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Let’s face it: being in a GREAT mood all the time just isn’t realistic.make today great

But I do make it a point to set myself up to have a really great day as often as I can. Why? Because on those days, even when I do hit a speed bump or something derails my day, I have my no-fail plan to fall back on that will lift my spirits again.

When it comes down to it, setting yourself up for a great day simply means you don’t let the little things get to you throughout the day.

There will be times, however, when you try and try to have a great day, and yet the world is totally against you, and you just need to give in and let the day finish so you can start anew tomorrow. That’s ok. I’ve been there more times than I can count, and it doesn’t mean your no-fail great day plan failed — it just means tomorrow you have an opportunity to make it an even better one.

1. Expectations

Before you do anything outside of your normal routine to make it a great day, you must start by setting yourself up with the expectation that you WILL have a great day. For some reason, today is a really good Tuesday, and I’m just going to play it out and find out why. Maybe nothing extraordinary will happen that day, but you will look at every instance a little more optimistically, and you’ll be less likely to catch yourself complaining.

2. Sleep

The night before, it always, ALWAYS makes a huge difference in my day if I got a good night’s sleep. I know we’re all super busy people and this isn’t always possible — but when you can, try to get a solid 7-8 hours of sleep (or more, if necessary) so you wake up feeling refreshed and fully alert all day long.

3. Food + Clothes

Having a smooth morning means I’m on my way to a smooth day, and one way to ensure that happens is to plan my breakfast, lunch and outfit the night before. It saves time in the morning and eliminates the need to think through these crucial decisions so early in the morning.

4. Music

This may sound silly, but the right music can really elevate my spirit and put me in a better mood; know what this is for you, or try exploring new music. I continuously go back to my playlists throughout the day, and I’ve found that playing music at times of the day I don’t usually play music makes me even happier! IE: when I first wake up or when I’m cooking dinner.

5. Treat Yo’ Self

I’m a huge believer in the power of mini-treats to help get you through the day and have something to look forward to. For me, I might buy my coffee at Starbucks that day instead of making it at home. Or I might run over to Target to grab the latest issue of my favorite magazine. These purchases are small, but having something tiny to look forward to when I need to boost my mood has always been a great tactic for me.

6. Get Outside

Now that the sun is finally starting to show it’s face and we’re inching towards summer, getting outside for a quick walk or just to sit and soak in the sun is absolutely one of my favorite ways to reenergize and clear my mind halfway through the day.

7. Lists

I always have a more satisfying day when I can work down an achievable to-do list for myself. The key word here is “achievable.” It’s not going to do any good to try to conquer the world all in one day. That takes at least a week. (Ha!) But really, starting your day with a to-do list you can actually finish will give you something to work towards and stay productive with, but also allows you to find satisfaction in your day knowing you made some accomplishments that day.

8. End On A Good Note

Whatever time you’re aiming to fall asleep that night, stop all of your work and be totally ready for bed a half hour prior to that. Then, spend those last 30 minutes on you time, whether that’s reading a book you’re working through, catching up on blogs, writing about your day, etc. Admittedly, this step is the one I tend to overlook the most, but when I do make time for it, my day just feels complete and I can ease into sleep mode.

So that’s it! My eight steps to having a really great day.

None of this is rocket science; the hardest part is execution. But if you start to make yourself aware of how you’re spending your time and what you’re focusing your energy on, I think you’ll find gaps and places where you can improve your day simply by taking a few extra mental steps.

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Now I want to know:

What’s ONE thing you try to do to ensure you have a great day??

Leave a note in the comments below!! If we can help and energize each other to have good days, now THAT would be a really great thing.

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