You might feel nothing to do in a particular day might be relieving, freeing and awesome. But it won’t. When you have a full day to yourself and no plan on how you intend to go – you tend to procrastinate. Or do things as they come. So you let the world decide what you will be doing.
Giving control to the world – or fate does things. It ruins your day because you end up doing many things which you wouldn’t do otherwise. You carry the weight of having wasted a day – willingly.
It is bad. Getting a holiday suddenly – you think there is ton of time and you will do the passion project all day long. And then you wake up to watch the comedy show while breakfast and then watch cat videos online till lunch and then try to sleep or catch up with friends. And when you finally muster some courage to do the task – your mom calls and ask for help in the daily chore. It is brutal and heavy – you don’t deny and end up doing that for more hours than intended.
It takes away your energy and you spend rest of the day thinking you deserve the rest for the heavy work you did. After all you did something productive, right? Or did you?
No Plan = Waste
You can go ahead live your life without any planning and it won’t hurt you much. But with a little bit of planning and the vision – you can go ahead in life. Sit down and dedicate minutes to write down the to-do-list for the next day. By doing so you will have the plan when you wake up next day.
And there will be no time to waste. You don’t need to ponder, remember or come to a list of things to do. It will be on your paper or the app read to go live.
This will ensure you have a flow in your life and nothing distracts you. You remain laser focused on the things which matters to you the most and the rest of things which comes like your mom’s chore can be done in between. Ideally you should do all the things in your to-do-list by the end of day. Unless you do them, don’t call it a day. This can be the reason you can boldly say “No” to things.
If someone asks for help and your to-do-list is big then tell them there are things which you are supposed to do. Politely decline them and move on with your day.
What Should Go in Planning?
Your long-term priority or goal. Let’s say your bigger goal is to write a book. Then go ahead and strip down the goal to the smallest pieces possible – researching, talking to interesting people and writing one page a day.
Hence your to-do-list should include the things which is tied to your bigger goal. And all the things which is currently happening in your life. For example, if you want to meet an old friend, help someone or learn about a new skill. Having a dedicated time for the task helps a lot. If you think about learning something then you would just end up doing nothing.
When you have something to do as per your rock-solid to-do-list, you end up doing it more positively. There is no magic sauce which you help you achieve your goal faster. There is the age-old formula of doing things in small steps at a dedicated pace. The key is to understand – don’t force yourself to do 100 things in a day. Start with 2 things to do in a day and then find your pace.
Or Make it a Recreational Day
If you want to have a day which has nothing to do with your goals and the productive. Then do something which frees your mind, makes you relaxed and energizes you to do 10 times more for the next day.
Maybe it is going to swimming, running 10K or taking a zumba class. It doesn’t have to be something which you know. Even if you are beginner – do attend some of the things. For the thrill, adrenaline rush and the fun associated with it.
It will boost your creativity. It works like this. When you focus on the work for too long without breaks, our brains go on a phase where it can’t process things. You get stuck and the only way to progress is to free up mind. A refreshment break for your brain. All you need to do is let yourself immersed in the recreational activity.
Rest of the things will happen naturally.
Doing nothing in a day is wasting your precious time. Either plan to do the work for your goal, bond with family members or attend some activity boost for your brain. But don’t let it pass without you doing nothing worthwhile.