Keep yourself organized.
The more organized things are, the easier it is to stay focused on what's happening in the moment. Organization doesn’t come easily for everyone, but there are so many great resources for making it part of your day, and it’s one of the best ways to make your moments matter.
Focus your attention on gratitude.
Whenever you focus on gratitude, you turn your attention to what you have (not what you lack) and that is one of the ultimate ways to make the moments matter. If you want to make the most of your day, start it off by jotting down a list of things for which you're thankful.
Take time to make a plan.
Worrying about the future always takes away from making the most of the moment. Writing down what needs to be done in the future frees your mind of having to remember those details and allows your attention to be directed back to right now.
Do something you really enjoy.
The best way to have a memorable day is to do what you love. Even if you can only do an enjoyable activity for a short period of time, allowing yourself to do something you love every day is a fantastic way to make the most of the moment.
Cross something off your to-do list.
It might sound like a small act — drawing a line through a list item — but ending a day and knowing you've done at least once thing that needed to be done is a great way to make the day matter.
Take notice of real-life magic.
Look around you and notice what feels magical to you ¾ maybe the trees turning colors, the smile on a child’s face, the sunset on your drive home ¾ and those moments alone will make a day matter.
Locate a source of inspiration.
Whether it’s an uplifting website, an inspirational individual, or an inner source of motivation, identifying a source of inspiration to keep you moving forward is essential for making the most of every moment.
Protect your own peace.
Peacefulness is a choice (though not always an easy one!). To make the most of every day, protect your peace by doing your best to avoid the people and situations that rob you of feelings of calm.
Dedicate a little time for daydreaming.
Making every day matter doesn’t have to mean filling up every moment of the day. Daydreaming can be a delightful way to make a moment matter ¾ and might even lead to some brilliant new ideas.
Reflect on what you’ve accomplished.
Keep a "Done" list alongside your "To Do" list to remind yourself of how much you actually get done in a day, and you’ll soon see that, even the days that seem routine or unproductive are actually filled with many moments that really mattered!
Dani DiPirro is the creator of the Every Day Matters 2018 Diary: A Year of Inspiration for the Mind, Body and Spirit. Watkins, Desk £12.99, Pocket £6.99