For many years I dreaded the question, “what did you do today?”
Most of those days I did more than my 20-year old self thought possible.
I spent a big chunk of each day designing websites for clients.
I figured out what a family of 5 would eat for three meals a day, and then played airplane with spoons to get more in their mouths than on the floor.
I drove more than was environmentally responsible to get everyone where they were going.
I played doll, figured out lego sets, and pretended to make ice cream.
I wiped bums.
I ensured that clothes were clean and cute.
There was often a trip to target.
I took the trash out.
I bathed the kids.
Sometimes I took a shower, but not as often as I wanted.
I hoped that carrying a car seat counted as weight training and running up our apartment stairs counted as exercise.
By 6, I was done, and there were usually a few more hours until bedtime.
If you asked me what I did that day, you might have gotten an empty stare or the “busy” word.
Does any of this sound familiar?
The truth was…
Inside it felt like I did nothing.
Then about 10 years ago when I decided it was time to take care of my body, I also started the practice of planning one day at a time.
This practice changed my life.
It helped me lose 65 pounds.
It helped me focus in on what mattered most each day.
I still did all the things, but I also hugged more lovingly, took more showers, went to yoga, and started to feel really proud of what a day can hold.
Today, if you ask me how my day was, I usually have a big smile.
This does not mean I don’t have long lists.
This does not mean that sad things don’t happen.
It does mean that each day I go through a process and know that what matters most has a place in my day and that always feels good.
This practice became the foundation for the FLOW planning process.
It is super simple, and today I break it down on the podcast.
At a high level, it looks something like this:
- Start with gratitude. Before tending to my kids or grabbing my phone in the morning, I recall 3 things I am grateful for. They can be small, but I have to feel that gratitude in my gut and write it down on paper.
- Choose 3 things. From that space of gratitude, I choose the three things that I am committing to doing that day. I usually have a list of hundreds of things that I think I want to do, but I choose 3.
- Decide the food. After the three things, I choose what we will eat for the day. I write down all the things on a piece of paper. If I have made a meal plan for the week or subscribed to one, I still do this.
- Time block. I put my morning ritual, which includes this planning, my three things, and my food time into my calendar that has the hours. This makes a list fit into the actual day.
- Reflect and learn. At the end of the day, I see how it went. I learn from what went well and what got derailed. I do this in writing, without judgment, and with a lot of curiosity.
It is a simple practice.
It is five steps.
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