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  • Preya Rana

HOW TO: "Design Your Day" to get more done!

Hello beautiful people!

Today, let’s talk – “Messy Bun and getting stuff done!”

I’m giving you the formulae for making the most of your day and getting more done in your day so that you can crush your goals become the best version of yourself!

Are you with me?

Let’s get started!




1. WAKE UP EARLY-ER (earlier)


This one is a no-brainer and I know you probably know about it somewhere deep down, but if you are not a morning person, you don’t even want to give this a thought.

My mom and I used to laugh every time we heard or saw Robin Sharma talk about ‘waking up at 5 am’ or the ‘5 am club’ because we had this little joke where we used to say that it would be easier to skip sleep and be up at 5 than wake up at 5.

And…we still stand by it!

Don’t get me wrong, I know it’s a great way to boost productivity as well as spend time with yourself, but it’s just not for me. In my 12th grade, there were days when I set my cycle to sleep at 9 pm and wake up at 4 am to study. But soon, I realized that was not for me.


In the same way, I’m sure you guys know what works for you and what doesn’t.

But I can assure you, waking up ½ to 1 hr earlier will work for you and make all the difference in the world.

So, if not early, wake up early-er (earlier)!

2. HAVE A MORNING ROUTINE


This is something I highly highly recommend.

Full disclosure: I used to be one of those people who would wake up at 7.15 am for a 7.45 am school and 8.30 am for a 9.00 am college class. I had no issues with this and I didn’t feel like there was any need to sacrifice my sleep and wake up even a minute earlier than I had to.


Now, my morning routine is non-negotiable for me. I started waking up 1 hour earlier (You don’t need to do so much, even 15 min earlier is a good start) and it made all the difference in the world. I felt like my day was longer and that I had the luxury of time to start my day right!

I personally love the 20-minute Mind, Body and Soul Self Care schedule that I constantly talk about! I will definitely write a post about this too and will link it down below!



3. WRITE OUT MORNING PAGES


If you know me, this isn’t the first time I'm mentioning Morning Pages and it isn’t gonna be the last.

I read about Morning Pages on one of the blogs I follow (can't remember which one:() and then I went on Pinterest and read almost all the articles that they had about them.

I’m definitely gonna write a post about it in the future and I’ll link it down below once I have, but they are a game-changer!

Briefly, the morning pages are a kind of consciousness stream writing where, preferably first thing in the morning, you grab your favourite notebook and write 3 pages.

What do you write?

Anything that comes to your mind; the weather, random thoughts, goals and aspirations, plans for the day…just whatever comes to your mind. (Although, from experience, better not to drag the previous day or dreams from the previous night; better to let it be a fresh start)

So, start by writing out your morning pages because they set the tone for the day and leave you feeling happier and more energetic.



4. PLAN SO THAT YOU ARE EXCITED!


Plan your day either the night before or in the morning and plan it with excitement!

Whatever medium of planning you are comfortable with is perfect, whether it is a bullet journal or planner, time blocking or batch working!

Just one condition though – WRITE it out, write down your plan…and with excitement and zeal!

5. VISUALIZE


No, not the organization from ‘The Mentalist’, the practice. Visualize your day as it's going great; you are following through on everything that you said you’ll do, you are happy and excited as you are walk through your day and at night, you hit the bed, relaxed and satisfied with yourself and the amazing day you had.

Write down the values that you want to bring to this day and decide to embody them throughout the day.

If you are like my mom and do not relate to visualization as a practice, you can write down the values that you want to bring to this day and decide to embody them and feel positive about the great day that you are about to begin.



6. DRESS UP!


Dress up! Wear your favourite work outfits, even if you are working from home. Do your hair and make-up like you would if you were going out. Dress up as your most confident self.

When you ‘wear that look’, you wear that attitude and that reflects in the productivity and energy you have throughout your day.

I vaguely remembered having read this somewhere but felt kind of silly actually implementing it.

Then, after having one (super) unproductive month, I was talking to one of my best friends and she told me about this ‘Dressing up’ thing that she was doing for ‘work from home’. She told me what a game-changer it had been and I can tell you now, after trying it out myself that it totally is!

So, dress up!

When you ‘wear that look’, you wear that attitude and that reflects in the productivity and energy you have throughout your day.


7. BUST OUT STATIONERY (your favourite/newest one)


This works even if you are not a stationery addict (well, I am one, but I’ve given this tip to others who aren’t).

If you don’t have a favourite, you can use your newest item; it can be a new set of highlighters, sticky notes, a diary/notebook, or even just a pen and make it a point to try to use it somewhere.

Be intentional about choosing this item, because such a small thing could make all the difference in giving you the thrust to begin.

And let's face it, the beginning is always the hardest part and for activities like studying, writing, or working from home, every morning is the beginning!




8. HAVE A DESIGNATED AND DECLUTTERED WORKSPACE

....THAT INSPIRES YOU


Clutter in the workspace causes clutter in thoughts and actions; an uninspiring workspace is bound to make you feel uninspired to take action.

How your desk looks determines how your work-life looks. It does.

There are days when I feel too lazy and I let things pile up on my desk to such a point that when I have to study or work, I use the dining table. I’m telling you this because it is from experience that I say that I feel abundantly more inspired and take so much more action once I finally get off my ass, declutter that desk and work or study from there (I’m currently writing from ‘there’ only;)).


"An uninspiring workspace is bound to make you feel uninspired to take action."

9. MAKE TIME FOR SELF CARE


Sometimes we get caught up in the “Hustle Mode” as mentioned in a post by one of my all-time favourite mindfulness bloggers – Catherine from The Blissful Mind.

And while I’m all for getting off your lazy ass and working towards your dreams so that you can be proud of yourself when your head hits the pillow, it is so detrimental to our mental health and well-being if we forget to take a breather.

This time will be golden and will increase your productivity in the time that you do work, so if you are afraid that it is going to be a waste, it most certainly is not!

So, do not forget to take some time to do the things that fill you up, like taking a walk or reading a few pages; just something to ground you and bring you back to your present.


"Do not forget to take some time to do the things that fill you up, like taking a walk or reading a few pages; just something to ground you and bring you back to your present."



10. DO WHAT YOU SAY YOU ARE GOING TO DO!


I cannot emphasize enough on how important this is, because we get so accustomed to not showing up for ourselves, to breaking our promises to ourselves that we stop trying. We let our primitive brain take over and go for instant gratification.

Choosing Netflix and snacks over that one hour of focused studying or work that we had planned to do creates guilt and that makes us want to escape reality and stay in ‘The One Where Everybody Finds out’ about Monica and Chandler and that incites more guilt and then this goes on till you realize that your day has ended and you didn’t do anything that you said you were gonna do.


I cannot emphasize enough on how important this is, because we get so accustomed to not showing up for ourselves, to breaking our promises to ourselves that we stop trying. We let our primitive brain take over and go for instant gratification.

So, forgetting that you were trying to make the most of the day, you ended up wasting it, not enjoying because you felt guilty in your head and not working because you failed to show up for yourself.


This gets to a point where you can almost see this coming from afar, but you don’t do anything because you get accustomed to this pattern.

So, to get more done in your day, promise yourself to keep your promises to yourself.

Do what you say you are going to do!


So, promise yourself to keep your promises to yourself. Do what you say you are going to do!

These formulae work really well for me when I'm designing my day and they have worked for a few others that I had used as pilot projects!

The most important in all of these is the last point, trust me. It’s the least action-oriented, but the most rewarding.

I hope this makes a difference in your day and days to come!

And I look forward to seeing you again!


Until next time,

Stay Happy! Stay Beautiful!

Love, Preya <3