We tend to think of fulfillment as a life long endeavor or journey. I think that’s true, but more and more I’m learning that long-term joy comes from a series of smaller steps that fill up the hours of our day. I’ve found that there are a few things that if I do on a daily basis, my week, months and years feeling awesome and productive.
1. Acknowledge what you have!
Stop focusing on the lack and start realizing how blessed you really are. I promise even on the hard days there is something to be grateful for. Make a list if it helps. When we wake up feeling grateful it sets an awesome tone for the day!
2. Be realistic with your time – set attainable daily goals
When you’re thinking about your day think about what is most important to you and your goals. Notice how I didn’t say think about who is hounding you the most for something. When we give away our time to other peoples urgent matters we end up feeling busy but not fulfilled. Make sure you are using your time how it will best serve you.
3. Connect and ask for help!
Reach out for support. Talk to a friend that understands what your going through or is in a similar situation. Humans are social creatures and it helps to feel we are a part of a bigger community. Often times we think of asking for help as a sign of weakness but asking for help and support shows that you are aware of your own limitations.
4. Keep your word with yourself
A lot of us find it really easy to keep our word with others but we don’t think about the importance of keeping our word with ourselves. If you make a commitment to yourself, honor it! That could look like making sure you’re making yourself a priority that week with a workout or healthy meals. Whatever it is, figure it out and then stick to it. Over time you will build trust with yourself and learn to count on doing what you say you’re going to do.
5. Be flexible!
While it’s important to keep your word it’s also important to remain flexible. If something isn’t working, change it up! I’ve found that when I’m being rigid about a goal I set for myself it’s hard to go with the flow and change it up to something that might serve me better. Remaining in flow has always produced much better results!
These steps are simple and once you do them enough they will become a habit. There is a big difference between being busy and being productive. Being busy will leave you feeling drained at the end of the day and being productive will leave you feeling inspired. Take time to set up your day for success!