What Was the Best Thing You Did Today?

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The concept of evaluating your days is not new. I’ve talked about it in regards to my morning routine, and most productivity gurus tout its wisdom.

It works because it makes sense.

If we don’t have a goal, we’ll never get where we want to go. And if we don’t stop and evaluate where we are, we’ll never know if we’re there.

In the spirit of small life hacks that make a big difference, I can’t stress enough the importance of looking back at your life and asking:

What was the best thing I did today?

You might be intrigued, and surprised, by some of the answers. Yes, it might be the obvious: “When I ate chocolate ice cream.”

But it might also be, when I read for five minutes or when I went running in the rain or when I played with my daughter or when I submitted that project. Whatever it is, this question aims to help you figure out if you can do more of that thing in order to make every day better.

Now, I don’t stop there, and I typically go further to ask another question:

What was the best thing I did last week?


What was the best thing I did last month?

If you ask yourself these simple questions, you’re bound to find out some unexpected, and illuminating things about yourself and the ways you spend your time. Most importantly, you’ll see some guideposts to how you should be better spending your time in the future.

So, what was the best thing you did today?

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4 thoughts on “What Was the Best Thing You Did Today?

  1. Claire, it’s national chocolate day, so I had to have chocolate ice cream today, but it was easy to decide that it wasn’t my best thing.

    My best thing was praying for my son before I left for work, and my second best was spending a few hours clearing paperwork, instead of leaving the office, during a power outage.

    Thanks for the simple, powerful question! 🙂

  2. Love this question. So many times we are so focused on the to do list or what went wrong, that we do not take the time to evaluate what went right.

  3. What a GREAT question. As a dad my answer will often involve my kids, but ending the day with the question “What was the best thing I did?” is an awesome exercise to provide perspective and purpose. Or course correct along those lines.