Happy Tuesday! Today is Super Tuesday – when I kick in to super-speed mode and smash out a big day on all fronts. Fuelled by coffee (all catch-ups today are taken at cafes when I can), I have jam-packed my day full of meetings, networking, finishing off, planning, big thinking, then after work I have […]
- Write a detailed to do list. Make your jobs specific, like ‘finish reviewing x report, and send back for editing’ or at home ‘clean three shelves in pantry’ or ‘sort through odd sock pile and throw out/ up cycle any remaining solo socks’. Check out The Organised Housewife for some great printables and tips.
- Make sure you aim high! Write a giant list when you first get up, you can use it as a base for your next Super Tuesday.
- Do it on a day when you are going to have some energy. For me Monday is rough after the weekend, Wednesday I am well and truly into my week. Tuesday is about right. This works well for me as I work five days a week. Change it up to suit your routine.
- Ban all distractions. No social media, no TV, no time-wasting and no procrastinating. If it's not on the list, don’t do it. Push back on meetings, lunch dates, anything you can to give yourself the best chance of success.
- Tackle your most dreaded jobs first. Make the awkward phone call. Clean the crisper/ veg drawer in the fridge. Tackle the most complex report. Whatever it is, tackle the big stuff first.
- Take the time at the end of your Super day to reflect on how it went. What did you smash through? What gave you a lot of satisfaction when you finished? What took you longer that you thought? How did you go with your tough jobs? What’s left for next week?
- Reward yourself! Read a magazine, spend a bit of time on Facebook, Instagram, whatever your favourite social media time waster/pleasure is. The point is to take the time to celebrate you much you rocked it on Super Tuesday!
One of the wonderful things about being on holidays is having the time to think. Sure, between playing with the kids, sewing up a storm for my Etsy shop, and the usual domestic biz, there’s not a whole lot of *spare* time. However, I have still found time to think, mull over and take stock. […]
Happy Friday Folks! I thought I’d take the time to think about what I am grateful for today (the fab print about is available here on Etsy via West Sheridan): Getting the chance to spend some Q-time with the little folk in my life (and also at the same time expanding my knowledge […]
- Getting the chance to spend some Q-time with the little folk in my life (and also at the same time expanding my knowledge of dinosaurs, Zelfs - more about those tomorrow, and Lego)
- Having a lovely supportive partner in life who a rock of encouragement and support this year while I pursue my somewhat lofty creative/ career dreams
- Being in good health and having a lovely family
December and the end of the school year is always a tinderbox of emotions in our neck of the woods. Exhausted kids, mixed with tired parents, a hint of ‘I’m going to miss my teacher’, and a whopping great dose of ‘where did the year go?’ makes for testing times. Not to mention the odd […]
- watching the Mini Fashionista perform in her school concert (a cracker of a job as a sixties starlet), play the violin in her first string ensemble performance (where of course I got teary, because no matter what the content I seem to get teary at school concerts) and morph into a tall willowy little lady with a snappy send of humour
- Seeing Captain Jack master tying his shoelaces and hand-writing. In fact I am pretty sure this will go down as one of my highlights (for anyone else who has watched their child suffer through occupational therapy (OT), frustration, anger and every other emotion that comes with struggling to master a new skill, you'll know what a BIG deal this was). Noticing that no matter how tall and strong he becomes, his heart is still made of ice-cream and melts at the sight of a wounded bird or when someone is hurt.
- Watching Flashdance emerge from his shell, and even have the courage to speak at assembly (seriously unthinkable at the start of the year) not to mention to produce some of the most wonderful pieces of art, and continue to march to the beat of his own drum (to his credit, he did successfully pull off the 'cool Scottish man' for International Day - complete with hat, tartan skinny jeans and tuxe jacket).
- Saying goodbye to nappies for Little L, and hello to Kindergarten orientation! Where did that time go? My baby is all of a sudden a little person, with an opinion about everything, everyone and attitude to spare.
Technology used to scare the pants off me. I would even proclaim, loudly and proudly, that I was a technophobe. Then a shift happened. I wanted to create a blog, and get back into textiles and design.The thought of using technology to do any of this quietly terrified me. What if it was all too […]
It’s been a tough week in my neck of the woods, and I am feeling blessed that I am an optimist at heart. Being a natural optimist is at times a double-edged sword though. Whilst I always tend to see the good and I think on the whole it’s a pretty good way to walk through […]
I have been contemplating my future, career aspirations and life in general over the past week. Kicked off my a 360° session (where you seek out and invite your leader and co-workers to assess you – sounds like fun right?) in the office, and spurned on by a thought-provoking day at WIMWA 2013(Women […]
This morning I had the pleasure of being a guest at a poetry recital hosted by my eldest daughter. Lovely in its own right, the poetry recital was the result of a lot of planning and practice by a bunch of enthusiastic nine-year olds and was for a special cause. The girls are raising money […]
Life can be hard-core at the best of times. The road can get even rougher when you add work, kids, study, and anything else the universe throws at you. When I was younger, I thought the way to make it all a little easier was to try to blend in. Whether it be clothes, hair, […]
I’ve been reading a fascinating book lately, Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. This wonderful book has helped me to see (again) that we live in a world where extroverted behaviour is rewarded, whilst introverts quietly go about their business. Ok, […]
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