Five things to do when you feel stressed and overwhelmed
Three simple ways you can get organised for your future now
THE ART OF WRITING A TO DO LIST
Revamp your workspace with these four simple steps
A typical work week for almost everyone out there is around 40 hours. So when it comes to your workspace, it’s extremely important (and necessary) to create an environment that is functional yet motivating to be in for that amount of time per week!
Head over to Vogue Australia HERE to read my four tips to getting your workspace looking slick again.
This sunday routine will set you up for an organised week
There is nothing worse than waking up on Monday morning feeling overwhelmed and stressed. Set yourself up for a productive & organised week by getting ready & prepared on a Sunday.
Here are the 5 small things that I recommend you do on a Sunday!
1. Check your diary & prepare for the week (10-15 Minutes)
Preparation is key to getting your mind in the right head space to tackle the week ahead. Set aside 10 minutes to sit down with your diary & look over your schedule for the week.
- What nights will you not be home for dinner?
- What days do you need to pack your gym gear?
- Do you have any pre-work coffees & need to set an earlier alarm on that day?
- Are there any important meetings booked that you need to plan a #girlboss outfit for?
Once you're feeling confident with your schedule for the week - take the time to write a big to-do list for your Monday (follow my guide on to-do list writing here) and set any alarms or reminders you need to on your phone.
2. Plan your meals for the week (10-15 Minutes)
Monday to Friday is usually a fast-paced hectic time for most. Make your life a little bit easier by planning your meals for the week.
If you don't have time on your side, order your groceries online & make dinner options that can also be used as lunches! Eg. Soups are a delicious, easy & low cost option for winter.
I have taken this task one step further by ordering HelloFresh (for over a year now - not sponsored!) which is delivered to my apartment every Sunday with x5 amazing meals. I simply pick a recipe card every night & follow the thorough steps! I'm obsessed
3. De-Clutter (10-15 Minutes)
It's very common & easy to accumulate an assortment of clutter & mess during the working week & weekend. Spend 10 minutes on a Sunday evening doing a quick clean up so your apartment, wardrobe, and handbag feels organised & de-cluttered. Clean space = a clear mind.
- Hang up any loose clothing & organise your wardrobe
- Re-organise your bathroom cabinet faves in order of what you use first to last in the morning
- Empty your handbag & get rid of any unneeded things e.g loose paper, makeup, extra sunglasses. And add in anything that's missing eg. house keys or an umbrella.
- Put away your laundry
- Clean up any mess in your home
4. Prep Your Outfits (10 Minutes)
It may sound silly but planning your outfits on a Sunday will save you a lot of stress & time. I always check the weather for the week ahead and roughly plan my looks around the temperature, meetings, events etc so that I feel comfortable and confident. It makes your morning routine a lot faster!
It's also a good idea to do your laundry during the weekend ready for the week ahead as well.
5. Relax (30 Minutes)
It's important to have some R&R time on a Sunday before you head into the working week again. Do something that makes you feel happy & calm. And... also make sure you go to bed early on a Sunday so you feel refreshed and ready to go when that Monday morning alarm goes off.
I hope this helps!! Have a good week x
Four simple tips for organising your wardrobe this winter
Hello winter! With the cooler season finally upon us, it’s important to get that winter wardrobe organised. Read my four simple tips to help over on Vogue Australia here.
Three simple ways to organise your life this week
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You will be surprised what a difference these three simple steps will make to your week.
1. Give Everything a place
2. Don’t Procrastinate
3. Make a plan, schedule & create deadlines
Read all about it here over on Vogue Australia x
Photography by Hannah Roche, shot at La Porte Deux
Fashion Week organisation according to Vogue, theUNDONE + Hansen & ...
SARA DONALDSON (Influencer + Buyer)
OCCUPATION: Founder of Harper & Harley + theUNDONE
What does a typical day look like for you over MBFWA as both an influencer & a buyer?
For Harper and Harley I’ll be attending and covering shows via social media channels, shooting content for my own coverage and working with selected brands to deliver campaign components during the week. Additionally, to finish off the week I’ll be on one of the panels for the Ragtrader seminar series on the Friday.
Then as the buyer for The UNDONE I have Resort collection appointments between the shows and back to back on the Thursday, which i’ll then work on over the weekend and the following week.
What organisation tricks get you through the crazy schedule of that week?
I make sure I have all of my appointments, campaign deliverables, times and locations written down in both my digital calendar as well as on a single sheet of paper I can pop into my bag incase of technical emergency.
Its important to check nothing overlaps and I have enough travel time to get to where I need to go, as not everything is at the main Carriageworks location. Its also important to keep in mind that shows doesn’t always run to schedule so a little contingency is a good idea.
How do you prioritise your workload that week when you are out of the office so much?
I’ll always getting up early and working from home in the mornings and then luckily the office is close by Carriageworks so I can pop in during a longer break, although it currently doesn't look like i’ll have too many of those. Above all I make sure I prioritise sleep and eating well during fashion week, as my work load only gets bigger the following weeks when all domestic and international orders are due. At the end of the day its a marathon, not a sprint.
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LILITH HARDIE LUPICA (Media)
OCCUPATION: Associate Editor @ Vogue Australia
What does a typical day look like for you over MBFWA?
Every day is completely different. From running around doing interviews with buyers and designers to backstage at shows interviewing make-up artists - I will pretty much be everywhere and running around a lot. There's also a lot of running back to the office, writing up news and interviews and being on my phone!
What organisation tricks get you through the crazy schedule of that week?
The week before I try to have all my interview questions prepped, my portable chargers charged up and my outfits sorted so the week of I don't need to stress. We have a huge spreadsheet for the team to work off. Bascailly it details who will be where and covering what - this is my bible for the week. Otherwise my phone calendar has all my timings and important information.
How do you prioritise your workload that week when you are out of the office so much?
There are so many emails in the uber and my laptop will come everywhere with me so I can log in and upload wherever I am. Luckily with online we can schedule a lot before hand or upload from anywhere - it makes a difference. There will be some really late nights in the office
What do you look for when watching the shows? Do you take notes while you are watching?
At the shows we're looking for trends, news and good moments for Instagram. We're always on!
What's your favourite thing about MBFWA?
It's really hard work but it is nice to catch up with everyone you work with (who you only talk to on email? Face to face. Plus, there is a real excitment about seeing shows and being in the middle of it all.
AINSLEY HANSEN (Designer)
OCCUPATION: Founder of Hansen & Gretel
What's the inspiration behind your collection? And what made you decide to show this year?
HANSEN & GRETEL is receiving increasing attention from overseas buyers so we wanted to showcase our collection on a global platform such as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to engage with the international following for the brand. Our ‘Stay Wild, Child’ Resort 17 collection was inspired by the various multitude of feminine archetypes. Youthful prints, a bohemian attitude, and robust, modernist lines create an accessible collection for every occasion.
How are you finding the lead up to the show & how are you handling the workload/stress?
Happily hectic is how I would best describe the lead up to our MBFWA debut.
What organisation tricks are getting you through the endless deadlines pre show?
I am grateful for the generous support from my team and continued understanding from loved ones. Various diary app’s are assisting my workload and ensuring deadlines are met, with special thanks to Wunderlist ;)
How are you planning to celebrate post show?!
It’s important to celebrate milestones such as this and acknowledge those who assisted in the journey to get here. Whilst I can’t imagine there will be much rest for the wicked, I’m sure we’ll be popping a bottle (or ten) after the show.
How to stay organised when you're on the go according to these 3 bu...
2017 New Year Resolutions according to these 6 successful women
Hello 2017!!! As the new year approaches, it's the perfect time to sit down and really nut out what you want to achieve and focus on for the year. From personal new year resolutions to career orientated resolutions - a lot can happen in a year and writing them down will get you really motivated and centred ready to power ahead for a successful year.
I had the pleasure of chatting to 6 successful women from a variety of industries including Sara Donaldson, Bec Cooper, Bridge Yorston, Talisa Sutton, Lucy Slight & Emilie Costechareyre about what they are planning to focus on for 2017...
Imagery Credit: Harper & Harley
SARA DONALDSON - FOUNDER OF HARPER & HARLEY / THEUNDONE
"Ok, so I have two things that I really want to attack for next year, one being to simplify and get rid of ’stuff’ and ’things’. Purifying my wardrobe and home is really important to me, so I’ll be starting the year with a big clear out. Once thats complete I plan to make myself really think about new items that are brought into the home."
"The other is to get my ‘life admin’ under control and have an organised approach to things like insurance, bills and taxes so it doesn’t overwhelm me. When life is busy its easy to forget about these things and they can quickly pile up and become a much bigger issue to get on top of. "
Imagery Credit: Bec & Bridge
BEC COOPER - DIRECTOR OF BEC & BRIDGE
"It may sound simple, but my new year resolution for 2017 is to stop procrastinating! It has always been a weakness of mine, but 2017 is the year to make a change!! "
BRIDGET YORSTON - DIRECTOR OF BEC & BRIDGE
"My new year resolution for 2017 is to get back into a regular exercise regime! Everything came to a holt after my beautiful daughter Tilly was born, but I am feeling motivated to get back into it in 2017!"
Imagery Credit: Badlands Blog
TALISA SUTTON - ART DIRECTOR AT BADLANDS STUDIO & FOUNDER OF BADLANDS BLOG
"2017 is going to be all about focusing on my new business while also taking time to care for myself and spend time with loved ones. I'm looking forward to collaborating on more creative projects and growing our team, while also working on personal development and learning new skills. I would love to get back in to French lessons, and finally get my licence!"
Imagery Credit: Lucy Slight Blog
LUCY SLIGHT - ASSOCIATE EDITOR AT NADIA MAGAZINE
"I know it's a cliche to have an exercise-based resolution but I've finally found something I'm hell-bent on sticking at - reformer Pilates. So my goal for 2017 is to commit to 10 sessions a month and to work on getting my wonky spine back into good form again. And... hopefully get a butt that won't quit in the process, ha!"
EMILIE COSTECHAREYRE - FOUNDER OF ELVIS ET MOI JEWELLERY
"My personal new year resolutions for 2017 are to look after myself better and to find more space to create and for self reflection! Work wise - I want to collaborate with women in tribe around the world!"
SIMILAR POST: "New Year, New You. How to write New Year resolutions" - Read Here
5 simple ways to organise your laptop files
Nowadays, most of us (if not everyone) are on our laptops or devices all day long! Gone are the days of paper & filing in the office which has been replaced by PDF, after PDF, after PDF being sent through via email or Dropbox! Although we wouldn't have it any other way and the convenience of this technology is like no other, when you don't have an organised laptop - life can get crazy & chaotic, not to mention extremely cluttered!
To prevent this un-needed stress, I thought I would pop together 5 simple ways you can organise your laptop files. Let me know what you think and good luck! x
1. The Weekly Declutter
A lot can happen in a week when it comes to your laptop! Out of nowhere you can end up with a chaotic desktop that's overloaded with x50+ screenshots you have taken in just a single day or a downloads folder filled to the brim. Get on top of things by allocating a time slot every week (I suggest Fri 5pm, or Mon 9am) to do a weekly de-clutter.
Start with your desktop. File or erase anything thats been placed on it. Be ruthless - if you don't need it - get rid of it. Once your desktop is looking top notch move onto your downloads folder and repeat this process.
2. Create a folder system
If there is one thing you take away from this post it's the importance of creating a solid folder / filing system on your laptop.
Don't rush this! Take your time to work out what will be relevant and most practical for you and once you feel confident with it, make sure you commit.
For me - I can't go past a numbering system (see above & below). It's clear & easy to follow, not to mention extremely practical & user-friendly.
3. Don't be afraid of depth
When it comes to the folder & filing system don't be afraid to take it to the next level. Sub categories, sub folder, colour tagging - what ever you need, add it in - just make sure you stick to your order system with the labelling. For me, I'm all about folders in folders, and colour tagging for different bits & pieces. For example - in my wholesale folders - I colour code depending on if I have sent the stores order, if I have received their payment or if they have an order still to be shipped etc. For me this is something I'm across daily & having a quick visual reference makes my life easier and saves me time. It's all about organisation.
4. Pay attention to the details
It may sound simple but it's all about the little things when it comes to organising your laptop files. Below are a few tips to help
* If you're writing a big document or designing an invitation etc that will have multiple edits, make sure you clearly label them so you know what the most recent version is. The easiest way to do this is to label the end of the file name as V1 (version one), V2 (version two) etc. For example, AOL_2017 DIARY_V2
* When paying invoices, download the PDF and pop it into the Invoice Folder, followed by the 'month' it's being paid in. Once you have processed the payment, edit the file name at the start to say PAID_DATE_Invoice XXX_Company Name
5. Back Up
Last week, I had the horrible experience of my laptop completely dying! I couldn't turn it on and was told that I could loose all my files. I literally felt like crying! I had been so busy, I hadn't backed up my laptop in months! This was a huge wake up call (and thankfully I didnt loose anything on my computer when I picked it up a few days later.) Make sure you don't have the same experience - invest in a quality & reliable hard drive &/or utilise Dropbox or iCloud to store all your important files. Make this part of your weekly routine. If you don't need a file anymore - back it up and then delete it off your laptop to create more memory.
Hopefully these tips help! If you have any of your own, I would love to hear them in the comments below
Want to organise your life? Read the 5 things I do daily & absolute...
I have always loved being organised - for me it's just a way of life. It helps me feel in control and less stressed in general. However I get asked regularly what my top tips are, and what I do daily to keep on top of everything.
To be honest, living an organised life daily is all about preparation and routine. Below are x5 simple things I do & absolutely swear by! Try them out and let me know how you get on. And if you have any easy organisation tips - make sure you comment below :)
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1. Get my outfit ready the day before
It may sounds simple but getting your outfit ready the night before can save you a world of time in the morning. For me, if I don't do this, I get so indecisive and waste at least 30mins throwing different outfits on when I could be enjoying a delicious coffee. It's so unproductive & makes me feel stressed before the day has begun. The solution literally takes 10 minutes. Every night I check the weather & my diary (more on this below) before putting together a suitable outfit. I also make sure everything is ready - e.g shirt is ironed, accessories are organised & I place it all at the front of my wardrobe. This simple step will make your morning routine so much easier & organised.
EXTRA TIP: Organise your wardrobe in categories & colours. E.g Top, Pant, Dresses then sub categories as Black, White, Navy etc.
2. Check my diary
Life these days is very fast-paced. To stay on top of my game I spend 2 minutes looking over my diary every evening before I go to bed. It allows me to feel organised and ready to go in the morning with out any surprises or embarrassing moments of being late to meetings.
EXTRA TIP: Take the time to add in your diary any new appointments, meetings or reminders that have come up during that day in the evening as well.
3. Write a big to-do list
One of the easiest ways I organise my life daily is by writing a big to do list every evening for the following day. In the morning when my brain is fresh & I'm enjoying a morning coffee, I take the time to prioritise the list. The best way to do this is to highlight the things you want to achieve in the morning in one colour (these should be the top 3 priorities for your day roughly) and the priorities for the afternoon in another colour. Anything left over is flexible to be moved if other urgent meeting or tasks pop up unexpectedly.
NOTE: My lists during the week are obviously more intensely detailed however I still write to do lists for Saturday & Sunday too e.g cleaning, washing, planning my meals, catch ups with the girls etc.
4. Set Alarms for the next day
iPhone's are a girls best friend when it comes to organising your life. I always take the time in the evening when I jump into bed to set alarms for the following day. For me, I have a wake alarm set, along with alarms for social media posting, & any other reminders I need a little extra push for - e.g doctors appointments, grocery reminders, 'Call or email Bla Bla' etc etc Anything goes!
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5. Plan my meals
When I first started An Organised Life I quickly threw myself into a hectic schedule of balancing a full time job, a new start up and general life! I was working extremely long hours including weekends and found it a huge challenge to cook dinner. The way I changed this was by planning my meals in advance and doing my grocery shopping online, specifically purchasing the ingredients for the meals I was going to make that week. This meant I would get home and get straight into cooking with out any wasted time (especially when I had experienced an exhausting day at the office). It such an easy thing to do and really does organise your life giving you more time for other bits & pieces.
NOTE: I have also taken this one step further after discovering Hello Fresh (pre organised meal plan)! As my brand has grown my hours haven't decreased at all and discovering Hello Fresh was an even better solution for me personally. If you have a hectic work schedule I would definitely suggest looking into this.
Overall these x5 simple things will help organise your life and make you feel in control and less stressed, giving you more time & energy to put towards more important things.
Photography by Hannah Roche
The Hustle - How to run a business / brand while working a day job
As some of you may know, (until recently) I was working a full time job while running An Organised Life. I'm not going to lie - it was rare that I ever got 8 hours sleep (ever), but all the hustle has been worth it and I am now part time working Tue / Thur on An Organised Life (+evenings & weekend), and Mon /Wed / Fri at my role with leading Australian Fashion Designers - Bec & Bridge.
(Did I mention how much I love those two girls?! Endless support and the most hard-working, down to earth duo)
Ok so here is my advice on how to run a business or brand while working a day job.... I hope this helps
1. Commit to your idea
If you don't believe in your idea, no one else will. Follow your gut & take the time to really nut out what you want your brand or business to be, how you want it to look and what your core values are. Know your idea inside out and put the time in the evenings & weekends to really feel confident about it.
2. Know your strengths & weaknesses
When you have a limited amount of time each week to work on your business / brand its important to identify your strengths & weakness. Sometimes putting in hours on something you really struggle with is realistically a complete waste of time.
For me I really struggled (in fact sucked) when it came to accounts for my business. I used to spend hours trying to do lots of spreadsheets, & invoicing etc only to work out I had done it all wrong. I realised this early that I was better to invest a little bit of money into Xero & someone to handle this side of my business. My time & effort was better used on my strengths - design, marketing/sales, production & the social media side. Although I wasn't paying myself - it was worth it to pay for an accountant from my day job wage. Everyone's different but all I can say is knowing your strengths & weakness can save you a lot of time - when you don't have a lot of it!
PS make the most of your friends & family connections where possible. Sometimes they can help you out for a cooked dinner or a discounted rate when you are first starting out.
3. Set Yourself Goals
When you work full time & are growing a brand or business, its important to set aside goals for you to achieve that are inspiring yet realistic. There are only so many hours in the day, so think wisely about what you want to focus on and prioritise reaching this goal over & above all. What will help take you business to the next level?
It can be long term, short term & weekly goals - there are no rules. For me when I first started it was growing my brand & pushing my product out there while learning about business, production & dispatch. During the next year it was growing my social media & wholesale business (& everything that goes along with it), and now i am concentrating on growing my product line, sales & finding new opportunities. Obviously these goals are very broad, but within them I made clear milestones I wanted to tick along the way. There are so many more things I want to do with An Organised Life but prioritising is key.
4. Get organised & make the most of your time
Over the last few years I can probably count on one hand how many days I have had completely 'work-free' (my friends hate me sometimes!). But... I made the choice to start An Organised Life on my own with no financial backing or investors and this has definitely meant I have had to be much more organised in order to grow my business. It's also meant I've had to really knuckle down and give up my evenings and weekends to allow myself more 'hours'. Although it's only short term.
Create a working routine that is right for you. I work the best during the day so in the weekends I allow myself a coffee date or breakfast with my man or the girls then I head home to put in a good 8+ hours of work. These long periods of time really allow you to focus on your business & bigger projects. After that I'm free to catch up for dinner/drinks or a relaxing movie night on the couch - Guilt free!
During the week, I get up early and check my emails while I'm having breakfast & coffee. If you catch public transport - utilise this time. You can get so much done in an hour when your organised and hustle.
I also make good use of time during my lunch breaks. Catching up on urgent emails, planning shoots, making business calls, brainstorming ideas for products or launches etc. Find a little quiet space near your office and work-away. Just make sure your conscious of time.
You can definitely still have a life when you run your own business in the evenings & weekends - you just have to be organised and make the most of your time.
5. Prioritise - its that simple!
It may sound simple but learning how to prioritise will make you much more productive with your time. Before you go to bed every evening, dedicate 15 minutes to planning your day. Before work, your lunch break, after work or your day during the weekend. If you know what you want to achieve with your time you will be able to kick those goals and move onto the next one - growing your business step by step.
Tip: Avoid procrastination & wasting time at all costs.
6. Learn on the go
I am constantly inspired by friends, Bec & Bridge and other businesses. Never get too big for your boots & always stay open minded. There is a lot to learn when your running a business (especially when your doing it in the evenings & weekends) so make the most of learning from knowledgable people who have already done this themselves. Look at how their businesses run, listen to their advice & be inspired.
7. Work hard & strive for excellence in Everything you do
I don't think it's a bad thing to have high standards when it comes to growing & running your own business or brand. Strive for excellence in everything you do, work hard, follow your gut, learn and make smart decisions. Nothings impossible when you have a good mindset.
No matter how tired, or stressed you are during the 'hustle' stages of running & growing your business, always remember to be realistic and take the time to celebrate your success's along the way & relax when your body is telling you to. Don't let yourself feel defeated or deflated. The hustle years are the hardest, but they are also the most amazing & rewarding.
It's crazy how much you can achieve in a year when your passionate, motivated, hard-working, and willing to learn. It's worth the risk & lack of sleep! Trust me and good luck x
Four productive ways to start your work day
When you have a fast paced lifestyle the first 30 minutes at the office can really effect how the rest of your day is going to pan out. Get organised and read my latest post for Vogue Australia featuring four steps that will ensure your workday is an effective and productive one.READ MORE HERE
11 Tips For Moving Apartments With Ease
Earlier this week I had the dreaded yet exciting job of moving apartments! And... I made it my mission to be as organised as I possibly could to keep it at easy & painless as possible. Thankfully I was living in a shoe box and didn't have a huge amount to pack however it's surprising how much you can fit into a small space! Now that it's all over and done I thought I would share my 11 tips for moving apartment with ease:
1. Write a list
It may sound simple but at least 2 weeks before your move, write a list of everything you need to organise, change, pack, clean etc. There is a lot more involved than you think and also a lot of hidden costs with moving so it's better to be realistic!
2. Spread It Out
Once you have complied your list, divide and conquer by spreading everything out over the 2 weeks. From organising movers, packing up each room and dissembling furniture, to re-directing your mail, finding boxes and purchasing frame hooks for your new place - put a date next to each job and make sure you stick to it.
The one thing I love about moving is that it's the perfect time to have a big de-clutter! If you don't need it, throw it or give it to charity. Be ruthless, it's the best feeling moving into a new house feeling refreshed and organised rather than stressed and cluttered.
4. Labelling is key
This is one of the most important things to do when you move - every time you pack up a box, clearly label it with the room it belongs to and the contents of the box. E.g BEDROOM / SHOES. It will save you so much time when it comes to unpacking and will also allow your movers to clearly see what room to pop each box in for you.
5. Clean as you go
Once again divide and conquer. When you spread the packing over a 1-2 week period, it's also nice to spread out the cleaning too (where possible). For example when you pack up your favourite magazines & books from your bookshelf, give it a thorough clean and tick it off the list. Same goes for your pantry, cupboards, workspace etc.
Hustling through these small bits & pieces will allow you to concentrate on cleaning the bathroom & kitchen on your last day. Along with vacuuming and dusting rather than a full head to toe cleaning overhaul!
Moving house has a lot of admin! More than you ever think. Remember to:
- Disconnect your power & gas from your old place and connect at your new
- Organise to get your internet connected (& home phone if you have one)
- Re-direct your mail for a month
- Update your address with your bank, employer, insurance, medicare, doctors, gym, mobile provider etc
- Update your automatic payments - Check when your new rent payments start & old ones finish
- Once you have your lease - get a parking permit for your new area so you don't get a ticket
- EXTRA: I would also suggest putting in an online order for your groceries to be delivered on the day or the day after you move to save you having to venture to the store. There's nothing better than a re-stocked fridge & pantry.
7. Wear sport gear
On moving day, make sure you wear comfy sportswear. Trust me!
8. Start Early
Moving is never a walk in the park, but if you start early, are organised and hustle, you will feel so good at the end of the day. On Thursday - I was up at 6am, movers arrived at 7.45am and had transported all my furniture & boxes into the new house by 8.45am! It was the best, and gave me the whole day to unpack.
9. Unpack One Room At A time
If you're like me, you get really excited to unpack and arrange everything in your new apartment! My tip is to tackle one room at a time otherwise it's very overwhelming. Also make sure you break down any cardboard boxes as you go and pop them in the recycling bin. It saves all the mess at the end. Divide and conquer (again!)
10. Final Touches
Once each room has been unpacked and all your rubbish has been taken care of - start putting the final touches on your new place. From hanging pictures and artwork to arranging plants and candles. This is also the perfect time to write a wish list of extra bits & pieces you need to fill your new space - e.g rugs, side tables, artwork, plants etc.
11. Relax with a wine & pizza!
Moving is always a big big day. Don't put pressure on yourself to cook. Grab a bottle of wine, light a candle, order a pizza and watch a movie to relax and take in your new apartment and all your hard work.
10 Easy Tips To Having Better Time Management
It's hard to believe that it's already that time of year again when I become a hermit from all things social to design the 2017 An Organised Life diary! I allow myself 6 weeks to design the diary and although it seems like a lot of time, there are a variety of elements I like to make sure are perfect, maintaining the diaries functional purpose but in a stylish format! And of course.. I still have to run the rest of my business at the same time too - so 6 weeks goes by in a flash.
For me, time management over this period is an extremely important element that helps me to reach my end goal while giving myself ample time to tick all the little boxes along the way.
So... I thought I would share with you 10 easy tips of mine, that hopefully help you to have better time management as well.
1. PLAN - Before you start your day, always take the time to plan out what you want to achieve. Don't start your day until you have completed a very thorough time plan.
2. BE REALISTIC: Designate a time frame for each task you want to achieve during the day. Be realistic and always block out your lunch break & the last 30mins of the day. Personally, I always have x1 task or another that takes longer than expected and the extra 30mins at the end of my day is a good buffer that allows for this.
3. PENCIL - Always write in pencil. Life is unpredictable and always changing. Writing in pencil allows your diary, calendar or to do list to maintain looking neat and tidy!
4. PRIORITISE - Prioritising is an absolute must. Look over your day and highlight the top 3 priorities in one colour e.g yellow. From there mark a small A.M next to any other smaller tasks you ideally want to get through during the morning. And do the same with P.M for any other tasks you want to achieve in the afternoon. Remember to write in pencil incase anything shifts along the way. For me the highlighting and little symbols allows my brain to segment my day into 3! Prioritise, AM, PM. It makes life a lot less stressful. Divide and Conquer!
5. BE AN EARLY BIRD - Note down all your deadlines in a diary or on a calendar. However, always be an early bird with your deadline dates. Make them x1-2 days ahead of schedule or if you're lacking time to start with, try to be at least a few hours early to allow for any interruptions. Trust me, you'll never be late again!
6. DELEGATE - It may seem simple, but delegate any tasks that don't need your attention or can be looked after by someone else. For example I start going cross eyed looking over all the dates in my diary designs. After I have checked it thoroughly a hand full of times, I insist on employing half a dozen fresh eyes to look over it.
7. ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS - Thats right! Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, it's all got to go! Pop your phone on Do Not Disturb, knuckle down and whip though your work. You can spend as much time as you like on the phone in the evenings!
8. TIME - Make sure you have the time visually displayed. If you don't have a clock in your workspace, its important that the time is visible on your computer or laptop. This will help you stay on track time wise. If you really need to whip through multiple tasks in a day - take the time to set up alarms in the morning, that act as reminders through out the day.
9. FOCUS - I always thought multi tasking was the key to great time management. However my views on this have changed a lot as I have grown and I think being able to focus on one task is also a reflection of great time management. In doing so, this allows you to be more productive as your brain is focusing on one thing, but it's doing that one thing really well. I truly believe that when you focus on one task, your end product is much better and has a lot more substance and depth to it. Try it!
10. YOU'RE HUMAN - Don't beat yourself up if you don't get through every single task you had hoped to. If you have prioritised your day properly, this should allow you to move smaller tasks to the following day. Like I said, life is unpredictable, so work hard, be honest, communicate and plan ahead!
I hope this helps!
I would love to hear your tips & tricks to having great time management. Its such a hard thing to perfect! Comment below x
Separation & Storage - Tips to organising your workspace - Big or S...
One of the easiest ways you can organise your work space is by separating your documents & accessories into categories and utilising storage spaces. No matter how big or small your space is, there is always a way!
Below are some of my favourite tips & tricks to achieving this in a stylish yet functional manner...
MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU:
Creating your own systems for filing and organising your documents is a very personal thing, make sure you take the time to create a system & strategy that suits you and your career and then... commit to it!
- Build a routine around your filing to keep on top of things, for example every Friday I file away all my paper work and have a big de-clutter ready to start Monday morning fresh.
- On the first day of every month make a note to start any new folders or files that you need.
- If you are a fast paced person invest in a tray system with 3 sections - Urgent, Need to Do and To File
As many of you know, my North Bondi apartment is T I N Y!!! Lucky for me, most of my important documents & files are stored on my laptop (& backed up on Dropbox & a hard drive of course!) so I don't need a lot of physical storage space. However below are a couple of ways I make my space work for me storage wise:
- FOLDERS: I currently have x1 Folder on my desk for all my important documents that I need to access easily. This sits perfectly under my desk on my trestle table leg! If you lack space in & around your desk then get creative & utilise any little areas you can.
- DESK ACCESSORIES: One thing I love at the moment is how many creative desk accessories are popping up. If you have the flexibility to hang things to your wall, I love the idea of these amazing leather wall straps that are perfect for holding your favourite magazines, notebooks or documents.
- BOXES: I have invested in x2 black boxes that compliment my work space & sit nicely amongst my fashion books & magazines - One holds my bills that need to be paid that week, and one holds my accessories & An Organised Life samples e.g ribbon & paper stock samples etc.
NB: One thing I love about boxes is that you can stack them easily in small spaces - when I need more space on my desk I stack the x2 boxes neatly above my wardrobe.
LABELS ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND:
No matter if you have x1 folder at your workspace or 50, labels are your best friend! Make sure you create a clear strategy & system to your labelling that works for you. Personally I am a big fan of alphabetical or numeric labelling. Below are some suggestions:
- If you use a lot of dates for invoices or receipts - label your folders clearly with the year first, followed by the month then date - e.g 20160101 - 20160229, if the numbers get too confusing split them up with symbols e.g 2016/01/01 - 2016/02/29
- If you have a lot of clients that you work with utilise an alphabetical system with your folders or in some cases have a folder per client.
If you one of the lucky ones that have a beautiful big space to work in I would highly suggest utilising a colour coding system for your folders. Even if its just Black, White & Grey to keep your space monochrome.
For example in my dream work space I would use my black folders for accounts & important documents, white folders for creative quotes, invoices & stockists info and the grey folders for sampling & test prints.
Below is an amazing reference of the black & white folders that make everything visually more accessible. NB: You would still need to label the folders further with your numeric or alphabetical system!
CREATE AN INSPIRING SPACE:
Above all, make sure your workspace is inspiring and motivating. Most people spend a large percentage of their working week at their desks and its important to feel inspired. Take the time to shop around & invest in storage solutions that compliment your style & space.
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