How to Live a Day

Momentum…The reason I love this word and used it in the title is that this is what makes us. The momentum built of what we do everyday regularly in our lives. It is our habits and lifestyle choices that determine what becomes of us more than anything else. I have been trying bit by bit to make it better. To recognize myself as a person geared for strength and success.

There just aren’t enough hours in the day. But as many as there are, I want to use them well. I am working at it. One recent change I am really proud of is journaling everyday. I am on Day 27 now and so proud of that. Habits do get easier with time. Force it till it feels good and I want to do it, I guess that is the way to go.

For today, I made a list of what I would like to include in a day. Some things are a must for every day. And since I cannot complete every single good habit for self care, organization, success, and my life goals… well you get the point. I divided up my list into what has to be done daily and the second list is for things I hope I can do at least once a week. The idea there is to pick a few everyday and know that they are not all mutually exclusive to complete.

Every. Single. Day.

  • Get enough sleep to recharge. Figure out how much you actually need.
  • Eat food that makes you feel good and is good for you. A happy combination of nutritional guidelines and your satisfaction.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking water or consuming other food and drink that fills you with water and electrolytes.
  • Hygiene check. Brush your teeth. Shower and shampoo. Keep your nails and hair neat.
  • Make your bed. Clean and declutter your surroundings.
  • Smile and laugh. If these are not happening to you once a day, find new company and media choices.
  • Have dedicated pockets of time for emails. They need to be dealt with but can be disruptive and add tension of work piling up.
  • Have dedicated time for social media. Make that time guilt free and have the rest of the time in your day to get more done without distraction.
  • Do away with multitasking. Tasks are to be completed with single-minded focused with dedicated time and effort.
  • Write in your journal. Figure out what you like to note down and what time of day is best. Whether you are writing a novel or trying to stay organized, this can be helpful for everyone if you can set the habit.
  • Choose guilt-free break times over procrastination and distraction.
  • Remember and refresh on your goals and especially your mantra. What do you want to do and why?
  • Pick something important that needs to be done, set your timer to 25 minutes, and just go!
  • Work on a task that connects to your dreams! Even 5 minutes but make it a part of every day.
  • Earn a living. Almost goes without saying as I see crowds hustle to work everyday.
  • Get the recommended 10,000 steps or at least 7,500.
  • Meditate or pray. Even just stop and take a few deep breaths. Feel the moment and your actions and nothing else.
  • Give a friend or a loved one a warm hug. They need it and you do too.
  • Find and remember your gratitude, confidence, and optimism.
  • Prepare for tomorrow to keep stress low. Especially with a day ahead of meetings or travel. Have the resources and outfit ready.
  • Put forward your best, kind, smart, loving, most amazing self in everything you do.

These are things that I would like to accomplish at least once a week. Tackling one day at a time, I select a few per day to work through depending on my mood and needs.

  • Check in with yourself. How are you feeling and why?
  • Cooking. It is a relaxing activity and the results for me are generally fresh, healthy and yummy.
  • Read or watch the news to stay current.
  • Get out and encounter new people and ideas.
  • Spend time with friends and family. Maybe contact someone you have not spoken to in a while. If you have kids, they need time every single day.
  • Exfoliate and moisturize your skin.
  • Read a book. So many benefits, where do I begin?
  • Keep a shopping list. When you go, you get the stuff you really want and need plus control impulse buys that waste money.
  • Review and adjust your financial health.
  • Challenge yourself. Work on learning something new.
  • Participate in a event, new experince, or social gathering.
  • Spend some time outside with nature and fresh air.
  • Get moving and raise your heart rate.
  • Yoga and stretching for strength, flexibility and all that other good stuff.
  • Sing and dance like nobody is watching when nobody is watching. Just feels so good. Loosen up, clear your mind, and let any hesitation go.
  • Engage in meaningful conversation to expand on and learn new ideas.
  • Dream your dreams. Cascade those dreams into goals and then into tasks. Put some planning into your life. The struggle and grow for it.

Please help me here. I concluded this post with a nagging feeling still with me that I forgot some important things. What are they? Please share your tips and recommendations.

Next Steps
Keep up the journaling and work on missing good habits one at a time.

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4 thoughts on “How to Live a Day

  1. Good idea about making two separate to-do lists. There are so many things I personally want to do and learn and of course there isn’t enough time in a day! But I also have this problem that if I’m not constantly thinking about it, it probably doesn’t get done.
    I looked at your link to the mantra post. It was really useful. Now I’m motivated to find my mantra for the rest of the year!

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    1. Thank you! There really aren’t enough hours in a day right?
      I do love the mantra idea. Do you know what is the most important thought to keep reminding yourself of like that for you? I am still figuring that out and getting something strong ingrained into my mind.


      1. Honestly I get really attached to song lyrics. I’m in a master’s program for counseling and really struggling to finish. I really love TOOL and the lyrics from one of their songs speaks really highly to me:

        “If there were no desire to heal
        The broken and damaged met along
        This tedious path I’ve chosen here
        I certainly would have walked away by now.

        I must keep reminding myself of this
        I must keep reminding myself of this:
        Be patient.”

        It’s long, but I listen to this song every day and I’m starting to think it’s my natural mantra.

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        1. That is great. Kudos to you for wanting to make a difference here and you are on the right track so far. The quality of lyrics is a big point for me when it comes to music and I am looking more now for the motivational ones. My friend sent me the song “What are you waiting for?” when I told her I was worried I wasn’t moving fast enough towards my goals. It makes me stress more than motivating me. A mantra or theme song must remind WHY doing anything is important, the right reason.

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