We all have bad days, it’s just important to remember that it’s just a bad day, not a bad week, a bad month or a bad year. Every time you wake up, it’s another opportunity to seize the day. Here’s how to make the most of your day and make it as positive as possible.
Remind yourself that you are in control of your own happiness.
When you start your day, say this to yourself. You are the one that is control of your happiness and no one on the outside has control over you and your emotions. Yes, people may do things that affect your happiness but it’s all about how you deal with it. Take the positives from things, learn lessons and don’t dwell. Life’s too short.
Remind yourself that everyone’s journey is different.
It’s okay if you don’t have it all figured out, don’t be intimidated by others that do. Accept that some people have to take baby steps whilst others take strides, it doesn’t make you any more or less successful. As long as you’re working hard towards that end goal, you WILL get there. Somebody might get there before you but it isn’t a race. We all must take different pathways to reach the same destination sometimes.
Make sure you prioritise your tasks either at the start of the day or the night before. Do the things that have a deadline first or that must be done first and leave the least important tasks until the end. That way if you don’t get round to doing them and you underestimated how long your other jobs would take you, you can do it another day and the most important things will still be done.
Create a to-do list at the start of the day, prioritising your most important tasks. At the end of the day, create a list of everything you have done, adding in the things that may not have been on your original to-do list. For example, if you made yourself a healthy breakfast add that to your “done list”. Looking back at a list like this will give you a sense of achievement even if you haven’t completed everything on your to-do list.
- Don’t feel obliged to create a to-do list everyday – some days you need to just relax and unwind with a clear schedule!
Reframe your thoughts.
Make your thoughts more accurate – find the positives in all situations. Focus on what you do have rather than what you don’t have. Focus on what went right rather than what went wrong. Turn the mistakes into lessons. Don’t think how far you still have to go, think about how far you have come and be proud!
Always set yourself an achievable daily goal.
It can be whatever you want it to be, as long as it’s doable and will give you a sense of achievement at the end of the day. Write it down, maybe on your to-do list and make it clear that it’s your goal. It could be to write a blog post, gain 5 followers or if you’ve been struggling lately it could be just to get out of bed and get yourself dressed.
If you don’t want to, say no.
If someone offers you something you don’t want or don’t want to do, don’t feel obliged to say yes. Only you know inside what’s good for you and what isn’t and it’s important that if you feel as though you need some time for yourself then you have it. If people are considerate then they will understand. Just make it clear to them that you appreciate the offer though.
Be more observant.
Take in your surroundings and notice everything around you – sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures; it helps to keep you in the present moment. The world is full of lessons and ideas and goodness too although it’s hard to believe sometimes. Make the most of it and use it. Focus on the now, not the past or the future. Take it all in.
At the end of the day but not too close to bedtime, reflect on your day. Did you achieve your goal? What else did you do that was successful? What could you have done better? Turn these into lessons for the next day and then move on and don’t dwell. Remember every day is a new opportunity.
Listen to your mind and body.
Make sure you eat well and keep drinking plenty of fluids. If your mind is telling you that you need a break, take a break. It’s important to listen to your mind and body when it needs to rest – don’t overdo it!