thebarrowboy /Foter

One of the most useful tricks you can use to maximize happiness in your life is to figure out what exactly makes you happy. It might seem self-evident, but when you really start digging into the details of what you do with your day, it might surprise you to learn which parts of it you enjoy and which parts you don’t. It turns out I really like taking pictures, and I really like editing pictures, but the part where I have to find all the right cords and upload the pictures to the computer first really bums me out. I’ll procrastinate on that part for days, even though it only takes about 2 minutes to do it. Once I realized that, I was able to set up systems that made it super easy for me to do, like making sure that I keep the cord in the same easily accessible place all the time.

When you’re in the flow of your day, it can be hard to remember to stop and check in with how you are feeling. In fact, it can be hard to even remember that you are *supposed* to be doing that, let alone actually do it, what with all the other information you are keeping in your head. Here’s my secret: I schedule texts to myself several times a day. I use SMS Scheduler for the Android system, but I’m sure the iPhone has similar apps. Or if you don’t have a smartphone, you can use an online text scheduler. I schedule texts to be sent to me once every couple hours, and they say things like “Are you working on something you love right now? If not, is there a good reason?” or “Do you need to stand up and stretch for a minute?”

If you try this technique, let me know how it works for you. I’ve been loving it, but I’d like to know how you implement it so that it works well for you.