Feel Great About Your Day by Meggin McIntosh, PhD

By meggin@meggin.com
Apr 4th, 2014

There are plenty of people (including colleagues, staff, students, people in the community, etc.), situations, world events, and so forth that could cause you to feel crummy (or worse) about your day. To be productive, it helps when you feel great about your day. Here are ten ideas to help you do so. Generate as many more as you can.

  1. Tip more than is expected.  Significantly more.  This feels great.
  2. Treat yourself as if you’re worth it.  You define what that means and how that looks.
  3. Be as patient with your family and loved ones as you are with your students and those who fund your research (and I’m assuming you are a paragon of patience with both of those groups).
  4. Treat time as more valuable than money. “Spend” some time on yourself.
  5. Remember how you are making a difference through your work and/or personal life.  There’s a reason you became a professor and my guess is that part of it had to do with making a difference in the world.
  6. Be gracious to everyone around you, especially those who are somewhat or significantly younger or older than you are.
  7. Write things on your “to-do” list that you did that day and then cross them off.  Some days we need some little wins.
  8. Consider what you have to be thankful for–both the “big” things and the “small” things.  This is not a bad practice for every day, believe me.
  9. Bake cookies or make a crock pot of soup and give some to your neighbors.
  10. Hug someone who needs it (especially your pets)!

These ten work, and you probably have ten more. Keep this list handy. Some days you might need reminding.

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