Through Handel Group, Chrisa encourages and coaches through education by going into schools and teaching students of all ages valuable, non-academic life skills. She also works in corporate settings with executives and those wishing to further develop their careers. She does all this in addition to offering life coaching to help individuals accomplish their goals in any area of life.
No matter the audience, Chrisa’s One Big Tip to staying productive and inspired throughout the day is to use a method she calls “the daily design.” She describes this practice as, “a daily moment of pause, where you get to sit down and actually be intentional about how you want your day to go.”
This differs from simply writing down the tasks that need to be completed for the day and instead focuses on helping people understand and view time through a new lens. Chrisa makes a distinction between the unchanging physical aspect of time and the emotional perception of time. Similar to when you spend three hours with friends but it only feels like one, or when you have spent 10 minutes in a meeting, but it feels like an hour has passed. The daily design uses these effects that emotions have on time to allow you to plan exactly the kind of day you want to have.
Implementing the Daily Design Technique
Chrisa states that “by being in command of the experience that you want, you can effectively control the way time goes by for you in a day,” which is an ability many people are unaware of.
You start by asking the question, “How do I want to feel today?” Based on your answer to that question, your planning time should include writing down how you want your day to go and the emotions and experiences you want to have.
Once you have your day and your experiences planned out, the next step is to find a support network that will hold you accountable for seeing this design through. Chrisa also mentions that there is no perfect template for your daily design because everyone’s lives are different. The most important thing is to write it down using language that speaks to you so that, “it becomes something that can live in concrete reality.”
Finally, when planning a daily design, she encourages her clients to ask the question “what can I do to live into this?” This compels the person to take action instead of simply being inspired.