Put it in your diary

Day 10 Schedule you time, I am one of those people who has to have everything in my calendar or I will forget where and when I am supposed to be places… One of the challenges of being freelance self-employed, you are rarely in the same place for a whole day.
How many times have you got to the end of the day, looked at your to do list and thought ‘crap it just seems to get longer instead of shorter’?
Do you start to feel stressed and anxious just thinking about your workload to the point that you hide from everyone and everything and get sweet F.A done?
Overwhelmed to the point that breathing doesn’t happen naturally?
Yip been there, and found myself internally freaking out about it and procrastinating big time…
Take a BIG deep breath, stop and step back.
Look at your week ahead and plan out the work you have, where you need to be, and also if you have any social events coming up. Include travel time, meal times including cooking time, gym sessions and any other classes or hobbies that you like to do.
Once you know what the goal or outcome of each time slot is, it makes it easier to set a plan so you can achieve that specific goal.
We all have the same 24hours in the day, 7 days in the week.
How you use your time reflects on how much you achieve through the week.
My tips:
Take away distractions – remove social media apps from your phone or keep your phone in a different room while you are working. Only have the tools you need to do the task.
Listen to music that calms you, I have been listening to classical music a lot recently and found it calms me down and helps me focus (I know that is not the same for everyone, one of my friends gets really agitated with classical music). Find what works best for you.
Know what your goal for the allocated time slot is and work towards that specifically.
Work on one task at a time and know when you need it completed by and work to that schedule.
Remember day 8 – delegate, use the people around you to help you out if the load is too much.
Get some day 2 meditation in there. Taking mini meditation breaks throughout the day helps clear your head and makes you more productive.
Use day 3 creating a ritual to be scheduling your week to help take some of the stress off, then created more rituals within that schedule to: meditate, eat mindfully, get food prepared, get work done.
See how we are using the previous days here to help build something useful and productive. By adding each day and not forgetting yesterday’s task we are creating a streamlined lifestyle that you will be grateful for.
There will times when shit happens and you have to reschedule things, but when you can see clearly where there are gaps  it is less daunting and you can still be very productive. I used to get really shitty when people messed with my week, but putting this all in to practice has made it so much easier.
Laid back, chilled and getting a lot done…
Jen x


Time is ticking

Don’t wait for the holidays

It is great to have things to look forward to, holidays, nights out, time with family or friends.

How often do you sit at work thinking it’s nearly the weekend / long weekend / weeks holiday?

What about the rest of the time?

What are you doing while you are waiting?

What stops you from doing more exciting or interesting things every day?

Sometimes you have to do shit boring things, that’s life, very few people enjoy housework and those that do should make it their career.

What if you started to change the way you looked at the boring things and see them as something that gets you to the next point. I do housework so I have a clean house to sit in and clean clothes to wear every day. I sit at my computer for hours a couple of days a week so that I can get my message out to you guys.

Changing the way you think about your day helps you get through it better. If changing your thoughts doesn’t help then there are other things to consider…

Do you find that you are exhausted by the end of your working day? Have you considered looking at your nutrition? Are you eating enough? Are you eating the right kinds of foods to nourish your body? Soul food is called soul food because it makes you feel good inside.

Have you considered shortening your working day (if at all possible) I know that so many of us work all day from 7am (or earlier) till 9pm (or later) and don’t always if at all take a lunch break. Is that you? Do you need to start looking at how to restructure your day? Do you need to be stricter with your time and not let other people take over your life and schedule?

Make the most of what you have. Enjoy it, be happy, if you hate it don’t do it. Live for each day, each moment.

Find a job you love, fill your life with people you love, do things that make you happy.

Don’t waste a minute. Life is too short not to live and love it. No regrets, no wishing you had made more time for your family and friends. No one ever got to their death bed and said they were glad they stayed in the office that extra hour… Just saying…

Jen x


Got myself all organised and not overwhelmed

Do you write a To Do List on Monday? How does that go for you?

Did you jump out of bed every morning tackling it head on? Or…

Eat well, exercise, work, study, shopping, housework, sort bills, have a social life, personal development, career development, generally be amazing…. Blah, blah, blah.

It never stops, there are not enough hours in the day.

Possibly you don’t even know where to start with your list it’s so overwhelming, so you fanny about on social media (you are sitting at a computer so you must be working, but really you are kidding yourself on that you are busy and getting nothing done).

Before you know it hours have gone past, nothing has been ticked off, and then it’s time for bed… If you are like me you promise yourself that you will make a proper start tomorrow, you won’t open Facebook until everything is done.

I’m going to guess that your list has your head thinking that these are all humongous tasks and it’s all a bit overwhelming.

I came across a nice wee way of changing how I wrote my list so that I actually get shit done, from that I take out things that are/should be daily routine (like eating and housework) and select 4 that are going to make me the happiest that I have actually completed them.

Change the way you word your list.

If you made it look something like this so it’s not so intimidating:

Prepare 3 healthy meals today

Get to class before work/at lunchtime, if I can’t make it do my 15min at home workout.

Order shopping online to be delivered

Spend 30mins (max) cleaning/tidying (at least 1 room)

Spend 30mins reading (whatever is relevant to improve you as a person).

Call 3 studios to ask about availability and rental rates.

Write tomorrow’s email and preload 2 days blogs.

Prepare class session plan for tomorrow’s class.

Set up direct debits to pay bills (or whatever needs to be done)

Just changing the way you write your list, breaking things down and being more specific, especially with your time and set a timer so you don’t go over.

You can see straight away what are the daily tasks and what are the important moving you forward tasks.

By setting time limits or only a small number to be completed you straight away make everything more manageable and you might actually get it all (or more) done AND have time to waste on social media.

I felt a bit confused (and guilty) when I get everything done then have time to chill out, things are now getting done, progress is being made, the stairs still need hovered but that can wait.

Look at your list, re-write it, set some time limits and prioritise it.

Let me know how you get on.

Jen x