Sure…we have our good days, and we have our bad, but what if almost all of them could be good? By implementing these 9 concepts into your daily routine, I can guarantee you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a positive day every day!
1. First and foremost, start your day on a productive note
This concept is an absolute must. Think about it, when you’ve completed a plethora of tasks in under two hours, you feel powerful, on top of your game, and capable of doing anything. So why not make every day a productive day?
The beauty of this is that it doesn’t have to be complicated. You can make your tasks small, or you can make them large. It’s entirely up to you! You don’t have to workout in the morning to be productive (however, it’s a spectacular way to energize your day and fill your blood stream with happy hormones!). You don’t have to run through a marathon of morning errands to feel like you’ve achieved something. You can make it as simple as preparing your favorite breakfast! Personally, that’s what I do! I set aside at least half an hour every morning so that I can enjoy my breakfast without distraction. (My mom will confirm this…no one messes with my breakfast time.) If you’re still unsure, here are some simple ideas you can start with:
- Read a chapter of your favorite book
- Declutter/clean your room
- Fold a little bit of laundry
- Prepare your favorite breakfast
- Do the 3-Exercise Energy Booster (10 air-squats, 10 push-ups, 10 crunches)
- Show your dog some love and play with him. Maybe take him for a short walk!
Get creative! And don’t forget to give yourself credit!
2. Have a game plan that’s worth getting excited about
Everyday needs to include one thing to get excited about. Without a riveting event to look forward to, you’re likely to go on as if it’s “just another day,” hitting the snooze button three and four times.
Many people use that phrase too often: “Just another day at school…just another week at the office…just another year in the books…” Plus, it’s not something ever said with enthusiasm, or even a slight smile (if it is – it’s fake). It’s a sad, depressing phrase that basically says “I’m slowly dying.”
But we’re alive people!! And we’re capable of making the day spectacular! So whether you plan to reunite with a friend, start a new book, or finally say hi to the cute guy/gal at the gym: get excited!!
3. Dress up a little
We all inevitably feel a little better about ourselves when we’re confident in our appearance. It boosts our self esteem, and gives us an extra lift to jump-start the day with positive vibes. It is okay to walk out the door thinking “Yessss, I am all that and a bag of chips.”
Not to mention, we all enjoy a little eye-candy, and that pleasant whiff of fresh perfume/cologne.
Keep in mind, I’m not saying dress like a movie star getting on the red carpet every day; I’m saying look good for yourself and you’ll feel good about yourself.
4. Take a few moments at least 1-3 times a day to focus on something positive
This literally can take 30 to 60 seconds. Maybe you’re planning a trip this summer; maybe last weekend’s party was the best one of the year; maybe the guy you like smiled at you today; whatever it is that makes you smile inside – focus on it for a few moments a day. Positive thoughts causes a chemical reaction in your brain that essentially leave you feeling happy.
Think of it as keeping your eyes on the prize. Focus on the positives, and you’ll flush out the negative.
5. Invest in yourself
I can’t stress this one enough: YOU GOTTA MAKE YOURSELF HAPPY. Whether it’s through relaxation, spending the day alone doing whatever the hell it is that you wanna do, buying yourself that fitness plan from the coach you’ve been wanting to work with for months; just freaking do it. You’ll thank yourself later.
6. Stop nitpicking at things and judging other people
Humans are natural critics. We judge everything, especially ourselves. It’s not always a bad thing, though; we kinda need it for survival, you know? But what’s bad is when we’re constantly judging others. People can get really specific and pick at a person from the inside out. From the way one talks, walks, acts, eats…heck, sometimes when we really don’t like someone we’ll fuss about his breathing pattern. (“Aye man, can you stop breathing so hard?”) — I’m I’m not exaggerating, people literally waste time analyzing this stuff! Sometimes obliviously (even worse!)
Have you ever heard the saying: “How people treat others is a direct reflection of how they feel about themselves?”
It’s totally a valid statement. When you really dig deeper, and be honest with yourself, about why you feel a certain way about something/someone, you’ll see the problem lies within yourself.
[Side note: please don’t think that this makes you a bad person. It’s a great way to gain insight to who you are. It allows you to work on yourself and appreciate the beauty in your surroundings, rather than meaningless and superficial errors.]
7. Get enough sleep
You and I both can agree, no one likes a tired, crabby-pants. Plus, sleep is linked to a myriad of things: better eating habits, better test scores, better memory, better attention span, better motivation, better skin, better sex….must I go on?
Besides, we ALL love sleep. Stop depriving yourself! Go catch your Z’s!
8. Maintain a healthy diet
I feel like this is a pretty obvious fact. It’s definitely easier said than done, but it’s worth every bit of effort. Better nutrition correlates with plenty of things, but you’re not going to be your best self unless you feel like your best self. Healthier choices do that for you.
My biggest suggestion is to meal prep. Take one day out of the week in which you spend a few hours prepping meals for the upcoming week. It’ll make your life a whole lot easier.
“If you fail to plan, then plan to fail.” That’s my motto!
9. Limit your social media usage.
Reported from Informate Mobile Intelligence, a mobile measurement agency, the average American opens some kind of social media platform at least 17 times a day. That’s at least once for every hour we’re awake (and I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve found myself checking at least three times in a mere half hour — that’s where I decided to put my foot down).
There’s no question about it; Social Media is a huge culprit behind wasted hours. And, let’s be real…what is it for?! Sure, I get the apparent meaning behind it: connect, socialize, and get away from reality . But how many times do you find yourself becoming slightly depressed? Oftentimes, we compare our lives with meaningless pictures posted by family, friends, and celebrities; pictures that were meant to impress in some way, shape, or form. Everyone has compared their behind-the-scenes to someone else’s highlight reel. And it’s so easy to do when simple pictures don’t show the full scenery, the complete background, that’s behind the photographer.
Before you know it, a few minutes turn into a few hours…hours that could have been utilized to complete your homework assignment, or give your dog a bath. Most importantly, those hours could have been invested in one of the other 8 things listed above.
Your time is yours, but if you let it go to waste, you’ll never get it back. Each passing second becomes a part of your history, and it will become a lost opportunity to fulfill your life with something great, if you let it. Your time is precious; treat it as such.