Is your life headed in the right direction? Would you say that you’re on a path to achieving everything you desire?

If you and I spent the day together I could tell you whether or not you’re on the right track.

How? Because how you spend the day (any day) identifies your habits and if you’re setting yourself up for a better tomorrow.

It’s no secret that what you do today will greatly determine if tomorrow is a good day or a great day. By deciding to make today count, you put yourself on a strong path to success.

There are 7 key ways to ensure you get the most out of today. Not tomorrow, today. Right now is what counts.
Make Today Count Infographic

1: Intention: Don’t drift through the day with no plan or idea of how you’ll spend it. That sets you up for failure because when you drift through the day, you allow distractions and interruptions to dictate how your day will go. Fill your day with intentions. Don’t leave it up to chance. It’s better to be pro-active than re-active.

2: Attitude: It’s imperative you start the day with a positive attitude and maintain it throughout the day. It’s been said that your attitude the first 15 minutes of the day will determine your attitude for the rest of the day. Set yourself up for success by starting the day off right. If you’re starting the day stepping on lego’s and panicky searching the fridge for breakfast, you’re not off to a hot start. Begin the day with a positive attitude so that you approach the days tasks the right way.

3: Priorities: You likely have a to-do list for the day, but do you know the most productive tasks you should focus on? Not all tasks are created equal in terms of effectiveness. Don’t spend the day being busy, spend the day being productive. That’s the difference between people who succeed and those who fail. Leaders are effective, others are busy.

4: Social With A Purpose: This one is tricky. Talking to acquaintances online or offline, often makes you feel productive. But having fun conversations (even if it’s about your work) isn’t always productive. W. Clement Stone said “any day that is a social success is a business failure.” Stone lived in a time when we didn’t have social media. Imagine how much stronger he would feel about this statement today.

5: Stay On Time: Being late creates stress and anxiety. You can’t seize the day when you’re consumed with anxiety. Set an end time for all meetings as well as for each item on your to-do list. Don’t leave room in the day for empty minutes.

6: Gratitude: You have 1,440 minutes in a day. Spend just 5 of them telling someone you appreciate them. You get so busy day in and day out that it’s easy to never stop and tell someone you love them. Before you know it years have gone by. By making time for gratitude you not only make someone happy, you feel an extreme sense of productivity. Nothing feels better than making someone’s day.

7: Yield: You can expect the expected. Something is going to try to throw you off today. Be flexible when things show up to knock you off track. When you’re interrupted by something unexpected, adapt and adjust then get back on track.

As you can see, it’s not difficult to make today matter. The key is to decide you’re going to follow these seven steps. When you do that consistently, your life will begin to change.

The day is not upon you…you are upon it. Act like it.