The Perfect Day Formula was a perfect book to read in January. Since I have not yet assigned my first contract and was frustrated at my inconsistency, I picked this up with the thought that I could create more discipline in my life.
There are a few nuggets in this book that I want to pass along to you. First is the idea that "structure = freedom". This seems like an oxymoron at first, but it's not. I had pride as I got older and did not want to have rules, but creating structure for myself means that I can be intentional about achieving my goals. Structure means a few things, including structuring my year, quarter, month, and day. It means I am moving away from using digital tools to instead go back to using paper planner. I am currently using the Self Journal and I love it! I also apply some of the bullet journaling methodology for documentation and tracking.
A primary emphasis in the book is to encourage you to get up a little earlier in the morning so you can focus on your number one priority. The argument is that if you delay your priorities, then you will not have the energy and you'll make excuses for completing them. That's why using a planner to create a "to do" list is important. Make sure you are taking massive action.
On the flip side, the author states that equally critical is to create a not to do list. Meaning, if there are bad habits you want to get out of (e.g., late night snacking), create a list of rules indicating what you will not do. Then you can track your success and perhaps even reward yourself for such discipline.
One little hook the author provides is the "10-3-2-1-0" formula:
Intentionally plan your life. Get up earlier. Focus on the things that matter. Tell us your thoughts at @gumshoeonline