Wouldn’t it be great to get up each morning and know with certainty that you are going to have a great day, no matter what?
I know people like that and have always wondered what they know that I do not.
What I have learned is that anyone can have a great day every day. It’s a matter of intentionality. You just need to plan on having a great day and following through with a few minor tweaks to your behavior and a great day is yours for the taking.
A Great Day
To start your journey to having a great day, you must first understand what a “great day” is. Great days are not days free of challenges, distractions or stresses. Instead, a great day is one where you added more to life that you received. Your time was spent on things that mattered, you did a good job, and you had the support of others, and supported them in return.
Tactics for a Great Day
- Plan your day. Prepare work the night before so you will be mentally ready for the challenges that you will face. During your day, consciously plan to look for positive events and actions, and be prepared to filter out negative attitudes.
- Distance yourself from distraction and negative events that are avoidable. Why subject yourself to frustrations that are avoidable? For example, if one route to work is shorter yet filled with rage and intensity, and another is longer yet is calm and peaceful, take the longer route.
- Access downtime. During your downtime, exercise, take breaks, read enlightening books, or take a nap.
- Focus on one thing at a time. Multitasking is mostly doing many things poorly. Do one thing and get the satisfaction of completing one task well before moving on to the next task.
- Practice gratitude. Gratitude forces our minds to think of positive things that go on around us. When we are looking for positives, we block out the negatives. A day filled with gratitude by default will be a good day.
God is in the business of giving us good days. The very first Psalm starts off with the following.
Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers. (Psalm 1:1-3)
A strong relationship with God is like the tree by the flowing brook. We will never be thirsty and never in want of a good day.
It is possible to plan on having a good day every day. To do so takes intentional planning, some slight behavior changes, and let God do the rest.
Have a great day.
 Caroline Webb, How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life, Random House, 2016-