How To Enjoy Life Every Day

The “Every Day Mindset” is a simple, yet extremely powerful, way in which to live your life. What is this mindset? Put simply, it is a mindset that remembers that this day you are currently living will only ever happen once, and it therefore encourages you to make the most of it.

It is not about recklessly living life as if there is no tomorrow. The future is important to plan for, but it is important not to obsess about it to the extent that you neglect the present. Remember, the only way to get to the future is through a series of todays. Since this Every Day Mindset has changed my life, I would like to share with you 3 specific ways in which I apply it:

1. Enjoy Every Day

I choose to enjoy every day. I wake up early at 5am because I am excited about the day ahead, and throughout the day I try to maintain a positive attitude. Yes, sometimes “shit happens” and I don’t have a good day. But I figure if I at least try to have fun and be happy there is a good chance I will enjoy myself.

What I am particularly interested in is ways to enjoy my time at work. Most people know how to enjoy their leisure time, but many people struggle to imagine being happy at work. If this is you, here are a few quick tips:

  • Do what you love: this should be your ultimate career goal. I know it’s easier said than done, but just remember it is possible.
  • Make friends with your co-workers: in so many ways, it is our relationships with people that give us the most happiness in life. So take the time and effort to become friends with the people you work with.
  • Take pride in your work: even if you aren’t saving lives, chances are you are contributing in some positive way to society. Take pride in your work and you are sure to feel better about yourself.
  • Stop waiting: stop waiting for something to occur before you are happy. Because guess what? Chances are that a better title, more money, a car bay, or that nice corner office with the great view will not make a significant and lasting difference to your level of happiness.

2. Take Smalls Steps

I have some big dreams and ambitious goals for my life. I’m also human, which means I suffer from fear, self-doubt, and procrastination. This means that if I’m not careful, big and ambitious become overwhelming and intimidating. And the danger with feeling overwhelmed is that I won’t take actions towards my dreams and goals.

What I have discovered is that the big things can result from taking small steps. As Lao Tzu once said: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” What this means in the context of the Every Day Mindset is that each day I try to get a little bit closer to fulfilling my dreams and achieving my goals. And so long as I am making progress, I feel happy. Here is my favorite tip for taking small steps towards big dreams and goals:

  • Try to improve 1% each day: this doesn’t seem like much, but imagine how much you will have changed after just one month. So try being 1% happier, healthier, and productive than yesterday and see what happens.

3. Make Your Habits Daily

Motivation is an ongoing struggle for me because I find it comes in peaks and troughs. What I discovered was that during these troughs, many of my good habits would slip away. For example, when it came time to exercise I would tell myself “I will exercise tomorrow”, despite having previously committed myself to exercising at that particular time. When I changed my mindset to one in which I exercised every day, this excuse disappeared. And guess what? It made all the difference.

So to make a habit stick, commit to doing it daily. If you would like some suggestions for daily habits to incorporate into your life, I suggest reading my articles 24 Daily Habits and 12 More Daily Habits. Here are a few of my favorite habits from the aforementioned articles:

  • Exercise Your Brain: exercising your brain is as important (if not more!) than exercising your muscles. In the past year I taken to Sudoku and Kakuro as ways to stimulate my brain and have fun. Other suggestions are crosswords, quizzes, and brain teasers.
  • Celebrate Your Successes: I find its so important to take time each and every day to celebrate your successes. This doesn’t have to involve opening a bottle of bubbly – quite often a mental pat on the back will do.
  • Ping a Friend: I try to send a quick email or text to a friend each day. It’s a great way to stay in touch with friends when I am extremely busy.

How do you like to make the most of each and every day?

Peter Clemens

Peter Clemens is founder of The Change Blog and author of The Possibility of Change books series. Click here to learn more about Peter and his books.

36 Comments

  1. I love this article, not only because it has some great advice, but because it acknowledges that we’re human! It makes you feel that anything is possible with the right mindset.

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  2. :) Amen to that. There’s an ancient Sanskrit poem:

    Look to this day!
    For it is life, the very life of life.
    In its brief course
    Lie all the truths and realities of existence:

    The joy of growth,
    The splendor of action,
    The glory of power.

    For yesterday is but a memory,
    And tomorrow is only a vision;
    But today, well lived, makes every yesterday
    a memory of happiness,
    And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
    Look well, therefore, to this day!

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    • goog article

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    • nice poem .a memory of happiness brings a lots of happiness for tomorrow.

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  3. Excellent article. I think our mind often dreams of certain circumstances where all our problems will be resolved. However, in practise it is here an now where we need to make the most of life.
    ~
    Tejvan

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  4. Good Job Peter– Especially for this time of year (where we put more awareness in being grateful), the every day mindset is a wonderful idea…
    todd

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  5. Love your post! Those tips really helps me to enjoy life!

    Thanks

    Alex Liu
    SecretsOfUnlimitedWealth.com

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  6. Great article, but not-so-great picture, especailly in lieu with the Hot Air ballon accident & deaths recently in Vancouver!

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  7. Thanks for sharing the poem, great article by the way :-)

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  8. A great reminder that we are always fully at choice. At the end of the day, it’s all about the choices we’ve made. Great article!

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  9. Thank you, Peter.
    Many blessings for the work you do and the insight you share,
    CG

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  10. Great article, I really love your style of writing. You are so concise and clear in your messages. I agree with the three things you mention, but really love “Take Small Steps”. It is required to have unlimited ambitions if you ever want to actually make them come true, but it is the every day and consistent mastering of the “small steps” that will get you there. You really are “changing” people’s lives. Keep the amazing post coming!

    http://www.JuiceofChampions.com

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  11. It’s important to remember not to get caught up in the daily grind. The simple things in life help us to really LIVE and not just EXIST day-to-day in a rut. Thank you Peter

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  12. I absolutely love this. Completely wonderful and relevant advice.

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  13. Nice article !! A good guide to change life to live better .. now and today … in simple ways. Improving 1 % every day seems so realistic . How bout every one puts it on their to do list and make sure it gets done just like the other chores. Thats how we are tuned to do things isn’t it ? Sure would make a change.

    deepus last blog post..Truthful Compliments

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    • True!!!

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  14. Living in the moment is truly awesome, especially when you are a totally Lazy Dude like me …

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  15. I really enjoyed this :) it topped off my evening after having a very spontaneous encountre with a stranger today :)

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  16. I’m a first time mother of TWINS…and have had an exhausting year…yes, not enjoyable, but exhausting. However, I want to change. After reading some of your material, I find your words to be uplifting, and real. Thank you for sharing.

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  17. That was a excellent article for me to fit it inspire me a lot.

    Thanks peter,

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  18. Carpe Diem; Splendid article and picture. Life is about living moment-to-moment, day-by-day. It is about seeking out the essence of life within life itself.

    By the way, I am sincerely interested in your work. I have plans to read your book.

    I thought I would share with you a new book that I have recently published. It is a book on the acceptance of life. If we wait to live, we will never fully reap the benefits of life. My book is called, WAITING TO LIVE by Dr. Asa Don Brown. It can be found through a variety of bookstores and online stores.

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    Thank you for your time and efforts.

    Warm Regards,

    Dr. Asa Don Brown

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  19. Great points about doing what you love and goals. Both work together. I think that doing what you love increases the quality of your life tremendously, even if you do it for a few minutes a day. If you begin doing it for a few minutes per day, you’ll see an increase in your life quality and will naturally expand that activity.

    Along the lines of goals, sometimes it’s hard to stick to – setting a daily goal and tracking it on a calendar can be motivating. For example, putting a red ‘X’ mark over each day you do what you had planned for at least a few minutes. Seeing those red Xs pile up is inspiring and gives you a sense that you are really working on something.

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  20. you seem to have your life together, i have but one question? where were you two years ago when i was digging my hole? funny things is, i strive for the bigger picture and you are right, most of us should look at today and what we have. thanks. my first time here and i am sure to come back.

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  21. Great article!

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  23. Nice article, thanks for sharing.. Keep writing.

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  24. Hey!! That’s a great article. Thankyou 1% everyday and
     the only way to get to the future is through a series of todays is something that My brain effortlessly understood. Thanks a lot.

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  25. I like what you have written.

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  26. I like your advice. Seems so good to do it everyday but i really have a hard time at work and my daily mind setting

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  27. It is really true…..!

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  28. “Make it a habit” I totally agree. We may feel upset but if we change what we think about the situation it will give us a different perception on how are we going to overcome such feeling.

    Cal
    http://thinkpositivelife.com/

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  29. Jimson,

    Well you have caught me out! I don’t really follow the Vancouver news very closely except for the occasional story that sparks my interest. Glad you liked the article though :)

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  30. Jean,

    What a wonderful poem – that is the very spirit in which I wrote this article. Thanks for sharing :)

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  31. Brad, thanks for your comment – you really are too kind! If you liked the idea of small steps, I have an article on Pick The Brain from a month or two back called “The Magic of Starting Small”. It has some of the same points as this article, but also a few more suggestions for taking small steps to start with.

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