Danielle Walter (@daniellewalter_) often shares fashion- and beauty-related videos on TikTok, including try-on hauls, unboxings and your typical GRWMs. But recently, the TikToker decided to do something different by starting a little thing called “Delusion Week.” So far, it’s inspired thousands of other people, too.
“I want my life to start feeling like I have everything put together more often than not,” Walter confessed in one of her TikToks. “So, I’ve decided what I am calling my Delusion Week, where I hijack my free will and do the things that the hottest, most successful version of myself would do.”
For Walter, that translates into things like going to bed earlier and waking up earlier, having a set schedule and preparing for the next day the night before it even happens. (In other words, all the daily routine stuff you say you’ll do but never actually put into motion.)
That means planning out all of her meals, activities and outfits. It also means leaving time for prayer and worship at night, followed by reading and journaling instead of just firing up Netflix or mindlessly scrolling through TikTok.
When Walter started her personal growth journey on Feb. 1, she started small so that the changes would seem less overwhelming.
“To completely hijack my life without an end date feels too big,” she admitted in her video, “so I’ll be starting with a week.”
In the days that followed, she updated viewers with open and honest TikToks that felt more like diary entries.
“Instead of giving you a play-by-play of what I did, I’m going to tell you what I learned,” Walters said after completing Day 1.
The first lesson was that even if you’re not a morning person, you can wake up early.
“You don’t have to like it,” she explained, “you just have to do it.”
But from there, you have to push yourself to actually check some things off your list for it to be worthwhile.
“You will feel super accomplished finishing a whole bunch of stuff before the time you would normally be awake,” Walters shared.
She quickly learned that having a plan (and a backup plan) is crucial. When she suddenly got hungry unexpectedly, Walter said it almost completely derailed her day. But, ultimately, she learned that the more she planned, the less time she’d spend later making last-minute decisions or running into obstacles.
In the days that followed, she shared other small lessons learned, too.
For one thing, she gained a whole new perspective on the cost of mindless scrolling, binge-streaming and other “numbing activities,” which Walter says don’t just waste time but also hold us back from what we really want in life. And with each new day, she was also reminded over and over that “the littlest changes can make the biggest differences.”
As her journey continued, Walter wound up inspiring a lot of other women to try and do their own version of Delusion Week. Many of them wound up sharing their own experiences or thanking her for motivating them in the comments.
“I love this series so much!” one commenter said on Day 5. “It’s actually got me to think in a different way about my behaviour. Thank you for delusion week!”
“This is my favorite series,” added someone else. “Starting delusion week tomorrow!!!”
By the end of the week, Walter posted a recap of how it all went and gave a shout-out to another influencer, Kaylin Mally, who actually first coined the term “Delusion Week” and the general idea behind it.
She also shared some more pearls of wisdom she took away from her one-week challenge.
Aside from saving more money by planning her meals ahead of time, Walter also says she noticed her mental acuity getting better and faster as the week went on. Also, because most of the tasks around her home were accomplished earlier in the day, she felt more at peace in her living space because things were in order.
In the end, the experiment left her feeling more positive about her daily life and more willing to continue many of the habits she picked up into the future. It also inspired her latest series, How to Become a Morning Person, which is worth a watch, too.
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