A Day in the Life: Salt or Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

The following activity changed my attitude towards the present because I know what I want my future life to look like, who I want to be, where I want to be, and what I want to be do.

TASK: What will a day in the life look like in 10 years? Its May, 2027, and you get to create  one day in your life. Sit down with pen and paper or a keyboard and monitor, and write down this narrative.  DO IT NOW! It will change you. Here are some questions to get you going:

  • How do you pass the day?
  • Are you working?
  • Are you rich, middle class, poor?
  • Where do you live?
  • Who do you live with?
  • Do you live in a house, an apartment, a cottage, are you homeless? When do you wake up?
  • Do you drink tea or coffee (if anything)?
  • What meals do you eat?
  • What brand of toothbrush do you wear?
  • What are your pets names?
  • How do you spice up your eggs? Salt or pepper?? Both? Details matter.

This is your chance to live your perfect day if your life could be everything you wanted in 10 years. Don’t write about anything other than that one day. Not what your goals are at the time, how you got to that place, how you feel about the past, but SIMPLY the activities that fill your day.

GOAL: Once you have written this, you simply save it and read it 1 time every year.. If your dream day has changed, its fine, but that’s even more reason to make this day something you will always cherish. Full of characteristics that reflect your core values and dreams. A part of my ideal day included jamming to some Beatles, eating some eggs loaded with salt and pepper, and just taking my sweet time.

It can be as long or short as you want, this is for YOU. If you want to, post your story in the comments below.  You should enjoy writing this! So pour a cup of tea during break, and spend a thirty minutes, an hour, an afternoon, or a whole day enjoying this activity.


Note: This is an original concept taught by Debbie Millman to her students at Babson University.  If you want to hear more of her great ideas, check out her podcast “Design Matters.”