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Do you feel as though you’re always having a bad day? Are you often wondering why the world is against you? Or why you seem to have the absolute worst luck? Did you know that there are things you can do each day to combat those feelings? Did you know that a “good day” is really just a state of mind?

Having a Successful Day

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An important component of a “great day” is feeling successful and productive in some way.  Feeling like you accomplished something will always make you feel good when your head hits the pillow at night.

Implementing these tips into your daily life will ensure you have a successful day – every day – and are living your best life.

1. Plan Your Day the Night Before

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Taking even just five minutes the night before to set your intentions for the next day will make a huge difference. Maybe for you, this looks like quickly jotting down the top 3 things you’d like to accomplish the next day, and if that’s all you can give it, then that’s a great place to start.

Just because you plan out your day doesn’t necessarily mean the universe will oblige, but consciously creating a plan for the day will help with time management and will allow you to be intentional and make things happen instead of wandering through the day waiting to see what will happen to you.

2. Create a Morning Routine

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Creating a morning routine you can stick to, such as eating a healthy breakfast and waking up at the same time each day (even on weekends), will help you form new habits that will set you up for success each day.

If you’re constantly finding yourself feeling like you have no time, one of the best things to do is to begin getting up earlier each morning.

3. Take Some Quiet Time Before You Start Your Day

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Regardless of what time you get out of bed, taking just a few minutes of quiet time will help you have a more successful day. There are no rules here…it can be just sitting in your bed for a couple of minutes reflecting on the prior evening or the upcoming day.

This could be some prayer time (if you’re religious or spiritual) or even a quick morning meditation. Whatever it is, just pause for a bit and give your mind a few minutes to wake up and clear the fog before the chaos ensues…it might be the only downtime you get all day.

4. Practice Gratitude Daily

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The practice of gratitude can completely transform your mindset. Some prefer to simply write down three things they are grateful for each day. Practicing gratitude can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. In fact, one of the simplest ways to begin the daily practice of gratitude is when you first open your eyes before your feet even hit the floor!

If you struggle to think of even one thing you’re grateful for, just keep doing this every day. In time, it will become easier.

5. Read a Few Pages of an Inspirational Book

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Strive to read a few pages of an inspirational book each day. If reading isn’t your thing, then listen to an audiobook or even a podcast. Fictional books are great, but the purpose is to stimulate your mind, so choose something that will help you learn and grow. This is such a beneficial habit that will pay off exponentially in the long run.

Again, start small and build up. Commit to even 3-5 pages a day, and don’t be afraid to multitask. Listen to an audiobook or a podcast on your drive to work or while running errands. Turn your car into a traveling classroom. Over time, you will start craving this part of your day. Reading or listening to something motivational each day can help you improve many different areas of your life over time.

6. Move Your Body

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Moving your body in some way will definitely contribute to a successful day. This doesn’t have to be a hardcore workout in the gym every day – simply grab a yoga mat and spend a few minutes stretching on the floor, a light run or jog, or a yoga workout on YouTube.

Whatever your preference, exercise also has so many benefits that aren’t just physical. Regular exercise can help you better focus and can even change your brain to improve memory and thinking skills.

7. Eat That Frog

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“Eat that frog” is a phrase coined by author Brian Tracy that means to tackle your most dreaded task first thing in the day. If you prioritize that task (the biggest frog) first, you will feel a huge sense of relief and accomplishment.  If nothing else gets done that day, at least you have completed the thing that was the most important.

How Do You Know What To Do With Your Life?

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How do you know what to do with your life? This is a question someone recently asked in an online forum. They’ve tried several majors in college, and nothing has interested them enough to stick through. They’ve also tried working in various trades like truck driving, satellite installation, marketing, and restaurant management.

Nothing seems to pique their interest enough to keep pursuing it. They asked, “How can I find a career I can settle on and build my life finally?” Here are a few of the most helpful responses.

How Do You Know What To Do With Your Life?

How To Manifest: 5 Easy Steps To Guide You

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How to manifest what you want can seem like a tricky process. However, specific techniques can help you manifest what you truly desire after you have figured out what you truly want. If you’re willing to follow this simple five-step process, it will teach you how to manifest and provide a pathway that can open the doors to what you desire.

How to Manifest: 5 Easy Steps to Guide You

How Changing Your Mindset Can Improve Your Life

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If you’re going through a rough season in life, you can greatly improve your life if you’re willing to put in some work to change your mindset. Here’s how to retrain your brain.

How Changing Your Mindset Can Improve Your Life

12 Awesome Things That Will Forever and Always Be Awesome

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It’s not possible to have too much awesome in your life. Sometimes the negativity gets overwhelming, and you need to turn off the news and consume some ‘feel good’ content instead. These 12 things will always be awesome – any time, any day.

12 Awesome Things That Will Forever and Always Be Awesome

The Best Way to Set and Achieve Your Goals

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Striving for more money? Looking for love? Success? Goal setting is somewhat of an art. Follow these simple steps to set and achieve your most important goals.

The Best Way to Set and Achieve Your Goals

Kristin Stones is the founder of Cents + Purpose, an online community dedicated to sharing practical personal finance content. Her mission is to equip women with the necessary tools and knowledge to take back control of their money and live a more purposeful life. She creates actionable content to help her audience achieve financial wellness using her simple approach to managing money – all learned through her personal experience of paying off almost $55,000 of debt in under two years.

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