Let’s put it on the table from jump, there may not be such a thing as a perfect day in reality. Maybe you are far better than I am about focusing on all the little details of your day without getting distracted by things like screaming kids, stressful renovations, or feeling the need to fall into your bed as early as possible. I, on the other hand, need a little help to remember to do all the ‘little’ things that add up to ‘big’ change and impact.
A couple weeks ago, I decided to map out my perfect day. No, that doesn’t mean laying on the beach with endless beverages being brought to me (though that sounds completely amazing). What I mean by the perfect day, is a day in which I do all the things that help me to feel my best. You know, your Morning Ritual, but on steroids. By the way, if you don’t have a Morning Ritual yet, how are you even living?! Here’s how to set yours up 🙂
Here’s an example of how my Perfect Day would start:
- 5:25 Get up, 5oz+ H2O, brush teeth, potty
- Yoga 10-20mins
- 5oz+ H2O, shower (cold finish for 5 – 10 deep breaths)
- Lotion body and face
- 6:00 Hair/make-up, 5oz+ H2O
- Make bed, lay out clothes
- 6:25 Boys breakfast, clothes, school needs
- Load car, any quick chores
- 6:45 Get dressed, finish getting ready
- Help boys finish up
- 5oz+ H2O
- 7:00 Leave for the day, drink coffee
See how detailed I got? I aim to drink a minimum of 20oz of water before I even leave the house. Typically, I get between 25 and 30 ounces, so 20 is pretty minimum, achievable, and yet still helpful to my body. Maybe for you 12oz in the morning is more on target. You do you, friend. The point is to have it mapped out. Notice, my perfect day would require my boys to basically not need me until 6:25am…. Bahahaha! Keep dreaming, sister! Luckily, some things can be rearranged a bit. I do find however, my day goes much more smoothly if my hair and make-up are done before they need me… but you can’t control everything all the time, can you? Do you have time planned by yourself in the mornings to get things done or even to reflect?
To some of you, it may seem odd to write down: laying out clothes or loading the car. Aren’t those given? Well, I suppose, but it’s also something that consistently takes thought and time, even if minimal. If I’m not being intentional and keeping these things in my mind, things can easily fall apart. You know how it is, you hope to drink black coffee made at home, saving both money and calories, but because you didn’t make any you find yourself in the Starbucks drive through getting a caloric, sugary Caramel Macchiato.
What’s the point of all this anyway? Being intentional takes planning and thought. When I mapped out my perfect day, it reconfirmed just how important my mornings and bedtime are. Holy crucialness! The bedtime ritual (yes, I have a post about it) completely impacts my morning ritual. So, go map out your perfect day. Really think through the details. Is there anything that stands out to you? Does writing it down help you feel more in control of it? I can’t wait to hear your thoughts and how it impacts your days to have a map made 🙂