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5 Habits for a Productive Weekend

Posted in Lifestyle
on January 24, 2018

I’m sure the last thing you want to do on the weekend is more work. The week can feel long, tiring, and stressful sometimes, so the weekend is a time to relax, unwind and chill out for 48 hours. Although this is true sometimes, the majority of our weekends may feel JUST as busy and scheduled as a typical weekday. So how do you balance meal prepping, time with family and friends, and doing all the things you need to get done? If you want to take your weekends back so that you can enjoy time with family AND get things done, then keep reading for five habits you’re NEED in your life ASAP.

1| Start Early

I know you want to sleep in, but this is what can make or break your productive day. If you typically wake up at 7 a.m. for a workday, wake up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday. I know, you hate me. But TRUST ME when I say that you will be amazed at how much you can get done straight away in the morning on a Saturday. Make the most of the hour by baking the chicken you left thawing overnight after you throw a load of laundry in the washer. Make it your mission to cross off 3-4 big tasks for the day.  You will get things done in the morning and it will have you feeling amazing about the day ahead.

2| Time Block + Prioritize

What are the TOP SIX things you need to get done today? Make sure you get the hard things out of the way first, so that you aren’t dreading them all day long and continuously putting them off. Find the big things you’re not looking forward to, and get them done. Time block in section of two or three hours, so the day feels less overwhelming. That way, you can focus on the two hours ahead of you rather than the entire day as a whole. Continue prioritizing your tasks for the day based on what needs immediate attention and what can be put off for tomorrow. And don’t forget to include breaks and family time! Write in time for a movie night and hanging out with the family from 7 to 10 p.m., so that you know you have to be done with everything before 7 p.m.

3| Pomodoro Technique

I SWEAR by this method because it makes a huge difference in my productivity. Every weekend is different, of course, but some Saturdays, I try to crank out some blog posts if I can to stay well ahead of my schedule. The goal of this technique is to work on ONE task straight for 25-30, and then take a break for five minutes. For blogging, it’s the perfect amount of time to sit down and get a good outline and starting draft before the time is up. Then, I’ll set my timer for five minutes for water, take a quick walk around the house, or call my parents. You want to cherish those five minutes because then you’re going back to work for another set. It’s amazing how focused you become when you have a countdown in tour head every 30 minutes. Whether you’re cooking, cleaning, blogging, or running errands, this technique is so helpful for a productive day.

4| Batch Tasking

Batch tasking is something else I swear by not only for blogging maintenance, but also for my home. I batch task with meal prepping for about two hours on Sunday, which gets most of our meals for the entire week. Now, I’m not spending time every single day worrying about what we’re going to have for lunches and dinners. The goal of batch tasking is to only focus on one task continuously. For blogging, I batch task by creating Instagram content, drafting tweets for the week, or editing posts. Once that hour is up, you’ll have meals for the week, or all of your social media content prepped for the week. Essentially, you’re saving yourself tons of time for the upcoming week, which is NEVER  a bad thing!

5| Don’t Stress Yourself Out

If you’re reading this post, you might be very much like me: type-A personality, hyper-organized, and very hard on yourself. Although it’s easier said than done, remember not to be so hard on yourself and not to stress yourself out. Don’t set crazy expectations for yourself if you have a lot going on in one day. Remember to take breaks throughout the day and spend time with your loved ones. Don’t only make the weekend about getting things done and working another 10-hour day. Be realistic and set time aside for all your meals and even more breaks in between. You GOT THIS and you can get everything done! And, if you don’t get everything done, it’s perfectly okay. Don’t stress, and enjoy your day off as well.

Ready to have a productive weekend? What are your tips for getting things done on the weekend? Tell me what your plans are for this weekend? Is it a Netflix-binge-kind-of day? Or, do you have a lot on your to-do list that you’re trying to get done? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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Goals for 2018

Posted in Lifestyle
on January 3, 2018

Time to join the rest of the bloggers for the annual post on what goals I have for the new year.

A few weeks ago, I talked about how I want to rethink my goals for 2018 because I felt that some goals I had weren’t specific and weren’t necessarily related to the bigger goals I have for my life. Although I felt accomplished with the goals I reached, I also felt like I didn’t even accomplish anything at all because it didn’t lead me to a bigger goal.

When I look back at 2017, I feel proud, happy and everything other feel-good emotion. At the same time, I felt like my goals weren’t exactly conducive to the life I hope to live. For example, what is increasing my social media following/engagement by 20% going to do for me in five years?

Don’t get me wrong, some of my goals were VERY important to me, like not focusing on numbers for health and wellness. Yet, at the same time, I had another goal to increase my weekly running distance, which is very numbers-oriented.

See what I’m saying?

Our goals shouldn’t be just about what we want to achieve in one year. Rather, they should be on-going additions we want to incorporate in our lives for years to come because they’re important to us. 

This helped me rethink the direction of my goals for the new year, and helped me realize what I want to accomplish. Now, my goals feel more intentional for what I want to achieve in life.  With all that said, here are my goals for 2018:

1| Put an extra $5,000 in savings. 

Why this goal is important: Financial stability is a huge stress for people. My goal is to continue saving regularly, so that I never have to worry about making necessary purchases. My goal is life is to consistently travel, so I hope to travel more with this financial stability. I also hope to

2| Focus on being my healthiest self.

Why this goal is important: I’ve been on a journey toward living a healthier life, but toward the end of the year, I wasn’t keeping up with my health like I should have. For 2018, I’m making changes to practice self-care frequently, eating fresh, whole foods, and focusing on workouts that I genuinely enjoy.

3| Continue living simply and minimally. 

Why this goal is important: I’ve noticed a HUGE change in my life since focusing on minimalism and simple living. Minimalism helps me achieve my goals, and it also helps me save money, which gives me time to do the things I love like traveling, blog, etc.

4| Travel. 

Why this goal is important: Traveling is something I’ve always felt passionate about. It’s the reason I want to save money, and live minimally. There are simply too many beautiful places in the world, and I want to visit new places as often as possible. We have our honeymoon planned already, but I’m hoping to squeeze in another short trip during the year.

5| Develop my marketing skills.

Why this goal is important: I love the field I work in, and I’m so happy to wake up and go to a job I love. That being said, I plan to be in the field for a long time, so I want to continue developing my skills in marketing by taking online classes, listening to seminars, and reading more about marketing. 2018 is a year I want to grow as a Marketing Director, and I’m excited to see where this goal takes me!

What are your goals for 2018? How can you be more intentional with your goals for the new year?

 

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5 Things to be Happy About: January 2018

Posted in Lifestyle
on January 1, 2018

Cheers to 2018, friends! I hope you all had an amazing holiday season.

The last few weeks have been a complete whirlwind, and I don’t know how it’s already a full week into the new year. I always kick-off a new year with a ton of energy and motivation even though I’m also recovering from the holidays. So, I’m sharing five things that I’m looking forward to for the rest of the month.

1| Clean Slate

January is an underrated month because I love a fresh start at the beginning of a new year. You can move past any of the negative times from the previous year, and focus all your time and energy on the new year ahead. There’s something refreshing about the post-holiday season in my opinion. Are you excited about a clean slate for the new year? Or, are you still riding the high from 2017?

2| Saving Money

Y’all, the holidays are expensive. January is not only a time where I personally recuperate, but my wallet also takes some time to recuperate. This is when I’ll plan a spending freeze, and cut out some unnecessary purchases for the month to get me back in a better space financially for the new year. I’m looking to cut back my spending for the next few months to meet my savings goal for 2018.

3| Motivation to the Max

Am I the only person who feels so motivated and ready to get to work in the new year? Maybe it’s because my goals are new and exciting. I feel like I plan the most content for the blog in January and feel very creative after the holiday season. It’s a time where I use my motivation to my advantage because I know there will be times where a blogging rut will hit.

4| Relax + Hygge

I’m sure thinking…how are you motivated, but also taking time to relax? I’m always motivated in January, so I have more time to relax and practice hygge at the end of a productive day. Hygge is something that I picked up on last year, and it has made winter much more enjoyable. Not too sure where to begin with self-care and time to relax? Try a self-care challenge for some inspiration. My favorite way to unwind after a long day is to go for a walk, or to watch YouTube while cleaning and cooking.

5| Healthy Habits

Along with motivation, I’m all about positive and healthy habits Over the last few years, I’ve found that January is when I ride strong with healthy living. I get enough sleep, drink tons of water, eat well, exercise regularly, and take care of my mental health consistently. Now, I need to continue those habits into the over 11 months of the year, too.

So tell me, what are you looking forward to this month (and this YEAR for that matter)!? I would love to hear what you’re excited about and what has you motivated and working hard. Make sure to share in the comments below!

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2017 Review (Goals + Vision Board)

Posted in Lifestyle
on December 18, 2017

HOW ARE WE SO CLOSE TO 2018!?

Is anyone else in denial, or, is it just me?

2017 was arguably the best year YET. And yes, I knew 2016 was going to be hard to top after getting my Master’s at 21, landing my dream job, and moving in with Josh. Somehow, I managed to top those huge milestones by getting engaged, buying a house, and other exciting news I haven’t shared with you all yet.

Today, I want to reflect on my goals for 2017, so I can begin planning my goals for the new year. A few of these goals I’ve already began working on in December, and I’m excited to see what’s in store for the 2018.

Related: Why you should begin your resolutions in December

Here’s a look at my goals from 2017:

 

Personal Goals:

1| Read 8-10 books throughout 2017

I’m happy to say I read more than planned for 2017, and I’m extremely happy about reaching this goal! I knew this would be a busy year for me, so I wasn’t sure how this goal would play out, but I ended up reading 12 books this year.

2| Plan 2-3 trips for 2017

We had two trips in 2017: Boston, and Canada. It was our first time visiting Boston, and we had an amazing time. The other trip was a day trip to Niagara Falls, and Niagara on the Lake, which were both so fun! I wanted to plan more trips, but with wedding planning, work, and moving in a home—it was best to skip the trips for the remainder of the year.

3| Achieve my career goals for 2017

I was able to cross this off my list after six months, which was surprising to me because I gave myself a LONG list of goals to achieve at work. Needless to say, I only plan to accomplish more in 2018.

4| Focus on my vision board

If you haven’t read my vision board for the next three years, you’ll see that I gave myself some pretty big things to cross off my list. In only two months, I managed to knock off getting engaged, buying a house, and another milestone I haven’t shared yet with you!

 

Blogging Goals:

1| Focus on my blog direction

I couldn’t be happier with deciding to change the direction of my blog in 2017. After a year, I’ve created more minimalism and intentional living posts, which brings me so much joy. I hope to continue this in 2018 while adding back in some health content, wellness, etc., that I’ve written over the years as well.

2| Increase blog social media engagement by 20 percent

I knocked this one out of the park, which really shows how low my social media engagement was at the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017. After consistently posting and engaging with others, I’ve seen a huge increase in my overall engagement.

3| Take more risks

This is something I want to work on more in 2018 because I was able to collaborate with bloggers in 2017, but I didn’t do as many as I would have liked. I also took risks with the type of content I shared that was more personal and difficult to write, which I consider to be just as significant’

 

Financial Goals:

1| Put an extra $8-10,000 into savings

I achieved this goal with ease just after summer. The main reason for wanting to put so much into savings was to continue saving for a home. Since finding our dream home, this money was put to it’s proper use! Now, I’m going on a huge spending freeze at the beginning of the year to get ahead in saving for 2018.

2| Track my spending regularly

I don’t know why I find it so difficult to track my spending regularly. It’s something I’m not used to doing, so I hope to make this a solid habit in 2018.

 

Health Goals:

1| Increase my weekly running distance

During running season, Josh and I did great with reaching out goal, but it’s also hard to say because we haven’t been running for the last few months with the weather, and moving into our home. I plan to rethink this goal for 2018 and how I can better track it throughout the year.

2| Don’t focus on numbers

Yes. And I couldn’t be happier with not focusing on numbers anymore.

3| Focus on workouts I enjoy

There’s nothing better than doing workouts you love, and that’s what I began doing in 2017. Now, I look forward to Pilates after work, or a total body workout that only take 30 minutes. I can’t recommend this enough!

Next week, I’ll be sharing my 2018 goals with you, but I want to hear how you did with your goals for 2017? What are you most proud of? What’s something you NEVER thought you’d do, but you DID this year? Make sure to share everything in the comments below!

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Why you Should Begin your Resolutions in December

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on December 6, 2017

If you’re like me, you love making goals for the week, month or year altogether. I like seeing results, so when I set goals each year—I make sure I can track them throughout the year to see my progress. P.S. Leave a comment below letting me know what goals YOU have achieved in 2017! I’d love to read what you have accomplished this year.

Right now, we’re in the season where it’s perfectly acceptable to begin the day with a Christmas cookie (or three) followed by a day of eating, drinking, and spending time with family and friends. Besides working during the day, all other time is dedicated to parties, holiday festivities, time with family and friends, and enjoying the entire month. Needless to say, all productivity, good habits, and health and wellness go out the window for 31 days before it’s time to begin working on those New Year goals.

But here’s the thing. It would be more beneficial for you to begin your goals and good habits for 2018 NOW in 2017. Keep in mind, I’m not saying you have to start 10 new habits TOMORROW. But, if there is a goal you have for 2018, there’s no reason why you can’t begin with small steps this month. So, if you’re looking for a little blissful inspiration and motivation on beginning your goals NOW, keep on reading.

1| Because Your Goals Matter

Clearly, if you’re thinking about this goal you want to achieve—it matters to you. And that’s good that it’s constantly on your mind because if you feel inspired and motivated to work toward that goal, there’s a very good chance you’ll also achieve it. Remind yourself that your goals and dreams matter, so why not make the time NOW to begin working on them? Don’t let a date be your only motivation. Let the goals itself motivate you because it’s important to you. That should give you more than enough of a reason to begin working on your goal today.

2| Because You’ll Get In A Routine

Honestly, the most difficult part of working toward your new goals is figuring out a routine. When will you schedule in four hours of workout time throughout the week? The good news is, you can use this time for a little trail and error period to see what will work best for you and your routine. If you find that you do better with working out after work, then you’ll get yourself in a full routine by January, and now you’re a month into your new routine! It makes sense, and you can get a head start, so the new year will be smooth sailing.

3| Because NO EXCUSES

If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If it’s not important to you, you’ll find an excuse.

There’s nothing stopping you from beginning your goals right now. Maybe you think you’ll have more time in January to dedicate time to writing that book, or you’ll have more time to begin a workout routine. The truth is, you DO have time right now. The only thing stopping you are the excuses you make for yourself. We are ALL guilty of this. Instead of making an excuse as to why you can’t work out in the morning—set an alarm, wake up, and crush a quick workout before work. If you want to cook more during the week, meal prep as much as you can on Sundays. Remove the excuses from your mind, and get to work on all your girlboss goals.

When it comes down to it, goals are so wonderful to have, but there’s no reason for you to wait until the new year to begin working on these goals. If they truly matter to you, you’ll have no issues with wanting to begin working on them today.

So, what are some of your goals for 2018? What can you do in the last month of the year to begin working on them?

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