Are you an entrepreneur? If so, then I feel your struggle with having a busy schedule you have to juggle. Especially if you also have kids as I do.
It’s not an easy task to give the time and energy to every area of your life that needs and deserves it. That’s why I want to challenge your way of thinking and encourage you to create more intentionality in your days. My hope is that you will start thinking about what your perfect day looks like. This way, you control your days, and your days don’t control you.
On a quick side note, what I will talk about in this article would be perfect as a journal topic. I’ve journaled about this a few times and really started thinking about what the perfect day looks like for me. That’s where you have to start when coming up with your business game plan…just getting an idea of what that looks like for you.
What Does Your Perfect Day Look Like?
As an entrepreneur and parent, you have many different things pulling at you every moment of every day. You have to decide what your focus will be from moment to moment. That constant chaos could keep you repeatedly from living a day that makes you feel fulfilled and happy.
To keep life from taking control over you…getting clear on what the ideal day looks like to you is where you have to start. It’s having a goal you want to achieve. When you have your vision nailed down, you can put the steps and actions in place to reach that goal.
Here’s the thing, though…my perfect day is not going to look the same as yours. That’s why I recommend you journal about this and start visualizing what it can look like. Also, this is not a one-time thought. You will need to revisit your game plan every few months and make tweaks as things in your life change.
I like to look at my ideal day in three buckets.
- My workday
- My self-care (morning routine, wellness, mindset, etc.)
- My relationships (family, friends, etc.)
You have to successfully apportion all three of these buckets. If you don’t, you will eventually have issues. For example, if you are all in with your self-care and business, eventually your relationships will suffer which has a ripple effect against other areas of your life.
So, how do you figure out how each of these buckets needs to be filled?
Here are a few questions you can answer in your journal that will help you start getting clear on this:
- What time do you wake up?
- What is your morning routine like?
- What are your top priorities for your family?
- What does your business day look like?
- How is your day structured?
- What kind of friendships and relationships do you have that are important to you?
- What personal and business goals do you have?
- What exercises do you do?
- What do you eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner?
- Who do you see?
- What do you do for fun?
- What is your nighttime routine?
Start by answering these questions with what’s actually happening in your life right now. And then go back and answer them again based on what you wish was reality. Don’t put limitations on yourself here. If you could snap your fingers and have everything in place, what would it be?
This is the start of formulating a step by step guide to what your ideal day would look like. But, it can’t stop here. When you have the list, that’s when the game plan happens.
Creating The Perfect Day Game Plan
Look over your list and ask yourself, “How can I get as close to this list as possible?” It’s not going to happen overnight, especially if you haven’t been intentional with your game plan up until this point.
Here’s an example of how this played out in my life. I’ve always been attracted to a hybrid work style…working from home a few days a week and at the office the other days. Before the pandemic, we had slowly started putting things in place to create a work-from-home policy because more employees were requesting it. Did I think a global pandemic was coming in 2020 to speed up this process? No. But because this was something that was already in the works, we were able to pivot quickly.
You put the plan in place for what you want your day to look like and then things will start to happen that work for you…and in some instances, against you. Maybe what you have outlined as a perfect day won’t happen or isn’t possible in your current season of life. But, that doesn’t mean it won’t or can’t happen ever. Either way, it is important to at least have an idea of what you want and start working towards it.
Include Your Workload In Your Perfect Day
When you’re mapping out your perfect day, as an entrepreneur, your workday is such a big part of your day. You have to be intentional about the things you work on versus what you don’t work on. Things that light you up…that is more in your wheelhouse…that increase your fulfillment, etc. Of course, you’re going to have things you have to do that you don’t love. That’s just the way it is.
However, if you aren’t willing to delegate your work or utilize resources, then you will have less freedom and ability to live out your perfect day. That’s why it’s important for you to include your business activities in your perfect day game plan.
There is certain skill development you should be working on and things you shouldn’t be working on. When you have a good idea of how you want your days to go, it makes it easier to focus on the things that will get you there. A good resource for you to check out is “Who Not How” by Dan Sullivan. He talks about figuring out who can do a task for you versus how you can do it yourself.
My Current Perfect Day Game Plan
As I mentioned earlier, I have three main buckets I like to focus on…workday, self-care, and relationships. Not that the perfect balance of these three things is achievable, but at the very least, I try to make sure that not many days pass without investing in each bucket. I try to keep all three of these areas in check and just recognize that some days, certain buckets will need more time than others.
To help create a picture, here’s a look at the things that I make a part of my perfect day (at the time I’m publishing this blog post):
- Wake up and do a morning routine.
- Have a hybrid work style (usually 3 days at home and 2 days at the office).
- Regular date nights with my wife, and hangouts with our friends.
- Spend 2-3 hours on deep work.
- Read to my kids + gratitude practice.
- Reach out to a friend to nurture the relationship.
- Eat a salad for lunch.
- Dinner with my family.
You don’t have to be as specific as this, but it does make it easy to come up with a list of things you want to do most days that will check all the boxes.
The biggest goal here is to just talk about it and build up your awareness so you can be more intentional about your day. Right now, what can you be intentional about? What habits can you create that will compound on themselves and make you more productive and happier?
I can say right now, I’m pretty darn close in my current season to my perfect day. But I also realize I can easily go off course if I’m not intentional, present, and motivated.
Now that you have started thinking about your perfect day, go and journal on it. Let the ideas flow–and see what you come up with. Then, you can put together an action plan. The bottom-line is, if you don’t know what you want, you can’t put together a plan to get it.
- Journal on what your perfect day looks like.
- Formulate a plan to get as close to your perfect day as you can.
- Re-evaluate what your perfect day looks like during the different seasons of your life.