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17 Ways to Make the Most of Every Day

17 Ways to Make the Most of Every Day

Not to seem glum, but our days are numbered. We can’t keep hiding behind negativity to keep us from living life fully. We need to take charge and make the most of every day. Here are 17 tips to do just that.

1. Rejuvenate.

Start with the night prior by getting enough sleep and preparing for your day. Keep a journal to work through your thoughts. Moisturize your body and your face. You’ll wake up fresh and ready to have the best day ever.

2. Wake up early.

Don’t hit the snooze button. If you need an extra 10 minutes, set your alarm later so that you can wake up right away. Getting up early will allow you time for a healthy, wholesome breakfast and to ease into your day. You’ll have time to leisurely sip your coffee, or preferred morning beverage, read the newspaper, practice yoga, or whatever else wakes your soul.

3. Smile.

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    The easiest thing you can do to make the most of every day is to wake up smiling. When you put a smile on your face first thing in the morning, you program your brain to think positively and you will attract that positivity throughout your day. Don’t sweat it if you forget; it takes time to build a habit. Smiling at strangers is another lovely way to make the most of your day.

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    4. Read something positive.

    Keep the positivity rolling by reading something positive every day. Sign up for some positive AM alarm apps like Spirit Junkie or Affirmation Alarm to make things easy. Blogs, books, magazines, and newsletters are other great resources for positivity.

    5. Set daily goals.

    With your leisurely morning time, make a list of your daily goals and work toward accomplishing them. You can lay out an action plan with the baby steps you need to take and taking into account their timely deadlines. Your goals don’t have to be big. You could choose to feel a certain way or compliment a certain number of people.

    6. Check your head.

    You are in control of your mindset. Don’t let your ego take over the positive action you took in the morning. When you hear a negative thought encroaching, acknowledge it, challenge it, and replace it with positivity.

    7. Eat well.

    Follow healthy diet practices by eating three daily meals and a few snacks. Remember that everything is okay in moderation, except vegetables. You can eat veggies in abundance. Don’t starve yourself, and don’t be so rigid you never enjoy a meal.

    8. Take a break.

    We can’t spend every day in a leisurely state of bliss. We work. We work hard. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take a break. Whether you feel drained or energized take a moment to unplug and breathe. Step out into nature or take a power nap. Whatever resets your soul.

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    9. Get physical.

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      Move your body, especially when you’re feeling tired. Exercise releases endorphins, which makes you happy. Happiness helps makes the most of your day. You don’t have to get vigorous; try a brisk walk or meditative yoga if you’re not into heavy sweating.

      10. Express your love.

      Don’t go a day without letting those closest to you know how much you care. With our plentiful social media these days it’s really easy. But if you want to make the most of your day, write a letter, pick up the phone, or meet someone for a face-to-face chat.

      11. Do something that excites you.

      Don’t let a day go by without excitement. That doesn’t mean you have to sky dive or extreme mountain climb every day. It could simply be a quick skinny dip in the ocean (if you’re near one and secluded), calling that guy you think is cute, or trying a new skill. The possibilities are endless.

      12. Express yourself.

      Get creative to make the most of your day. Practice your art, your sport, your hobby. It’s important to keep these pleasures alive because they light up our lives.

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      13. Touch yourself and someone else.

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        We could all use a little more appreciation and what better way to do it than with touch. Give your best friend a hug, kiss your partner longer than you’re used to, touch yourself in places you feel insecure.

        14. Unwind.

        At the end of the day, when you’ve made the most of the sunlight, kick back and make the most of the evening. Create a routine to take care of yourself so that you can make the most of the next day ahead.

        15. Do what you want.

        We make choices in our lives every day. It’s important to remember, especially when you feel trapped by a situation. If you want to make the most of every day you need to do what you want, and part of that is making difficult choices. Sometimes this means making sacrifices. When you accept that these sacrifices are your choice then you will be a whole lot happier.

        16. Do what’s right.

        The right thing isn’t always the easy thing, but it will help you make the most of every day. If something doesn’t feel right then you need to make the choice to fix it.

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        17. Be kind.

        Spread joy wherever you go. Smile at strangers. Make a meal for someone. Donate your time. Call your mom. Pick up trash. Be nice to customer service. The little things make the biggest difference.

        Remember: you will have bad days, but focusing on the positive ones will make the negative easier to deal with. Need some help keeping a joyful mindset? Try these 11 tips for maintaining your positive attitude.

        Featured photo credit: Freedom/Bhumika Bhatia via flickr.com

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        How to Be Productive: 11 Ways to Be Productive and Happy at Once

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        A lack of productivity leads to a lack of happiness.

        When you can’t see yourself making progress or getting things done, you get anxious and become stressful.

        There are also tons of things that contribute to unhappiness here too: Facebook notifications, emails, texts, and chatty co-workers are just a small fraction of the disruptions we’re bombarded with. These “little things” can stack up fast and lead to hampering your happiness and productivity levels.

        Learn how to be productive with the 11 tips below and reclaim your everyday productivity and your happiness, once and for all.

        1. Be happy now

        Life is too short. No matter what you’re doing or where you are, be happy now. Start by finding something to be grateful for; everyone has at least one thing to be grateful for.

        Most of the world still has trouble getting access to clean drinking water… yhat means you can even be grateful for that bottle of Aquafina you’ve got on your desk right now.

        2. Finish your day before it starts

        Proper planning is the secret to peak productivity, and it’s also a good idea to set daily goals. Get yourself a planning tool and prioritize your daily tasks with it.

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        Here’s a smart technique on planning and prioritization: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

        3. Celebrate the small wins

        Every time you check off a task from your to-do list, you release a “happy chemical” in your brain called dopamine. This gives you the motivation to move forward and do even more.

        For example, after I finish writing this article and I’ve crossed it off my list of things to do today, I’ll get a nice burst of “happy chemicals” releasing in my brain. The best part? Zero side effects!

        Learn from here: How To Celebrate Small Wins To Achieve Big Goals

        4. Leverage like there’s no tomorrow

        Look for ways to use the good old 80/20 rule by identifying tasks that you might be able to outsource or leverage out to a virtual assistant.

        Stop wasting time doing things that don’t challenge you or ignite your passion. Hire out or automate anything and everything within your means.

        Check out this guide to find out how to start to delegate: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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        5. Recharge your batteries

        Figure out how many hours of sleep your body needs and make sure you get it. Take time to stretch, walk, or relax—you’ll be glad you did.

        Here’re some simple ways to relax completely and get rid of stress.

        6. Become an early riser

        This is one of the most underused productivity “hacks” on the planet. Ever since I decided to start waking up at 5am every day, my productivity levels and happiness have gone up dramatically.

        Most people aren’t up that early, so no one can bother you or disrupt you from what you want to do. Use this time to exercise, meditate, or to get a head start on your day.

        Not sure how to wake up earlier? Here are 11 Ways To Become an Early Riser Like Most Successful People Do.

        7. Do work you’re passionate about

        Make it your goal to blur the line between work and play by doing more things you’re passionate about. This promotes happiness both inside and outside of the workplace.

        Find what you’re passionate about and do it, or learn how to enjoy what you do with these tips: How to Enjoy What You Are Doing No Matter What

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        8. Use time blocks

        For example, when I wrote this article, I gave myself a one hour time block. This prevents unnecessary dilly-dallying like updating your Facebook status and checking email.

        Use an app like Alarmed to keep you on track.  Here’s a snapshot of the app from my iPhone.

          9. Avoid interruptions

          Interruptions are among the biggest barriers to both productivity and happiness. Every time you’re interrupted in the middle of a task your level of productivity takes a hit.

          We’ve all been there: you’re fully immersed in an important project until all of a sudden the workplace chatterbox appears out of nowhere and starts talking about stuff that doesn’t matter. By the time she’s gone, you’ve already forgotten where you were and it takes 30 minutes to get back on track.

          Avoid this by letting people know that you’ve got important work that’s got to be done.

          Learn more about how to stay focus in this guide: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

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          10. Shut down the digital disruptions

          iPhones, mailbox notifications, twitter, facebook, and everything that pops, slides, or fades in and out of your screen has got to go. Shut them down and focus.

          It’s as easy as turning off the notifications or scheduling only a specific time to check all these notifications and texts.

          11. Measure your success

          Every now and then, it’s a good idea to measure your results and see how things are coming along.

          How’s your progress? Are you pacing in the right direction? Are things getting better? Worse? It’s always a good idea to track your progress regularly.

          With an app like Rescue Time, you can easily keep track of the time you spend throughout the day. It helps you to find out how much time you’re really on-task and so you can review your progress.

            With these 11 effective ways to improve productivity, you will get more things done timely and become happier.

            Start small and take up each suggestion one by one, you can boost your productivity and create your happiness too.

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