A simple guide to making the most out of every day

You have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce, as they say. Why is it that some people tend to have the ability to accomplish more than others in the same amount of time?

There are key things that most of us want out of life; happiness, health, freedom, satisfaction, success, stability/security.

The mistake many make is thinking they need to sacrifice some of the above for others. For example, you may think you need to work very hard in a job you dislike to create success. But what if there was a way to do it all and to love the process too?

I’m going to show you how.

The key is to create habits that are enjoyable, as well as healthy and progressive.

A little organisation and planning is necessary to make sure you are getting the most out of each day and always heading in the right direction. Start each day (or the night before, if that works for you) by planning how you are going to do these 5 things: move, breathe, create, help, appreciate.

Move. Regular exercise results in high productivity, produces endorphins and improves your energy levels. The best way to ensure you exercise regularly is to stop thinking of it as a chore. Find a type of exercise you can love and learn to look forward to getting your sweat on. Moving regularly such as walking to work, taking the stairs or playing with the kids counts too!

Breathe. Spending 10 minutes each day being present and focusing on the moment reduces stress, anxiety and keeps you focused. You are better off waking up early and meditating, then going back to sleep and trying to push through your day uncentered. Meditation also improves your attention span and makes you and those around you happier.

Create. Make something meaningful. When you work on something you are passionate about, you are letting your creative juices flow naturally and you feel inspired. The sense of achievement you will feel from this creates long lasting happiness and satisfaction. You will also inspire those around you to follow in your footsteps and create their own happiness.

Help. In our busy lives we often don’t have time to help others. However, taking the time is worth it. Altruism has been linked to longevity, lower blood pressure and better pain management. Helping others gives you a sense of purpose and fulfilment.

Appreciate. Gratitude is life changing. It’s all about shifting your focus. Learning to see the positives and appreciating what you have. You have the power to choose your thoughts and they affect the way you think about the world and the kinds of experiences your have.

So the key is to try to ensure you are moving, breathing, creating, helping and appreciating everyday. It might seem intimidating - how can you fit all of that into one day?! Start slow and even the smallest effort counts. You can also combine them, for example meditating while you are stretching after a workout (breathe + move), or tell someone how much you appreciate them (help + appreciate).