I always get retrospective as well as introspective when I travel – regardless of whether it is visiting family or going on vacation.
This always leads to me wondering how I can improve my life – how can I get more out of each day – how can I make time for things I want to do?
This weekend, I decided to take time to really analyze what I want and I came up with three main “wants” that I believe will improve my life:
- I want to have my evenings and weekends free of doing business work;
- I want to keep to an exercise plan (daily push-ups/sit-ups/lunges; 2 times per week each swim, bike, run.)
- I want to enjoy our house more (keep it neater, clean up the yard, finish all our renovation projects).
If I have my evenings and weekends free of business work, then I am certain I can achieve the other two “wants.”
Now the bigger question – how can I do this? In the past what has worked well is prioritizing and scheduling my work for each day. I’ve posted that goal before, but I have never stuck to it because it takes time and discipline.
That’s why I’ve turned this into a “What Would Happen If… I actually made and STUCK with a weekly schedule that included work, exercise and leisure time?”
It took a bit of time this weekend to make the schedule, but I am now armed with a schedule that allocates time each day for each of these “wants.” I have prioritized my work tasks per day with estimated times per task so that I have a realistic view of how much work I can complete each day.
I have never been able to accomplish effectively scheduling my time each day, nor have I ever been able to feel comfortable saying I won’t work evenings and weekends – I usually tell myself that I can use after hours and weekends to “catch up” on work, which I do quite often – that’s the only way I don’t fall behind on commitments to clients. But, I think that mentality leads to not being as productive during a normal day as I could be.
Thus, this is a big deal for me. Plus, committing to being this structured on a daily basis is actually a bit daunting – kind of like when we first gave up gains and sugar and agreed to posting our meals daily. But, just like what has happened with this food plan:
- I will not expect perfection (following it 80-90% of the time will be just fine!) and
- I will be dedicated and patient as I turn scheduling my weeks into a life-long beneficial habit!