Life isn’t perfect, which means that perfect days are rare and hard to come by. However, this doesn’t mean they aren’t attainable, nor that we should cease from striving to obtain them. While they are hard, they are worth it, when you do have one.
For me, I have a formula for how to win a day. I can’t accomplish this every day, but I strive to as much as possible. Winning the day still takes work, time, and effort to be conscious of what you are doing.
A winning day isn’t just sitting around watching football. While fun, at times, I need more to my day for it to be considered a win.
Here are some tips to try and win the day.
**Get up early. No, I’m talking about 4 am, while this is great, and if this is you — go for it! I’m just talking about a decent hour before the rest of the house wakes up. I like to get at least 30 minutes before anyone else is up to get my brain turned on. Coffee, gathering my thoughts, and some journaling to start the day.
**Journal or writing. My goal in journaling is simple. I want to get all those thoughts that are banging around in my head, out, and on to paper. As Anne Frank said, “Paper has more patience than people.” This tiny step to the beginning of my day is crucial. We all have thoughts and, quite frankly, baggage that lives in our heads. I don’t want to walk around with this stuff all day. Get it out, work through it, and move on.
**Exercise. I like to run. I started lifting weights more recently, but either way, I like to get the body moving and get a good sweat. I also want to do this in isolation and solitude. Most of us spend enough time in our day surrounding by voices and noise. Exercising is a great time to unwind mentally. As Bob Iger, chairman of Disney, said on “The Tim Ferriss Show,” “I need quiet time. I need alone time. I need a time to be still with my thoughts, and exercise provides that for me.”
I couldn’t agree more.
**Write. It’s not a full day without some writing. I want to try and get 500 words to 1,000 words, but that’s not always possible. Writing is what I love, want to do forever, and hope to someday do for a living. It’s as much a part of my winning day as it’s a part of me.
**Spend time with my two favorite people. I have a beautiful wife and a precious little girl. My life isn’t complete without them, nor is my day. I’m fortunate enough, on most days, that getting to spend time with them is not an issue. These two are a priority to me, and spending time with them is non-negotiable unless I’m traveling without them.
**Read. Reading is not optional for me. It’s where my ideas, improvements, and learning mostly come. I make time for it. It’s highly essential to any success I have or will have in the future. I used to think everyone should, but I understand some people just aren’t going to, for whatever reason. Fair enough. I just know that my life is in a much better place mentally and spiritually when I’m reading.
**Prayer. I spend time, each day, in prayer and thought. This time is non-negotiable and as much a part of my day as breathing. Whether it’s 5 minutes or an hour, it’s getting in my day. My faith is a highly important aspect of my life. It’s a place of stillness, which we all need; however, we plan to exercise that.
These are the main focal points on how I try and win my day. I also strive each day to get in a walk, eat healthily, and drink plenty of water.
What are the things you have to get in your day to feel like you won the day?