So how was your day? 5 Tips to Make Each One Your Best!

smiley faceWhen you started out today, what were your hopes and plans for the day?  Did you define them?  Did you write them down?

All too often we focus on those “big” milestones and goals and we forget that every action we take, literally every thought that we think is part of what will bring us closer to our ideal life.  We can be guilty of neglecting our daily check-in to see if we’re serving our vision and keeping the promises we’ve made to ourselves and others.

When we fail to achieve a goal, it is not usually from one single fault or incident.  The majority of the time, it is the result of small things we neglect over time that add up.  That is why it is important to create for ourselves our own way of keeping track of our journey and whether or not we are staying on course.

There are three essential elements in my coaching program’s “Your Life in a Day”  framework.  First is to make sure you know what you are working toward in your life.  Second  is to plan and commit to only those activities that will move you in that direction.  Third, check-in and make sure you are staying consistent with your plan.

A key word in that sequence is “consistent”.  We all know that we face surprises, disruptions, detours, you name it!  No matter how much we plan, we have to be ready for those.  But if we stay consistent and focused, we will find ways for transform those moments into opportunities for growth.  We can be adaptable without compromising our commitment to our vision.

Here are some tips to make each day your best day:

1-Plan the week before you plan your day.  Make sure you have “created” time and space for everything important.

2-Always check your day for balance.  Don’t forget to create time and space not only for the “things” that are important but for the people in your life, too!  Remember that “making time” is the ultimate sign to anyone that they matter.  Your children, grand-children, parents, friends – you name it.

3-At the end of each day, re-affirm your plan for the next one.  (Start by reviewing that day’s accomplishments and give yourself a pat on the back! )

4-For anything that did not happen (or get fully finished) get it re-scheduled.  You will avoid the “guilt” by re-committing. Simply re-schedule!

5-Stop for a moment and think about the sense of accomplishment you will have the next time you sit down to review your day. Bring that feeling front and center and savor it. It will give you a sense of purpose and excitement when you set out to begin the next day.  Remember: Anticipation is one of the best motivators for action!

How we live each day is a micro-version of how we live our life.  Isn’t that exciting?  The possibilities are amazing!  It is so simple!  If you want to realize your best life, simply live your best days.  Start today.

 

 

About Kathi Laughman

Referred to by her clients as “The Plan B to Z Expert”, Kathi inspires them to see beyond probabilities to possibilities. They are stronger, happier and more financially secure than ever before. The result is the creation of far more value in the rest of their story than they ever dreamed possible. She serves professionals committed to continuously creating new pathways to success and significance.

Comments

  1. I use to schedule my day before kids. I should get back to scheduling again. Thanks.

    • Mom’s have it tough when it comes to those unpredictable days! That’s why it’s important to find a way to do this that works for you. Even if it’s just a checklist of the most important tasks or other tools to help keep what you’re working for front and center. Right now I’m focused on getting back to a healthy lifestyle. I knew that I wanted to use walking but I had a tough time “scheduling” walking. I got a Fitbit monitor and amazingly I started “fitting” steps into everything I did. All the best to you as you find your best way to have your best day!

  2. I love this. What a great piece to read as I start my day. So often I let my day control me instead of controlling my day. I’m going to print this off to keep in front of me. I also love the parallels between your focus and fitness. You say that the key word is consistency. That’s so true along the path to fitness as well!! Thanks, Kathi!

    • Hi Kay! Glad you enjoyed it. I agree – everything we aspire to have or be begins with how we spend our time. Fitness is a major part of this. I love the idea of every day being a snapshot of our life and a reminder that what we do within the day is a reflection of what we’re doing with our life. Keeps this in perspective.

  3. This is such a great reminder for me. Since I started my new job, I haven’t been doing anything but working. I haven’t had time (or so I think) to plan things out so I have something other than work to focus on.

    • Thanks, Angie. I’m so glad it resonated with you. Since I started working with the concept of “Your Life in a Day” it has really shifted my own perspective as well. It’s amazing how much we can do when we stop and put time to work for us as a resource. All the best to you in your new job! Sounds exciting. I love starting new things!

  4. What a great way to start my day, to read this list! I especially like “Always check your day for balance. Don’t forget to create time and space not only for the “things” that are important but for the people in your life, too! Remember that “making time” is the ultimate sign to anyone that they matter. Your children, grand-children, parents, friends – you name it.” Sometimes it’s easy to forget this, when your first priority is the Get Things Done. Thanks for the encouragement.

    • Thanks, Amy! That was the major change for me when I first started practicing “Your Life in a Day”. It is so important to realize that what happens from our day is up to us just like what happens from our life is up to us. Glad the post resonated with you!

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