, with things that are not purposeful.
Here’s to doing what is IMPORTANT, what is a VALUABLE expenditure of our time and what will make the world a better place!