Lost in a corn maze
I’m embarrassed to admit I got lost this morning.
Picture this. Me standing in the middle of a corn maze, looking around at 8 different openings. I had absolutely no idea which way to go.
I stood there for 10 minutes, looking at all these different “doors” and trying to figure out which one would be best for me to take. I could have gone toward the biggest opening. Nah, that seemed too obvious. I could have gone through the one that was closest to the parking lot, but that was probably a trick too. There was one to my left that had a red ribbon tied to a corn stalk, but I hadn’t seen any of those yet so I couldn’t tell if it was a trail marker.
All this debating had me standing still, going nowhere for 10 minutes. It felt like such a waste of time! I had no idea what direction to go,
Ok, I didn’t actually go to a corn maze this morning. I haven’t been to a corn maze in years.
But I WAS lost.
I wasted 10 minutes trying to decide what I should do today. (Spoiler alert, I chose to write this article). After I write this article, I’ll probably putz around wasting more time until I figure out what I’ll do next.
I’m usually pretty disciplined when it comes to scheduling my day. Every evening, I fill out a Night Before worksheet and even schedule my day hour-by-hour so I know exactly what I need to get started on and I don’t have to waste any mental energy deciding
Last night I got lazy and didn’t do it, so here I am wasting time and being unproductive today. Plus, there’s a thing called “decision fatigue,” when you’re draining mental energy just to make a decision. So I was losing time AND energy.
If you are some one who feels like you just don’t have time in your day to do the things you want to do (work out, cook a meal, meditate, etc), you might be shocked at how much time you can get back when you schedule your day the night before.
You will have more time, more mental energy to put into your work, and there’s a great chance you’ll find an extra hour in your day that you can put toward your favorite (scheduled) activities.
Back to the corn maze example, planning your day the night before is like closing off all other doors except for the one you’ll be taking. That way, when you get to that clearing, there are no decisions to be made, no questions to be asked. You know exactly where you’re going and what you’ll be doing. That kind of clarity can be really refreshing.
If you’d like to try my Night Before worksheet, you can find it HERE. It will take you 5-10 minutes to fill out each evening.
(By the way, you might also find that getting the next day’s agenda down on paper will help you SLEEP better too!)
Give it a try for a week and see if you find it helpful. I know it’s a part of my life I can’t afford to miss. It keeps me organized, motivated, and gives me enough time to do the things I want to do.
Let me know what you think!
Here’s the link to download the Night Before planner