Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing with you this video series designed to help you Create Your Perfect Life – Living with Ease, Joy and Abundance. Each week, watch for your next video and article with tips, exercises and resources designed to help you move in the direction of what you love most!
I have found that one of the most important things we can do as women is to control our calendars by making time for ourselves, our families and friends next and then focusing on our careers or businesses. Too often we end up putting ourselves last on the list and end up overwhelmed and exhausted which certainly doesn’t lead to creating a a Perfect Life.
Visualize it: Make it real
Let’s have some fun. To visualize your dreams for your perfect life, create a Dream Board. Purchase a large poster board. Gather together old magazines with colorful pictures and other materials that will help you create a collage of your dream life.
I created a Dream Board with pictures cut from magazines envisioning my dreams. Since then, I have been delighted at how many of my dreams became reality. For example, I cut out and glued a picture of a dream property in a Caribbean setting with palm trees a place where the jungle meets the beach. Two years later, my husband, Mark and I became part owner of a fabulous three-bedroom home overlooking the Caribbean Sea in Bastimentos, Panama, a national marine park and rainforest on the Bocas Del Toro archipelago. My dream property looks exactly like the picture I pasted to my Dream Board. I then created a new Dream Board to visualize my next goals.
So have fun. Invite supportive friends or family members to help you cut and paste. This exercise works, because it makes your dreams visual. Post your Dream Board where you can look at it daily.
Your Perfect Life Calendar – Start with your Perfect Days…
Developing your Perfect Life Time System begins with creating your Perfect Life Calendar. This is a critical step, since your calendar will provide you a system to manage your time, focus and energies. Without this structure, you will find yourself overwhelmed and disorganized a sure path to failure.
The Perfect Life Calendar incorporates three categories of days: Power Days, Prep Days and Perfect Days.
The goal is this:
- Increase your productivity and earning potential on your Power Days.
- Improve your level of energy, focus and clarity by cleaning up messes and getting very organized on your Prep Days.
- Make more time for yourself, your friends and your family by scheduling and enjoying wonderful Perfect Days!
Your Perfect Day: This is my favorite day. Perfect Days are to rejuvenate and celebrate by doing things that which brings you joy either alone or with others. Scheduling your Perfect Days into your calendar will allow you to stay in peak performance.
For example, my husband is a musician with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He rehearses on Prep Days, performs in concert on Power Days, and rests and rejuvenates on Perfect Days. Think of yourself as a musician. Without incorporating time to prepare (Prep Days), perform (Power Days) and rejuvenate (Perfect Days), you would be unprepared, exhausted and unable to perform at your best in following your true passion.
Americans are notorious workaholics, working longer hours and taking fewer vacations than our peers in other industrialized countries. No wonder it is harder for many of us to incorporate perfect days into our lives; we are conditioned to ignore this vital ingredient of a perfect life.
Take out your journal (yes…you must have a fabulous journal) and then take a few minutes to write down what you would like to do on your Perfect Day. How would you spend that Perfect Day if time and money were not obstacles? What is it that you want to do, but have pushed to the back burner of your life? Revisit your Dream Board. Visualize your Perfect Day. List everything out in detail – close your eyse and visualize how each of these activities and experiences would feel.
The last step is to take out your calendar and book all your Perfect Days in advance…yes for the entire year. What you are doing is creating the foundation for fabulous Power Days (your money days) and effective Prep Days (when you clean up messes and get organized).
Next week, we will talk about Prep Days and Power Days and how to pull this all together! Good luck.
Please use the space below to let me know what your thoughts and questions may be about this concept. I have been using it for about 8 years now and it will change your life!
Katana Abbott, CFP, CSA
Founder and CEO
Midlife Millionaire Mentor