There's a good chance if you're on social media, you've seen this post floating around Instagram. It's been reposted numerous times, and there are more than 600 comments on the original post. Halloween decorations are filling the shelves at my local grocery store, and the hobby stores in my area are already putting up holiday decorations. There is a sense of overwhelm beginning to creep into the air, and we're here to say it can be different. You have the potential to spend your days doing what matters most to you.
It is possible to be present and prepared at the same time. That's what cultivating what matters is all about. It's possible to live a cultivated life–a path with a clear purpose. It doesn't happen overnight, but it can happen little by little, through a series of small choices you make. And you can start today.
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” You've likely heard the popular quote by Annie Dillard, and we couldn't agree with it more. It's why we created the PowerSheets Goal Planner–to help you uncover what matters most, make a plan for your big picture goals, and take action on them. Part of taking action on your goals is ensuring you have margin in your days to do the things you've always wanted to do.
Today, we're sharing four tips for creating "cultivated" days:
Decide what does (and doesn't) matter to you. When we say yes and no, we are making decisions. Each time you say no to one thing gives you the opportunity to say yes to something better, but it's important to make sure your yeses and no's are clearly defined. Download and print our FREE Intentional Life List. Write your list of what you are saying YES to and what you are saying NO to in your cultivated day, and then hang it somewhere you'll see it each day! Remember, there are no wrong answers, and it's okay if your list looks different than someone else's list. This list will serve as a summary of what to include in your cultivated days.
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Create meaningful routines. No matter how hard we try, our days will always only have 24 hours in them, and an important step in creating a cultivated day is to examine the "bookends" of your days. Establishing productive morning and evening routines will not only create consistency and help you cultivate important habits, but it will also ensure you are prepared to tackle the things that come up during your day! What are you already doing in your mornings and evenings that work for you? How can you do them better? You can even take it a step further and write out your ideal cultivated morning and evening routines to help you stick to them!
Stay true to yourself. In the same way your YES + NO list might look different than someone else's, it's important to remember that your cultivated day might look different, too! Resist the urge to create a cultivated day just because it "should" look that way. If you prefer to get moving first thing in the mornings, it probably won't make sense for you to schedule an hour of snuggling up with coffee and a blanket to reflect and meditate. Do what works best for you!
Equip yourself with the right tools. You wouldn't try to cook a spaghetti dinner without the noodles, and the same is true for creating your cultivated day! Get rid of what doesn't work, and replace it with something that does work! Be willing to try a new routine, and invest in the right tools to help you create cultivated days. With the right tools, you can
Are you ready to start fresh? Not sure where to start with some of your goals? Leave a comment, and let us know! We'll happily do some goal coaching in the comments and share what Cultivate Shop products will work best in your season of life!