Make Each Day Count

Most of us have more than enough tasks to do in our daily lives. We often find ourselves going from one tedious activity to another without feeling a sense of gratitude or accomplishment. Is your daily routine filled with meaningless tasks?  Do you generally feel like nothing much mattered by the end of the day?  For many of us, this is all too common. So, take a step back. What can you do to pull yourself out of this trap and make each day count?

Enhancing Your Day
Think of each day as a new beginning, a chance to do things differently. However, understand that doing monotonous activities throughout the day is just something that comes with the territory.

To gain a greater sense of productivity and purpose, incorporate these three simple tasks into your daily life:

A Task to Improve:  Make this task something that will directly benefit your mind, body, or spirit. It might include such activities as going to the gym, attending a yoga class, getting more involved with church, volunteering, or developing a new skill set. 

A Task You Want to Do: Focus on a task that will bring you joy or add laughter to your life. Just have fun with this and include such activities as going out for breakfast with a good friend, taking your grandchildren to the park, watching a humorous show on television, or playing with your favorite pet.

A Random Act of Kindness: Make it a point to do at least ONE kind activity each day that will make a difference in another person’s life. It doesn’t have to be anything more than helping an elderly person across the street or comforting a co-worker who might be upset. This task should be spontaneous with a focus on others.

Start Now…
Make a commitment to begin these tasks now and to do them each day. They won’t add much to your already busy life, but they will increase your feeling of productivity and self-worth.

Written by: Patricia K. Flanigan, Smart Strategies for Successful Living

Patricia K. Flanigan has worked in higher education for over 28 years. She holds a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne as well as a M.A.  in Latin American Studies and B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Before retiring and moving to Idaho in 2015, she served as the dean of online education and learning resources at Saddleback College in Southern California.

She currently consults in higher education, volunteers for AARP, writes for a local magazine, and serves as an Affiliate Faculty member at Boise State University.  Since February 2017, she has been the founding director for Smart Strategies for Successful Living, a community-based website designed to promote quality aging.  As an educator, her focus is to inspire others to live and age well.