It is easy to caught up in the minutia of life. You are running around doing work and chores and all of your regular routines in life. There is so much busyness in life that you must attend to or else you won’t get useful stuff done—like making your meals and cleaning the dishes and so many more daily responsibilities. So of course you do those things. However, how often do you do things that will move you forward in your goals in life? How often are your actions for the purpose of supporting the big picture of your life? And what is the big picture of your life anyway?
Most people when they think of the big picture, assume that means large and important long-term goals like career, family, living situation, relationships, etc. And yes, that is most certainly an aspect of the big picture of your life. It is so important to take the time to contemplate those big goals so that you can create a path that will set you in the direction to achieve those results. Please schedule time to sit down and think about your big goals now and again (Download your free big-goal planning guide here: 10 Steps to Take Charge of Your Life™.) But did you realize that the big picture of your life includes what you do every day and how you experience your life? Yes, your big picture should include striving to enjoy the day-to-day. Consciously creating a sustainable and joyful way of living is as important as the big long-term goals. In fact, if you don’t take care of enjoying the day-to-day and find ways to fully feel life now, you will have a harder time reaching those big goals. Big goals come and go, but what you do right now is daily living—it is what makes up your existence.
You have the power right now to change the big picture of your everyday existence. You can consciously choose to create the way of living that brings you joy and accomplishment and ease or whatever it is you search for. And you can create how you experience life all the while you go after some of those big goals. Ask yourself, “What do I want to consciously do differently to improve my sense of satisfaction with my life right now?” What are some simple aspects of your everyday life that you want to change? What are the ways of doing and being that could use a tune-up? Remember that although they may seem like small daily routines that you don’t bother to question, amassed over many days they are indeed a big part of your life. What would you like to be different in how your day and week unfolds? Think about your day-to-day and explore what gives you joy and satisfaction and what drags you down. What are some small changes that can give big results?
Consider your mornings. Are there aspects of your morning routine that you do without thought that make your mornings blah or rushed or uncomfortable? If you tweaked your schedule and got up a bit earlier to have a leisurely coffee outside with the paper, does that sound like an improvement? Or perhaps you need to sleep in later so find a way to change your schedule to accommodate your internal clock. Are there things that you have done before that made your mornings wonderful that you have forgotten? Did you exercise first thing in the morning because it gave you an emotional boost but forgot you can do that again now that the kids are grown and out of your home? What can you change that will be an improvement to your life? Ask this not only of your mornings, but your afternoons, your evenings, your meals, your bedtime practices—basically everything that happens in a day of your life.
Consider your week. As you look at your weekly calendar, is there something that you can change to make it more in synch with your natural style and rhythm? For instance, do you hit the ground running on Mondays and find that you have great energy and ability to work on projects that require concentration and focus? But somehow have you scheduled endless meetings that day so you never get to take advantage of your natural productive cycle? So move your weekly meetings to a better day. How else can you create blocks of time that serve you? I just did this for my weekly work schedule and I can already feel the ease and joy increase.
Consider your weekends. Did you used to love your weekends but now find that time fritters away with chores instead of fun activities? Decide right now what you will do differently next weekend. Of course you can consider your month and your year and I encourage you to do that. For instance as you think about what you do over a month, are there seasonal activities that you really want to enjoy that never seem to happen? Making plans for weekend get-ways and bigger trips are kind of mid-term goals that are also part of the big picture of your life. But the main point I want you to take away is that you can make changes to what you do each day that can have big impact on how life feels to you right now. With a little bit of thinking and planning, you can be making big picture changes to your immediate life, rather than waiting for something big to happen down the line.
What is one small change that you are going to implement right now that will have a huge boost to your enjoyment of life? Share with us below!