How well do you love the way you spend your typical workday? What would a typical workday look like if you had absolutely no constraints? Here’s a fun exercise to get you thinking about your future and how you can make small changes in your current day.
Make every day in your small business count!
Begin by jotting down what your ideal day looks like. Start with what you do before you get to work. How do you start your day? With a workout or breakfast or something else? What does breakfast consist of? Where are you eating? What do your surroundings look like? How do you get to work? What is your commute like? List the sights, sounds, smells. Once you get to work, what do you do first? Will you spend time on the phone? With whom? At the computer? Do you go somewhere? Write it all down in detail, and continue until your post-workday routine. Who are you with? Where are you? What do you do?
Here’s a partial sample:
“Lunch with my two friends at our favorite Mexican restaurant on the beach. We laugh a lot and share stories. After lunch, I work on my favourite work project, which challenges my thinking and helps my employees gain new skills. While I work, I listen to my favorite music CD. In a few hours, I am ready for a stretch break and quick walk outside. After the break, I return calls, talking with my clients and catching up on how to best serve them. …”
OK, now it’s your turn. Here are some questions to consider while you do this exercise:
- What’s important for you to spend time on?
- What’s enjoyable that you would really like to have as part of your daily routine?
- What activities will give you a nice balance of accomplishment, relaxation, and socialisation, even during work?
- What do you need to include in your ideal day to meet your needs?
Getting to your ideal day can take time. Don’t try to change your whole routine all at once. What one or two things can you change to brighten your work day? In the description above, this person might block out time to find employee training, go out for lunch instead of eating at her desk, make a new playlist, or take more time when returning client calls.
Make changes gradually. With each change, you’ll be moving towards your perfect work day.