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Want to have a great day? Follow this recipe.

I’ve noticed something lately and I’m trying to figure it out. I’ve noticed that I have some really great days. These are the days when I eat well, get in some exercise, spend focused time on my work, meditate or read something inspiring for a few minutes, and make sure to spend some time with my kids and my husband.

I’ve also noticed that I have some less-than-great days. These are the days when I check emails every ten minutes, browse Facebook off and on all day, eat too much sugar, skip exercise because I’ve run out of time thanks to the aforementioned Facebook browsing, and end the day watching mindless TV.

Of course, these are two extremes and many of my days fall somewhere in the middle but here’s the simple but crucial difference between the two extremes: my choices. It’s not that I won the lottery on those great days. Nor was I handed some amazing and lucrative writing assignment. It’s that I followed my priorities and did things that supported what I value most. Simple.

The great days include my priorities of health, wellness, contribution, simplicity and family.

The less-than-great days dismiss health, wellness, contribution, simplicity and family.

See the difference?

So, why don’t I make the better-for-me choices every day? Why don’t I shoot for the great day every time? I’m not exactly sure, really. I think it has something to do with reacting versus being in the present moment. I think it has something to do with a little bit of rebellion within myself. I think it even has something to do with the weather at times.

Here’s the good news, though: Even though I haven’t completely figured out the why, I have figured out the what and that’s the only part I really need to know. The what is how I spend my time. The what is honoring what’s most important to me. And, thankfully, the what is the recipe for more of those great days.

For those of you skipping to the bottom, here’s the recipe:

Time spent on priorities and the things you value most = great day

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