What does your ideal workday look like?
To find out what your ideal workday looks like, you need to start by visualizing it in as much detail as possible. Its particularly important to find a good balance between being ambitious and realistic. An ideal workday is not about lounging around on some remote island or living like a Rockstar. Its about your life, your dreams, and your goals which you have every chance of achieving.
Visualizing should help with your goal setting as well as coming up with the step-by-step process to achieve these goals. Writing down your ideal workday is a practical solution because it makes you think about what your goals and dreams would look like on a day-to-day basis. You also need to compare it to your current everyday life so you can see what needs to be done to get you closer to your ideal workday.
Below is a 3-step process which should be helpful in getting you to your ideal workday:
Step 1 – Dream
Go through your ideal workday from the second you wake up until the last minute before you go to bed. Create a draft and tweak it as you see fit, create multiple workdays if you want – everyday doesn’t need to be the same.
These questions should help you realise your ideal workday:
- What time do you wake up and how do you get ready for the workday? What’s the first thing you do in the morning and what makes you excited about the day?
- What do you wear to work? Where do you work? (At home, in an office, at a coffee shop?)
- Do you work alone or in a team? So you have a boss or are you the boss? Who are your clients?
- Do you have lots of meetings and presentations? What gets discussed in these meetings?
- What tasks do you do and what skills do you have to use during the day?
- How many hours do you work in a day? Do you travel for work?
- What are the results that make you happy? Is it something you created? A sale? A happy client?
- How do you wind down and what do you do after work?
- What makes you excited for tomorrow and how do you feel after your workday?
Step 2 – Choices
Dreaming is by far the easiest part of the process, coming up with a plan on how to actually turn that dream into reality is the next step.
What are the most crucial parts of your day? What are the non – negotiables, the top 3 things that make you happy or excited about your work?
Once you’ve decided on this, make a list of everything else according to their importance. This will at least give you some direction, which then leads to our next step of taking action.
Step 3 – Let’s do it
‘A goal without a plan is just a wish’
The most important part of any kind of goal setting comes down to the planning of it, and how to go about turning those dreams into reality.
What is the step-by-step process I need to take to achieve what I want? Put concrete actionable items next to each goal. Sometimes it’ll be best to start with some of the easy items, just to get the ball rolling for you.
Creating your ideal workday is very useful in more ways than one. We often set rather obscure goals without really thinking about what they mean in reality. This process should help you re-evaluate your priorities, it should also give you a new sense of purpose and make you work a little harder so you can realise your ideal work situation.