Monday, February 7, 2011

When my inbox is busting a button like a fat man in a little suit (gotta love Tommy Boy references), I feel the need to purge my emails and my mental faculties. While sorting, I always take time to read my subscription from Mark and Angel Hack Life, an insightful blog full of wonderful ideas "practical tips" for ridding your life of chaos and simply being more productive, positive, and happy. Today they featured a list of 30 Ways to Make Today a Good DayHere is the (slightly adapted) list:
30 Ways to Make Today a Good Day
  1. Take some "me time" in the morning; wake up at least half an hour before you have to get ready to leave.
  2. Do work that you are inspired by.
  3. Complete an important piece of unfinished business.
  4. Spend time with positive, friendly people. (cut out the negativity)
  5. Do something nice for someone else.
  6. Be present. Focus on where you are, what you’re doing and who you’re with right now.
  7. Do one thing at a time.
  8. Think, speak, and act positively.
  9. Smile, even when there’s no pressing reason to do so.
  10. Unplug.  Entertain yourself with real-world experiences.
  11. Go somewhere new.  See something new.  Meet someone new.
  12. Do something that makes you laugh.
  13. Challenge your mind.  Learn a new skill.
  14. Challenge your body.  Exercise for 30 minutes.  (Read The 4-Hour Body.)
  15. Let someone help you.
  16. Clear a little clutter by getting rid of something you don’t need.
  17. Be honest with yourself and those around you.
  18. Don’t compare yourself to others.  Instead, let them inspire you.
  19. Spend a few minutes alone in silence, just thinking.
  20. Focus on solutions.
  21. Keep an open mind to new ideas and information.
  22. Handle important two-minute tasks immediately.
  23. Stay out of other people’s drama.  And don’t needlessly create your own.
  24. Say, “Please,” “Thank you,” “I’m sorry” and “I love you,” when you should.
  25. Don’t try to please everyone.  Just do what you know is right.
  26. Eat a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  27. Savor the natural joy of simple pleasures.
  28. Notice what’s right with the world.
  29. Take time to appreciate what you have.
  30. Get to sleep a little earlier tonight so you’re well rested tomorrow.

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