This is How I Learned to Live My Ideal Day
I discontinued daydreaming about the perfect life. Instead, I learned to live every day the way that makes me happy.
We all have an idea of what we want our lives to look like, who we want to be, and what we want to accomplish.
Though, in all those moments spent daydreaming about the ideal day, the one where we realize we have everything we could’ve ever wanted, do we ever ask ourselves if we genuinely know how to get there?
I’ve thought a lot about what my ideal day would be like because I’ve felt like something had been missing from my life for the last few months. I haven’t been nearly as productive, driven, or ambitious, even though my career was steadily growing. I was so afraid that I would lose it all that it made me fall out of love with writing for a while, and I’ve now found my way back.
Why do we believe that we have to amount to a particular level of success before we start living the way we want? I realized that my happiness should never depend on how well things are going at work, or how much growth I amass over a single month. Living my ideal day was never about owning the perfect house or finding the perfect career opportunity.
It’s about enjoying what I wake up to do every day, finding fulfillment in my work, and taking the time to appreciate the little things. So, I decided to give it a try, write out every little detail of my ideal day, and follow it meticulously.
It completely changed my life.
All I needed was a shift in mindset, and it allowed me to recover the love for my creative work that I had briefly lost. These are the questions I asked myself when I started, and it was how I realized I didn’t have to look very far to begin relishing in my writing again.
What does your ideal day look like?
I imagined myself waking up early, around eight o’clock, feeling well-rested and ready to tackle the day. I would make myself a cup of tea, read for an hour before I began planning out all of the important tasks I needed to get through. Then, I’d open up my laptop and begin to write.
I wouldn’t allow myself to stress about the things that were out of my control. I wouldn’t procrastinate my work until it was too late to get anything substantial done. I would focus on taking every task one step at a time, and finish the day feeling accomplished, ready to do it all over again.
That is what my ideal day would look like. It doesn’t sound too hard, does it? It’s amazing how simple our ideal days genuinely are when we take the time to imagine what they may be like. I realized that I was holding myself back, criticizing myself for my unproductive behavior, making myself that much more unhappy.
What makes you happy?
Happiness has been a hard topic to touch on lately because of how terrible I’ve felt about myself. I’ve been scrambling to “feel better” when I never approached the problem. I was overwhelmed, focusing on my shortcomings instead of looking at what I’m capable of doing every day.
To find happiness again, I had to first understand why I was unhappy in the first place. I had to stop the negative thoughts from gnawing away at my kind, replacing them with positive ones even if they took a while to stick.
I wrote out all of the things that made me happy, that I haven’t had the chance to do because I’d been so stressed. Writing has been one of the things that have always made me happy. For a while, I only associated it with work. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed writing solely for myself, and once I managed to do it again, I felt incredible.
What can you do today that will benefit you tomorrow?
In my daily battle to overcome procrastination, I got into putting off the work that didn’t require my immediate attention. Lately, I’ve been completing a single task that will make the next day a bit easier. Ticking one thing off tomorrow’s to-do list makes it much easier to get to work when the workday begins.
This helped to minimize my stress levels and concentrate on producing quality creative work while engaging in leisure activities throughout the day that allows me to wind down. As I continue trying to build consistent healthy habits every day, and get back to a place where I feel like I have a solid routine, I’ve learned to work ahead where I can.
I want you to think about what your ideal day looks like, what progress you can make today that will benefit you tomorrow, and indulge in all the wonderful things that will keep you going. That’s the way to fulfillment, appreciating your accomplishments, and keeping you consistent when the going gets tough.
Don’t give up. You’re capable of much more than you think.
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