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HOW TO BE SUPER PRODUCTIVE!

We all have weeks that are particularly busy where we need to get a tone of things done in a small amount of time. When that’s the case we often get so overwelmed that we end up procrastinating. Here’s a few a of my tips to get you in a productive mood and get things done.

One of the big things that help me be very productive is getting up early in the morning. You feel more motivated and have a lot more time to get things done. You’ll be a lot more productive early in the morning than late at night when you’re so tired all you want to do is sleep.

Getting my workout done in the morning is also a great way to kick start my day. You already feel so productive by just getting your workout out of the way which will motivate you for the rest. Not only that but working out helps you wake up and create endorphines which helps you focus.

Having a clean work space is having a clean mind. You can’t concentrate if your environment is cluttered, so make sure you put your stuff back where they belong and keep as little clutter on your desk so that your mind won’t wonder around.

Making a list decomposing what you have to do in little steps is also another great way to help you get in the productive mindset. It will make a big task look less impressive if you decompose it in little bits which will make you more likely to do all the steps and eventually get everything done.

It’s also important to have a routine in the morning to start your day as it will help you get into the habit of getting things done. It could be everything from eating breakfast every morning or making sure to get dressed or having a jog etc…

If you have a lot to do and not enough time you need multitasking. It’s also a great way to make some tasks more enjoyable. For example you can listen to an easy tv show while cleaning or do a hair and face mask while writing your essay, just get creative with it and soon you’ll be getting everything you want done everyday!


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TIPS TO STAY HEALTHY

I think we all know how important our health is, it’s the foundation of all foundations. I’ve noticed within the past years that the “healthy trend” has been growing and growing. I remember visiting California when I was much younger and being surprised by how the healthy lifestyle was popular over there and it slowly has been moving over to the rest of the world including the UK and Europe. I think it’s an amazing trend but being healthy is not always easy or “fun”. We all love our junk food and cheat meals or sometimes we just don’t have time or are lazy. I thought I would share with you today my tips to have a healthier lifestyle without so much effort.

1) Exercise:

 

We’ve all heard it, including me and it is sometimes really hard to find motivation or time. I’ve found that there are many ways to help me get some exercise in my day. First of all establishing a routine is really important. Once you get in your routine, it’s much easier to find motivation but as soon as you stop that’s when it’s get really hard to start again. Working out with a partner or making friends with people at your gym is also very stimulating and makes it much more enjoyable. If you don’t have time to get to your gym on a specific day I’ve found that walking to wherever you’re going instead of taking the tube or the car is a great substitute. Another little trick on those days where you really are busy is for example to squat while brushing your teeth! Otherwise, youtube is amazing for at home quick workout.

2) Water:

 

I am someone who usually is never thirsty so I will barely drink any water during the day if someone doesn’t remind me. This is a really bad habit because water is super important for your body and for your skin, especially if you are exercising and sweating a lot. I have however been really good about it over the past few months because I started using an app called My water balance which tracks and reminds you of your water intake. I would get notifications on my phone to remind me of drinking. That’s when I started to always have a glass of water near me when I was at home. Trust me, if you have water near you, you will be much more likely to drink that glass without even noticing. I also started to always drink one full glass when waking up which apparently is really good to clear the toxins of the night and drinking at least two glasses before or after every meal. After using the app for a while, it just started being a habit. Another nice tip if you find water boring is to add some lemon which is even better for detox.

3) Food:

 

It is probably the most important of all tips. Without a good diet there is basically no point in working out, but of course just having a good diet is not sufficient you still need exercise. It is a balance of both. Eating healthy food is probably the hardest. One because it usually takes time and two because it’s not always the tastiest. This doesn’t mean you have to say bye bye to your favourite dessert or to junk food, again balance is key. I would say eat 90% healthy, if possible home cooked food, and 10% treats. A really helpful tip to not be tempted by junk food is to simply refrain from having it in your house. Trust me, this works so well because you will be far less tempted. If you get really really hungry, chances are you’re not gonna bother going out to get that junk food and you’re just gonna eat what’s at home. I’ve found that when I’m out of inspiration for cooking pinterest is a really great place to find recipes. You can find you favourite dish but the healthy version and for me the vegan version. I’ve tried out so many vegan alternative recipes from there and they all tasted really good. There’s also some great ideas for snack which is usually when we start wanting bad stuff. Smoothies are another great invention, I’m guilty of not doing this enough because I find it quite time consuming but it’s an amazing way to consume a lot of vegetables and fruits.

4) Meal prepping:

 

It’s great way to save time. I like to make bases like rice, quinoa, beans, peas, soup etc…in a bigger quantity for the rest of the week. Like this I already have my base and can just add some vegetables or some sauce to it. I don’t like going super crazy with it and preparing exactly every meal because I get bored if I don’t have some kind of variation so I like to just prep some stuff and add the rest later.

5) Oil intake:

 

I have found different views on this but in general I think we overuse oil. Especially because most of time it’s not good oils. When you’re eating out at a restaurant they probably use some kind of cheap vegetable oil in a lot more quantity that is needed. So at least when I’m at home I like to use the least amount of oil possible. Starting by buying only good and organic oils. I usually cook with olive oil like probably a lot of people but it’s also not the greatest. An alternative to that is coconut oil, there are unscented versions which don’t have any taste to them. Otherwise I’ve found that there’s a lot of times where oil is not necessary. Everytime I’m cooking something already made like a vegan patty or vegan sausage, they usually already come pretty oily so I can just cook like that. Buying non stick pans are also a great way to use less oil. Otherwise adding water acts as a substitute even though I’ve found that for some things like onions it doesn’t give the same taste and doesn’t brown them as much. For my salads, I now put lemon juice instead of oil which is much better and it tastes great and refreshing!

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Turtleneck: Zara similar here

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Denim jacket: ASOS here

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HOW TO BUDGET PLAN

WHY BUDGET PLAN?

The reasoning behind budget planning is that you save your money for things you really want and who will actually be useful to you. Money has become so digital with credit cards, debits cards but now even more with contactless and Apple Pay which makes it so easy to spend without even noticing the total amount. I became aware of that when I first started living on my own and was responsible for managing my money. I didn’t understand why not more money was left at the end of the month. I then stumbled on a few YouTube videos which explained how to manage your money so I started budget planning. I discovered how much money I was spending on completely useless things, it’s usually on a lot of inexpensive things rather than one or two expensive things. If you budget plan you will be able to see exactly which areas you are spending most of your money on and how you can cut back on certain things to save up.

HOW TO DO IT?

There is quite a lot of different ways to budget plan but I’m going to talk about the method that I have been using.  I started off by at the end of every month sitting down and looking at my expenses. For this I use an excel timetable where I write down the fix costs (the costs that are always the same every month for e.g: TV licensing, phone, oyster card etc…).  I then decided on categories to organise the rest, this will vary depending on your needs. My categories are food, clothes, beauty, travel, leisure and others. I then proceed to add up how much money I spent that month for each categories and write it down on my excel table. You can then subtract to the amounts of money you are getting each month your fix cost added to the rest of the categories. You will see how much you have left each month. I would do this for perhaps one or two month so you can get an estimate of your spendings.

The second part is to budget. You can look at your excel table and decide which categories you could cut down on the spendings. Some few ways I use to cut down is for example taking public transport as much as I can because even though uber might be a few pounds when it’s added up each month it can become expensive, another way for ladies is to not go to a nail salon and start doing your own nails, there’s so many way to save money. The categories I noticed I was spending way too much was makeup and I have since then massively cut down. Once you made your cuts, you can calculate an estimate of how much you should spend in each categories according to how much you want to save up. You can then plan how much you want to put towards your saving and how much you want to put towards what you’re budgeting for (a vacation, a car, a bag etc…). One point I always try to not forget is not be overly strict with my spending because I think that develops an unhealthy relationship with money so I don’t restrain myself from enjoying a few things here and there but I’m still always in control of my money. Hope this helps xxx

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