Prescription for a perfect day


Today is 08-08-08 – make it a perfect day!


People are always bidding each other farewell with the words “Have a good day.” That’s nice, but what if they said “Have a perfect day!” Wouldn’t that be even better?

For at least 15 years I’ve made a habit of periodically gauging my daily “joy quotient” by writing out “My Ideal (or perfect) Day.” It hasn’t changed all that much from year to year, except that I’m “RETARD” and have a few more hours to spend on things I really want to do rather than HAVE to do.

Here’s my Ideal Day in the year 2008 – not that you care, I understand. But there’s a point to all this if you can wade through.

5-7 a.m. Make coffee, grab my journal and begin writing what I must do in the day ahead. I also do a daily devotional from a monthly magazine I receive from Charles Stanley (a television minister) and attempt to meditate for at least 15 minutes. When you have attention deficit disorder like I do, this is the hardest part of my day, but when I actually do it, I am much more centered and accomplish more than when I don’t.

7 – 8 a.m. Begin my street walking routine. Yes, I’m a street walker. I take Lucky and Rebel out for about 15 minutes, then dump them back at the house and continue on my own. This is when I attempt to solve the problems of the world and curse the traffic which grows more congested with each passing year.

8 – 10 a.m. Piddle and putter in the yard or house – depending on which is the messiest.

10-11 a.m. Shower, paint on my war paint and go forth into the world to do battle.

11 – 1 p.m. Run errands, or meet a friend for lunch. Sometimes I just go to the bookstore or library and see if I can find a good murder mystery or something to inspire me to improve upon my days (or should it be daze?)

1 – 2:30 p.m. Get in my big ole chair and a half with a good book – I usually slip into a 30-minute power nap from which I emerge fresh and ready for anything.

2:30 – 6 p.m. Practice on my musical instruments or work on my book. This is the area that causes internal conflict. I no longer have any musical instruments and I change my mind daily about what my book will be about. So basically I do nothing – sometimes I make some brownies and eat them all to assuage for the guilt of doing nothing productive as well as the regret of eating all those calories. For me, these are the witching hours and my least productive – even when I was working.

6 – 7 p.m. Watch “Everybody Loves Raymond” and laugh my head off.

7 – 9 Read or watch television or go out with friends.

9 – 10 p.m. Walk Lucky and Rebel again (very briefly) and get ready for bed. I usually drift off with a book in my hand way before I intend to which means I wake up early – between 4 – 5 .m. and do it all over again.

The idea behind this activity is to get you to see what is realistic and where your life is falling short of your ideal existence. The simple act of planning your ideal day can help you to be honest with yourself about what it is that really matters, and how to reconfigure your life around those priorities.

I have a three and one half hour “time over-run” which I need to feel better about. Most people would kill for this amount of time to kill! I guess I should just be grateful. Maybe I could volunteer to work at the museum or take a class. Or go out and pick up trash on the streets so I won’t have to look at it tomorrow during my street walking. I don’t know. Let me get back in my big ole chair and see if inspiration comes.

5 thoughts on “Prescription for a perfect day

  1. Wonderful post! Now that I think about my ideal day, it’d start somewhere around 9-10 o’clock with me just waking up. And I know it’d involve some sort of shopping. I’ll get back to you on the details. 🙂

  2. Wow, you really start the day off early! I like your idea about the “joy quotient”! However, I would tend to agree with Marty’s comment – especially since I’ve retired – I like to casually start the day off at 9-10 AM! My wife however tends to follow your early riser schedule! Thus many times this puts us “out of sync”, since I don’t watch any TV during the day – only after the late news, “Seinfeld reruns” and Fox late shows!
    All in all, it may be for the better for us!! I usually do my “reconcillation”
    thinking late at night (like now for instance)!

    At any rate, back before I retired (and even now in retirement), when people asked me “How are things going?”, I would answer – “Couldn’t be better”! They would often be taken aback by the statement. However, it was my approach to starting off every day to be the “Pefect day”!!
    Obviously not everyday would turn out to be “perfect”, but I always found it a good way to start the day, and most turned out to be good – if not perfect! Keep up the good work! David

  3. Today I got up at 2 a.m. about the time David was going to bed. I watched a fascinating documentary on the history of Levi’s – not a Biblical character, but the jeans. See what I would have missed if I didn’t get up so early!?

  4. Today I got up at 2 a.m. about the time David was going to bed. I watched a fascinating documentary on the history of Levi’s – not a Biblical character, but the jeans. See what I would have missed if I didn’t get up so early!? Did you know that a pair of vintage 1890s Levis went for $45,000 on e-Bay recently.

  5. What a perfect day! Since retiring a year ago, the only schedule I follow is volunteering at the hospital. I waste a lot of time sleeping late because I am a night owl, but I don’t get a lot accomplished at night either. I have been trying to get my house clean since I returned from Alaska two weeks ago! You make me want to get my act together!

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