So, what can we do to make the most of our days, long or short.
1. Rest. This may seem like an item that should be last on the list or not even make the list. However, the best way to make the most of each day is to wake up fresh and refreshed from having rested well during the night. Try to keep a familiar routine of rest; certainly do not go to bed later, but try even 30-60 minutes earlier. Your payoff is stronger stamina and a better attitude throughout the day.
2. Plan. Make a personal agenda for each day. There are things that are required for you to do at your workplace and in your home. Include them on your agenda because it lets you know what time blocks are open for those activities you can set. I have a calendar on my laptop that I keep appointments, events and activities listed. I have a to-do list on paper that I keep with me of things I must do and things I wish to do each day.
3. Pray. Your planning should involve God. The best thing for your emotional and physical heart is to pray to God about the day you are about to face. Tell Him your hopes and fears about the day. Ask God for solutions, peace and wisdom.
4. Celebrate. Acknowledge victories that you accomplish throughout the day. Too often, we miss celebrating our successes because we quickly move on to the next item that is demanding our attention. Something as silly as giving yourself a personal applause when you do something well can brighten your day and bring an amazing amount of satisfaction.
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
Enjoy the longest day of the year today and everyday that you experience in life.
What have you found helpful to live through long days?