Day Crafting – Tools, methods and blueprints for the everyday art of making a good life.

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Day Crafting is for people who want to make today a masterpiece ... who know that a good life is not a destination but a daily practice.

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Day Crafting

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What if you changed your emphasis from the goal at the end of the journey to the journey itself.

What if you focussed on what you were brilliant at doing and learned how to make that the centrepiece of each day.

What if you used simple tools to improve the day you’re living.

What if the secret to a good life was to accumulate good days.

What if there were methods to craft your days around your strengths, energy and scheduling preferences, that resulted in satisfying productivity, greater resilience, inner balance and wellbeing.

That’s the aim of Day Crafting.

Day Crafting: The Introductory Workbook

Published October 2021: Learn how to Day Craft at your own pace with this first workbook available to order.

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Day Crafting Workbook


As a Day Crafter you step into your metaphorical workshop space and select the practice rhythms and tools that suit your skills and materials. It’s your choice to work on the small details to balance your every-days, or work to craft perfect one-off days full of extraordinary moments.

Within the practice of Day Crafting, you work primarily on today. In contrast to many coaching and development programmes, the emphasis of Day Crafting shifts from long term hopes and plans to behaviours and methods in the here-and-now. Ideas about long term change are not neglected but the Day Crafting approach suggests that the good life is made up of good todays instead of something we hope to arrive at in the future.

The good life in two steps:

Step one, balance and flourish today.
Step two, repeat step one tomorrow.

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But there’s a problem. Despite the simplicity of the idea, sorting today out comes as a challenge for most people. It's relatively easy and inspiring to imagine a more desirable future but sorting today, sorting now, by contrast involves more conflicted aspects of our psychology, habits and behaviours.

Day Crafting addresses these challenges head-on and with guidance you can make rapid progress.

I’ve been developing Day Crafting ever since I started coaching 15+ years ago when I first noticed the future-vs-now problem described above. So I’ve pioneered a different framework for personal development, away from coaching models based on sports or business metaphors, towards a more rhythmic, creative and interconnected model focussing on behaviour design, intention and balance.
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What has inspired the Day Crafting model? The daily rhythms and processes of craftwork offer a radically different method. They appeal instinctively in heart and soul to people for whom nothing else has quite resonated.

Craftwork is not only about shaping natural materials by hand and tool. The language of craftwork has an ancient relationship with matters of the self, where we, our relationships and lives, are the material – and the tools are daily behaviours, disciplines and practices.

Some ancient monastic environments were called ‘workshops' and their ’tools’ were the core methods of their rule-of-life.

I’ve been influenced by the ways of craftspeople all my life – with a professional potter and an instrument maker as parents and now an artisan baker as my wife. I was myself originally trained and apprenticed as a graphic designer.

Day Crafting is a new approach to personal exploration and development bringing together my experience as a positive psychology coach and as a behavioural designer.

“What day is it?” asked Pooh.
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.

A.A. Milne

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Craft days with intention.

Craft days to balance your energy and commitments.

Craft days to focus on what matters.

Craft days to maximise your strengths.

Craft days to manage and reduce stress.

Craft days to contain more delight, pleasure and play.

Craft days to build towards extraordinary achievements.

Craft days to become fitter, smarter, happier, healthier.

Craft days to develop super-powered confidence, presence, trust and heartfulness.

“It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look . To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.”

Henry David Thoreau

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