One of the best tools that I’ve learned to use is the concept of the ideal day / ideal week. What is that? Michael Hyatt likens it to a financial budget, but for your time. Just as you tell your money where to go in a spreadsheet and really plan it out, you can do the same with your most valuable resource: time.
When creating your ideal week, lay out your schedule over the course of an entire week in its best case scenario. We all have so many things going on in life that the days can overwhelm us and we might feel like we’re treading water. Laying out your ideal week allows you to brain dump everything, get it all out on the table and really see what needs to happen in order for you to get everything done you’re hoping to get done.
You see, your ideal week is a plan. You have a choice in life. You can live by your own design, according to your goals and objectives or you can life by default, reacting to the whims and demands of others. So, you’re going to be proactive and begin with the end in mind. Sometimes our schedules reflect other peoples goals, priorities and plans. Creating an ideal week allows you to be in control and choose those things for yourself, intentionally. If you have goals and ideals but you’re not doing any of them each day, you’re not living your best life. Spend your time, like your money, on purpose.
Realize you’ll many drafts and you might not hit your goals just as you planned ever, but that’s okay. It’s a framework and you’re going to find it really helps you.
Once you’ve made your ideal week, realize there’s a devil on your shoulder and an angel on the other. The angel you has created this schedule to allow your best life, your best priorities. It’s not a punishment. But devil you will try to deviate. It will try to tell you it’s too much, it’s too hard, it’s the opposite of fun. But if you do it right, there’s lots of fun, relaxing, achieving and productivity in your plan.Your ideal week will be a mix of what you WANT to do and what you HAVE to do. So stick with what angel you has planned and don’t let devil you talk you out of it.
There’s a lot to an ideal week like themes, blocks, getting super clear on priorities, goal setting, and how to share this with those in your life. I’d love to schedule a coaching session to help you create yours.
Basically, I like to start with the the things that are hard set, things that never change. In my particular instance, that means things like the bus stop times. My work schedule is flexible, so I create work blocks and only allow clients / projects to be scheduled in those blocks. Everyone has work blocks though, regardless of your particular line or work. I also block in housework, since that’s part of my job (no matter how hard I try to resist!). I factor in things like meal times, self care time, bed times and more.
Once you get it all out on the table, you can put it together like puzzle pieces. Those puzzle pieces need to be joined with what I like to call buffer time. That just means giving yourself margin between activities and even overestimating the amount of time certain activities take. That gives you the illusion of luxury. The luxury of extra time.
Enough talking, let’s see what this looks like, shall we?
- 530: Wake, dressed, quiet time
- 630: Breakfast, clean kitchen, pack lunches
- 7:30: Workout while kids get ready
- 8:20: Bus stop, house reset.
- 9-12: Work block (I break this down further personally)
- 12 – 1: Lunch break/nap/errands
- 1-3: Work block
- 3-4: Housework block
- 4: Bus stop
- 4-5: Activities
- 5: Dinner
- 6: Football or family time
- 7: Kiddo bedtime
- 9: Hangout with Chris
- 10: Lights out
That’s just how mine goes. Let me show you some other examples:
Why don’t you give it a shot? If you need help, reach out and we’ll do it together!