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Pattern’s Guide to Daily Enjoyment

10 simple steps to help you enjoy daily life.

Why this guide?

These days, it’s easy to let work and screens take over your time. In habits, we see chances to transform routines into rewarding activities. This simple guide gives you practical ways to set up each day for presence, quality time, and enjoyment.

It summarizes some of the most helpful insights we’ve come across while building Pattern. It’s a journey. We’re still on it, and we’ll continue to share what we find helpful along the way.

Begin the day by making your bed.

By starting your day with something positive, you’re creating momentum as well as an inviting space to return to.

We see home as the counterpoint to a busy world. It should feel like your sanctuary. By investing a little energy before you leave in the morning, you can make coming back to it feel even better.

Each morning, do something before checking your phone.

When you wake up, try to engage with an activity before your phone. This helps you harness the clear, calm headspace that can come with the start of the day.

Think of something simple that you enjoy doing, like making a coffee, getting some exercise, or breathing mindfully. Anything you can go towards before your phone will work.

Try to get fresh air throughout the day.

A little time outside goes a long way. Like a nature snack. There’s new evidence that time outdoors has a profound effect on our well-being.

You don’t need to go for a big hike. It can be as simple as a stroll after you finish your lunch.

Do one thing at a time.

Multitasking has become an expected part of modern life. But in reality, our brains are designed to do one thing at a time. Multitasking is really jumping back and forth between two activities, which means you can’t think deeply about either one.

When you focus on one thing at a time, you can be more effective. And when the work is done for the day, it’s best to leave it at work.

Let your mind wander.

Our culture tends to look at doing nothing, or anything without a measurable output, in a negative light. We’ve learned how important time to do nothing is for clearing space to recharge and relax.

Give your mind permission to wander, and give yourself permission to not have an output for a while. Try reading for pleasure, spending time with your pet, or taking a walk in the park.

Take control of your leisure time.

Cooking, exercising, painting, or whatever you enjoy can create space between your work and home. This helps ensure that you don’t carry any stress from work around with you. Plus, these are opportunities to find “flow”—a super-healthy mindstate that can happen when you’re fully immersed in an activity.

Embrace mediocrity.

Too often, we let perfection get in the way of enjoyment. Hobbies can be a great way to enjoy daily life, but it’s easy to let our activities begin to define our identity and self-worth.

Remember that not everything is a performance. It’s healthy to let yourself feel like a beginner and do things you merely, but truly, enjoy.

Spend time with friends and loved ones.

With longer work schedules and more time on screens, it’s not always easy to make time for friends and loved ones. We’re social creatures and we evolved to live in tight-knit communities.

Even if you can’t meet face to face, giving someone you care about a call and hearing their voice can help refresh your perspective.

Wind down before bed.

Create a ritual for yourself, whether it’s tea, reading, or listening to music. It’s important to have something to do while you avoid the blue light from screens for an hour or two before you go to sleep.

Writing before bed can be a great habit, especially when you focus on the good parts of your day. It helps us make positive moments and achievements into lasting memories.

Get a good night’s rest.

Sleep is the foundation of health and well-being. Collectively, we need to make it a priority, especially since the rates of mental illness are rising sharply in direct correlation with poor sleep. It’s serious business.

Sleep helps you respond to stress, strengthens your immune system, and it helps you live longer. Eight hours is best, but try to get more than seven.