3 hours. That’s all you’ve got and the deadline is up.
To your left, a pile of laundry sits in the corner – untouched and unwashed.
And that pile of letters on your desk desperately needs mailing out.
“Oh, if only I had more time to do all these!” You think.
You start to panic, running your hands through your hair, feeling the anxiety build up…but yet here you are, reading my blog scrolling through your Facebook feed for the umpteenth time.
My friend, you can get ALL the above and more done. You need better time management skills.
And to help kickstart your journey to becoming a time management guru, we’ve gathered 12 of the best blogs and online forums dedicated to the subject. These are chock full of tips, tricks, strategies and ideas that will be having you finishing projects way before their deadlines, and balancing that with the unwashed laundry, mails and whatever else life throws at you.
Have you ever taken a really good look at that long list of ingredients on that shampoo or foundation you bought?
Like a REALLY good look?
Ok, go to your dressing table right now and pick up just one tube or bottle of whatever you find there and read the ingredients list on the back. Go on. I’ll be waiting right here.
Did you see a couple of unfamiliar words on that list, some of which you couldn’t even pronounce? Do you even know how much of each ingredient is in the product or even, how those products could affect your skin or your body?
No? Don’t worry. You aren’t alone. Analyzing an ingredient list is incredibly complicated due to the sheer number of ingredients listed (and many hidden ones!). How they are formulated, the effects these formulations have on our skin and if they even work aren’t clear. Even products that are “natural” or “organic” have ingredient lists that are difficult to decipher.
To kickstart the process for you and make it all simpler, I’ve compiled a list of the common potentially harmful chemicals in your beauty products, its uses and how it could possibly affect you.
Are you someone who needs to have the radio on while you work?
As someone who grew up with the radio always on in the background, I find it extremely hard to work in an environment that is completely silent (libraries don’t work for me). I focus way better when there’s abit (noisy cafes don’t work for me too!) of noise/stimulation in the background and that’s where music comes in.
Read on for some links to playlists that help keep you focused while you work.
Have you had conversations like these in your head?
“The presentation in the morning was alright I guess, I think it could be better? But how much better could I have done? I mean, the room was so hot and I couldn’t even focus!! That wasn’t my fault. And Tommy in front? He’s sooo distracting, typing away on his laptop whilst I was speaking. Rude. But see, my less-than-fantastic presentation wasn’t my fault…”
“I really should ask for a pay rise. I’ve been taking on all these extra responsibilities and my pay isn’t increasing. But…I don’t even think I deserve a pay rise. And even if I do ask they sure as hell aren’t giving it to me. They’ve always been so stingy. Best to just keep my head down and work hard.”
I’m sure these may sound familiar – having heard it from someone or we might have said something similar at some point.
So what are some ways in which we are preventing our very own success? Here are 5 things we could be guilty of.
Are you currently in your 20s? The 20s can be a confusing time for many of us. It’s always when we have lots of things going on in our lives – college/getting an education work, starting a family, finding a life partner, purchasing your first house and so on. It’s also that time in our lives that we are discovering ourselves in a much deeper way and establishing our identities. 20s is also the time of youth. And like it or not, it’s usually dubbed the “golden era” of our lives and This will be the decade where you are at the prime of your life – the most energetic, the best looking, little responsibilities, and tons of opportunities at your feet.
So how then can we make the most of these 10 years? And not just that, what sorts of habits could we establish in our 20s that will set us on a good path for the rest of our lives? I outline some of my thoughts in these series of posts (more to come in the near future), gathering observations from strangers, friends and most of all, my own life.