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How can you get the most out of your day?

Asked by partyrock (3865 points ) February 15th, 2012

Lately I’ve been goal oriented and I want to make the most days. Some are better than others, but if I’m not on vacation, then I don’t really want to “waste” days which I feel is unproductive. Does anyone have tips on how to make the most of your days?

Does it help to write down small goals in a journal, or keep a calender filled with activities ?

Do you exercise or meditate in the morning and find it helps your day run smoother?

I’m writing this because I’ve been depressed, and the days which I am, I just sit around, eat, and not really do anything. When I look back, it seems like a waste of time. I know that it’s necessary that happiness is not 365 days a year, but how can I make sure each day can be as productive as it can be ?

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SpatzieLover's avatar

First do a little prep work the night before: Make a list of at least one thing you want to accomplish around the house, and things you want to get done for you (exercise, manicure-etc)

Get up. Get washed up. Dress as if you were going out for an errand. Eat a nourishing meal.

Check your list. Do the first thing.

Take a break. Have a small snack. Do the next thing on your list.

Repeat as many times as needed.

Do this daily to avoid falling into the unproductive trap. To be productive, you have to be vigilant. You need to move and build upon that momentum.

Sit back at the end of the day and appreciate the success of the day, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant it may seem.

marinelife's avatar

Make a lost of what you want to accomplish each day. Cross things off as you get them done. Then when you look back, you can see what you got done.

auhsojsa's avatar

Download “SimpleTask” or buy an agenda. Every day write stuff down and figure out what you will do across the calendar. I’ve never heard of someone successful who didn’t! Even Cheech and Chong were on schedules!

marinelife's avatar

Uh, that was supposed to be list not lost.

sydsydrox's avatar

Do everything you want to do (that is available, of course) that day and make yourself happy :) don’t worry about the rest.

janbb's avatar

Lists help me a lot.

Earthgirl's avatar

Lists are so important!!
There are large goals and small goals. A large goal may need to be broken down into smaller, bite-sized goals. Large goals tend to be the most important goals.
and for me, the goals I tend to procrastinate about most!
An example of a large goal might be getting a degree, learning a language, mastering Adobe Photoshop, traveling around the world, or saving a nest egg for retirement.
These are the goals you don’t want to lose sight of. You don’t want the day to day ordinary demands to get in the way of them. So in order to keep them on your radar you need to have them on a list. You need to try to do one thing, at least one thing almost every day to get you closer to one of these goals.

Then there are the every day, more urgent goals. The things you need to do or else! These are A goals. You know what they are! You need to try to focus your energies on these things first. Often these goals are A goals because of urgency, meaning they have a deadline. It may not always be possible to complete all of them in one day but you need to complete them as quickly as possible. If you don’t finish them they go at the top of your next day’s list! Some of these things may be simple and practical such as putting air in your bike tires or registering for a class. When these goals are done you feel in control of your life! It’s such a good feeling.

B goals are the things that may not be urgent but are important to you and make life interesting and fun: finding time for friends, entertainment, reading and learning, trying new things. They are just as important as the A goals, sometimes more important it’s just that they are not as urgent. When you are able to meet these goals it makes you feel like you are really living to the fullest! It makes you content.

Some people add a third category of C goals. I don’t really think that’s necessary. If it’s not urgent and it’s not important then why are you doing it? I guess C goals would be things you don’t really want to do but feel obligated to do. I try to avoid these things as much a possible.

As SpatzieLover said, give yourself little rewards along the way. Taking a walk or calling a friend or having a snack. Meditation might help you maintain your focus but I can’t say that I personally practice it. Lists on the other hand….

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