Last time we talked about how you can stop trying to get it all done. You can find that article here.
Just the thought that you no longer have to try and squeeze everything in your schedule is like a breath of fresh air.
If only you knew sooner that it only took a few minutes to save yourself hours of unnecessary work.
And now you know what things should fill your day, it’s so much easier to let go of the clutter that’s been weighing you down.
Just like when you go through your drawers and get rid of old t-shirts, socks with holes or things you just don’t wear any more, making space in your schedule feels like a weight has been lifted from your shoulders.
And it feels sooo good!
Having more time, energy and freedom just from getting rid of a few things is priceless. Did I mention the extra time you gain?!
That free space in your day is life giving!
Literally, it gives you space for the life you want to live, not the one you feel you have to live. And who doesn’t want to live a life they enjoy.
But I’m getting a little ahead of myself because it’s just so good to say goodbye to spinning your wheels and not really getting anywhere.
Living that way is exhausting!
I know, because my life felt like that too.
As I learnt to apply this new insight to my schedule, my life began to change.
It all came from one small change here and another there. The compound effect from those small changes was amazing.
I started to experience life in ways I previously only wished were possible.
I know, I know. You’re wondering how you can get from where you are, to that place of freedom too. Don’t worry, I’m going to show you how so you can create your own before + after success story. Today, just see what’s possible.
So what can life look like when you plan your day a different way?
I’ll answer that question by sharing a snippet of what my life looked like before + after I applied this new perspective.
Don’t get me wrong my life was pretty good. I’m not saying that it wasn’t. But it did feel like I was pushing a boulder up a hill all the while trying to get some momentum.
As I mentioned last time seeing our storage challenge in a new light, opened my eyes to seeing my schedule from a new perspective too.
I had collected a bunch of good stuff that filled my days and a good chunk of my nights too.
And hear me, it was good stuff.
I was helping organise school fundraising events, pancake days, family camps, helped in my son’s school class, juggled multiple projects and more while working my own business.
That doesn’t account for the time I’d freely give to my family and friends. They’re important to me so it seemed like a no brainer to be there whenever someone needed something.
Like I said all good stuff. And I enjoy making a difference and serving others.
It didn’t happen all at once.
Like out stuff, I collected these good activities and commitments over time. One by one I added good things to my schedule.
I’d stay up late, getting just one more, ok, maybe two or three more things done. For some reason I was driven to put everyone else ahead of taking care of me.
It’s so easy to see why I was tired, worn out, not as happy as I imagined from giving so much, and frustrated that life wasn’t all that I expected it to be.
So that’s what my life looked like BEFORE I learnt there was a different way to plan my day.
I was living my life 10 steps ahead of myself in an effort to try and fit it all in, and get it all done.
Even though I’m a pretty organised person, I still lived the daily scramble kinda life from an over stuffed schedule, filled with good things.
My late nights proved that!
I was under the misconception that time is short and this was just how life was. But it’s just not true.
Thankfully I learnt a different way. And in plenty of time so that I could enjoy my son growing up.
You’re probably wondering if it’s possible to change the way you live and plan your day a different way? Yes! Absolutely yes!
I know that for sure because my life is very different AFTER applying the insight I shared with you yesterday.
So what’s changed?
My schedule’s different now.
I get to bed earlier and without leaving a bunch of things on my todo list, or moving them over to the next day.
Does it mean I never stay up late? No, I do. But it’s purposeful + intentional, and no where near as often as it use to be.
I really enjoy the quite of the evening. But I know I need a certain amount of sleep so that I can be the best and most productive me.
Something I really enjoy since making these changes is a weekly movie night with my son. I’ve not only enjoyed watching all the Kung Fu Panda movies and the How to Train Your Dragon, movies and tv series, but I’ve created memories I know we’ll treasure always.
As a self confessed project starter and shiny object chaser, I’m glad to say my days of collecting unfinished projects can now be seen in the review mirror.
This different way of planning helps you to finish what you begin. And that feels great!
Not only that, I’m doing things I wished I could do, but didn’t think I could. It’s amazing what you can do when you schedule + mind is cleared of the clutter.
Taking time off wasn’t something I did easily.
It took time to learn to take time for myself. Now I enjoy it, knowing it helps me take better take care of others.
As a family we enjoy taking trips in our caravan, exploring new places and trying new experiences. Making space in our schedule for family trips are moments we’ll always treasure.
I’m not constantly living 10 steps ahead anymore.
I still remember the day when I caught myself mentally tallying my todos and checking things off without a thought for what was happening right in front of me in that moment.
It’s a bitter sweet memory. And I’m thankful I learnt to enjoy the moment I’m in so much more than I ever did.
As I reflect on that season of life I think my desire to capture and record so many memories was connected to my over stuffed schedule.
Now that I’ve got space in my life, and am in the moment so much more, my desire to record so much of our life has decreased. Don’t get me wrong I still enjoy taking photos but the motivation behind capturing the moment is different.
Having decided what kinds of activities and commitments I wanted in my life containers, has been key to say goodbye to the daily scramble and live a life of meaning and purpose.
I’m more content, happy and joyful than I’ve ever been.
And it’s all because of a small change here, and another one there, that have compounded over time to create a life I enjoy living today.
Are you ready to say goodbye to the daily scramble? … let me show you how to plan your day a different way here.
To live the life we desire is a combination of things we need to stop and the need to do those everyday things a little differently, one small choice at a time.
It’s not magic.
And everyone can do it.
Yes, there are things that need to go. Like old tshirts and socks with holes. Those commitments + activities aren’t helping us live a life of meaning and purpose.
I look forward to sharing with you next time how you can create your own before + after success story when you plan your day a different way.
So I’m curious, what do you want your life look like and what changes can you make to get from where you are, to where you want to be?
You can choose to stop trying to get it all done and say goodbye to the daily scramble, one small change at a time!