Evaluate Your Life Each Day With One Basic Question: Did Today Matter?

Evaluate Your Life Each Day With One Basic Question: Did Today Matter?
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It’s easy to zone out and get trapped in the day-to-day mindset, but if you’re really trying to take your life in a certain direction, you need to make progress. With a short, but sweet question you can help yourself maintain focus on moving forward.

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In one sense, every day matters to us. As humans, we value our time and enjoy being alive for the most part. Still, we all know the feeling of those days where it seems like nothing happened. On his blog, Chris Guillebeau writes about a tip he got from writer Gemma Stone. She suggests that you ask yourself if today mattered in the grand scheme of things, every day:

…when you ask yourself this question, chances are you’ll know the answer intuitively. Did today matter? If so, great. Do more things like it tomorrow. Can’t remember anything in particular that made a difference? Well, better change it up.

It’s deceptively simple, yet one of the most important things you can ask. It’s hard sometimes to get down to the nitty-gritty and seriously review what you’ve done, but it’s easy to ask a simple question. What starts as a minor query becomes a way to branch off into everything you’ve accomplished. Did you work hard or just get by? Did you spend any time on your side project? Will you remember any personal moments from this day? Every day matters to us, but there’s a good chance a lot of us would still answer “no” on most days. When you find yourself answering “no”, do whatever it takes to change that to a “yes” tomorrow.

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