6 Practical Ways to Own Your Day and Feel Good
A calendar year has 8,760 hours. And, for 2018, we have already used up 2,760. This means there are about 6,000 hours left before 2019 rolls around.
What will you do with them?
Lots of people talk about time management. Time is elusive and a concept. Without getting too philosophical, the reality is: we don’t have control of time. The Sun will rise whether we like it or not.
But we can control our actions.
We can manage ourselves.
In December 2017 or early January, you likely wrote some resolutions, plans, goals for this year…
When you were 5, 15, or 25 years old, you also had dreams and goals.
Have you accomplished them?
6,000 isn’t too many. You’ve already spent some of it today, likely not on anything important.
But, if we do it right, 6,000 (or 8,700 a year) can be enough.
The difference between achieving our dreams or not achieving them lies in what we do each day.
Here are some tips to help you optimize your day:
- Pick 3. Get three to five hugely important things done every day. Maybe it’s filing your taxes, writing a chapter of your book, or making that important phone call. Everything else is a bonus. (And don’t get distracted with things that seem urgent, but will not matter 5 years from now.)
- Take a cold shower. After a delightful 10 minutes under hot water, see if you can switch the temperature to cold—at least for 5-10 seconds. It will stimulate your body.
- Jump. If you’re able, at some point during the day, jump up and down for 10 seconds. Even better, yell, “I am a rockstar,” or “I don’t stink”! You will get your blood flowing and release serotonin—the chemical in our brain that makes us happy.
- Learn. One of the things that makes us humans absolutely fascinating is our unquenchable curiosity. Harness it, and intentionally learn something new every day. No matter how big or small it is, just be aware of learning it. (By the way, did you know that there are more possible iterations of a game of chess than there are atoms in the known universe?)
- Be reminded. Take a look at your goals and motivations, revisit your “dream board”, take 5 minutes to visualize—and feel—the life you want (what will it be like, feel like, smell like, taste like, look like). This will keep you focused and motivated.
- Pay Attention. Life is only short if we walk through it half-awake. Pay attention to your posture, your foot touching the ground, how you chew your food, when you look into someone’s eyes, and even when you brush your teeth—ever noticed the bubbles exploding in your mouth? Paying attention in this way, being present daily, will literally rewire your brain allowing you to be more “in the now,” more focused, and calm (i.e. not anxious).
Finally, put your hand on your heart and feel that beat.
That is who you are. That is what matters.
Now, go, and make this day count. That’s why you’re here!