No Good or Bad Days- Just Planned Days

After talking with Laurie the other day, she told me she is no longer labeling her days as Good or Bad. She is focusing on Planned Days. 

What a different mind set! You see Laurie is retired. I know Laurie is just as busy as when she worked full time, she has chosen to fill her days differently. While some would say being retired brings a 'come what may' attitude, Laurie is choosing just the opposite. She is choosing to plan her days in order to stay successful.

Planned Days could include:

  1. Hitting the gym daily or planning active movement
  2. Scheduling appointments for a massage, a doctor appointment, or to get your car repaired 
  3. For most that means being to work on time and putting in a full day
  4. Knowing ahead of time what is for each meal of the day
  5. Accomplishing certain chores on a weekly basis. For example changing sheets on your bed every Tuesday
  6. Meeting others for coffee or lunch
  7. Getting to the grocery store for the food you'll eat that week
  8. Getting to your kids or your grandkids sporting events
  9. Setting aside time for yourself- reading a book, taking a walk, meditating
  10. Spending time with those you love

What do days look like that aren't well planned?


Seriously days we don't plan well feel like we are working really hard but getting no where. How can you go from Auto-Pilot Days to Well Planned Days

  • Planned time in the gym or very active time 
  • Plan time to get those necessary things done, like hair cuts, vet visits, and meeting with your child's teacher
  • Plan to be at your job- this part usually runs on Auto Pilot but it didn't always
  • Plan everything you'll eat today. Remember to include snacks. Need help getting started?
  • Plan set days to get certain chores done. 
  • Plan outings with friends and family
  • Plan and schedule a set time to go grocery shopping. You can't leave this to chance or it won't get done.
  • Plan your day around your children's activities. Knowing what days you'll be home later than usual will also help you to plan the night's meal best.
  • Plan time each day for yourself. That time might be at the gym, getting your nails done, reading your favorite magazine or even working on your next day's schedule. Do something each day that gives you joy
  • Plan time with those you love most. Time goes by too quickly to take them for granted. 

Your plan might not always go as perfect as it looks on paper, but you'll feel successful knowing you worked through a plan instead of just winging it. 

To Your Best Health

Coach Nancy


About the author

Coach Nancy

Nancy Carlson is a Certified Professional Fitness Trainer with the National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association, a Level 1 Youth Conditioning Specialist with the International Youth Conditioning Association, and is a Level 2 Certified Precision Nutrition Master coach. Nancy was recognized in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 as the “Best of the Best” Fitness Trainer in Southern NH by the Hippo Press.

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