If you could, how would you rearrange your day? Would you get rid of certain aspects of your job? Would you add your favorite hobbies or pastimes? I want you to imagine what a day in your dream life looks like for a moment. Then I want you to write it down! Creating an ideal schedule for yourself is a fun and powerful exercise to help you focus on your goals and find the drive to achieve them.
This is a spread is from my 2018 setup but I hope it can still serve to help inspire you as you prepare for the new year. If you’d like more inspiration you can check out my other new year spreads:
- Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus Watercolors
- Loew Cornell Palette
- Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens
- Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens
- Pentel Aquash Water Brush Pens
Your Ideal Schedule
There are a ton of ways you can create the layout for your ideal schedule. I chose to go with a single column in the center of the page with the hours of the day listed out. Then, as I thought up my ideal schedule, I can write a note out to the side of the column. This is super easy to do, and it requires little effort to set up. While it is easy to create, actually thinking up what to add to your ideal schedule – or what to remove – is a bit tougher than you might think.
The trick with making your ideal schedule effective is being totally honest. Don’t hold back! If you absolutely loathe your job, cut it out of your daily schedule. What would you be doing instead? It might be your hobby, volunteering, or another profession. Don’t restrict yourself to your current life if your current life isn’t making you happy. Anything is possible in your ideal schedule.
Why You Should Do It
When you start to piece together your ideal schedule and imagine what your dream routine looks like, you are stripping away some illusions. You stop seeing your big goals and dreams as huge, unachievable accomplishments. Instead, you can see what they look like on the ground level – as a part of your daily schedule. Say you want to be a writer in your wildest dreams. If you create your ideal schedule, you don’t see the terrifying step of writing a book. Instead, you see the hour of your day that is devoted to writing. That takes away the perception of a goal being super far away. After all, your dream life is only made up of individual days.
Drawing out your ideal schedule is just creating another piece of the puzzle for yourself. You can think up your big goals in life, and you can see the big picture. Once you create your ideal schedule, you get to see the action on the ground level. That powerful view of your dream life is an excellent motivator moving forward. These blueprints will help you find ways to slowly shift your current schedule to your ideal schedule one step at a time. And just as my mantra for 2018 says – slow and steady. Every day is a step in the right direction. Every day is progress toward your ideal life.