Daily Theming to Enhance Joy & Wellbeing

In an effort to enhance wellbeing and augment joy, I started to my implement daily theming into my 30 Day Healthy Living Program and into my own life. A year later, I am truly amazed at the effect this has had on my overall sense of fulfillment.

Disclosure

 Let's be honest, travel days are stressful. Because of these challenging moments, I set my creativity in motion and came up with a system for daily routines & daily theming no matter where we are in the world.

Let’s be honest, travel days are stressful. Because of these challenging moments, I set my creativity in motion and came up with a system for daily routines & daily theming no matter where we are in the world.

I am not a naturally organized person. I am an entrepreneur working from home and from the road (read: no boss & no structure). I have always been resistant to any kind of routine and planning is still somewhat foreign to me.

These are the times when I want to yell at my husband or son, vent my grievances on social media and/or cry in the bathroom. To be truthful, I occasionally do this (especially the yelling, blaming and crying parts), but things are shifting.

Now that I am a parent and a spouse, I am increasingly aware that my time and my energy are no longer only my own. Every minute, every thought, every emotion and every action counts more than ever before.

This said I am making huge efforts to transform my fear, worry, and anger into curiosity. My yoga and meditation practice helps and so does understanding that it is more fun and energizing to become creative during difficult times rather than contravening and gloomy.

Enter my new daily routines and system of daily theming.

My System of Daily Theming

Having a system and a theme is better for me than a schedule.  My system of daily theming is not really aimed at productivity, it is more about personal development, about being happy, healthy and wealthy in mind, body, and spirit. This is about channeling my energy while improving my wellbeing and living intentionally.

Each day has a focus that provides inspiration to keep moving forward, especially when I don’t feel like it. Here’s how it goes:

  • SUNDAY – Review, Reflect & Prepare: Like on the calendar, I mentally start the week with Sunday – it’s like a pre-weekday for me. This is when I review and reflect upon what’s happened and where I’m at. I try to rest and take the day as easy as possible while having my eye on the week ahead. Grocery shopping and laundry may get done today as long as it doesn’t intervene with family time or the feeling of ease.
  • On Thursdays, I strive to be more like my dear friend Alana, who is always testing new recipes and makes the most nutritious AND delicious meals.

    On Thursdays, I strive to be more like my dear friend Alana, who is always testing new recipes and makes the most nutritious AND delicious meals.

    MONDAY – Mindset:  I love Mondays in the same way I like the start of a new year. My energy is fresh and everything is open and possible. It’s a good time to start something new and get focused. This is the day when I would set an intention or focus for the week. Example:  being at ease, being patient, attracting abundance, connecting with people, embracing my faults, etc.

  • TUESDAY – Lifestyle Design:  Lifestyle is about the way we live day to day. I think it is very important to consider this and make a conscious effort to improve how I am moving through each day. As my husband constantly reminds me, “This is our life. This is it. We have to be happy now, not someday.” So we talk about the trips we want to take and set ideas in motion. We light candles and maybe open the good bottle of champagne and find something to celebrate, even if it’s “just” Tuesday.
  • THURSDAY – Food & Nutrition:  Full disclosure, I am not a foodie per se. I enjoy good food, but I primarily eat for fuel and prioritize nutrition over taste. I often eat the same things over and over again. Because I want to enhance my appreciation for food and widen my perspective, I made Thursdays about food and nutrition. This gives me an excuse to try a new recipe from one of the beautiful cookbooks I seldom open or maybe do something different for meal time.
  • FRIDAY – Movement: Like most people, I tend to have more energy at the beginning of the week, so by Friday, I wouldn’t always feel like practicing yoga or working out. For this very reason, I made movement and fitness Friday’s focus. Fridays are often traveling days, so I make a big effort to doing something active no matter how small. Even walking around the airport during connections is better than sitting in the lounge, and 10 sun salutations first thing in the morning is something.
  • SATURDAY – Energy:  Saturday is a great day to do things that augment & restore positive energy and to spend quality time with friends and family. I try to close my work week on Friday, but I may use part of Saturday (during Koji’s nap) to wrap up some projects or work on something that brings me joy. Doing home redesign or improvements to improve the energy in our home could also be Saturday activity.

What also helps

Yoga is a huge part of my life. I also like to have themes or intentions for each practice. This helps me understand what I want out it.

Yoga is a huge part of my life. I also like to have themes or intentions for each practice. This helps me understand what I want out it.

In addition to daily theming, having daily rituals have really helped me streamline my energy, especially in the morning. {See my morning routine}

There are many interesting articles about how daily theming improves focus at work and helps you get things done. I recently read an article in Forbes Magazine about daily theming. Productivity strategist and author, Mike Vardy was interviewed about his methodology for success – click here to view the article. Along with a daily focus for tasks like Mondays are admin days, he recommends having a theme for the year. He chooses three words to embody his intentions for the year:

What words are going to be the waypoints or the measuring stick so when I’m choosing the projects that I want to pursue, when I’m deciding what conferences I’m going to attend, […] or what things are going to fuel my intentions going forward, I can look at these three words.”

I love this idea and this is exactly what I mean to do on a daily/weekly basis.

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