How to assess your day

With today’s fast paced environment, and the dynamism of our lives, it is difficult to anticipate how the next day will be. However, it is of utmost importance to gather the success of the day that has passed. This will ensure that the next day can be made more fruitful.

A few ways in which one can assess their day, are given below:

1. At the end of the day, ask yourself, “Did today matter?”

Sure, you could spend a long time thinking back on your to-do list and reviewing your calendar. And what were all those emails about? But when you ask yourself this question, chances are you’ll know the answer intuitively.

Did today matter? If so, great. Do more things like it tomorrow. Can’t remember anything in particular that made a difference? Well, better change it up.

2. Define success at the outset of every day, or (even better) the night before.

Before you hit the ground running, take a few moments in meditation or thoughtfulness to decide what you’d like to see happen by the end of the day. Again, be sure to prioritize: it would be great to make a ton of progress on everything, but you probably won’t. What’s most important? What is realistic to achieve?

“Man is a success when he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night. And in between, does what he wants.” -Bob Dylan

Making this decision has a side benefit. In addition to helping you focus, when you’re able to hit that definition of success, you have an automatic answer to the question of “Did today matter?” Of course it mattered, because you did what you said you would.

3. Create new metrics.

Here’s a new habit: “Every day in 2018 I will write or call one friend.” The habit correlates with an easy metric: How many days did I practice this habit?

But these metrics, as appropriate as they are to these kinds of goals, aren’t comprehensive for our whole lives. So if you’re seeking harmony or just a different way to stay on track with all aspects of your life, maybe you need some new metrics.

4. Increase your units of momentary happiness.

 The concept is simple, yet valuable: think of those times when you actively felt happy. Do more of them. How many times did you feel happy today? Where did those moments come from? How can you have more of them?

5. Answer two questions at the outset of every day.

If the idea of defining success proves elusive, or you just don’t want to think of your top 2-3 priorities, take a different approach and ask yourself these two questions at the start of the day:

How are you feeling?

What do you want?

Take the time to actually write down your answers, even if it’s just a short sentence or two for each or a quick set of words and phrases that make sense to you. Throughout the day, whenever you have a choice of how to spend your time, think back on your answers. Perhaps the best solution will spring to mind, or at least orient you in the right direction.

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