Ben Franklin is considered one of the most brilliant minds in our nation’s history and when I stumbled across this simple outline of his day, it became set in my mind that this would be my 2017 resolution. Ben Franklin lived simply and did work that he was proud to serve his day. Ultimately, he changed modern history with his daily habits. Isn’t that what our days are made up of anyway, good habits? Ben Franklin started and ended his day with nearly the same question- that I pose to all of our Details users, teammates and friends to ask yourself, “What good shall I do this day?”
What good shall I do this day? And when I end the day, what good have I done this day. Yes! I think if we all live our lives with intention, and purpose, that we will be proud of our daily routines, and in doing so, make very good habits. I will ask myself this same question as Ben Franklin, and live in simple abundance with the treasures of what the day will bring and how I have made good of this day. It is the philosophy that I will ask myself, and also my team, as we move through 2017. What good shall we do this day?
Ten things I observed from Ben Franklin’s Day:
- Wake up Early. Getting things done can happen in the wee hours of the morning. Maybe not 5:00 am like Ben here, but getting up early will give you a head start. Maybe some coffee.
- Rinse. Even Ben Franklin new it was good to wash the sleep from your eyes and get cleaned up. Feeling good & rinse up is a great way to start. And a coat of lipstick and some blush never hurt anybody.
- Contrive the day’s business– start with a “to-do list” of importants and must do’s and ‘Prosecute* the present study’. Get ready and make a list. Know what should be done and even if it’s a mental note, make plans to get it done.
- Breakfast- The most important meal of the day and Ben Franklin never skipped it. Going to start my day with fresh fruit smoothie and a large glass of water with lemon, limes or berries.
- 4 hours of un-interuppted work– solid, get it done kind of work. Most effective time of the day. No distractions.
- Middle of the day break to read, overlook accounts, and dine (see… lunch time!) And 2 hours for this. I like Ben’s style. I often think a middle of the day break to clear one’s head is a good thing. And maybe some exercise.
- Work. Yep. Ben did 4 more solid hours of work. Time to check off all those final duties and get the day wrapped up. Crunch time for the day.
- Get home. After putting things in their places (doing better at this in 2017), have supper (with your family), listen to music (lots of music), or diversion*, or conversation; then do a thorough examination of the day and ask the evening question, “What good have I done today?” Did you accomplish everything?
- My take: When you live with a purpose drive life, enjoy the simplicity and work towards a greater goal, I think that there is no way that one cannot be successful in their mission.
- And 7 hours of sleep. Ben Franklin went to bed by 10 and was up by 5. I suppose it was difficult to work mostly by candlelight in the darkness of the world and today, when a good lamp and modern electricity has pushed my day a bit later and later to rise (by only 2 hours!– but I need 7 hours of sleep to feel rested). Ol’ Ben was smart about his beauty sleep too.
1 *pros·e·cute: continue with (a course of action) with a view to its completion.
2 *di·ver·sion: an activity that diverts the mind from tedious or serious concerns; a recreation or pastime.