How would you live your life if you could live it any way you wanted to? How would you spend your time? What would you be doing with it?
In this episode of Creativity Excitement Emotion, David shares why he decided to script his ideal day, and how you can script your own.
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- 00:17 – Why David created his ideal day
- 02:26 – David’s ideal day, fully scripted
- 08:38 – Why David would opt to work nine and half hours per day
- 09:20 – Other essential activities David would engage in
- 10:53 – How would you script your ideal day?
I just finished drawing up in my notebook what I’m calling my ideal day. Now, I’m not being patronizing. I’m sure you understand what we’re talking about when I say setting up your ideal day.
So, Let’s talk about why I put this together and I would encourage you to put together your own, even as you’re listening, if you can do so, get your notebook out. White paper and blue pen. That’s what I believe in.
Things have been going well for me with the music writing. They have for years. A lot of my work has come through that. People read my articles and sometimes check out my music, and people read my articles and sometimes request me to write lyrics. There are all sorts of opportunities that have opened up because of my music writing and they continue to open because of it.
And even though AI has changed the game or seemingly changing the game and people can now put together content faster than ever before, the reality is… Right now, anyway, maybe not in the future, it still requires human input to put together something true and good quality to share with an audience.
My community projects are still going well, and I do have some things going on with the graphic and web design as well. I am a webmaster, too, since I manage many websites.
But as I look to the future of what I want to create, I realize that there are some things that I would very much like to change in my life, and that’s what got me thinking about, what would I do.
What would my day look like if I were to create it outside of all my current obligations and commitments, which are important? But some of them will one day come to an end, many of them, I mean all of them will come to an end at some point. But I’m just saying that some of my current commitments have expiration dates.
So, what would I be doing with my time daily, discipline-wise and work-wise, if I was free to choose and create however I wanted to create it?
Here’s what I came up with:
I would spend 30 minutes writing songs, and songwriting. I think that would be more than enough time. I’m always looking at consistency, right?
So, I’m not thinking about, “Oh, you know, today I need to spend eight hours writing songs.” No, if I spent 30 minutes a day, either organizing, managing, building on the songs that I already have, or drawing up new ideas, I would have more than enough music.
I do have more than enough music right now to last me a good long while if I were to release it, whether in pieces or albums.
And I would spend 60 minutes recording. Inevitably, this is much more effort and time than expected. I think most days, it’s almost like you must be well-rested if you want to record well. You want to show up confident. It’s almost like the microphones, or the inputs know when you’re not feeling your best. And when you show up that way to record, you just don’t do your best takes.
But if I spent 60 minutes per day producing and making music, I would complete and release more projects.
I would spend another hour writing my next book. I’ve got multiple book projects, and as I’ve probably shared before, many of them are nearing completion.
And while I do have kind of my focus right now on the Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook, I don’t think it would be completely out of line to create some pre-orders for the other books that I’m not necessarily planning on creating anything more out of in the immediate future. I’ve got to maintain my focus on one book at a time.
I’m honestly looking now, like maybe this could be a three-year plan. In the past, my product launches were maybe every 90 days. And, and while that 90-day system is a great thing to adopt. You’d almost want to be thinking more in terms of what project could I then complete in 90 days, what’s the first marketing channel I could add in the next 90 days, and then what marketing channel could be added next?
Thinking more in terms of how to amplify, enhance, and grow the thing that you’ve created would be a better use of your time. This is something marketers do poorly, but musicians do well. We tour the crap out of our material.
Musicians get a huge runway out of the music they create. Think of KISS, AC/DC, or any of your favorite artists or bands. They get to tour and tour and tour and what do people still want to hear? Their hits. That’s just the way it works.Musicians get a huge runway out of the music they create. Click To Tweet
So, when we take that same marketing approach, then we’re thinking more in terms of how to do the world tour of the products we’ve created, rather than thinking in terms of how you can make a quick buck.
Two hours creating content. I think it’s inevitable that content does need to be created in some way, shape, or form for you to have something to share, preferably daily, if not multiple times per day.
And again, even with all the efficiencies afforded nowadays, I’m a big believer in creating a pillar piece of content, like something that’s preferably 20 minutes to an hour, and then breaking it down into smaller chunks, tweets, blog posts, podcast, video, images, and so on.
Then I would spend four hours marketing and distributing. The things you create don’t get out there by accident. Certainly, sometimes we get lucky. But I still feel like luck is pretty much created. It’s created by effort. It’s created by consistency. It’s created by showing up day in, and day out.
And you need to demand accountability from your marketing. Going like, “If this is working, keep it, do more of it, enhance it, amplify it, and if it’s not working, cut it off.” And knowing when to make those decisions is also key.Demand accountability from your marketing. Click To Tweet
I would spend about 30 minutes in research. Research is necessary in a lot of different ways. Whether it’s thinking about my Dream 100. So maybe there’s someone I would want to add to my list of Dream 100. And then that would look like subscribing to their email list, and following them on social media, and stuff like that. Researching music venues in case there’s something that I want to book, or researching presentation and speaking engagement opportunities if I want to go and present publicly.
I think in 30 minutes a day I could accomplish a lot and that goes for any other activity that I’m weighting at about 30 minutes.
And that goes hand in hand with the final 30 minutes of work that I dreamed up for myself, which was Dream 100 and/or Outreach, which is kind of the same thing.
You’ve got to spend some time every day with your Dream 100, or else you’re not going to get anywhere with that strategy. But you don’t want to spend too much time because you could easily get carried away doing this and that for four hours a day.
The way I think about it is first you want to get on the radar in some way, shape, or form. Do everything you can, leaving comments on social media posts, subscribing to their lists, joining their Facebook groups, buying a product…
Buying one of their products, maybe not a book because we don’t know the customers that are buying our books. It’s not like Amazon gives us that information, but by buying one of their courses, your name is certainly going to get on their radar if you do all those things.
And then calling upon them very intentionally when you need help. Like, when you’ve got an album release, or when you’ve got a tour. And then creating some kind of win-win proposition that isn’t just all about you.
So, that amounts to about nine and a half hours of work. And some of you are going like, if I was to set up my ideal day, I probably wouldn’t spend that much time.
But you would be surprised. Like I have, I would say 10-to-14-hour days are sort of the norm between the leadership program that I’m currently taking, as well as my business and my freelance clients and workload.
So, nine and a half hours per day compared to what I’m doing right now would be like a dream. And I think that living my ideal day would allow me to delegate and find people to create this with me in a relatively short amount of time.
I did write down a couple of other essential activities. I had not considered them work, but they are important to my daily life.
I would spend 30 minutes and work out. I’ve been consistent with this since February.
I was just starting to get back into it starting about June of last year, I started walking about 6,000 steps every day. And that was good for kind of just general exercise and health and maintenance. But it wasn’t getting me to where I wanted to go fitness-wise.
Starting in February, I was like, “Well, I want to start to get a little more buff.” Got my 30-pound weights out and I was like, “This is so painful getting back into it after a bit of a break from workouts.”
But once I got back into it, it was not so bad. And you just get better and better every week. So, before I knew it, I was doing this a day per week, and then twice a week, and three times a week, and now I work out very consistently four times a week.
I’d pretty much just keep that in my schedule. I think that’s something that’s working and well worth it too.
And then I’d spend 30 minutes reading. I’ve talked about the importance of reading to me, why I do it, why I choose to engage in it, even when other people are going like, “I don’t read, I don’t want to read.”
There’s just so much benefit to reading that you’re not fully aware of, but I’m not here to convince you so much as just share, like, here’s what I would set up if I were looking to create my ideal day.
What would your ideal day look like? That’s the takeaway from this episode. The actionable thing that you can do now is get your notebook out, get your blue pen out, and start drawing up:
“What would my ideal day look like if I could choose it? If I didn’t have a job, if I didn’t have other commitments that I don’t enjoy or don’t want to be there for, what would I specifically choose?”
If you’re not willing to do that, I don’t know if you can ever get it. You’ve got to be willing to take action, right? So, start drawing that out, and then you can start attracting that into your life. You’ve got to be willing to do it though. So, take that action and I’ll talk to you again soon.