You know the kind of day I am talking about.
It's the kind of day you wake up to the sun shining, the breeze blowing just right and your favorite song playing on the alarm clock. Maybe you’re next to a special someone or maybe you just had the night of your life. Whatever the circumstance, everything is falling into place.
Breakfast isn’t rushed, you get a workout in, you're mentally prepared for work and there is an overall sense of tranquility flowing through your body. Although hardly every day will pan out like this, here are three steps to take to get that much closer to having a perfect day.
1. Wake up happy.
This is a big one because it sets the mood and tempo for the entire day. It’s also probably the hardest one to do, considering we all have presentations, jobs and events scheduled that we sometimes dread attending throughout our days.
We have to come to realize that no matter what, we are probably going to have to end up doing whatever it is we are not looking forward to.
So why not be positive despite the day's foreseen circumstances? When you approach unwelcome situations with a positive attitude, positive outcomes tend to occur. Even if you fail, you will get a chance to try again.
Wake up with a smile on your face, excited to be alive and appreciative of what you have, and you will come to find out that you never know what good fortune might come your way.
2. Don’t rush yourself.
It’s better to be completely ready and two minutes late than to be a blubbering mess right on time.
Slow down. Take it easy. Breathe.
The world is not going to end if you're a minute late to the meeting. If you have something of substance to offer, it will show. I’m not saying be late all the time by any means; I am saying that moving efficiently is much more productive than just moving quickly.
Just like in the perfect day scenario, things will fall into place if you just give them time. Yes, sometimes you have to move quickly to get something done, but don’t compromise the integrity of whatever it is by rushing it. In the words of Stifler from "American Pie," "Relax, take it slow and let the good times roll."
3. Be productive.
Don’t just sit around doing nothing all day long. I am going to admit that I have spent lots of time doing absolutely nothing, and it definitely just leaves you feeling empty and useless inside. Are you really gaining anything from scrolling down that Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Tumblr feed? No.
Why not read a book? Learn a new recipe? Why not paint something? As humans, we need to stay productive to progress, and one way of doing that is by actually producing something. Not only does creating something with your mind and imagination give you something to do, it is also something you can show off to your friends on all of those media platforms.
Although everyone's idea of a perfect day is going to be different, people are always more fulfilled if they are happy, productive and not rushed.
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