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When I think of the little things that bring me joy (and there are many little things that I love), tea and sitting down with my planner are at the top of the list. There’s just something about a nice cup of tea and a fresh piece of paper that makes my heart sing.
Lately, I’ve been focusing on living a life more intentional. There will always be days that I scramble through…days that don’t go as planned, days that I didn’t get around to planning at all, and days that I leave intentionally open (because as much as I love to plan…there are also times when I love to NOT plan, you know what I mean?). But more often than not, I’m trying (trying SO hard, you guys) to be intentional about my time, and spend my days doing the important things.
I only have one life, and I want to make it count. And to make things count, I need to do the important things.
I’m not kidding when I say that one of life’s greatest little joys for me is tea. There’s just something that makes me so HAPPY about a cup of tea. I even love watching the tea bag steep.
Tazo® Tea tea blends bring a little excitement to my normal tea ritual. Perfect for any time of day, Tazo blends are made with some of the highest quality tea leaves, spices and botanicals. I prefer my tea strong during the day, and lighter (and caffeine-free) in the evening.
The Awake English Breakfast tea from Tazo is *perfect* for me. An invigorating and bold blend, the Awake™ English Breakfast is a favorite around here (you can pick it up at your local grocery store). Other blends – like Passion® and Zen™- are also available.
And when I combine tea with a planning session, it’s bliss.
So, here’s what I’m working on doing to help me live more intentionally (I know, that word is everywhere these days…but when you only have so many hours in the day and about a trillion things to do – as we all do! – it’s a really important word).
I’m trying to plan my day before my day even starts. This means super early, before I do anything…or even better, right before I go to bed. This lets me look at my schedule for the next day, prioritize, and decide what’s most important…and then pencil it all in. There is something therapeutic to me about writing things down. Also, I am trying to spend less time on my phone and schedule time for myself to manage all my social media – so this scheduling time is free of digital distractions, and all about me and the day I want to live.
I’m also really (embarassingly so!) bad at scheduling appointments, calling people back, and responding to texts. That is something I need to work on, but it’s so easy for me to look at a text and then forget I ever received it…I need a way to make sure I’m staying on top of things like texts and voicemails.
I created a printable day planner to help me map out my day. I have it split into hours, and honestly? I’m not sure if that will work for me…the perfectionist in me, which is apparently dormant for 90% of my day, rears its ugly head when I set expectations for myself and then don’t stay exactly.on.track. But I’m giving it the old college try, and I’m hoping that just by scheduling some very general hours for myself, I can spend that time more intentionally.
Download your free printable day planner below. I’d love to hear how you plan your day, and which Tazo blend is your favorite!UPDATE: I tried using the hourly schedule, and I couldn’t do it. So I made a second printable day planner, this time with more flexibility for scheduling your day!