I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I spend each day. Am I living my days in a way that I’m proud of? Am I doing the things I love? Am I creating a positive impact on the world or living in my own selfish bubble? Am I proud of how I spent my day?
As time has passed, I’ve started getting frustrated with myself if I didn’t use the day well. Spending too much time on social media or wasting time from lack of planning really bothers me now. There are so many good things I can do with my day, why do I continue to waste my time on things I ultimately care little about? I don’t love this habit of mine, but I do know recognizing what I want and don’t want out of my day is the first step to using them well.
It’s silly to spend 5 days of your week preparing or hoping for what the weekend will bring. It’s also silly to spend 50 weeks of your year hoping for what your 2 week vacation time will bring. In order to live life fully, we need to learn that the day to day is where life truly happens, where we can cultivate true joy. For some people, this is a daunting thought because they don’t enjoy their daily life. If that’s the case, then figure out a way to make some active changes to add things into your day that bring you happiness. Regardless of your job or finances, I challenge you to creatively insert joy into your waking hours of the day.
Your life is made up of the individual days that you live. If you’re pleased with your individual days, then you’re on your way to living a life that you’re proud of. It’s helpful to ask yourself at the end of the day “am I proud of how I spent my time today?” If not, identify what is holding you back, and make a conscious decision to eliminate those from your day, step by step.
Write down what makes up a good day to you, and then incorporate those things into your individual days. What puts a smile on your face or ignites passion in you? What excites you? We need to do these things. Too often we don’t make time in life to do what we actually enjoy, and it affects us in a deep way.
Stack good days in a row, brick by brick. It’s easy to get caught up in the big picture of life and coast through the day to day, but ultimately it’s in the ordinary days where the big picture will manifest itself. Embrace every minute of your day, it’s too important to waste.