How to Make Every Day Awesome
What if I told you that every day could be an awesome day? Seriously.
Every. Single. Day.
It’s quite simple, but it does take time and effort.
I’ve kept a journal for a while now and I’ve noticed that recently, I start almost every entry with ‘Yesterday was an awesome day!’
Believe me, it wasn’t always that way.
But what I noticed was that the more effort I made to do the things that bring me the most joy, the more great days I started having.
And while my daily activities vary from day to day, they all seem to fall under the same few buckets:
- Physical Activity– any kind of strenuous activity, such as a workout, bike ride, or a run
- Connection with Nature – spending time outside and being in nature
- Connection with my Awesome Hubby – having date nights, conversing over dinner or doing something silly together (like our daily welcome home dance)
- Connection with Others – spending time with family and friends, old and new
- Connection with Myself – doing yoga or qi gong, meditating or journaling
- Fun – doing something fun for the heck of it, like calligraphy (I know, I'm a nerd!)
- Growth – learning something new, expanding myself or my business
- Gratitude – being grateful for at least five things each day
Doing something in most, if not all, of these categories each day is what makes my day great.
What Does a Great Day Look Like to You?
What makes each of us happy is different. The elements that make up my Great Day may be totally different from yours.
Only you know what brings you joy.
So the challenge is for you to figure out what a Great Day looks like to you.
Not sure where to start?
Begin by writing a list of 100 things you enjoy doing or would like to try.
There are no right or wrong answers.
Here are some questions to get your creative juices flowing.
- If you had a day off from work, how would you like to spend it?
- What activities seem to make time fly?
- What new things do you want to try?
- What did you enjoy doing as a child? As a teenager?
- Who do you enjoy spending time with the most? What activities do you like to do together?
- What could you spend all day doing?
Next, look at your list and group similar items together. Come up with high level buckets for the groupings.
You now have a list of categories and activities to aim to do every day. Add to the list as you think of more items.
Find the Time
Now that you have your categories and activities, here comes the hard part:
Finding the time to do at least one activity in each category.
I know what you're thinking: I don't have any time.
Each of us only has 24 hours in a day and we would all like some more time.
So why is it that some people are able to build a side business, volunteer, develop deep relationships, write a book, [fill in the blank with what seems impossible to you]?
The truth is -
We make time for the things that are important to us.
[For a quick reality check, take an inventory of how you spent the past few days and you'll see what's currently important to you.]
There's always something you can cut back on. Maybe that means watching one less hour of TV, or taking on less responsibilities at work.
It takes conscious effort to reallocate your time.
Hey, I said it was simple, but I didn’t say it'd be easy. :)
One last note - the kind of day you have also depends on the kind of day you expect to have.
It's important to be mindful of how you approach your day.
Are you giddy with excitement or grumpy with resentment?
To remind myself of my intention for an awesome day, I found this cheery, lighthearted print to hang in our bathroom as the first thing I see each morning.
Now it’s your turn…
What are the elements of your Great Day? Share them by leaving a comment below. If you haven’t given it much thought, spend some time today to start designing your Great Day.
Thanks for reading!