Why should you know your ‘Ideal Day’

My journey with Bullet Journal has been long and meandering…. I have tried for about 2 years to make this system work for me. I have always been someone who is not consistent and where I kept getting stuck was that I did not make it part of my everyday.  This was the seed for thought for me. I actually did not know that my Ideal Day looks like. 

I had to really think about the flow of my day. I had to take into consideration what all has to be done, by what time and how long things take… I also had to strip every task to the bear minimum so that I knew how long things really take. This was also very important because on days when I need to get somewhere by a certain time I need to know the bear minimum that needs to be done to keep everything going. 

One of the things that I noticed was that whenever I gave myself the time to wake up gently and did things that were personally important to me I was more patient and happy through out the day. I was better at handling sudden changes of plans. Starting the day with my cup full helped me finish a lot of half done projects around the house. 

A very important discovery I made was that same days I was able to do finish tasks in a very short time but on other days I took almost double the time. I has not aware that this is the Parkinsons’s law but I was definitely experiencing it. This made me realise that was actually able to do far more in far less time than I had imagined. This was of course very freeing and I had to stop myself from over doing just because I had suddenly found what felt like more time in the day.

But most Importantly I realised that routines are the key to bring order to what can seem like a chaotic day everyday. 

1 Comment

  1. I’ve been having a lot of similar thought processes this month, especially as I’m transitioning from my old planner to my new one. My old planner was essentially just a daily checklist of random things to get done, and I never seemed to tackle it all. It always felt like the same mundane tasks were getting in my way from doing bigger, more meaningful projects, and also having time to rest and do things I want to do. With my new planner, I’m using time blocking and goal-setting. This change alone has blown me away with just how true Parkinson’s law really is! Suddenly, I can have days where 12 o’clock comes around and I’ve done everything I need to do for the day. However, I’m discovering that as I’m finishing week 2 of this new planner, my motivation is beginning to decline. My suspicion is that perhaps I need to add in more time blocks to force myself to rest more, hah!

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