As mentioned in a previous blog post, I try to journal every single morning. In my journaling, I try to keep track of my moods, sleep, and water intake. I will also talk about self-care for the day and what my food and exercise intake will look like. One thing I didn’t write about in that post was what I try to notice daily.
I try to notice three things daily:
- What motivates me today?
- What am I grateful for today?
- What Isn’t Working For Me Today?
I initially found these types of questions in a Pinterest post but adapted it to fit my needs. I wanted something I can do daily without thinking it was cheesy. I came up with my modifications by fitting them into my lifestyle.
I ask myself these questions because it helps me focus on what I want my day to look like mentally while manifesting positivity. Yes, I believe in manifesting what I want. It keeps me motivated to get what I want and need. But that is beyond the point that I am trying to make.
Now, let me explain why I ask myself each question daily and how it helps me.
What Motivates Me Today?
Every day is different. Some days are easier than others, which means my motivation changes just as well. On days when I wake up in a not-so-good mood, my motivation for the day is being able to go back to bed at the end of the day. Other days my motivation might be a face mask that I will be putting on later in the day, my workout, or how I am going to kill a presentation at work. Asking this question makes you aware of how well you know yourself and what is driving you that day.
What am I Grateful for Today?
I was once told that grateful people tend to be happy, healthier, and more fulfilled with their lives than those who are not appreciative. I am not sure how accurate that is, but I do try to list a few things I am grateful for that day. And I don’t just say, “I am grateful to be alive.” I list various small and big things. For example, when I don’t want to wake up for work, I remind myself that I am grateful that I have a job that I love and can work from home during these times. Other examples include marrying my husband before social distancing, being able to bake, and having the Internet. I am guilty of sometimes taking the good things in my life for granted, and asking myself this question has helped me create the habit of being more grateful for everything in my life.
What Isn’t Working For Me Today?
I know this question sounds cynical, but I promise it’s not. I ask this question daily because I want to know what is working and isn’t. Something that worked yesterday might not work today. And once I know what isn’t working for me, I can adapt to find things that do work for me. For example, if my workout just isn’t giving me what I need, I stop and adjust. I either don’t work out for the day or find another way to exercise, whether it is roller skating or taking a walk in the evening. Being able to notice what isn’t working for me allows me to avoid negatively affecting me because I am removing things that work that day.
Notice daily how these three questions can affect your day. It is beneficial. You can fill your day with positivity and learn more about yourself. And honestly, who doesn’t want to learn more about themselves?