I hate going to bed without accomplishing something beforehand.
It might sound a little crazy at first but hear me out…
I’m not just talking about work. I’m talking about everything from fitness and relationships to business and personal development. I like to feel as if each day had some type of progress or meaning.
If I hit the sack without this feeling, I’ll toss and turn for a few minutes (sometimes hours). But I’ve recently been able to shake this by making intentional efforts to accomplish things that help me feel as if the day counted.
In this blog post, I’m going to share with you six different things that I’ve used to give me a sense of satisfaction when I look back at a day to say, “Ok, today was a good day.”
Do Something Or Be With Someone You Love
We all have things we love or people we love. Embrace them.
When you can carve up time to do something you love or be with someone you love, you’re immediately able to have a sense or satisfaction that today was worth living. It might not be the most productive day thing to spend your time on but life isn’t all about launching projects and creating content.
It’s about the experiences we have and the experiences we share with one another.
Read Something That Leads To Growth
Making time in your schedule to learn something new can be a beautiful break from the grind.
I love when I can make time to sit back, read a new book and pull out my highlighter to keep track of new insights that I can use in my life. Whether it’s an autobiography or non-fiction, I love reading books that offer me an opportunity to learn something new or challenge me to think differently.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss
Most great books will take more than one sitting to read from cover to cover. If you wanted to read every book you’ll ever be recommended online and by friends – it would take more than a lifetime. So establish some rules for yourself – Here are mine:
- Only read books that have been recommended by peers or friends
- Don’t read more than 3 chapters if after the 3rd you’re not enjoying it
- Stop reading as soon as you stop enjoying it
- If you’re not using your highlighter – reconsider whether you should keep reading
Now, these rules come with some exceptions – for example; if the first 3 chapters are only 10 pages in total, I’ll keep reading for a few minutes to determine whether it’s worth it.
Create Something You’ve Been Putting Off
We all have that one project we’ve always wanted to tackle but have kept putting off. It might be starting a blog, it might be starting an ecommerce store, it might be a service, it might be painting, it might be a new language – the possibilities are endless.
But today, I want you to stop putting it off and realize that this is all you’ve got. Today is here and tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us. So why put it off? If you keep putting it off, you’re eventually going to have no more time to put it off too… And today, could in fact be that day.
So do it now. Create what it is you want to create.
Reach Out To Someone You’ve Been Meaning To
Life is about experiences and relationships.
If there’s someone who you’ve been meaning to get in touch with or reconnect with; do it. For the same reasons why you should create something today, you should reach out to someone today.
That one email could be an email that changes your life. I’ve built many relationships with people who have simply reached out to me over email, exchanged back and forth for a few months and then the next time we happened to be in the same city – we broke bread.
Relationships are important in business but can offer a lot of satisfaction beyond that. Find people who you’re genuinely interested in and reach out. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to build a relationship with someone when you have no motives beyond connection.
Identify A To-Do List For The Next 48 Hours
This one is simple.
Start planning the next 48 hours. I don’t know about you but when I have structure in my day, I have an entirely different level of motivation and focus. It allows me to perform at a higher level as it’s black and white as it relates to what I need to do. No distractions.
Begin Tackling Tackling That To-Do List Immediately
Your to-do list may have been for the next 48 hours but that doesn’t mean it’s time to put the pen down and call it a day. Start tackling something on that to-do list immediately. Finishing one task before going to bed will give you an additional sense of accomplishment.
It’s also a nice surprise when you open your todo list and see something already checked.
What things do you to ensure that your days count? I’m curious what tasks you try to do every single day to feel a little bit more satisfied before hitting the hay. Let me know in the comments!