Not many of us can sleep over the fact that we have lived the day as it should be lived, positively and proactively. Rather, we obsess over all the things that have gone wrong and we worry about the morrow and wonder what it will bring. We stress ourselves out because we are neither satisfied with the day that has gone by nor are we looking forward to the new day that will soon dawn. And since this cycle is repeated day after day, the quality of life in general begins to suck. The key to making each day successful lies not in fate or in luck, but in your hands, or should I say your head. You only have to think and focus on what you want out of the day, and even if you don’t achieve a 100 percent, well, 95 percent sure isn’t bad at all. It’s easy enough if you follow these tips:
- Know what you want from the day: Even before you open your eyes every morning, you must know what you want out of the day. Unless you have a plan, you’re bound to drift like a rudderless boat in an ocean of tides. So decide what you want from the day, and find ways to work out your plan into your routine. There will be days when you want to simply relax and do nothing at all; that’s ok as long as that’s what you expect from the day. The point is, you need to know exactly what you want to do in that day, and you need to put your plan into action without wasting any time, be it work or leisure.
- Learn how to deal with problems: Just because you’ve made plans, it doesn’t mean that everything is going to go according to them. You must remember Murphy’s law; if anything can go wrong, it will. So when you meet with obstacle after obstacle, you must know how to circumvent them rather than crumble and lose control when things don’t happen the way you would like them to. The best way to do this is to take a proactive stand rather than react to problems. Deal with them and see how they can be solved instead of worrying and stressing out that they have happened. When you start to put into motion steps to solve your problems, they stop being problems any more.
- Have contingency plans: The basic rule for setting plans is to have backup plans. When your day does not go as planned, say you’re stuck in a traffic jam and get in to work late, take stock of your situation and change your plan accordingly. So if you had set yourself 10 tasks to do, evaluate and pick the most important ones, and get them done in the limited time you have left. If you do have time at the end of the day, then take care of the remaining tasks; if not, schedule them for the morrow.
- Set reasonable goals: You may be extremely capable and hardworking, but unless you set reasonable goals, you’re going to end up burning out sooner than later. Your goals should be sustainable in the long term and achievable in the short. Only then do you achieve the right amount of satisfaction when you attain them.
- Sleep on it: And finally, no matter what problems beset you, don’t carry them to bed with you. Learn to free your mind before you sleep so that your night is undisturbed and you wake up refreshed. If you can think of ways to solve your problem, then they’re within your control. And you’ll find that very often, time has a way of dealing with problems that are beyond your control. So focus on your sleep, and wake up to a brand new day.