5 Things Everyone Should Do More Often 

This year there has been a lot of conversation around the terms “mindful” and “intentional.” It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the millions of things we have on our brains, that we sometimes forget to take a step back and just breathe.

So in keeping that in mind, here are 5 things I think everyone should do more often.

5 Things Everyone Should Do More Often

  1. Call Your Loved Ones. Is it just me or does this one always seem to be the first to get pushed to the back burner? Yes, texting is easy. But actually calling a friend or family member up and chatting on the phone is much more personal. Pick up the phone and call your grandparents, parents, siblings. They’d love to hear your voice!
  2. Unplug. Between our computers, phones, tablets, TVs, etc. we have so many more distractions.
  3. Think Before Responding. A lot of times if someone says or asks something, we’ll respond immediately (think: emails, texts). Instead, take a few minutes to process the question/message before responding.
  4. Switch Up Your Routine. Instead of feeling like a robot going through the same motions every day, switch something up. Try a new coffee place (or drink choice), get up a few minutes earlier, go to the movies on a Tuesday.
  5. Put Yourself First. Make sure that with all the commitments you’re making and things you’re adding to your to-do list, that you’re still looking out for yourself. It’s ok to say no sometimes!

 

What are some things you’re trying to/want to do more often?

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  • I could definitely focus on unplugging more! I’m always reaching for my phone, when I should be focusing on what’s going on around me.

    • It’s something I’m trying to work on too, Ashley! Especially when I’m with friends or family and we’re all on our phones!

  • Claudia Wood

    I will be focusing on unplugging more, I feel like I spend so much time working on my phone or laptop that I don’t spend enough time with my loved ones.

    • Totally agree with you, Claudia! It’s something I’m trying to focus on too. It’s a lot harder than it seems!

  • OHHHHH—- I will need to write this down and read and reread it! Such great tips, thank you. I need to unplug and put myself first more.

    • Aww thanks Carissa! It’s always helpful to have those reminders. We’re so busy all the time it’s easy to forget the simple things!

  • I definitely need to work on unplugging more. I was unplugged for most of my trip a couple weeks ago and it felt so freeing and now that I’m home, I want to make sure I unplug more often and spend more time with my pup and with Dustin!

    • I think that’s the biggest struggle for most of us these days! Being on a cruise definitely helps since you’re kind of forced to unplug, but it does bring some perspective!

  • Love the first one! I’ve learned that calling my parents when I don’t need anything but just to talk is so important! We end up having awesome convos!
    Thanks for sharing this list! All great ideas!
    xo,
    Tatum
    thepace.co

    • It absolutely is, Tatum! I love chatting with my parents too!

  • Yes! Especially with the contacting family members. I’ll admit, I don’t ever really try to call most of them (living on the other side of the world means that prices and time zones made phone calls tough!), though we do schedule Skype convos. But even regular personal emails are nice!

    • Living abroad can definitely make it tough. So great that you’re able to schedule Skype convos to keep in touch though! I think it’s even more important when you’re so far from home!

  • Totally agree with you! Especially about Unplugging and Switching up routine.

    • Thanks, Jenn! Have you tried switching up your routine lately?

  • Amen to this! I definitely need work on a few of these (like unplugging). So perfect.

    • I think unplugging is the biggest struggle overall for everyone. I think with baby steps we’ll eventually be able to commit to lengthier unplug times :)

  • Love this post Rachel! Each and every point on your list is so important, thank you for the reminder :)

    • Thanks, Jeannie! These are all so easy to forget to do, so reminders are always good!

  • Um #3….YES! The knee-jerk reaction to things is usually not the best lol

    • Ugh, it’s THE WORST. Especially when you actually do process it later on and realize that your initial reaction was a bad one!

  • Lisa

    Great list! I really need to work on unplugging more!

    • Thanks, Lisa! Unplugging is a huge struggle for all of us! The only time I really unplug is when I’m sleeping or on an airplane :)

  • courtney jones

    Definitely the last one I always say yes to everything and feel guilty if I don’t but because I have so much things I need to go to or get done I end up stressing myself out so much and it isn’t worth it. It okay to be selfish sometimes and say no!

    • Totally agree! I always take on so much and then can get a bit overwhelmed by it. You have to remember to look out for yourself though, it’s so important!

  • adriana nudo

    I love this post! It’s so important to take time out of each day and realize what there is to truly be grateful for!

    • Thanks, Adriana! There’s so much joy in the simple things!

  • Love this Rachel. I totally agree with everything!!

  • Number 2 is so relevant.. I always struggle to switch off and put down my phone/ stop replying to emails etc etc!

    • Same! I’m trying to get better about looking at my phone before bed too. It definitely makes it harder for me to get to sleep!

  • Cant overstate how much changing the smallest thing can make a difference. Great tips!

  • I often say “What?” and then realize I heard what the person originally said. I definitely need to stop before responding and think a bit.

    • I do that all the time too! I think it’s become a habit since we’re always so busy doing a million things at once!

  • Femy Praseeth

    #3, learnt it the hard way. good reminders.

    • I’m with you on that! Lots of life lessons in this list!

  • These are great reminders. I’m guilty of texting instead of calling, except my mom because she can’t text.

    • That ends up working in your favor then :) I’m sure your mom loves getting calls from you!

  • I definitely agree. These are great! x

    <3 Have Ashley, Will Travel