Recently, I heard the phrase, “Make art of your day.”
I thought this was a magical quote. In my mind, it painted a lovely picture of a woman patiently gliding through her day with limited stress and optimized focused. This image totally differed from how I was currently spending my twenty-four precious hours.
At the time I heard this quote, I was guilty of the total opposite! I was cramming technology into every corner, and often skipping out on a ‘real’ lunch break and my yoga sequence.
Maybe you can relate to:
Basically, most of these things are the things I preach not to do. The only way I couldn’t look at my phone was by turning it off, and I knew I had to create new boundaries with myself. Afterall, this type of day isn’t art.
Reflecting on my current working state versus the optimal art-syle day I could imagine….made me think, instead of trying to accomplish 500 tasks per day, what if we tried to enjoy our days (to the best of our ability)?
With that in mind, I’m offering you step one of reducing your hustle mentality: taking mindful breaks through your day. Even if we don’t get it perfect, chances are we will be much more balanced daily if we add extra intention to our days with a little bit of pre-planning.
So, let’s dive in, let’s make some art!
True meaningful pre-planning of your day actually starts seven days before it begins, or at least 24 hours.
What I do to create mindful breaks in my week is to map out everything for the upcoming seven days (This can also work for the day ahead, or the next 3-4 days ahead.)
Ask yourself questions about the next segment of your day:
Set a timer for 10 minutes and write your heart out, friend. There are no wrong answers here.
Ask yourself a few questions here:
Once you’ve eliminated, delegated or canceled some of that list – you know exactly what you’re actually going to do for the upcoming days! Woohoo!
Let’s divide this list amongst each day – keep any due dates, etc. in mind. If you have one day with a high number of classes or calls – do not add many tasks to this day so you can be more present in each meeting.
We just have a few more steps to make sure this is ART worthy…
Before, we commit to this schedule… we need to ask ourselves a few questions:
Ok, if we are in alignment there, we’ll ask ourselves round two of questions:
Once you’ve taken the time to create a magical itinerary for each of your days… celebrate! Your day may change come 6 AM, but you are more prepared than ever to enjoy your day, not just survive it.
Gabi Garrett is a writer, the author of, “Kicked Out of Therapy”, a marketing strategist and motivational mentor. Know more about her at –