First, let’s point out the obvious. You only have so many days in this life, and if you don’t make them count, you will regret it. People who work in hospice will tell you that the biggest regrets the dying have is not loving more, doing more of what they wanted to do, or having more experiences that they wanted to experience. If you start making every day count right now, then you will not have to worry about dying with those kinds of regrets.
It doesn’t matter how old you are or how much struggle you have been through, you can start today. Even if you only get a few good weeks in to make every day count, that will be better than not doing it at all when you look back at the end. So, hold the intention that you are going to make the most out of this life as you can and make today count. It will be worth the investment!
How To Make Every Day Count
There are a number of things you can do to make every day full of productivity, happiness, and value. But, following are 10 thing that everyone can easily implement into their life.
1. Number Your Days
Don’t do this in a depressing way, but do realize that your days are numbered. Since death is the destiny of all of us, every day you wake up is a day closer to not being alive, and if you waste today – you are wasting one of your numbered days.
Let’s say that the number of days you have left is 2. If you use today to be angry, fearful, anxious, mean, or sad, then you are not using one of your days well and you have wasted half of your remaining days. If you are lazy, unmotivated, and unproductive, then you are also not using one of your days well and you have wasted half of your remaining days.
So many people let death scare them, but you should really let it motivate you. Make every day count as if it were your last. Those are words to live by.
2. Make Your Morning Count First
Whether your morning is at 6am or 11pm, make it count. Make the start of your day special in some way that makes you feel glad to be alive. Start with gratitude. Start with love. Start with meditation, prayer, or just stillness. Do something that makes you feel happier and more at peace. Start your day off right and it will set the tone for the rest of the day.
There should always be time to start the day out right. It’s so important that you need to make time for it. Therefore, if you need to, start getting up earlier. If you get up and rush around, then you will be setting yourself up for a rushed day, which won’t help you make the most of it. Getting up a little earlier allows you to get everything in order, including yourself, and give you a chance to be more present during your day rather than stressed or worried.
3. Don’t Wing It!
If you are winging your days, then you are going to miss opportunities to have more success, better relationships, and more fun! You are going to miss making the most out of your day as you try to decide what the best option is, how you can go about doing it, and whether or not you should really do it at all! Winging it just creates chaos and confusion.
Set intentions for your life. Decide what you want to achieve to feel great about life and then work backwards from there to create schedules on how to achieve it.
Make sure you have a calendar to keep track of what you are doing each day. It’s easy to let the day get away from you and lose track of what you wanted to do. But, if you make a time for the things that really matter, such as good habits, productive tasks, and quality time with your loved ones, then you are more likely to make every day count.
4. Decide Your Big WHY
Why are you here? That’s the question that you really need to sit down and think about. What were you put here to do? Why do you get up every morning and keep going with your life in the face of obstacles and challenges?
For me, my big WHY is because I want more happiness, love, and fulfillment for me and everyone else in this world. I want to be positive, spread love, and impact as many people as I can in the biggest way I can.
You may have another big WHY. You may want to protect and love your family. You may want to devote yourself to God. You may want to protect people from harm in some way. You may want to protect animals.
The thing about this is to listen to the answer that you get. Take the time to figure out what matters most to you and then decide from that why you were put here. Roll with the answer you get and put it to work for you. You will feel a sense of passion and enlightenment as you do, and you will make sure that things that really matter to you are going to be things you start to focus on. That will make every day count.
5. Learn Something New Daily
There are plenty of wise people in this world. They have gathered many days of information, and their knowledge and judgement proves it. But, why are some people wise and some not? The wise people enjoyed thinking, learning, and discovering. They were curious and made a point of keeping their awareness open so that they could live their lives in a happier and more meaningful way.
If you want to be just a bit wiser tomorrow, then make today count and learn something new. It can be about anything that impacts your life in a positive way. It can be insight into how to be healthier, happier, smarter, or more fulfilled. It could be insight into how to make your life easier. It could be insight into how to make someone else’s life easier. All the information you need is there, so make today count by looking for it!
6. Stay Healthy
If you find yourself yawing all the time and tired before you even started doing anything worthwhile, then you are not going to make every day count – you will be too tired! If you are suffering from pain, then you are not going to make every day count – you will be in too much pain! And if you are sad, then you are not going to make every day count. You won’t give a rat’s ass about the day.
Looking after your physical and mental health is vital to making the most out of life. Without your health, you simply won’t have the energy, stamina, or desire to do what matters most.
Take some time right now to write out your positive and negative habits for your health. You may find that you have a lot more negative habits than positive. Negative habits include overeating, stressing out, not getting enough sleep, being lazy, working too much, being impatient, drinking too much, smoking, complaining, and not drinking enough water.
It’s time to really be honest about what you are doing in your day that contributes to your health and then decide if making every day count is more important than doing negative things. If it is, then sit down and write out what you could be doing to make life much more healthy. You already know the answers, but you need to get clear on them by writing them out and making yourself really see what it will take to get healthier.
Once you got your list, start working on developing those new habits. Remember, make them a part of your day by scheduling them in instead of winging it so that you always get done what you want to do.
7. Give Yourself 30 Days
When you add something into your life that you think may benefit it, such as a new habit, hobby, or goal, give yourself at least 30 days to go for it before you give it up. Most challenges set out a 30-day rule because, in essence, it is a challenge to do something for 30 days! However, 30 days also gives you enough time to see the rewards and potential of doing something, and you can really decide if that ‘something’ is going to make your life better, happier, and more fulfilling.
If you don’t give yourself enough time, then you will never know. You will never know if that one thing would have made your days count much more than they did. You will wonder, regret, and that’s not how to make every day count at all.
8. Think Outside Of Yourself
Life is about your happiness and fulfillment, but that comes from making the world a better place. For instance, you can’t earn money unless you offer some sort of service to earn that money. Your service can make someone else’s life better and that can make them contribute to someone else’s life is a positive way. On and on it goes, and by the end of the day, many people were affected indirectly by you. When a bunch of people are happy, that can affect our world in a positive way. It can cause people to become kinder, more compassionate, and more loving, which – not surprisingly, are all things that make every day count.
When you think like that, you will see that there is lots of opportunity to do something for others and make the world a better place. Donate to your food bank, share good news instead of negative news on social media, be kind to someone who needs kindness, and be patient with someone who needs patience.
You may not always see the impact of thinking outside of yourself has, but when you look back on life and see how you contributed to the world in a positive way, then you will have a very clear vision of how that made every day count.
9. Make Loving Relationships
I’ve seen people at the end of their life, and I can tell you that the happiest people are the ones who have a lot of visitors and family coming to visit them. However, it is not just having relationships that matters, it is having loving relationships where you connect with them on a very personal level.
Loving relationships make you feel good about yourself and life. They make you feel alive and energized. They give you the support and motivation you need to keep going. And, they give you a reason to live your life’s purpose and make every day count.
You can have loving relationships with family, friends, and even coworkers. If you are someone who cares a lot about other people, shows affection and fondness, and makes other people feel valued and appreciated, then you will be capable of forming all kinds of loving relationships.
10. Appreciate What Happens – Good Or Bad
What’s the number one way to make every day NOT count? It’s to get upset over the little things that you have no control over. A flat tire, a delayed flight, or a cancelled event can all cause you to waste away your day complaining, feeling bad, and focusing on what doesn’t really matter.
If you’ve been alive for any number of days now, you know that things don’t always go as planned. Due to things that are completely out of your control, unexpected things are going to happen, and they will not always be good! But, you always have a choice to turn them into something good or view them in a more positive light.
This is where optimism and positive thinking comes in. When you can see the positive side of things, you can appreciate what happens and make the most out of any situation. For instance, if you get a flat tire, and you have to go to the mechanic and buy a new one, then you have two choices. Get upset, or, appreciate the time to go and get a coffee at your favorite coffee shop or take a nice relaxing walk through the neighborhood as you wait for your tires to be put on.
When you can remember to embrace was comes as a part of life and find the positive in it, you will be able to make every day count despite what happens.