I had lunch with an old friend a couple of months back, probably right around when I started the blog, and we got to talking about starting a business and what not.
He works for a local Chamber of Commerce so he’s around entrepreneurs all the time. He told me about a presentation he participated in where the guy talked about figuring out what your day would look like when you’re in the middle of running your business.
This is a visualization exercise which is supposed to help you get closer to turning your dream business into a reality.
I’m all about trying new things and if it works for him, then why can’t it work for me?
My friend and I talked about all sorts of things (since we haven’t seen one another in 8ish years) but this part of the conversation stuck with me for some reason so let’s (finally) give it a try.
So what does my perfect day look like?
For starters, I no longer work at the bank! That means no more 30 minute commute each way, no having to shave everyday, and no more having to wear professional attire. What a relief!
So I wake up with my wife around 7 am. I take our Pug, Sabine, for a walk so my wife doesn’t have to have morning duty anymore. I then have breakfast (consisting of coffee and a strawberry-banana smoothie that my incredible wife makes for me.) My wife has to go to work so I kiss her good bye and tell her that I love her.
The house is quiet except for Sabine snoring away on the couch and I get to work at our dining room table. It’s not the most comfortable but it has a nice view into our front yard and the air blows right onto me.
I pop in my head phones and turn on Spotify. My wife texts me that she’s at work so my “work” day can now begin with me at ease.
My day will consist of the following: Research, Reach Out, and Write which I first touched base on in this post. The work load of each for the day will depend on what I have going on.
I’ll start each day with some Research to get me motivated to take on the day. This will last 30 minutes or so. That means I’ll read a book that inspires me, other blogs that I find interesting, or I look up something completely random that I find interesting. Exploring my curiosity will set the stage for a successful rest of the day.
Freshly inspired, I’ll get started on writing. I’ll shoot for at least 500 words which will take me about 30-45 minutes. The creative juices are flowing so I’ll start working on another article. An hour-hour and a half later, and I have 2 articles basically ready to go.
It’s mid-morning by now so it’s time to switch gears and start “Reach Out” until lunch. This includes reaching out to readers, other bloggers, and submitting proposals for freelance gigs.
After about 1.5-2 hours and it’s time to eat! I take about an hour to eat, play with Sabine, and bullshit (usually watch tv or something mindless.)
Around 1 pm and it’s back to work. Time for more Research to get inspired again. Once I’m good with that, it’s time to Write. I take about an hour and a half and I crank out 2 more awesome articles.
3 pm now and it’s time to have some coffee!
Time for more Reach Out until my wife gets home. I’ll have some proposals to go over and I’ll start to wind down for the day. Preparation starts for tomorrow and I start brainstorming ideas to write about in the morning.
My wife gets home and it’s time to power down the computer.
The work day is over and now it’s time to relax and enjoy life with my little family.
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This was a tricky exercise to do. It really got me thinking but it helped me get closer to my goal. I feel better about how things are going. It’s a bit uncomfortable but I really recommend that you give this a try. I now know what my day will look like once I quit my job to and that’s a great feeling.
My day unfortunately doesn’t look anything like this right now but it gives me something to strive for. I can’t wait!
So now it’s your turn….what does your perfect day look like?