HOW TO PLAN THE PERFECT DAY
I’m sure your reading this post because you’re interested in how to plan the perfect day. Well, to be honest with you, I’m not sure if I have an answer for planning the perfect day. I can offer many tips on planning your day but a perfect day, not so sure.
There Are No Perfect Days
You see, there are no perfect days. I’m sure we can conjure up thoughts of the perfect day. Let’s take a moment and imagine our perfect day. My day would begin rising early to spend time in reflection while I read my devotional and watch the sunrise over coffee. Unfortunately, my day rarely begins in this manner. I’m usually all over the place with my early to bed early to rise scenario thanks to our 24/7 family business and my furry friend, aRLo.
By the time I get out of bed, tend to aRLo, and pour a cup of coffee (praying it isn’t cold, my husband is an early riser and sets the coffee maker to his wake-up time) the sunrise is over. But I do spend time in the word every day. This is non-negotiable!
After my TAG Time (Time alone with God), I head to the kitchen to make my morning smoothie. My intention is to take my delicious smoothie and head outdoors for some additional prayer time while listening to praise music. I love spending time outdoors. However, there are times the weather is not in agreement with my plans, or I’m behind on a deadline, or I’ve over scheduled my calendar, so I’m in a rush to gulp down my smoothie and get to work. All while praying the words will come to me for my next post or my meeting will be canceled to free up my time (which rarely happens).
As you can see, my life is not flawless. There are days my life is hectic and messy (just ask my close friends). I also have days where everything flows. I love it when everything falls into place. I am thankful for those days.
Going with the Flow
I love flow. I’m a very organized person. I’m also a planner. I love to organize and plan. I also enjoy setting goals and working on my goals. One of my favorite goal setting agendas is Power Sheets by Lara Casey. A non-traditional goal planner (I’m a non-traditional gal). I use the 6-month Intentional Goal Planner in Pink! (Full disclosure, I’m an affiliate for Lara Casey Powersheets).
The basis of Power Sheets is to focus on what matters most, taking small steps to achieve your goals. I’m a fan of small steps, breaking projects down into small pieces. The Power Sheets method allows me to take simple steps to prevent me from being overwhelmed with the big picture. A tip for those who over plan!
The Tending List
The monthly Tending List is my favorite! As I plan, I break my goals down into small steps – monthly, weekly, and daily steps. Using Lara’s words, “it’s about progress, not perfection.” The simple method allows me to focus on my goals from the big picture down to my daily goals. I keep my goal planner on my desk. When I begin to feel my day is spinning out of control, or I’m out of control, I take a break, review my tending list, and get to work on what really matters. I also remind myself it’s about progress, not perfection. God always brings me through.
Every Day is Different
Every day offers a different scenario and a different set of challenges. There are no perfect days. I pray and prepare, and then I give it to God.
Today my plan was to schedule my blog post on Power, but it just wasn’t working for me. Some may call it writer’s block, but I call it a check in my Spirit. You see, it wasn’t in the plans for me to post about power, it was in His plans to post about my not so perfect days. Although my days are far from perfect, I can share my days are blessed and filled with hope.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
How are your days? Do you have a perfect day you would like to share? Or would you prefer to share about your not so perfect days and how God brought you through? Please let us know your thoughts; we’d love to hear from you!