2020 has overall been a shitty year for nearly everyone! With a few magical moments within. So I think everyone is ready for a big reset to get ready for 2021. There are a few things you should do before you head into the new year, I’m starting my reset now to avoid it being busy around Christmas!
Grab a notepad and pen and take notes of the points you want to do to get ready for whatever 2021 has to bring!
I have 12 things that I like to focus on when I’m resetting (this can be done anytime in the year but something about the new year makes it special).
Space I like to reset my space and clear everything out to start fresh. To do this I make a list of everything I want to declutter, this includes my wardrobe, my wires, my kitchen cupboards, etc. I then make a list of everything I need to fix but just haven’t got around to, for me it’s things such as sewing the buttons back on my coat. Next, I make a list of things I want to improve in my home. These are things such as repotting any plants that have grown, adding any hooks I need. Now you should have a little/fairly big list of things you need to do over the next few weeks. To make the process a little easier I like to do one or two things at a time.
Admin This can be a fairly boring annoying day but it needs to be done! This is a list of things you need to do but just haven’t gone around to no matter how many times you write them on your todo list. This is things such as calling the dentist, calling your bill provider to see if there are any better deals (this often works so it’s definitely worth a try to lower your bills for the new year), listing that item on eBay etc. It’s basically just a list of little things that add up. I like to get through this list in one day so that I’m already in that mindset.
Rules Each year I set rules to stick to, it doesn’t always work but I have tried to make them a lot easier this year to ensure that I can stick to them. These are rules to keep you on track, to keep you motivated all year and to overall just to help you through your year. To help you set your own I will share mine. 1. If you feel yourself slacking, have one day to do so and then get back to it. 2. If something simple needs doing, do it as soon as possible (this is to stop the build-up of jobs that never get done) and 3. Plan ahead, look at the calendar daily and plan everything I can.
Goals These are your goals for the year. The key to this is to not set goals that are impossible to reach. Set yourself a few things that you want to achieve for the year. Once this is done you need to dissect the goals and make mini-goals of them. Then create a plan of how you are going to achieve them. This will make them feel easier to reach as well as giving you an idea on how to achieve great things because you can and you will!
Learn and improve This is a little list of everything I want to learn or improve on within the next year. This can be anything from improving your sewing skills to doing a sign language course. I like to do this as it gives me ideas on how to improve myself over the year. In my spare time, I’ll start to learn and improve on the things on the list.
Vision board This is just a little look at what you wish for your year to look like. For this, I like to create a Pinterest board and add any pins I like to this can be things from a new car to tattoos to holiday and so forth. It’s just a little thing to try to get you excited for the year ahead. You can print these off and put them in your house somewhere so you can see it every day to keep you motviated.
Declutter phone/laptop This is important for me as my phone and laptop get so full within a year and I end up not even using many of the apps on my phone. For this I like to start by deleting any app I don’t use or need. Then I go through my photos and delete any I don’t like or duplicates. Next, I back those photos up on my hard drive and then delete them all from my phone! To start fresh! I then go through my notes and delete any I don’t need. I then sort out the look of my phone and create a few folders and pages I like to look at.
Mind I like to do a little mind reset and think of who I am and who I want to be. This helps me think of what I would like to work on in my head such as improvement to my happiness or how to feel less stressed. Once you have a few things in the list of your head write things down that you feel will help with improving that aspect of you. For example, one of my things is to improve my happiness. Within that list, I have things such as singing in the car, meditating, practising gratitude, and lots more.
Books to read This is simple, just a list of a few books you definitely want to read within the year. My list is full of self-improvement and educating books but it doesn’t have to be. Make a list of any books you would love to read. Once you have this list, pick one and buy it ready! One of the books i have in my list is you are a badass.
Routines I like to try and get into good routines and habits but recently I have been setting the bar too high and haven’t been able to stick to them for long. So for me, this section was thinking about what goes wrong and restarting my routines. My plan is to have a good morning routine as well as nighttime routine. These don’t have to be complicated and will differ depending on whether your a morning or night time person! I’m definitely a morning person so my morning routine is much longer and has most of what I want to do on it.
Calendar plan Buy a big wall calendar and write down all of the important dates! Now write in your workdays if you know them. For the things that can change such as work dates and other plans I only like to plan two months as you never know what can change. Use this calendar to help you remember your dentist appointments and any birthdays coming up! Stay organised all year round.
Master lists This is a list of all of the different things that I do often. I have a weekly todo, a cleaning list, monthly jobs. For these just write everything you would normally do for your list on your iPad or laptop and print them out! Keep a few copies safe ready for you to use when needed.
My last tip and trick for getting ready for the new year are to look at your life and picture your perfect life and try to make it happen! Your dreams can come true if you work hard and stay on track!
First, you need to know how much money you need to save.
To know this you need to know where you’re going, how long you’re planning to travel, what type of accommodation you’ll be staying in, what transport you need as well as what the main attractions and things you want to do are.
So once you know where you’re going you should do a little research about how much everyday things are such as food, accommodation and transport in that area. If your going to more than one place try to do a mini-plan of where and how long you’ll be spending in that place this will give you an idea of how much money you’ll be spending there.
Figure out how long you want to travel for, you might end up not knowing any way but plan how long you think you’ll need money to last for such as if you are planning to get a job out there you still need to plan for how long you can last with no job as plan change all the time. When I first travelled with my boyfriend we planned to get a job within the first month. We didn’t end up working at all and just lived off the money we saved which for us at the time was the best thing to do. So make sure you’re open to travelling without working too.
Plan on average how much your transport is going to cost you such as if you know you need to get a couple of flights and then a boat etc. Plan how much these will be and always include the price of a flight back home so that you have that money whenever you need, as again plans do change!
If you want to do lots and see lots of different attractions look at how much they are in that area so there aren’t any surprises along the way and if you find the main attraction you wanted to do is just too much out of budget it’s heartbreaking so try to know the prices on average beforehand.
Once you know the prices of all of these things you properly have a little number in your head on how much money you’ll need. Now add a bit of bonus money on to that, this could be an extra £100 for a short trip or £1000 for a trip that’s a little longer.
Now you’ll need to look into how much money you earn and figure out how long it will take you to save that money up, you need to take into consideration what you already spend weekly.
So this trip is important to you and that’s what you have to remind yourself of each time you pull out your purse or wallet. Is this trip more important than this coffee you don’t really need or is it more important than that shirt you won’t even wear there? That way you’ll be able to save by cutting out the things that aren’t necessary. I use this for my life daily no matter if I have travelling plans.
Take your bills (everything you HAVE to spend money on) such as rent, phone bill, petrol etc… and work out how much you are spending monthly. Take this away from how much you are earning monthly and you should be left with spare money that you can put away to save for your trip.
My next tip is to always take the opportunities you are given. What I mean by this is if your work colleagues are wanting a cover for a shift, go for it. Someone needs help with babysitting, offer your time. Always try to earn a little more on the side if you have time to, this will help you hit your goal quicker.
Here are 20 of the best tips to cut your costs when saving for travel
No more coffee. Don’t buy any coffee when you can make one for so much cheaper at home. You’ll find yourself a little surprised when you realise how much money you’re spending on coffee.
Beauty services. Things such as getting your nails done, eyelash extensions, eyebrow tints etc. By cutting out these few things you can save up to £70 every two-three weeks. Do it yourself for cheaper if you need them.
Don’t buy anything you can’t afford. Don’t buy that car on lease just because it’s nice, don’t buy the brand new iPhone on an extortionate plan. Try to never go into debt with things like these as it’s not worth it. Just think of the fun you’ll have when you’re travelling when you want to fork out for a new car.
Eat at home. Food is so much cheaper when you cook for yourself so try to minimise eating out when you’re saving and you’ll save so much more!
Clothes. Try to limit how much you spend on clothes and how many you buy. These all add up and if you’re planning to travel somewhere hot you’ll end up in a bikini most days anyway so save that money!
Drink less. We all know that a vodka lemonade is super cheap to make at home compared to the drinks at a bar. So try to have a few at home to save a little or try to cut down how much you drink which is really good for you anyway.
Cancel your gym membership. Working out at home will save more money each month.
Stop smoking or at least cut-down. Not only with your body thank you but your pocket will too!
Try to cut down your household bills. Use less electricity, water and gas within your home. When you try to cut down what you use your overall household bills will drop dramatically so save money and the environment with this top tip.
Cut down other bills too. Look at how much your spending on your phone bill, food shopping etc. Try to cut down where you can. Learn some cheaper recipes and they will serve you a lifetime of cheap and easy meals.
Walk more. Try to cut down how much you spend on petrol and public transport. Where you can walk, cycle or skate. I use this rule ‘if you can walk there in 30 minutes, and if it takes a little longer to cycle or skate’. This obviously doesn’t work all of the time but a lot of the time try it out. It will also benefit your health and if you cancel that gym membership this is a great alternative. This helps save the environment as well as money.
Pack your lunches. Try to bulk make your lunches for the week and take them to work to save money where you might have been buying lunches daily. When you are making your lunches try to make them healthy too so this is a two in one tip.
Start a side hustle. Try to earn a little extra money on the side. This could be selling some artwork, selling some clothes, selling a service such as graphics design. This can be anything but research and ensure you can offer something good so people buy it and come back again.
Do free things. If you’re a social butterfly or just love going out on dates that’s great but try to swap the things you do to free or cheaper things near you. This could be going for a picnic, spending the day at the beach or park, go sightseeing, go for a hike or bike ride, watch a movie at home, etc.
Look for discounts. Try to buy things when they are on offer or if you have a discount code etc. And if you don’t have one ask for one! If you have a big social media following, see if brands will gift you things for a review etc. Always remember the saying ‘the cheeky boy got the toffee’ it’s basically saying those that ask, receive.
Make a budget and stick to it. Remind yourself of what the budget is for and this should get you to be able to stick to it monthly, don’t let yourself say well it’s just one coffee or just one lunch I brought this week as everything adds up. And it adds up quickly when you don’t try to keep track.
Carry a water bottle. When you carry a water bottle around you lose the need to buy a drink often, cutting out that cost as well as the plastic bottles that go alongside it.
Cancel any unnecessary memberships or subscriptions. I did this when I was saving to travel, this could be cutting out Netflix, Spotify, amazon prime etc. If I’m being honest I cut out all of these and then within a month realised how much I used and loved Spotify so I got it back. This is ok as you need to figure out what you do need in life and these needs and wants are ok but ensure that you are cutting back when you can.
Invest in spare change. With my spare change around the house, I always put it in a travel jar even if I haven’t got a trip planned. It’s just there for when I need it. Do this with your bank too. Many banks actually do it for you so you might want to look into it and change over. But an alternative and what I do is check my mobile banking each day or every other day and transfer little by little into a savings account.
Keep yourself motivated. Remind yourself of the trip ahead and get yourself excited to save more for it. Try to picture each bit of savings going towards a beautiful Airbnb on a beach in Bali or flying through the sky to your dream destination. Picture your money as the trip and you’ll find it easier to save.
Save when and where you can. You can take these tips and use them for your whole life when it comes to anything you’re saving for. In my life, I use my tips nearly 24/7 as I think it’s important to have a chunk of savings for your goals in the future anyway. Another tip for this is to always have something you’re saving up for no matter how big or small.
Save everything you can and enjoy your travels!
Keep an eye out for a future blog on getting the most out of your money when your travelling.
Struggling to be productive and get shit done? Here are some tips and tricks on how to beat procrastination and get productive.
Tip number one, you need to find out when you work best. Do you find yourself slacking in the morning and just non-stop in the afternoon/evening or are you the opposite? I’m more of an AM hard worker and afternoon chiller. But whichever works best to you. If you find yourself an AM worker, then start then and try to get everything important done in the morning. Whereas if you’re more of a PM worker than do the easy tasks in the morning or just chill and then work full power in the afternoon.
My next tip is to wake up earlier. Wake up an hour earlier than you need to and work on your goals. Work on the things that are important to you. This could be anything, but having an extra hour towards your goal is the best way to achieve them.
Prioritise is the next thing you need to learn how to do. You need to know what your priorities are and what needs to be done and when for. This can be for anything, work and personal priorities. It might help to write everything down you need to do and figure out which one’s need to be done first. Then do that! Do the main job you need to do, no matter how big or small.
My fourth tip is to make a master to-do list. This is a to-do list for EVERYTHING in life. I find it best to have one for my work and then one personal one. Start by writing everything you can think of on a piece of paper. Including anything that is important or can just be forgotten easily, for example on mine is to print some holiday photos, fix a ring that broke, etc. My work master list has everything I need to do to grow my business. Then write this list down with check boxes, either in your phone, journal, diary or a piece of paper you can stick on the fridge or wall. Anywhere that you will see and look at easily. A lot of mine are tasks that don’t have a deadline, but when I have a spare half an hour I can sort them out and tick them off. You need to get into the habit of writing tasks down in your master to-do list. This will help you be able to think clearly without everything running around your head.
Next, you need to do a daily to-do list. This will have all the tasks that you need to do for the day on. EVERYTHING!!! Do this every night and it will help you have a clear idea of what the day holds for you. You will know exactly what you need to do. This list can be added on throughout the day and don’t worry if your day changes or things pop up, that’s just life. For my daily list, I like to do it in a journal and in the evening when I’m writing my list of the next day I will ensure whatever didn’t get done that day has been transferred over to my list for the next day. This is a great way to ensure that you forget nothing. On my daily list, I also like to ensure that I take every task and write it down in the smallest steps possible so that I know exactly what is needed and feeling more accomplished, leading to me being more motivated. I also try to do the list in the order of what I will be completing first, so the first thing on my list is always to have a large glass of water and shower. I have found colour coding my list to be very helpful and useful. Pick three of your favourite colours and set a key for them. This could be red for important tasks, green for short tasks, and blue for deadlined tasks. Whatever key you chose and just make it work for you. You can then either write in that colour or highlight or just add a dot next to it. Then you will be able to easily distinguish certain tasks and know what ones you should be doing next or what ones you need to ensure you finish that day. Always do something to distinguish when your tasks are done, this will help you feel more accomplished throughout the day. It could be highlighting them when done, ticking the box or crossing them out. Whatever suits you and works to help you stay motivated.
Two-minute tasks. Whenever a task comes up that is two minutes or less DO IT. Do it there and then and you won’t have to think of it again. It is the best and quickest way to ensure that everything is done and dusted without having to keep reminding yourself of it.
Start and complete is the next tip and is an important one that can often be overlooked. When you start a task, make sure you complete it. Try not to leave things half-finished or just incomplete. It is much easier just to finish them up, or at least get to a point that is completed in a sense. Think of it as reading a book, you would never read half a page and just leave it until next time, you would either finish the page or if you’re like me finish the chapter. Do the same with your tasks, don’t leave them halfway through the page. It will often be hard to pick them up again if you leave them like this.
I always find it much easier to be productive when my space is tidy. This can be a quick little five minutes tidy before you work on your to-do list or a big tidy of the house to make you feel complete. It is often one of the first things on my to-do list. My workspace for my blog is an office that is through a door in my bedroom, so I always find it a little distracting if I know my bedroom is messy, even if the door is closed. So before I sit down and start working on my to-do list, I like to put on a timer and a song I like and do a really quick run around tidying the room. This helps me stay productive and concentrate on the work I need to get done.
Drink lots and eat healthily! When you drink lots of water and eat healthy foods, it gives you more energy. This is such an important part of productivity that lots of people forget about, but think about it when you eat healthily you’re often getting more done and feeling better throughout the day. Also, DRINK AS MUCH WATER AS POSSIBLE. Drinking water solves so many problems from getting clearer skin to not being as tired. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrating!! When I’m working in my office, I like to fix myself a healthy snack and ensure my water bottle is full to the brim! Keep drinking throughout your day and make it a habit to drink 6-8 glasses a day and more in the sun. This will help you overall be healthier and get more done!
Fresh air should also not be forgotten. Fresh air is great for you and you need to ensure you get enough outside time throughout your day. This could mean sitting outside and drinking your morning coffee or going for a walk to clear your head. This time outside will help to wake you up and get you feeling fresh, especially if you’re going for an early morning walk. I love getting up early and having a sunrise chilly walk to wake me up. It could be my favourite part of the day. Take this time to listen to a podcast, enjoy some music or just listen to the birds chirping. Have a little of you time, it’s important.
The next step I have only recently come across and it has changed my days. When you are picking your outfit the night before or the morning of whatever works best, ensures you are picking something you love! And ensure it is an outfit that you hopefully don’t have to change throughout the day. For example, what I used to do was put on a pair of joggers and a hoodie (my comfies) and then end up getting changed to pop to the shops or if something comes up, this is a time-waster and more washing to be done. Instead, now I pick outfits the night before that I can wear all day as well as being comfortable in. This is saving me a little more time each day and also meaning that if I need to quickly run out the house I’m ready. My favourite choices at the moment are a T-shirt with a dress on top, it means if it’s a cooler day I can put a long sleeve on or on a warmer day just leave the t-shirt off. Whatever you wear ensures you love it and are comfortable.
The next step is caffeine. This is also something that I have never really got into. As a big disappointment to England, I’m an English girl that just doesn’t drink tea! I don’t really enjoy many hot drinks with only liking hot chocolates and the occasional tea (just to dunk my biscuits). But recently I have had a couple of energy drinks and can completely see why people drink coffee! I don’t suggest having caffeine every day as it can become something you rely on, but on those days when you’re just too tired or have so much to do a caffeine drink will help through. This will help you concentrate and get things done, just ensure you don’t drink too much or it will have your thoughts running riot and end up not being able to concentrate as you’re just thinking too much! You can also incorporate this into your fresh air by walking to a coffee shop or just sitting under the sky with a hot drink.
I always live by the five-second rule. This rule is when you know you have to do something but don’t want to get started you count down from five and at one you need to get up and crack on. No excuses. I also use the five-second rule with many other things in my life, such as dropping food on the floor (well before Corona came about) and getting off social media. You can use the count down to start or stop anything and you need and do it with no excuses.
Tip number 14 is to leave your phone alone. Turn off notifications or just leave your phone elsewhere. This will help you stay focused and be less distracted by social media and time-wasting apps. What I like to do every now and then is delete any apps that are just taking up space. This helps me clear my phone and have less to look at throughout the day. Another great thing I do is block my social media. When I’m working, I put blockers on all of my social media platforms, this helps me stay true and not go on my phone. I also set app limits on my social media as it’s easy to scroll hours at a time without even realising it, this helps me be more aware of how long I am actually spending on social media. I used to be scrolling on TikTok and then look at the time and not even notice that I had used something like 3 hours of my day! Personally, I don’t turn my notifications off and leave my phone elsewhere as I need to have my phone on at all times for my other job, but I turn my phone over so that I can’t see any notifications when I get them and this helps me stay focused. This is the best thing to do when you need your phone on you at all times, such as if you have children you can’t really leave your phone as you need to be reached for any emergencies.
Checklist templates. This is something I started a while ago as I would write the same lists every week. I now have a template for any list that is the same and needed every week, such as weekly cleaning, food shopping, a list of different dinners and lunches. I add and take away things from the lists, but overall they pretty much stay the same. I then use these lists and tick things off as I go and just restart them at the end, ready for the next week. This is a big time saver and will also help you know what you need to do without thinking of it each week. My food shopping list is full of the basics I have week in week out and then I just add a few things to the bottom for recipes I want to try or make. I am available for making these checklist templates for any situation needed. Feel free to message me with anything you need and I will get back to you. This also applies to any help you want on trying to get your life in order.
Decisions are important in life and at the start of your day you have many choices to make such as what to wear, what to have for breakfast, when you need to leave. If there are little ones in your household, you have to do all of that for them too. And the decisions just don’t stop! So what I have found to work is by taking some decisions and getting them ready the night before. Such as picking an outfit and packing my bag. On the days that I am going to work, I ensure that my lunch is packed and ready to go the night before as well, as it can easily be forgotten and rushed. Also, pick out what you are having for dinner that evening, so that is one less thing running around your head. Minimising decisions is the act of making you not work so hard for the day, with everything already decided you don’t need to be distracted and have your mind wandering throughout the day. So try to minimise all the decisions for the day by preparing them either the night before or even plan out the week on a Sunday to help for a fresh, easy start.
My next tip is to batch your tasks. Batch your tasks together if they are similar, this will help with getting more done as you don’t have to keep switching jobs and getting distracted along the way. For example, when I need to make a pin for Pinterest I will make five at a time and then schedule them all once they are done, rather than switching between jobs and wasting a bit of time doing so. It will also help you concentrate on the tasks you need to do without thinking of the next steps you need to take. This will overall help you get more done and more out of your day. This also applies to any errands you need to run. Try to get them done all at once so that you don’t need to pop out a few times a day. Once you’re out of the house if you can get every errand done for the day it will save you time and allow you to get more out of your day. This might involve you needing to plan your week and days. Which is my next step.
Plan your weeks! Get a calendar or use the apps on your phone to plan your weeks. Sort out everything you need to do for that week and pick the days you need to get them done. It will help you save time in the long run, such as if you know you need to go food shopping as well as go to the post office and to pick a gift out, try to put it all in one day to save more trips throughout the week, overall saving you time and petrol! It will also help to show you what days are busier than the others so you can try to spread out your work or give yourself the afternoon off by getting more done in the morning. I use google calendar and find it so helpful as you can have different calendars put together such as I have a work calendar and a personal one but they both can show up and show me how busy my weeks will be.
Schedule everything you can before it is needed. I like to get this done as it helps me know that certain things are done and ready for the week ahead. If you have to post on social media, this is super helpful. You can schedule everything for the week so you have less to do and think about throughout the day. It also helps to ensure that things aren’t going up late or just not at all. An example of this is for my blog, I like to ensure that the post is written before Wednesday afternoon and then I will schedule it to be posted for 9 am on Thursday. This helps as I don’t need to log on and post it myself on Thursday, so even if something comes up and I’m busy on Thursday, I know it is up and available for everyone to read.
Another thing I like to do is set the mood. I like to ensure that the mood for the day is a positive and happy one. I know this can’t always happen, but most of the time it can. This helps me get more done throughout my days and feel good along the way. This can be anything that makes you happy. A few examples are meditation, exercise, singing or dancing, lighting candles, putting some music on, doing your makeup or just having a nice breakfast to start the day. Something that really helps me focus and gets all of my work done is music, but not my favourite playlist. I stay focused when I have music with no words on. This helps me concentrate on the work I’m doing without stopping for a dance break when my favourite songs come on.
At the end of the day clear your desk or workspace or just even your handbag after a day at work. This helps to have a tidy space ready for the next day. It won’t even take too long. This also helps if you work from home as I know how tempting it is to log back on and do a bit of work in the evening (my downtime). Once you clear your workspace, don’t go back to it until the next day. You need downtime to relax and it will help you be more productive the next day.
My final tip is to be positive. When you are positive you can get more done and just feel better about life. I know this isn’t always possible as life can get shit. But try to brush everything off and positively look at life. If you have had a bad day try to get some sleep and wake up feeling positive about the next day. Don’t forget your thoughts are YOURS and you CONTROL them so don’t let them get you down. And remember, there’s always a rainbow after a little rain.
I hope these tips and tricks help you get more done and be productive. If you need any support or help feel free to message me and I will be more than happy to help you with your journey.
Don’t forget to collect moments of happiness throughout your day.
Feel like life if just getting on top of you no matter how hard you try? I’ve been there… It’s shit. Its taken time and a good mindset but I am finally out of that part of my life and I’m going to help you get out too. This is my step by step guide on getting organised in life. It will help you get on top and stay on top of life to help you live your dream life with no less stress.
1) What do you want to achieve
So first things first, why do you feel you need to organize your life. What do you want to gain and achieve from this? Is it an easier life, to put some order in life or just to clear your head. Whatever the reason it’s important you have one and know what it is. This will make the process so much easier as you know that you will benefit from the organization. Being organized makes life so much simpler and enjoyable, there’s nothing worse than that feeling of knowing you have forgotten something or when you can find something you need in a rush or even worse you forget a meeting you were meant to be in!! So know why you want this and remember it when things get hard.
When trying to be organized you might find that you have so much stuff in your home that is just making it impossible this is the next step, DECLUTTER!! This is hard, as humans, we have a weird attachment to objects in our life like I literally had things in my life that I didn’t even like anymore but kept because it brought me so much joy at one point in life I didn’t want to get rid of it. For things like this, it’s important to remember you don’t need to throw things away, you could give them or sell them to others that will get just as much joy from them as you once did. Everything in your home needs a purpose. Do you use it daily, weekly or monthly when you take everything in your home and think about this you might find that there are many things you haven’t used for years, GET RID OF THEM!!! If you haven’t used them in years of even months you properly won’t miss them! But I get it. This is hard and it was so overwhelming for me when I started this. Start small, with maybe one draw or shelf a day, and then over time, you might find it getting easier. I found it best to start with my clothes as everyone has too many of these. Once you have managed to declutter a little you can start going over areas again. This is for the things that you didn’t want to get rid of the first time but now realize they have no purpose. Only keep what you need or use, this will ensure that your home isn’t too cluttered which ends up causing a cluttered mind. So just remember to start small this is a big process.
3) Three boxes
Following on from decluttering, sell or give away anything you don’t have a purpose for. Start with three boxes. When you are decluttering, get three boxes/bags and fill them with things to sell, give away, and bin. This will make the overall process a little easier as it’s sometimes hard to finally have your area decluttered but to look at your bed and see a mountain of things you now no longer have a place for. So with them already going into the boxes, it’s much easier for you to sort out. Also, it makes it tidier for when you finished sorting that area you properly will be mentally exhausted by the task and want to chill out and put a movie on. But when you’re recharged, get your boxes or bags and sort them one at a time. Photograph everything you want to sell and then you can put that box away for a little. Think of who you are giving the giveaway thing to, If multiple people sort it into piles for them and try and give it to them asap, this will get it out of your way and be the start to your clear organized home. The bag or box for the bin should already be in the bin!! Don’t keep it around for longer than needed! So after this and you’re starting to wind down for the day or even the next day or when you just get a chance, add all of the items on eBay or Depop. My best tip for this is to sell cheaper, this will help and ensure your items are gone quickly leaving your house fresh and ready for the next area of declutter, as well as giving you a little bit of cash to put towards something you are wanting (a holiday sounds good to relax on after the decluttering process).
4) Write it down
So in between all of the decluttering it’s time to get on top of life and organize the shit out of it! This is one of my biggest tips as it helps your mind relax and not work so hard. Write everything down!! And I mean everything!!! Brain dumps, reminders, lists, things you’re planning, your dreams, and anything else that pops up in your head. Once you have started to write things down you will find yourself not putting so much pressure on yourself to remember stuff and that awful feeling of forgetting something but not knowing what. When you’re writing things down it can be on a piece of paper, in your notes on your phone, in a diary, on an old receipt, anything you can find, but try and keep all of these things in one place. Even if you write it down it doesn’t help if you can’t find the note. I’ve learned from this, I’m always jotting random things down and losing it or ending up with hundreds of bits of paper everywhere. And this is where my next step takes place.
Once you have gotten in the habit of writing things down either on a device or on paper you need to organize this. Gather your notes and bits and sort them into categories. For this step, I would advise you to buy a notebook, planner, or find an app you love on your device. I use both a planner and an app on my phone to sort my life, and everything goes on to the app or in my planner, EVERYTHING. So start writing up your notes into different categories. I have a page for long term todos, events, to remember and work schedules along with everything for work. From then try to stick to writing things directly into your notebook or planner/app. Keeping everything in just one or two places it helps you remember and know what needs to be done. For my weekly planner, I use colour categories to make it easy to look at and know that that task is for work or a course, etc.
Now you need to make a routine. This doesn’t need to be to the minute if that’s not the way life works for you. But make it a routine to go through the planner/notebook/app every Friday or Saturday (any day) and cross off anything missed or finished and this is the best time to make notes and lists for the next week. I like Friday as it’s my last working day and it helps me know and have a fresh start for Monday. With this you might also want to make a daily routine, this can start super basic. But it will help you know what your day will consist of without having to think too much. For example, if you know that every day you have to tidy your room, make it a routine to tidy for ten minutes when you wake up or after lunch, etc, then this will just become a daily thing that doesn’t take too much time and doesn’t allow your room to get too messy. But this can be for anything, my daily routine changes depending on the day of the week but that only works for me as my work is different each day.
Next is making daily to-do lists. By making todo lists daily it helps you ensure that you get everything you wanted to be achieved and if something wasn’t ticked off you can easily add it to the next day without forgetting it. I always find that when I make lists it helps me get everything done quickly as I know what is needed and how long it should take me. I always try to be quicker than I think also to help me get more done, this often leaves me with much more free time!! This list can be for the simplest things and even the most difficult. But when you tick each item off within the day you will get such a rewarding feeling! It’s like getting a sticker for good work when you were a child! My lists often look something like this-
Put washing on
Take Dez for a walk (my dog)
Finish unit 7
Do the weekly calendar
Meal prep for the week
I also often highlight either the most important ones or highlight the ones for work, which are the most important to get done.
8) The rule of 3
The number 3 is a small yet important number when being organized. The rule of three. This is for any part of life and in any situation. I use it daily as the three most important tasks of the day, the three most important tasks of the week, and the three biggest things in my month. But I also use it in my goals, the three biggest things I want to achieve this week, month, or year. The number three is a small number with a big power as you know it’s only small and achieving the three things on that day is nothing but it holds big power as even if you only get the three most important tasks done for the day that still the most important things done and it doesn’t seem a lot. I would also always suggest you do these things first if possible as it can be overwhelming and you might put it off until the afternoon and get distracted or something comes up leading to you not completing it but if you do it first it’s done and you can be flexible about the rest of your day or week. So always remember 3, and if you only activate three things that day make them the most important ones for you.
9) Plan your calendar
If you haven’t already, plan your calendar! This is so important in life as it will show you your plans and what deadlines you have and when you want to have achieved something by. I plan my calendar for the month, week, and days. So I know exactly what I am doing! My monthly overview just helps me see when I’m busy, what is coming up with work, and any deadlines or birthdays I need to remember. Weekly I will start the week with a list of everything I need to do and pick days I want to do them on whilst looking at my monthly overview to see when I’m busy or if it can be pushed back if that week is busy. Then my daily plan is what I actually need to do for the day. If I need to spend an hour on this project or four on the other one, planing the hours you are aiming to spend allows yourself not to procrastinate too much, as you would have in your calendar at 10 am I am working on this for an hour and then I have a bit of free time to clear my head, etc. On the daily plan, I also like to include everything I need to do in this hour of work time if I need to edit, write, research. This helps me get on with the task quickly and results in me finishing it earlier.
The next step is to have deadlines and STICK to them. Don’t put them off or delay them, they were there for a reason to start with and try and remember that reason when you are struggling to stick to the deadline.
Use reminders to actually remind you when you have things to do, to remember, and to know. The best thing about these is you can set them to a certain day and time. This is so helpful if you plan them right. There’s no point a reminder about work going off at 8 pm when you’re home and will just forget about it. You need to use them correctly and for anything. I use mine for reminders of dates each month, so for example, if I had to pay my rent on the 5th every month I would set it for the 2nd to ensure that I can get the money out ready to pay it. This also repeats monthly so I don’t need to keep adding it in. But that’s just an example you can use them for anything from when to post on Instagram to paying bills. Just use them right and ensure that when the reminder goes off you read it and don’t ignore it, I know how easy it is to leave on your notifications for weeks on end!!
12) 5 minutes when you get home
My next step is so so so simple but so effective. When you get home from work, the shops, dinner, or anywhere what is the first thing you do? Take jackets/coats off, put bags down, kick shoes off? But what if when you get back from anywhere you do a super quick tidy up, so put everything away you have just come in with but not away like on the hallway table but away in their places jackets on hangers, shoes in shoe boxes, wherever you keep them. With that done get everything out your bag that doesn’t belong there, this will help to keep your bag organized and not forgetting about that cereal bar you dropped in there 3 weeks ago. I will be doing a blog post in the near future about keeping your handbag sane and organized, so keep your eyes out for that. If this is done quickly try and tidy something you might have left in a mess or empty your lunch box etc anything little that you can do quick, it will help overall keep your house tidy as well as shortening the time you have to tidy later anyway. In these five minutes, I like to ensure that I open any post I get and either bin or sort it to reply or file. This will help to keep the post pile down and seeing anything that might need answering quickly.
This step can be used in any part of your life in any situation. Use timers!! Keep things short, it will keep you motivated and you’ll often find yourself either finishing before the timer or having the motivation to carry on after it finishes. I use timers for everything. If I’m doing a quick tidy ill have a ten-minute timer on, if I’m working I’ll either know how long I have on a task or use a timer to keep an eye on it, this helps me not procrastinate. You can use timers to remind you to start something or to let you know you only have ten minutes until this appointment or until you need to leave. Any situation I found suits, obviously doesn’t use them when you don’t need them, such as you don’t need to time everything you do in the day just the important things or the things you’ll find yourself procrastinating or taking longer than needed to finish.
14) Ten minutes tidy before bed
This is a rule I use every single day and it is to do a ten minute tidy before bed. Either when you’re getting ready for bed or just before you jump in bed, do a quick ten minute tidy. This helps you wake up and knowing your space is tidy. Keeping it only ten minutes helps as you know it’s not too long till it’s over and you can hop in bed and snuggle down knowing it’s tidier than ten minutes ago. I often find that my room is tidy when I get back from work and then by the time I go to bed there’s often things everywhere so I take ten minutes to just run around picking things up and moving things to their homes.
15) Have a home
So with this step, you might have noticed I have mentioned a ‘home’ for things. This is a great thing to ensure within your home and it will help your home barely ever get messy! When you’re decluttering and sorting all of your things, you might have to find new places for things or just notice that things are often just left on the sides. These things need a home, everything needs a home within your home! This is a huge help when you are often trying to find things and are miss placing things all the time. You might need a few baskets or trays to place things in but trust me it’s worth it. Once everything has a home all you need to do it when you have finished using it just put it back in its home and it will save so much time on tidying later.
16) Clear your surfaces
This is a step that not only helps you be organized but tidy too and it’s as simple as just keeping your surfaces clear. Obviously, this doesn’t work all the time as you often need things out when you are cooking, working, etc. But when your surfaces are clear it helps your mind relax as it’s not seeing all of this clutter that is accumulating. So once you’re finished using something if you put it in its ‘home’ it will be clear and tidy still.
17) Don’t procrastinate
Procrastination. This is something I have struggled with and still do. I’m awful at it, but I’m learning to stop. One thing I do is what I mentioned earlier with timers. Another thing to stop this is to always be reminding yourself of the reason you’re doing that task and how you will benefit from getting it done, even if the reason is just to have it done it’s one less thing you need to think of. So get it done and start as soon as you can.
18) Balance life
To help stop procrastination I have found it helpful to learn how to balance life. Balance work, fun, and anything else in your life. Don’t spend all day working really hard as you will burn out but give yourself a balanced lifestyle. Have a bit of downtime and then get back to work. This is extremely hard when you work from home or have your own business as you often finding yourself reading and opening emails in bed or finishing a bit of work on your weekend. You need to remember you need a break and this will help you work harder and get more done. Having a little break for the night or weekend will help you feel more motivated to get more done when your back to work. If you work 7 days a week whenever you can you will burn out at some point and lose the motivation you had at the start. This will be hard to get back, so you need to learn how to balance your work life with your fun and relaxing time.
19) Clear your phone, laptop, and devices
By this, I don’t mean to get rid of everything on them but sort it out and get a little organized on your device. Start by deleting apps you have no use for. Go through old notes, lists, reminders, and even alarms and delete the ones you don’t need or use anymore. The next bit is hard… Go on your photos and sort them. Delete the ones you don’t like or need anymore. Put them into folders to make it easy to find. Print all of the ones you want, I suggest putting them all in a folder and then delete them out of that folder when they are printed. If you don’t already, get a hard drive. A hard drive is a great place to store photos forever, just transfer them all over every month, etc and you’ll never have to worry about losing your photos on your phone if it gets stolen or broken. For printing them there are many apps you can find to make it easier. My favourite is free prints. I get 45 free photos per month, only pay postage. Once I have got them printed I delete them out of my ‘to print’ folder and that clears up more space on my phone.
The last tip is priorities. You need to prioritize everything in your life. Anything important and enjoyable to you is going to be your top priority. Anything else is second to that. Ensure that your work is important to you if this isn’t the case you might need to find a new job that you love. I have been lucky in this way. I got my second job when I was 17 and this was my dream job and I have been doing the same ever since. To me this job isn’t working, it’s the best way that I can earn money and enjoy myself. Your life is YOURS and you should be doing what you enjoy for the rest of your life. But once you have prioritized things in your life you should be trying to do those things a lot and often and this will help you find the things that you do but don’t really enjoy, if you don’t enjoy something or can’t see the benefit why are you doing it? So my overall advice in life is FIND A JOB YOU LOVE!
I hope all of these tips and tricks help you get more organized within your life and work life. Remember to enjoy your life and don’t settle, if something doesn’t work try again, and again and again.
So you want to get up early, maybe to be more productive, to work out before work or to just get a longer day. But whatever the reason here’s the tips that have helped me get up and be productive.
It’s right when they say the early bird gets the worm and I found this out about 6 months ago.
I have been getting up at about 5.40/6 every day for the past 6 months-ish.
This has helped me do so much more with my life, like having nearly two hours extra in the day.
I have managed to achieve so much in these mornings but when I first started doing this I won’t lie it was hard, like fuck this, HARD. But now I find it easy to wake up and be productive in the mornings and it started to be a time in my day that I really enjoy rather than just getting ready for work as quickly as possible then leaving.
If you want to be successful it is important to remember that that starts today, not tomorrow.
Say if everyone else gets out of bed around 8 am and you got up at 6 am, this is two extra hours in the day to put towards your goals and dreams.
Ps, that’s 14 hours a week, 56 hours a month, 672 hours per year! THAT IS 28 DAYS!!!
Nearly a whole month extra to put towards your dreams!!
You need the drive to get you going and have a reason to wake up early such as goals. You might need to spend an hour thinking about your goals long and short term.
Make these goals realistic but still amazing and exciting for you.
So let’s start…
This is the big question you need to answer before you start this. This was a big wake up call for me. I used to think that I knew my dreams but in reality, my dreams were basic, save for a house, have a family. But this just isn’t my dream anymore and I think its best to have more of a set dream/goal.
This goal needs to be a little more sustainable, like how are you going to achieve your dreams. For me, I’ve found my dreams have changed and possibly they change all the time, well the little dreams do.
Your goal might just be to get on top of your life and run it yourself rather than your life running you. It might be to be more organized and tidy or just to be ready for the day that gets thrown at you.
My goal for the mornings is to be able to put in a little bit of blog work before I actually go to work.
If you’re waking up for a workout you need to ensure that its fun. By making your workout fun it will more than likely make you want to do it more. There’s nothing worse than waking up at like 5am and putting yourself through a shitty workout you don’t even like.
So before you try to wake up super early each morning make sure you know why short and long term. Make it something fun and enjoyable to look towards.
To help piece all of my life together I use a planner. This helps me keep track of my goals and my strategies on how to achieve them. I use a Gogirl planner (don’t be fooled it can be used by anyone). Its a perfect little planner! My favorite part of the planner is that as well as pages for my overall goals it also has sections on the monthly overviews for me to add my mini goals for that month. This helps keep track of everything and see what actions I need to take to help achieve my main goals for the year. As well as my business goals I also use it to track my life goals, this helps me balance my life as I’m often working too hard with no play. This planner helps with keeping track of my social, health, fun, and personal goals each month. It has the best sections on each page to help with any part of life. In so many planners and diaries, I’ve had over the years have the dates already in which I also find wasteful as I NEVER start them in January so it was a huge bonus that the planner lets you add the dates as you go. ill add a link down below for you guys to look at for yourself, I love it, its the little book of my life. PS another bonus of this planner is the colors!!! I have the rose gold one!!
2) Evening to-do list
Write a to-do list every evening ready for the morning and either have it on your phone or written down and leave somewhere you will see pretty much first thing.
For me, it works best to have a written list on my bedside.
This to-do list may just be things that you need to do in the morning before work, it might be things you do every day but trust me writing it down makes things will make you want to do them much more.
It also helps you think about what you want to achieve for the day, this might be to sort out the fridge which let’s face it no one wants to do. When you plan out each minute of your morning you will often find yourself being much more productive and not spending more time on your phone or just doing nothing.
On this list, I will always suggest adding something fun or rewarding this will help you want to get up and be excited about the things you need to do.
My to-do list often looks like this…
5.30- First alarm
5.40- Second alarm, get up and hop in the shower
5.50- Get ready for work
6.00- Get lunches etc ready for work.
6.10- Research/type blog
7- Wake up partner
7- Tidy room
7.10- Chill out, have morning chats, check emails, get packages ready to send, etc
8- Leave for work
3) Set two alarms
One that is ten minutes before you want to get out of bed. By setting two alarms it helps you wake up slower.
What I suggest for this is to put an alarm ten minutes before you want to get out of bed as this will give you a little wake-up call before your real wake up call. I even think if you set your second alarm on the other side of the room. This will help if you struggle to actually get out of bed.
This is something that I don’t do as I do find it a little easier to jump out of bed after my second alarm.
3)Open the curtains!!!
Or if your up before the sun turns your lights on, light a candle.
Lighting a candle is such a relaxing thing when you wake up in the morning, this will help you feel relaxed and chill for the day. By turning your lights on it will help you feel more awake and normal to be awake.
But in my eyes, nothing is better than the real thing so if it is light outside get a little sunlight, it’s worth it trust me.
If you shower in the evening and don’t feel like you do need to shower in the morning all I suggest is just to try it for a few days and then go back if it doesn’t suit.
For me, I feel it just gives me that little boost to feel awake, as you see in my morning todo list this is the first thing that I do in the morning.
This is a step that I never ever follow as I just don’t drink coffee. But I honestly would if I liked it, if you need that extra boost make yourself a nice coffee, take your time drinking it while checking your phone, emails or working but take the time to enjoy it!
6) Make your bed
If this is the first thing you do when you wake up it will ensure that you don’t go back to sleep, that you don’t just hop back in for a five-minute quick nap.
This isn’t something I can do right away as my boyfriend does sleep longer than me. But as soon as you can make your bed give your room a quick tidy.
This will make you feel more ready for the day. If making your bed just isn’t the everyday thing you need to change this. Having a made bed and tidy room will make you feel more together and able to organize and sort your day.
7) Don’t sleep too late on the weekend
So if waking up early is just your goal for the weekdays, you need to ensure that you don’t take to much advantage on the weekend and sleep in too late.
By sleeping in too late at the weekend will make it way worse to wake up early again on Monday. If you give yourself an extra hour on the weekend that’s great but never sleep until till like 10am as this will just make your week worse.
8) Go outside
If you can go outside and spend five minutes in the fresh air this will give you a natural wake up and allow you to see the morning. It might also change your mind on the outfit you were planning on wearing. (Being in the UK the weather changes like a drop of a hat, so I’m always doing this.)
Fresh air really wakes you up and makes you feel ready for your day.
There are many benefits fresh air can give you throughout your day, and if your day is busy or a workday that you spend most of it inside or in an office getting five mixtures in the morning would really benefit you.
Fresh air is good for your digestive system, your blood pleasure and heart rate, it actually makes you happier from the serotonin you inhale. It also strengthens your immune system, cleanse your lungs and it gives you more energy and a sharper mind.
9) Don’t go to bed too late
This might sound silly but you need enough sleep in your life and waking up early doesn’t mean that you should take sleep away.
I always am going to sleep around 10-11 and this helps me have a full evening after work and plenty of time before to get things done.
Included in this I would also say try not to use your phone for at least 30 minutes before going to sleep this will help you relax. This is because the blue lights on your phone are harmful to your eyes, making it difficult to fall asleep and to wake up the next day.
It also increases your alertness at night, by keeping your mind engaged by your phone it tricks your brain thinking it needs to stay awake. This results in compromising your alertness the next morning.
This is one of my main things in the morning. Put some music on to chill you out or pump you up. Music can help set the mood for the day it helps you feel good and maybe have a little boogie and move in the morning. Put your favorite playlist or just a soft playlist.
Spotify is my favorite place in the morning and throughout the whole day! Spotify gives you playlists you will like, it saves playlists you have listened to and it gets to know your routine and will suggest different playlists throughout your day, such as a morning playlist, a workout one, and maybe your after-work jams.
11) Ten Minute tidy
By doing a quick tidy it will ensure your space is tidy and clean this will help when you return from a busy day at work its nice to come home to a tidy space and a relaxing environment.
By keeping it short it will allow you to quickly put away the little bits that gathered the evening before but not get to overwhelmed if your space is super messy.
12) The night before is IMPORTANT
The night before you need to ensure that you do many things to get you ready for your morning.
This can be from filling up your water bottle or doing a quick ten minute tidy just before you get in bed. It could mean making your lunch ready for the next day or just laying out your outfits.
I will be doing an evening routine blog post in the next few weeks to help you finish your night perfectly and to start your mornings right.
This might be to ensure that you don’t have anything to disturb you in the night so always go to the toilet before getting into bed. If you have pets ensure that their water bowl is full and that they have always gone to the toilet. I know that this can not be helped if you have children or others living with you that could disturb you but do all you can to ensure you get a full steady night’s sleep.
By having no disturbances in the morning you will feel more recharged and refreshed.
13) ME TIME
Waking up early isn’t just about getting things done and being in a rush.
You need to take time to chill out and get yourself mentally ready for the day this might mean just checking your emails, social media, replying to a text, or just not using your phone/laptop such as read for ten minutes, watch a video, meditate or just chill.
Your morning should be enjoyable and an easy way to get you mentally ready for the day.
14) Drink water
When you sleep you are dehydrating, you go 6-8 hours without drinking so the body needs a refresh and kick start.
Fill your glass or water bottle the night before and put it on your bedside, this will remind you to drink water in the morning.
If you spend a minute when you wake up drinking a big glass of water you will feel so much more refreshed than when you don’t drink.
Drinking water in the morning can help flush out all of the toxins in your body that the body try’s to clear when you sleep. Also drinking a glass or two of water on an empty stomach helps improve your metabolism.
15) Accomplish something
This can be anything!
It could be something you have been putting off or something on your todo list.
When you accomplish something in the morning it makes you feel successful for the day.
I would always suggest having a general to-do list and everything on this list to be made into smaller more manageable tasks so if I need to do laundry but have more than one load I would put laundry darks and laundry lights. This way when you get that one done you can tick it/cross it off which will make things more manageable.
So that’s it, my tips and tricks to get a longer day.
Even if you just pull out one or two of these ideas, it’s great to start small and you might also find different ways that are tailored to you.
I hope that it helps you and starts you off in the right direction to the mornings you look forward to.