The Perfect Day
How would you describe a perfect day? I think getting the best out of it HAPPILY.
Getting the best out of it = Its different for everyone + “The Happily Part”
LET’S DIVIDE THE DAY IN 16 hours by resting 8 hours from sleep. Now, let’s divide every 4 hours in 4 stages. And now we have 4 stages with random schedules.
So, in the next four stages I will try to throw tips that I think works for having a perfect day and some habits that will help to get the tips accomplished.
STAGE 1 (6 am — 10 am)
A) Waking up: This part of the day is one of the most important ones. I think part of waking up defines the mood you’ll be spending your day.
- Drink a glass of water right a way: this will help you feel light and have an easy digestion.
- Set up a nice alarm tone. The one you think will make your awakening more easy and chill.
- Plan the day. Set your priorities for your day.
B) Getting ready for the day & breakfast
- Try getting ready for the day in a relax way. I think the day should feel like the following graph.
The day should start easy and reaching its highest point of activity at certain point (will be different in everyone). And then return to a chiller mood as the day comes to an end.
- Breakfast. As they say, the most important meal of the day. This would not be so right if the meal is not HEALTHY. Eating healthy will help you feel good and energetic during the day.
- Coffee. It is great, just try not to abuse. Consuming more than 500–600 mg of coffe may lead to insomnia, nervousness, restlesness, irritability, etc.
STAGE 2 (10 am — 2 pm)
A) Focus Stage.
This would be the part in which each person performs a different activity depending on their age, passions or hobbies.
- Be Neat. I found being neat one of the best ways to get things accomplished. Too much stuff in different places create distractions that affect productivity.
Keep a list of tasks to do. This will help you keep track of pending tasks. When you finish some task, try to cross it out. You will feel motivated when you see many tasks accomplished
- FOCUS. is KEY for being productive. With focus we can improve the quality of our activities. Many people manage to concentrate listening to a certain type of music. If you are one of these people try to be on the look out if someone needs you.
- Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today. This is also Key to productivity. If you can do some task at a specific time it is smarter to do it at that specific moment than to wait and do it later. In the course of this wasted time, other tasks may arise and this would cause a stack of tasks, resulting in a domino effect.
STAGE 3 (2 pm — 6 pm)
- Eat a Healthy balanced meal. Some nutriologists say that a balanced meal should be composed of three parts: Proteins (2: 4), carbs (1: 2) and greens (1: 2). If you are vegan or vegetarian, some carbs can also be protein like quinoa or beans.
During the afternoon some of us feel that our ability to focus diminishes.
Almost everyone experiences a mid-afternoon lull: a dip in energy levels, alertness, and concentration as part of your natural circadian rhythm, explains Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of “You Can’t Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work.”
“The timing, extent, and intensity of the afternoon lull varies from person to person, and although our lunch diet can affect it, the №1 influencer is how well you slept the night before,” he explains.Other factors, such as sitting for too long or spending too much time on the computer, can also contribute to a decline in energy.
And, perhaps one of the most surprising causes of afternoon fatigue is having too little work to do. “If you don’t have a clear plan of action and don’t set priorities for your day, and especially for the afternoon, it’s that much easier to lose steam and feel a dip in energy,” he says.
- Take a break. Numerous health experts are “warning of the dangers of people sitting too long. “Taking a walk will get your muscles moving and the oxygen flowing, and it also allows you to clear your head. “Plus, getting some fresh air will not only help wake you up, but if you’ve been working on a computer, focusing your eyes on longer distance objects can help minimize eyestrain — and getting some sunlight can help reset your clock.” (Just don’t forget to protect your skin from the Broad Spectrum and pollution).
- Stretch or Exercise.
If you’ve got a flexible job or you work from home, the mid-afternoon slump is a great time to work out. Exercise is energizing, and when you return, you’ll likely be able to focus for another few hours. If you’re not able to do a “full-on workout,” taking 10 minutes to stretch, do some yoga, or walk around the office can help, too.
- Eat a snack. this will help you keep your energies up. Try to avoid snacks that are too high on sugar. Nuts are a great example.
STAGE 4 (6 pm — 10 pm)
A) Relax Stage.
I try to consider this stage as if it were free time. In it, we can take advantage of doing the things we like most, such as spending time with family, reading, exercising or simply watching digital content.
- Read. Reading regularly can help make you get smarter, also it can actually increase your brain power. Just like going for a jog exercises your cardiovascular system, reading regularly improves memory function by giving your brain a good work out. Reading also helps you relax before bed time.
- Start planning for your next day. How we spend our time is a key strategic decision. Setting up priorities. Make a list and order things to do by priority.
- Try to go to bed early. Going to sleep early will help you feel more rested to the next sit and therefore do your tasks more happily and efficiently.
“Succesful people are masterful at managing their time and priorities, and to do that effectively you need to plan effectively ahead of time for the afternoon slump: getting a good night’s sleep, maintaining a fitness regime, and eating healthy will all help”.