Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Writing an Effective To-Do List

I don't know about you, but I cannot get through a day without referring to my to-do list. What started as small scribbles on my hand have evolved into long lists in my notebook, that (hopefully!) by the end of the day are ticked, highlighted, or crossed off. Now, I think I have mastered the art of making effective to-do lists.

1. Important things on top.
I know I began my to-do lists in an unproductive manner - important things were somehow at the bottom, and the smaller things were at the top. By the end of the day, I hadn't accomplished the serious stuff I wanted to. By placing the important bits at the top of the list, you make sure the serious stuff is out of the way. "Walk the dog" may need to take priority over "laundry", depending on your day schedule. If by the end of the day you don't end up walking the dog, you feel as though nothing was done! By doing the things that require more attention, you make sure you feel accomplished by the end of the day.

2. Highlight, highlight, highlight!
... And highlight some more! By highlighting the things you've done, it makes you feel better about doing things. You're able to visually see what it is that you've done, not to mention having a very pretty page by the end of it.

3. List in Advance.
I usually plan my to-do lists the day before things need to be done. But, I also write up things I need done a month before, and six months before. this may seem excessive, but i do like making sure I don't miss out on something important. There's nothing like being on the brink of slumber, and realising you haven't finished off one other thing. When listing in advance, I use my phone, and physical calendar to do this. Then, I set reminders for 1 week in advance just to cover all the bases. This way, I remember what I need to!

4. List on the go.
Honestly, there are no limits as to how often you need to amend your to-do list. Personally, I cover all the bases the night before, and rarely add anything onto my current list (if I do, I use the notes section on my phone). But, and it is inevitable, you may forget to add something onto your to do list. So, your to-do list becomes more effective by you adding bits in that you feel need to be on there as the arise.

5. One task at a time. 
To do lists are meant to make your life easier, not even more difficult! Make sure you complete one task at a time, unless you're absolutely convinced you can kill two birds with one stone. By completing one task, you save yourself from being sucked in with a lot of things to do all at once. Do one task at a time and watch your productivity increase! 

I'll see you in the next one!

Monday, 22 June 2015

Homespiration Monday #5!

Parisian decor, anyone?

This week's Homespiration is inspired by, obviously, Paris! I have a huge love for Parisian style, especially the homeware.

The picture on the left is an actual dream come true. The chandelier is so beautifully elegant, and the paintings on the wall make the room come together beautifully. I love the rustic look the wardrobe on the right gives the room. It looks casual and thrown together, but also very well put together. The large mirror above the fireplace is also a very nice touch. 

These photos are especially beautiful. I love the big windows, and simple wall colour. It's plain, but can be really made pretty by the decor you put on the walls. I especially love the pops of colour from the cheetah print, and pinks. 

And this office seems to have a brown theme happening, which I think I could work with. I would also add a hint of another colour, such as mint green to this room. I love the big doors, and big windows, which let in a lot of natural light. I think it's very obvious by now that I am a huge fan of big windows and natural light!

I also love the long curtains in the picture on the left, as well as the crisp white theme in the room on the right. A crisp theme is a must!

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

New Look Wishlist

Long time no see?

Exams are finally over, and I am at last free to breathe! I took time off to focus on both my mock exams, and my real exams, which I finished on Thursday last week.

So, it's back to the ol' grind!

I've had a real hankering for more 'summery' clothes, and judging by this wishlist, I'd say I've gone quite far! My wardrobe at the moment is stuck in a rut of cold-spring clothing. It's getting warmer now, though, and I need new clothes to really get into the summer spirit.

 I love 2 and 4, as I can easily pair them with some high waisted jeans or shorts and have a causal summer outfit in no time (which is perfect for lazy bums like me!). Number 1 is perfect for summer, as a cool breeze blowing around will keep my toes nice and cool in the heat. Number 3 is a bit more of a piece I'd wear if I were to just lounge about all day. I would pair it with 5 if I were going out somewhere. 5 itself is the one I currently need in my shoe closet! I'm on a 'heels-binging' mood at the moment, after buying a pair of heels about a month ago. Now, all I want to wear are heels! That is a big statement for a girl who used to wear nothing but flats...

Monday, 16 February 2015

Homespiration Monday #4

Happy Monday!

This week's Homespiration features very simple minimalist apartments. I love the clean, fresh look all of these homes have, with big windows allowing sunshine to shine through.

The simple decor of just furniture and plants adds a very simple feel to it all. 

 I love the big mirror and even bigger windows in this one.

This one is so beautifully bright! And the plants add a special touch also.

While the simple all-white look is very pretty, I'd add a pop of one colour to give an apartment a bit more of a vibe. I'd love how green, blue or red would look among these homes!

I'll see you in the next one!

Friday, 13 February 2015

Top 10 Friday!

These past two weeks have been crazy busy and stressful. Here's to half term!

1. My new favourite YouTube channel TheNonBlondes have started up, and this week's theme is Valentine's Day! Be sure to check it out.

2. Music now vs music then. I've been thinking about this for a while now!

4. Vegan cheese is something I've wanted to try for ages. But hearing negative comments about it, I decided not to try! This should get me in the swing of it all.

5. Tarte recently released a new palatte, which I am in desperate need of! Trying to get into makeup is pretty diffucult, as I have 0 knowledge, but this palette looks like something I could work with.

6. I've had the urge to straighten my natural hair, and I feel like I'll be doing it soon. This video has a really great method I can't wait to try. 

7. I really want to decorate my future home with plants, especially cacti pots. This post perfectly sums that up!

8. This 30 Day Minimalism Challenge really intrigues me! Maybe I'll give it a go next month...

9. I've been in the market for a new planner, and these ones by ninjandninj on Etsy are really cute. Anyone have any reccommendations?

I'll see you in the next one!