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How to Get More Enjoyment Out of Every Day

More Enjoyment Every Day

When you are busy working toward a long term goal do you find it difficult to maintain your sense of enjoyment? Does it seem like your life requires you to play so many different roles that it is almost impossible to stay focused on any one project for very long?

When our attention gets spread too thin it can be challenging to stay motivated over the long run. Projects that we are passionate about keep getting shoved into the background and end up taking much, much longer that we thought they would.

How can we maintain our enthusiasm and keep our focus with so many distractions? What steps can we take to regain some control of our schedule? How can we bring a greater sense of enjoyment into our daily routine?

11 tips for getting more enjoyment out of every day

1. Value simplicity. The simpler things are the less distracted we will be. This means we need to de-clutter our environment and our minds.  For some reason we seem to accumulate physical, mental, and emotional clutter. So we end up rushing from one demanding situation to another with no real feeling of enjoyment or accomplishment. To quiet our minds and restore a sense of order to our lives we need to value simplicity.

2. Experience your activities. How often are you doing one thing and thinking about another? How can we find enjoyment in anything if our focus is somewhere else? If we never take the time to actually be in the moment then can we say that we are really living our life? Even the most mundane activities can be enjoyable if we stay centered on the actual experience. In this over stimulated, out of balance and hectic world, simple activities fully experienced can be enjoyable if we let them.

3. Savor the little things. The next time you eat a piece of fruit or enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, simply enjoy it. Wrap your senses around it and savor the experience. When we gulp down our food and rush off to whatever comes next, we are actually robbing ourselves of enjoyment. Our senses of smell and taste are connected to our brains pleasure center. When you savor what goes into your body you tend to eat less and enjoy it more.

4. Add variety to your routine. Don’t be afraid to try something new. It could be something as simple as taking a different route to get to work or as complex as learning to play a musical instrument. Instead of turning on the television  after dinner, try going for a walk in the evening air. Right now is an excellent time to do something you’ve always wanted to do, but have never gotten around to because someday may never come.

5. Make time for what you love. If all we ever did was work on and attend to our obligations it could become difficult to find any sense of enjoyment in our day-to-day experience. It’s important to take care of our responsibilities, but we should also try to balance the “need to do” activities with a few things we really want to do. If we never make the time to do things we are excited about, we could easily start resenting our lives. That’s why it is important to make time every day for the things we really enjoy.

6. Drop unnecessary commitments. Just as we need to make time for doing things we love, we also need to work toward minimizing the things that just consume time and energy with no real payoff. Granted, some things simply aren’t negotiable, but other so-called obligations aren’t really necessary. For each commitment ask yourself if this is something that’s really adding to your life. Is it enhancing your life, or is it just adding more stress? If it doesn’t add any enjoyment or positive benefit, drop it.

7. Focus on what matters. There is productivity and there is busy work. Sometimes it can be difficult to recognize the difference because it varies for each of us. Here’s an example: For someone whose livelihood comes from social media marketing, spending time on sites like Twitter and Facebook might represent productivity. For others however, anything more than 5-10 minutes on those sites might just be a distraction from what really matters. It’s up to each of us to analyze our own situation and apportion our time accordingly.

8. Learn to just let go. When it comes to relaxation the body follows the mind. If your mind is busy obsessing over all the things that didn’t get done today, then you are not relaxed. Your body can only experience relaxation if your mind has let go of anything and everything that causes stress, worry, or anxiety. You will find more enjoyment in your life if you take some time every day to practice letting go.

9. Embrace generosity. There are almost endless opportunities to contribute to the lives of others. Any act of kindness is an act of generosity. Smile at strangers, hold the door open for the person behind you, listen while someone else is talking, and be respectful. These simple acts of kindness don’t cost you anything, but they add enjoyment to your life and the lives of those around you.

10. Do a daily gratitude review. Focusing on gratitude will change your life on every level. It is so easy to get caught up in selfish pursuits and forget how much there is to be grateful for. Gratitude is the antidote for selfishness. If you take a minute every morning and every evening to review your blessings, you will start to notice more and more things to be grateful for. Of all the ways to get more enjoyment out of every day, this is the simplest and the most powerful. If you only put one thing from this list into action in your life, this should be it.

11. Examine your priorities. Life is an ever changing experience and that means that we need to reevaluate our priorities on a regular basis. Make sure you know what is truly important to you, and why. Give your top priorities first place in your life or they will get swallowed up by everything else. Everyone you know probably has an opinion about what should be important to you. Keep in mind that this is your life and you need to set your own priorities. Choose wisely and you too will find enjoyment in your every day life.

Did any of these points resonate with you?
Do you have a special tip for more daily enjoyment?
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28 Comments

  1. Josue August 10, 2011 Reply

    Jonathan, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your articles. They are the glue that grounds me to this wonderful existence called life. The best advice I took away from this recent entry that magnified with me….value simplicity.

    • Jonathan August 11, 2011 Reply

      Greetings Josue, I can’t tell you how encouraging your positive feedback is and how much I appreciate it!

  2. Galen Pearl August 10, 2011 Reply

    Do any of these points resonate with me? Yes, all of them! Each one alone would bring so much more joy into our lives. Right now I zeroed in on the simplicity concept. I am aware that my life/home/mind are all too busy and cluttered. I’m starting a purge, one thing at a time. I started with meetings. I am now a meeting free person. Now moving to drawers that haven’t been cleaned out in decades.

    • Jonathan August 11, 2011 Reply

      Hi Galen, simplifying can be a pretty complex proposition in this crazy world. What does it say when getting simple is complicated?

  3. marc August 11, 2011 Reply

    Great points, Jonathan!

    I’ll put them immediately in practice today:

    I’m grateful that today I can go on a trip to Paris with my girl friend, which is my first priority today. We are going to meet a friend, who I generously will give the present he really likes to have, forget for 2 days my daily routines, focus on having wonderful 2 days together with my girl friend and my friend in a great place in the world, which I truly love to do. I forget about all other commitments during this weekend, will enjoy exploring Paris and some nice museums, meals and drinks. It will be simple, enjoyable and unforgettable!

    Thanks for the inspiration :-)

    • Jonathan August 12, 2011 Reply

      What a great attitude Mark, enjoy!

  4. David August 12, 2011 Reply

    Jonathan,

    I just wanted to say thanks for the post and reiterate #10! No matter what is happening / has happened in your life… taking time to be grateful for the blessings we’ve received is truly one of the best things anyone can do for themselves! Always strive to live in an attitude of gratitude….Kudos ;)

    • Jonathan August 12, 2011 Reply

      Hi David, I really appreciate your feedback and couldn’t agree more about living with an attitude of gratitude. On a side note, I really enjoyed your blog and found your SEO info to be very helpful.

  5. David August 13, 2011 Reply

    Thanks Jonathan! If you ever need any help, please don’t hesitate to ask.

    • Jonathan August 15, 2011 Reply

      Appreciate the offer, I’ve been using Scribe for about a year and a half for SEO optimization. To an expert like yourself it may seem a bit simplistic, but between the Thesis theme and Scribe, my relationship with google is now exceptional. I think SEO gets ignored by a lot of bloggers and that is not a very wise game plan.

  6. Lance August 14, 2011 Reply

    Love this list, Jonathan!!

    I am especially focusing on embracing simplicity in my life. And what I’m finding is that it frees me up to focus more on what really matters. And…there’s lots of enjoyment in that!!

    • Jonathan August 15, 2011 Reply

      Lance my friend, how great that you stopped by. I was just on your blog and it is looking so good. And yes, simplifying might take some work in this complicated old world, but the rewards are well worth the effort. I truly hope everything is excellent in your part of the universe!

  7. Scott August 16, 2011 Reply

    One of our “Thought for the Day” quotes last week really summed this up beautifully for me:

    “When you’re happy for no reason, you’re unconditionally happy. It’s not that your life always looks perfect – it’s just that however it looks, you’ll still be happy.” ~ Marci Shimoff ~

    • Jonathan August 16, 2011 Reply

      Hi Scott, seems like when we master the “happy for no reason” mentality is becomes really obvious how many reasons we actually have to support that happiness.

  8. marquita August 16, 2011 Reply

    Great tips – I especially like “focus on the little things.” When I left my corp. job I also left behind my company car. I opted to do without a car for awhile and it’s been one of the best decisions I ever made. I walk so much more, I met neighbors who were previously just a blur as I rushed in/out of the driveway – and I notice flowers blooming when I walk. I even enjoy food more because now that I work at home I cook instead of rely on fast food. It’s quite a different world I live in now than just a few short months ago.

    • Jonathan August 16, 2011 Reply

      Great comment Marquita, when we are always rushing around, that thing we are missing out on is life because life is really a composite of lots of little things.

  9. Riddhima April 5, 2012 Reply

    I like that point ‘Drop unnecessary commitments’.

    • Jonathan August 9, 2013 Reply

      Hi Riddhima, it is so easy to over commit ourselves and then get stressed out when we can’t do everything. Much easier let go of the commitments that we can live without so we can enjoy the others.

  10. Vignesh July 20, 2013 Reply

    Wonderful article. Thank you so much.

  11. Christopher August 5, 2013 Reply

    Hi Jonathan

    Boy, this post is spot on with what I have been thinking about for the past several months. What I decided to do was to “slow down” my life somewhat and enjoy my life more!

    By being too busy we all forget what is important in our lives until it is too late!

    Your Daily Gratitude Review is something I think I will incorporate into my routine as I think this will definitely help with my overall appreciation of the people around me and give me a stronger cense of positive energy.

    Interesting article!

    Chris

  12. Elle August 5, 2013 Reply

    Wow Jonathan, I’m currently practicing 6, 7 and 8 more than ever before. So funny I should come across your post…although maybe not. It was in my awareness and we know how that works.

    I tend to be blessed with a ‘be happy for no reason’ mentality, for which I’m eternally grateful. And this post is actually a reason to add to that happiness.

    I thank you.

    • Jonathan August 9, 2013 Reply

      Hi Elle, “happy for no reason” is an excellent perspective. That means you don’t need to waste time or energy analyzing or rationalizing happiness. Happiness is after all a state of mind. Better to just go there and enjoy it.

  13. Ashley Pennewill August 7, 2013 Reply

    Great article, these are definitely great ways to enjoy your day more. I especially like to enjoy the little things. Thanks for sharing!

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