I once new a Channel Partner, Karen, who concluded her voice mails and emails with “make it a great day” or “create a great day.” I always thought it sounded funny.
Karen worked hard, had a great sales team and was very successful.
It had me thinking recently of comparing my expectations for the day vs how it turns out.
The more I plan the better it is.
I have learned to be mindful and intentional in creating the experience of my day. It certainly doesn’t always go as planned. The more I focus on the potential of what they could be, versus a lone sail in the wind, the more they turn out positively.
So I’ve been thinking of how I create the perfect day.
If it was truly perfect it would include steak or pizza!
On a regular basis, here is what I plan for, starting the week or night before.
Lay clothes out for work
Lay clothes out for run or workout
Pack any food taking to work
20-30 min meditation off the alarm
20-30 min of writing
Take vitamins and probiotics
30-40 min of exercise
Get on toughest tasks first thing in the morning.
Run meetings on time, allowing for summaries or actions to be written before I transition to the next.
A mix of coaching team members, project calls and interfacing with sales teams
Check email twice per day. More work by what’s important and less by what’s in the inbox
Get 30 min to eat lunch and just eat. With a colleague or in the park near office
Thank someone for a job well done.
Catch up on email on subway home
Eat before 730pm
Spend time with my wife
Get any remaining important work tasks done in the evening.
Make modifications necessary for remaining weeks schedule
Write blog if not complete for next day
Turn TV off an hour before sleep
Reduce as much light as possible in room including iPhone away from bed
I’m sure I’ve missed some things and as I read through I laugh and think about how some days go awry. However, if I hadn’t really thought this through I would never get close.
Back to old Channel Partner Karen I used to know. She reminded me, you control the potential to create and make the type of day you want to experience.
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