I’m a notorious flower child and my mantra has always been, I go where the wind takes me. The problem with that is that the wind often takes you in circles. It finally sunk in that if you want to move forward in life, you have to be purposeful in your actions.
Don’t mistake me, I still value being the master of my time and having the freedom to decide how I wish to spend it. However, I have learned the hard way that developing routines aimed at accomplishing the goals I set is absolutely necessary for success.
Now, I religiously map out a schedule for all the important things using my Passion Planner and I block out all the times to do them on my calendar. I even set up reminders and alarms to keep me on tract. For example, Sunday at 4pm is meal prep time, Tuesday at 10am-12pm is walking/audio book time, and Friday 6pm-7pm is happy hour with friends.
I now even go to bed at the same time everyday and wake up at the same time every morning, and I set alerts to remind me when to start whining down at night. I use the Calm app to set reminders for me to do my mindfulness activities and the Sworkit app to remind me that it’s time to exercise.
All of my must do things for business, for my personal well-being, and to maintain my relationships with others go on the calendar before everything else. If anything else comes up and it can fit into the windows that are open on the calendar, then it’s fly away with the wind butterfly! ʕ•́ᴥ•̀ʔ