It’s Monday morning again. The coffee pot is bubbling up that last bit of water as I come down the stairs. My mini cast-iron pan is waiting for me on the stove. In goes a spoon full of coconut oil, a couple scoops of veggies, chopped and pre-cooked yesterday, a couple farm-fresh eggs, sea salt, and a few dashes of random spices. Yawn… A few sips of coffee later and my breakfast is on the plate. My perfect week is starting… perfectly.
I believe strongly in the importance of a good plan. Would an architect begin building a house without a blueprint? Of course not. And likewise you shouldn’t begin your week without a plan. I am finalizing a post that outlines the steps to design your perfect week. But before we get there, let’s get back to my perfect Monday…
Writing in the morning
I’m most creative first thing in the morning before my brain has been derailed by e-mail, news, or stock tickers. I head into the office with my eggs and coffee and start writing a blog. Sometimes I have an outline, or at least a subject in mind, but not today. I think about my mission for a few moments and just start typing. You can’t force good writing but you can force bad writing. The great thing is that, most of the time, once the bad writing gets things going, the good writing finds its way out.
Before I know it it’s 7:00 am and time to get ready for work.
The day job
I live walking distance from work so I can cut things pretty close and still get in by 7:30 am. I try to keep focused and busy.
The day flies and I do everything I can to get things wrapped up by 4:00 pm. I do my end-of-day routine: review my key deliverables, review any outstanding tasks, respond to any unacknowledged e-mail, send any necessary updates, and plan the important tasks for tomorrow.
If all goes well I’m out of there at 4:30 pm.
Time for my top priorities
As I’m walking home from work I wash my day job clearly out of mind, leaving the final bits at the door.
I’m happily home, kiss Olga, and we talk briefly about the day. I change and get to my daily exercise.
By about 6:00 pm, we head to the kitchen for dinner. We usually keep it pretty simple during the week. Maybe a simple salad with a healthy home-made dressing and some warmed up leftovers from cooking all day Sunday. We relax and talk about the day, our dreams, or whatever comes to mind. We clean up after dinner and pack lunch for tomorrow.
Dream job continued
At 7:00 pm it’s time to clock in to my dream job. I head into the office and open up my draft from this morning. It would be nice if I had finished it, but it’s not quite there yet. I pick up where I left off and tie off the loose ends. I put the draft out of site and search for a relevant picture to use for the post. With the image in place, I turn back to the draft for final editing. They say an editors task is never done. With that clearly in mind I save the final post sharply at 8:30 pm. It’s not perfect, but it will do.
I review my goals, objectives, and task lists. I write down any hanging thoughts in my head and clean up my desk.
I get the coffee pot ready and set out my mini cast-iron pan.
By 9:00 pm I’ve showered, shaved, brushed my teeth, and we’re in bed with tea and a book. I like to read something positive and inspiring to wind down before a good nights sleep. Right now I’m reading How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie. It sounds like a book for a salesman but couldn’t be further from it. It’s one of those great books that makes you want to be a better person in every way.
It’s 10:00 pm and hopefully I’m sleeping like a baby.
The perfect week
That’s my perfect Monday in a nutshell. It doesn’t always go as planned but, as time goes on, I’m surprised by how often it does.
What do you find most challenging in having a good week?