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Friday, October 14, 2016

Make the most of every day

The average life expectancy for a healthy Australian is a tick over 82 years. That’s 29,930 days. Seems a lot, right? Well, depending how you look at it, it’s really not that much. Considering a fair few of us wish away the days until the weekend (which as a matter of fact is less than 30% of your life … excluding the odd holiday here and there), it’s a fairly sobering thought.

Unless you’re a squillionaire or incredibly lucky, chances are you probably spend the majority of your days going to work. Your time on earth is limited, so it’s time to make the most of every day. Not only will you have more time to do the things you’ll love, you’ll benefit from:

  • Increased happiness
  • Healthier lifestyle
  • Fulfilment in your career and personal life

Don’t know where to start? Read on, you might pick up a thing or two.

 


Wake up earlier

Do you find yourself rushing every morning, trying to juggle getting dressed with eating a dry piece of toast? As you rush out the door, you’re already flustered … by the time you get to work, you’re stressed. Bonus points if you remembered to brush your teeth.

Simple solution: Wake up earlier.

You’ll be more productive because you’ll have more time to get things done. If you wake up just one hour earlier every day, you’ll have 15 days’ extra living each year. There’s no excuse for not having enough time now.

 

Eat right

Ever heard the saying ‘you are what you eat’? The food you put into your body will fuel your motor (mind) throughout the entirety of your day. You wouldn’t put the wrong kind of fuel in your car, would you … so why put rubbish food into your body?

Oh, if you take note of point 1 above, you’ll have more time to eat a nourishing breakfast … hint, hint.

 

Get things done

More than likely, your to-do list is running off the page. Instead of going around in circles chipping away at a variety of bits and bobs, focus on one big project and tick it off. You’ll get that emancipating feeling of accomplishment and will be well positioned to have a few more wins throughout the day.

 

Do something you love

Work to live, not live to work. Outside of your day-to-day routine, be sure to embrace your outside interests and hobbies. According to Dani DiPirro in her renowned Positively Present blog, “even if you think you don’t have the time, having a hobby is worth making time for because of the many emotional, mental and physical benefits. When you’re doing something you love – something you don’t have to do for any other reason that the fact you enjoy it – you feel a rush of excitement and joy.”

 

Reflect

You know the best thing about today? The sun will rise tomorrow and will grant you the potential and opportunity to be awesome again. To ensure you begin tomorrow on the front foot, spend at least 10 minutes reflecting on the day you’ve just had. Think of what you did well, what didn’t work … it’s an active process to nurture your soul and encourage personal growth – your tomorrow’s self will thank you for it.

 

According to WSJ bestselling author, Joshua Becker, “at the end of the day, the lives we chose to live will be determined by how we spend to choose each day … today is among the greatest gifts we have ever been given. Let’s use it wisely and refuse to waste a single one.”

What do you do to make the most of every day? Comment below and let us know – your positivity may help somebody else enrich their existence.

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