To be organized, rationalized, timed/scheduled, important things allocated sufficient time?
Nutrition, exercise, diet, sleep – in good measure, prioritized, every cog of that wheel just hummin’, completely figured out so nothing will get in the way, not even someone’s emergency or panic call about a problem, we just take it all in stride?
And work ends, as planned, before the day does, allowing time for ‘a life’ !
I have those days too.
But I found (past tense) they existed more as fantasy, a ‘legend in my own mind’ but the reality was – notwithstanding all my planning, organization and preparation, something was missing.
Or, rather, something was ‘present’ that shouldn’t have been.
You see, I’ve come to the conclusion that this fantasy day I’ve just described cannot happen without some things happening ‘the night before’, ‘the day before’ – to be prepared for my ‘ideal today’.
Too often something carries over from yesterday to mess with today. I don’t mean unfinished work or partially completed projects – those are the least of my worries, those are just reality.
What I MUST HAVE from the day before is one thing and the absence of one thing.
The thing I need is sleep – I need seven to eight hours. Not the rationalization I can get by with four or five or six – I need the full eight. Nine? Even better.
The thing I need to be without is what I call overhang.
Overhang is angst from yesterday. Unresolved problems from yesterday, unresolved conflict from yesterday, anger, pain or worry. I can’t let those come along to the next day or they wreck the next ‘perfectly planned’ day before it has a chance to leave the starting gate.
So, two simply solutions – a great sleep and don’t carry-over today’s troubles till tomorrow. That is how I have a perfect day. The perfect day doesn’t adhere to the schedule/plan necessarily, but if I’m well rested and not hauling yesterday’s garbage and shite on my shoulders, today has a good chance.
YES, today as a good chance – as good, and perhaps better than most …
Go ahead, have a great day. Easy, just travel through a good long sleep without yesterday’s baggage – nothing to it! Easily said, but it has been a ferocious struggle of little things to get to this space, this place I’m in. Worth every bit of the work, the reward is so sweet …
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