What Makes a Good Day "Good"?

I don't know about you, but today has been an amazing day and it's only half over!

My day started with a 5 a.m. run with my sister. I love these cooler fall-ish mornings where the humidity is Iower and the air is cooler. I had a good work day in which I felt very accomplished and even had time to run a couple errands before picking the boys up from school. The boys got home, got their homework done and we spent some time reading. I am feeling focused, refreshed and energized.

Have you ever stopped to think about how you determine whether you're having a good day? Do you think in terms of how you're feeling? How productive you were? What the interactions were like with the people around you? What the weather was like? How well your kids behaved?

We're so quick to say "I had a bad day", or "Today was a good day", but it's important to realize how we are judging our days. If you notice you have lots of "bad days" and only a few "good days", then you need to stop and think about why that is.

Often times it ends up being a recurring issue throughout our days and weeks that lead to a "bad day". I set up a quick checklist that you can refer to as you give your days a label of good or bad. Keep in mind that we are all unique, so this check list is just a guide. Feel free to customize it for YOU!!

1. Your energy level: It's hard to have a really "good day" if you are sleep deprived and exhausted. Be sure you are regularly getting 7+ hours of sleep each night. Also, realize that if you aren't getting good quality of sleep you will still feel tired after 7-8 hours.

I use a sleep app called "Sleep Time", which keeps track of my sleep cycles and wakes me up after a deep sleep cycle so I feel less groggy when my alarm goes off. It's amazing how rested I feel at 4:11 a.m. versus sleeping until 4:45 a.m. when I actually need to get up. It's less time but I feel more rested than if I had clocked those minutes sleeping.

What makes a good day good? Five factors that play into how your day goes. 

2. Your productivity level and/or your accomplishments: Have you achieved what you set out to achieve today? It's no fun when you let yourself down or feel like you fell short of your personal expectations. There's nothing quite like that feeling of finishing a task or seeing the end result of something you spent your time on.

I know that on days when it seems like I have nothing to show for my time and effort it's hard to feel good about the day. I am working on setting up realistic daily goals and not setting myself up for failure.

3. Your time spent on self care/leisure time: I am all about balance and harmony. Even if it's only a quick 10 minute power nap, a few yoga poses or reading a chapter in my book, I ALWAYS make time during the day for ME. At the end of the day I feel like I took care of myself in addition to caring for my family. It's how I show myself respect.

4. Your human interactions (including your kids' behaviors): They say you are only as good as the 5 people you spend the majority of your time with. If you are spending your days with happy, optimistic, energetic people, more than likely you will feel that way too. On the other hand, if you are constantly around Debbie Downers and unhappy people, you will notice your own attitude goes down the toilet.

This is not always easy, especially if these negative people are coworkers, but do whatever it takes to limit your time with them or confront them about how they make you feel. Maybe they don't even realize the negative effects their attitude has on those around them.

If your children's behaviors are bringing you down you need to do some serious damage control on the home front. I personally LOVE Dr. Kevin Leman and recommend his books and his podcast to everyone I know. He is down to earth and gives very practical advice that is simple to incorporate into your life.

5. The weather: I hate to admit it but the weather plays a part of my mood, which in turn, affects whether or not my day is "good" or "bad". I have a difficult time during the winter months when the sun is only up from 7 - 5 and it's freezing cold and snowy outside. I do what I can to prevent my lack of energy by taking Vitamin D-3, keeping lots of lights on and getting in my daily exercise.

 

So, there you go. That's my little checklist I use to rate my days. It has really helped me get in tune with how I view each day. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." If one of the above areas is lacking, I work hard to amp up the other areas. This allows me to still have a "good day" when things aren't going perfectly. 

Another quote I like is "Not every day is a good day, but there is something good in every day."

I'd love to hear from you and how you rate your good and bad days. Just hit "reply" to this email and let me know. I personally read all my emails.

Cheers to a "good day"!