How did your day go?
A simple question to keep your life in perspective, today.
After a particularly draining afternoon, I was ready to shut my laptop and leave my office in disgust. The day, it felt like, had been a failure.
But then, before I put on my coat, I cracked open my daily notebook - a small journal I keep on the shelf by the door, where I write a few wins and gratitudes of the day.
I've only recently started the habit, and if I had left the office that day in a cranky mood, I could have carried over my frustration into the evening, depressing my family time (my favorite part of the day).
Instead, I paused to recall the victories I had in the morning - fending off a hacker on my servers, designing a beautiful new ebook, and gaining access to an amazing new landing page tool I've always wanted to try.
The morning was full of victories. The crummy afternoon nearly made me forget - but my Daily Review reminded me of what went right.
A small five minute habit of reviewing your day can help you reframe your perspective out of what just happened, and see your day in its entirety. Even on the worst of days, there are a few things for which you can be grateful.
Spending a moment every day to celebrate your wins makes every day a victory.
A Daily Review isn't just for the end of the day - it can be done at the beginning, as well. You can plan your day, by deciding on the three most important things for you to do that day. Then, when you re-visit your day at the end of it, you can compare your plans against what actually happened.
"The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.” - J.M. Barrie
Here are some resources to help you with a new Daily Review habit:
Day One App & Gratitude Journal - mobile journals sync across all your devices.
How to Start a Daily Journal by Art of Manliness
The Habit Journal - a print journal that records multiple daily habits
Over the next 3 weeks, I'll discuss some other periods of review - weekly, monthly, and yearly - and offer some habits you can use to gain the powerful introspection earned from regular periods of reflection.