This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tazo® Tea. All opinions are 100% mine.
Getting things done doesn’t always have to feel like work. I’ve found the best way for how to get more done every day is to create balance between work, errands, and the things that bring me joy and contentment. Use these five tips to help give yourself a break, which in turn will help you get more done each and every day.
One of the reasons that I moved to Texas was to get a fresh start, a blank slate of sorts. And one of the ways that I’m trying to do that is to add a bit more joy into each and every day. My friend Cori recently read a book that talked about small habits and how people are more often successful when they start making small changes rather than trying to make big ones. Because we often fail at the big ones because they’re just too big.
I’ve started copying Cori and making a list of small changes to work on each week and so far it’s working. Not only am I making the small changes, I’ve really noticed that it’s improving my mood, my outlook, and my productivity. Life just seems a little bit better. Last week the changes were things like getting to 12K steps on my Fit Bit and clearing off the island before I went to bed. And this week, it includes a couple of other small things on top of those. They’re small but making a big difference.
One of the things I’ve noticed most about making these small changes is that a small change can have a huge impact, like when you toss a pebble into a lake and it ripples on for what seems like forever. The other thing I’ve noticed is that the changes that are having the most impact are the ones that are adding joy back into my life, joy that I’ve been missing for the past few years as I’ve let my busyness take the lead.
So instead of finding more ways to schedule out my busyness or to organize the chaos that’s been my life, I’m finding simple ways to add the things I love and enjoy back into my life. And I don’t know if it’s because I’m happier or because I know that the stress isn’t an all-day thing, it’s making me more productive in the time I am working. And who wouldn’t rather do the things they enjoy while also getting more done. I think it might be the secret of how to get more done, seriously.
5 Ways to Get More Done Every Day
1 – Enjoy something you love every day.
This one is pretty open-ended, but that’s the beauty of it. Pick something that you absolutely love and do that every single day. For some people it might be exercising, for others it might be kicking up your feet and enjoying 30 minutes of mind-numbing TV before bed. And for some people it might be different every single day – just do something you love at least once a day. It’s even better if you add those into your to-do list, so you feel like you’re getting something done.
Lately for me, it’s been making myself a hot glass of Tazo® Tea. I recently just tried their caffeine-free blend called Passion that’s a combination of hibiscus, orange peel, rose hips & passion fruit flavors. It totally reminds me of traveling somewhere exotic, which is perfect for when I’m stuck at home. It’s bright, fresh, and a gorgeous bright purple color (because you know that matters to photographers).
If you’re more of a traditional give me the caffeine filled tea type person, try the Zen (green tea with lemongrass & spearmint) or Awake English Breakfast (a breakfast-style black tea with a malty boldness & bright flavor), or honestly you still might love the Passion blend so much you don’t notice there’s no caffeine.
2 – Read something uplifting, educational, or both.
There’s just something about reading that takes your mind off all of its worries. It’s quite amazing actually. So plan a break of at least 15 minutes something during your day and read something that’s educational, uplifting, or both. It’ll not only give you a quick break from that hefty to-do list, but it’ll likely teach you something. I’ve been trying to read my scriptures or a church talk every day for 15 minutes, and I’m telling you – it’s powerful. Reading educational books is great too and who knows, might actually open a whole new world of ideas or productivity tips for you.
3 – Write a daily I’m awesome list.
At the end of the day, write down one good thing that happened to you and three things you got done during the day. Focus for five minutes on the positive without thinking about anything you didn’t get done. We’re our own worst enemy and this simple exercise can help you see how awesome you really are. Do this before you write your to-do list for tomorrow because once you start writing your to-do list for tomorrow, that’s all you’ll be able to think about.
4 – Spend time with people you love and trust.
Back in the day when I was in young women’s, my church leaders taught me to choose my friends wisely because they’d have a huge impact on me growing up. Back then I had no idea that lesson wasn’t just for high school, it was something I’d need to work on throughout my life. Find your tribe of friends, the other moms in the neighbor who get you, or even just your own family. Just find people that you love and trust with your own self and spend at least a few minutes a day either talking to, laughing with, or hanging out with them. It’s the ultimate way to fill your love tank and live a bit more joyfully.
5 – Stop. Just stop.
The world we live in is constantly going, going, going. And telling us that we need to be going, going, going with it all the time. Every day take a few minutes to just slow down, to stop and take a few minutes to breathe, meditate, pray, or whatever else you do when things are quiet and you’re not rushing around. This might mean waking up before the kids or staying up an extra ten minutes even when you want to pass out from exhaustion, but it’ll be worth it.
Those five minutes of solitude and quiet have become my favorite moments of the day. I make myself a cup of Tazo Passion tea, sit in my colorful new office, and just enjoy a few minutes of quiet before moving onto the next task. Sometimes I get clarity from those few minutes and sometime it’s nothing more than a literal break so my head doesn’t explode. But one way or another, stopping is one of the only ways I’ve found that I can continue to go, go, go.
What are your best tips for getting more things done each day without taking all the fun and joy out of the day?