Time is a limited resource and today counts more than we’d like to admit. So let’s make today amazing!
Quitting your job and spending all your money on a car or holiday you can’t afford probably isn’t the smartest idea because, well, tomorrow counts as well. But there is a less radical way to have a wonderful day today and make the most of what we’re given.
I could list a bunch of activities that I believe will make today a great day. Put a smile on your face, go for a walk in nature, play some uplifting music, treat yourself to ice cream, watch the sunset, spend time with a loved one … And yes, these things will probably make your day at least a little bit better.
But will will these activities help you make the most of each day? Probably not on their own.
4 steps to make today a great day
The secret to making the best of every day has less to do with the activities you choose and more with mindset.
Ever gotten to the end of a day and realized you didn’t even remember what you had for lunch that day? Quickly scrolled through your instagram feed without seeing anything you liked and suddenly it was one hour later? Did you ever do your morning commute on autopilot and completely missed out on the view?
When we’re preoccupied with what happened or what is yet to happen we miss out on what is happening now. It’s hard to have an amazing day when we’re not even aware that today is happening and we don’t realize the things we have.
Bring yourself back to now, the present moment. Focus on the task at hand, the conversation you’re having and stop obsessing over what went wrong yesterday and all the things you have to do this afternoon.
We live in a world full of distractions. In a world where attention is the new currency. If the marketeer putting those adds out thinks your attention is valuable, why don’t you?
Stop multitasking. Your brain really isn’t capable of focusing on multiple things at once, it just jumps from one task to the other and looses valuable intel doing the switch. Multitasking not only decreases performance but also enjoyment. Multitasking is a distraction that takes you away from the present moment.
Your day will get increasingly better when you bring your focus to the present moment. You’ll notice the beautiful sunset, you’ll build a deeper connection with a meaningful conversation, you’ll notice opportunities you never realized were there, you’ll create precious memories full of depth and detail.
When you’re mindful of your time, time and what you do with it matters.
Intentional living is a concept I keep talking about and it is the foundation of life design.
You will never be given anything unless you actively look for it and do what it takes to get it. This means you will have to say no to things that don’t get you closer to what you want and don’t bring you joy.
There is a misconception that in order to have a productive day you need to keep busy and keep doing. Well, there is a difference between busy vs productive! Being intentional is at the core of being productive, and a productive day is the perfect stepping stone for having a great day.
The idea behind making the most of your day is to be intentional with how you use your time and energy. So not only you’re completely present in the moment, but you also choose carefully what activities you engage in. This doesn’t mean ice cream fo breakfast, lunch and dinner but rather engaging in activities that bring you closer to what you want.
Being selective with where you spend your time and attention means you will be able to focus on the activities that help you move towards your goals and eventually create a life where every day is a great day.
There is a precipice between what we have and what we want. It’s that desire that keeps us moving forward and motivates us to do better. When you look at it as the moving force behind progress, desire is fabulous.
However, while a great servant, desire is a horrible master.
When we focus too much on what we want, we can fail to appreciate what we do have. And the things we do have are the ones that can help making today more meaningful.
The simple act of practicing gratitude in day to day life can improve your days and life incredibly.
Let it go
We can’t always control what happens to us but we sure can control how we react to it. And that is freedom.
You are free to let go of thoughts and feelings that do not serve you. Learn from them, but don’t let them hold you down.
Worrying, obsessing, stressing and holding grudges is the single most common thing that holds us back from having a fantastic day. When you are too preoccupied with what was
Letting go will allow you to have a great day no matter what. When you choose to let go of what doesn’t serve you, you make space for new great things.
Every night as we’re getting ready for bed my partner asks me if I had a good day.
It pains me to admit that sometimes I don’t really know or like the answer. Some days I’m just not all that present, I let the day happen to me without paying much attention. Sometimes I hold grudges or fall into a victim mindset. Some days I fail to appreciate the good stuff because I’m too preoccupied with what I can not control.
Other nights I can proudly say yes, it was a great day. Those are the days I’ve been present, intentional, grateful and able to let things go.
It really doesn’t take much to make today great. You might not be able to make today your best day ever – it’s not that easay to beat your graduation or wedding day, but you sure as hell can make it a great day.
Start by truly appreciating your morning cup of coffee, notice the warmth of the sun on your face, make intentional progress on your goals and let the stress of the other tasks go. Today is a good day to have a great day!