Wellness Wednesday Issue #51

The Assist Newsletter
December 18, 2023
Wellness Wednesday

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” — Helen Keller


Mastering the Art of Daily Joy and Productivity


In the whirlwind of modern life, maintaining a harmonious blend of joy and productivity in your daily routine is an attainable goal.

By adopting strategic practices and a mindful approach, you can enhance your overall well-being while accomplishing your tasks effectively.

Here are some concise tips to help you strike that balance:

  1. Positive Morning Rituals:
    Kickstart your day with positivity. Engage in a morning routine that resonates with you, whether it’s meditation, gratitude journaling, or a brief workout. These activities set a constructive tone for the day.
  2. Prioritize Wisely:
    Identify your key tasks and tackle them early. Prioritization ensures that you make progress on essential goals, reducing the stress of procrastination.
  3. Mindful Breaks:
    Incorporate short breaks into your day to recharge. Use this time for quick stretches, deep breathing, or a healthy snack. These moments of self-care boost your focus and mental clarity.
  4. Organized Workspace:
    A clutter-free workspace promotes productivity. Utilize tools like to-do lists or digital apps to manage tasks and deadlines, reducing distractions.
  5. Mindfulness and Gratitude:
    Practice mindfulness by staying present. Savor small joys, like the aroma of coffee or a brief chat with a colleague. Express gratitude for these moments.
  6. Realistic Goals:
    Avoid overloading your schedule. Set achievable objectives to prevent overwhelm and frustration.
  7. Joyful Activities:
    Integrate activities you love into your day, such as reading, hobbies, or dancing. These bursts of joy elevate your happiness.
  8. Connect with Loved Ones:
    Regularly reach out to friends and family, even briefly. Social connections enhance fulfillment and daily joy.
  9. Self-Care:
    Prioritize self-care with exercise, balanced nutrition, and quality sleep. A well-nurtured body and mind promote daily happiness and productivity.
  10. Reflect and Plan:
    At day’s end, reflect on your achievements and areas for growth. Use these insights to plan for a more joyful and productive tomorrow.

Balancing daily joy and productivity is a continuous journey. It involves finding a rhythm that aligns with your values.

By making mindful choices and embracing intentional practices, you can craft a daily routine that enhances both your happiness and your ability to accomplish tasks efficiently.


Amazon Hates When You Do These 5 Things (But They Can’t Stop You)


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How Ensure Your Charitable Donations Go To A Reputable Organization


When you’re eager to make a positive impact through charitable giving, it’s vital to ensure your donations reach reputable organizations that truly make a difference.

To guarantee your generosity is well-placed:

Start by researching the charity or nonprofit you plan to support. Visit their website, read their mission statement, and understand their goals and programs. Reputable organizations should have transparent information readily available.

Verify their legitimacy by checking if the charity is registered as a nonprofit or has 501(c)(3) status in the United States. This designation indicates they meet specific legal requirements and are eligible to receive tax-deductible donations.

Assess their financial transparency by reviewing their financial records, including their annual report and audited financial statements. Transparency in financial reporting is a hallmark of a trustworthy organization.

Examine how they allocate funds by determining what percentage of donations goes toward administrative expenses versus the actual programs or services they provide. Reputable charities typically allocate a significant portion of funds to their mission.

Look for accountability by checking if the organization is accountable to a board of directors or an independent oversight body. This ensures responsible management of funds and adherence to ethical standards.

Read reviews and ratings on charity evaluation websites like Charity Navigator, GuideStar, or BBB Wise Giving Alliance to help you assess the credibility of charitable organizations.

Remember that charitable giving is a personal choice, and you have the right to make informed decisions about where your donations go.

Ensuring your contributions reach reputable organizations not only maximizes your impact but also reinforces the positive change you wish to see in the world.


The Challenge Bowl


Miro - The Challenge Bowl

The Challenge Bowl is a fun and easy way for team members to answer questions and complete short activities to deepen team bonds.

Pick one item from the Challenge Bowl each day to liven up daily meetings or run through the entire board to engage your team during virtual team lunches or happy hours.

How it Works:

  • 🗣️ You’ll need a logged-in facilitator to reveal hidden frames
  • 📝 Each team member takes turns selecting a challenge (numbered sticky note from the bowl). Tip: Use the color key to determine whether you select a silly question, thoughtful question, or a short activity.
  • ✅ The facilitator reveals the challenge and team members must answer a question or complete the activity before moving on to the next item.

Be prepared for some fun, giggles, and even some deep thinking. You can even customize the template to create your own Team Challenge Bowl tailored for your team.

🙌 Get the free Challenge Bowl Template


3 Ways to Prioritize Your Marriage During The Holidays


Ah, the holiday season — a time for twinkling lights, festive cheer, and quality time with loved ones. Yet, as magical as it may be, the holidays can also stir up stress, especially when it comes to balancing family gatherings, gift shopping, and the hustle and bustle of the season with your marriage.

Unwrap the secrets to marital bliss during this season and sail through the holidays with a smile on your face and love in your heart, with these 3 tips:

1. Open Communication:
Start by having a candid conversation with your partner about your holiday expectations and plans. Discuss which traditions are essential, the events you both want to attend, and how you can spend quality time together. Clear communication ensures you’re on the same page and helps you create a balanced holiday plan.

2. Make a Plan to Deal with Conflict:
Before the holidays start, identify any potential triggers for conflict and create a plan around them. Discuss how you’ll handle disagreements and find common ground.

You can even add a touch of humor by incorporating something silly, like dancing every time there’s an argument or having a safe word to remind you of your pre-discussed agreements. This lighthearted approach can defuse tension and keep your connection strong.

3. Prioritize Quality Time:
Amidst the holiday rush, make an effort to spend quality time with your partner. Schedule regular date nights, whether it’s a cozy evening by the fire or a simple walk. Consider a short getaway to escape the chaos and reconnect. These moments of connection will strengthen your bond and reduce holiday stress.

Prioritizing your marriage during the holidays isn’t just a gift to your partner, but also to yourself. By communicating clearly, making a plan to deal with conflict, and carving out quality time, you can make the season less stressful and ensure your relationship remains a top priority.


How to Encourage and Support PTO As A Supervisor


Between unused PTO allowances and lost vacation days each year, many teams overlook the importance of disconnecting.

Model and enable work-life balance for your staff through PTO support:

By promoting PTO as a priority not barrier to success, managers enable greater productivity, health and harmony both on and off work time.

Setting an example through responsible unplugging makes self-care contagious.


Stuff we’re loving this week


💄 Beauty: Bobbi Brown’s Base Primer Moisturizer makes your skin feel soft and hydrated, while helping your makeup glide right on. Plus, it smells really good.

👜 Accessory: The Nova Backpack for Herschel is a cute, small but mighty backpack that will fit your essentials, snacks, and even a 25 oz water bottle. Great for hikes, amusement parks, festivals, etc.

🙏 Charity: If you’re looking to give back, consider donating to Save the Children. For over 100 years they’ve worked tireless across the globe to give children healthcare, education, safety, and opportunity.

🎁 Tradition: We learned about a Swedish gift giving tradition we want to try out this year — wrapping gifts with a rhyme.


Our Holiday Gifting Guide


The Assist's Corporate Holiday Gift Guide

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