Organise Your Life: 5 Top Tips! Plus Free Printables!

organise your life with 5 top tips and free printablesOrganisation: everybody wants it, not everybody gets it. I am quite scarily obsessed with organisation and lists and all things controllable, literally if I can control it, I will. Now this isn’t going to be a 200 page essay in how to organise every aspect of your life (because seriously who has time for that?) but I’m going to share with you some things that I personally couldn’t go without In order to feel like I’m on top of things! So here it goes!

1. Get yourself a Calendar! I don’t care if it’s paper or digital, how people can function without a calendar I have no idea. I have a pretty good memory but sometimes just seeing something written down allows me to take my whole day, week, month (or even your yearrrr nah nah nah nah….sorry literally got caught up in the ‘Friends’ theme tune there) into perspective. If you’re a blogger then keeping a calendar is vital. You wouldn’t believe how much of a difference planning out posts, the times you will be promoting them, the time you have to work on other side projects will make to your blog as a whole. All of a sudden you can see the big picture, you can see how you blog is progressing week by week and you can even plan ahead for what you want your blog to eventually become.

2. Sort out your dolla dolla! Being in control of your expenses is such a key aspect to being in control of your life. Being able to pay all of your bills on time and still have money left over to put towards savings isn’t a reality for a lot of people and yet it can be soo super simple. There are so many ways to cut back on expenses and soo many methods out there to guide you to a debt free life, so make the most of them! Personally for me I like to use a Bill Tracker so I can tick off when each bill has been paid. This means at a glance I can see what’s been paid for and what’s left that I have to save and pay for. Here’s a free template for you to track your monthly bills! I also have a post all about how to stop living paycheck to paycheck and creating a budget that works for you!

3. Food and Diet! Controlling what you eat of course will impact your life. I wish I had more control over the amount of biscuits I eat, but we can’t be perfect! It may sound weird to organise what you’re eating but actually it makes a lot of sense. By organising what you eat I basically mean Meal Planning. If you’ve never tried meal planning then you’ve simply got to give it a go! Even for a month a see how much of a difference it can make for you! Planning out your meals means you save time and money plus if you’re aiming for a healthy and nutritious diet then it makes sticking to it soo much easier! I have a handy printable for you to create your own meal plan here! If you want to learn more about meal planning and in particular how it can save you money then check out my blog post here!

4. Clean and Tidy! Another area that you can keep on top of everything is by staying on top of your daily chores around the house. I can’t focus on anything if I know I have a load of laundry that needs to be put on or of there’s dirty dishes that need put in the dishwasher. I usually do a quick tidy up when I get home from work such as dishes and laundry on weekdays and do a big clean up on a Sunday i.e. change bed sheets, empty all bins (not just the kitchen one), hoover everywhere, scrub bathroom etc. I love starting the next working week on a good note, I love having a nice clean house to come home to on a Monday after the first day back at work again. If you work from home then try to schedule in dedicated time for cleaning, so you can sit down and fully focus on your work without the distraction of knowing you have to go bleach the loo (yum). I know for myself that productivity is much higher when I’m in a clean and clutter free environment! Feeling a bit groggy when you work from home? Try my little trick of opening a window, breathing in the crisp fresh air always helps me to wake up fully and gives me the boost I need! Also it gets the groggy feeling out of the air!

5. To-do list! On top of keeping a calendar like a pro, a to-do list can simply work wonders. This definitely doesn’t have to be anything fancy, literally it can just be a pad of paper with a list of stuff you gotta do. If you want to kick it up a notch obviously you can arrange your list into an order of importance and the more detailed you get then the better it feels when you cross an action off the list. That’s why I love lists, it gives me a breakdown of what needs done and when I accomplish something I can cross it off the list giving me a positive boost that I’ve made progress. If there’s something you didn’t complete, then move it across to tomorrows list and make it top priority, that way you never keep putting off tasks over and over again! So get jotting down them to-do’s!

What ways do you like to stay organised?
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6 ways to Stop Wasting Money

Do you find yourself looking down into an empty wallet whilst trying to pay for groceries wondering how could you have run out of money for the week…again?? Well then you’re in luck because today I’m going to give you a few ideas on how you can stop wasting money so you have the cash there for the important things!  and hey you could even end up never having to look at an empty purse ever again! So let’s begin! 

  1. Set Goals: Get out a good ole fashioned notebook and pen and jot down financial goals you have for yourself. Saving for a new car? Saving up for an emergency fund? Once you have clear goals set in place and a system in order to reach those goals I.e. Saving €20 a week for 4months then all of a sudden you understand the worth of €20. Instead of paying for a dominoes mega deal with cookies (lush btw) you could buy a cheaper frozen pizza and that’s your €20 saved for that week.
  2. Meal Plan: Yes I’m at it again. Meal planning is by far thee most dramatic change you’ll see in your spending if you put it into practice. Forever I had loaves of bread go out of date, that I hadn’t even opened yet. I’ve found the best way to not let food go mouldy is simply planning ahead and knowing that you WILL use it. If you know your menu for the week ahead then you don’t even have to think about what you need to buy at the shops, you have a specific list on hand and that will help you avoid buying food that ultimately you don’t need and will end up being wasted.
  3. Ice Ice Baby: In addition to meal planning, I also like to plan how much I am going to cook. Sometimes if I’m going to be making a stew or soup or anything I know can be easily frozen I’ll purposefully buy enough so I can eat half and freeze the other half of the meal. It means next week I have one less day to worry about! My next big spend will hopefully be on a bigger freezer, that way I can try going pro with freezer meals (there are some amazing Pinterest posts on learning how to cook in bulk and live off freezer meals for up to whole a month!).
  4. Cable TV: Now this one would be a lot easier for me to commit to if Impractical Jokers wasn’t on TV (It’s a monday night tradition). Other than that I could very easily give up cable TV, and eventually one of these days I’ll convince my husband. There are other great alternatives out there like Netflix (I literally watched the whole of season 6 PLL in two days, I’m a real binge watcher). You could be saving up to €1000 a year depending how much you pay for your cable monthly and also you’ll be watching less TV and focussing on using your time doing something probably more productive so it’s a win win!
  5. Gym Memberships: Now this really depends on personal situation. If you use the gym like more than twice a week then yes a gym probably is worth the money you’re paying for it. If you go once a week or more like once a month, is spending up to nearly €100 a month really worth it? Well the answer is no, it isn’t worth it. You don’t need fancy tech machines to be able to exercise, and if you’re only going once a week you’re probably not even really making the most of the expensive heavy weight machines. Buy a bicycle instead, or go jogging, walk up mountains, walk the dog, do home yoga with YouTube videos. It’s easy to exercise without a gym, in fact it’s very easy. So if you’re wasting money on a gym membership, go cancel it…like now…I wasted €90 for two months gym membership (I went once….and that was the day I signed up #neveragain).
  6. Haircuts: Now I know hairdressers need to make a living but seriously €50 to give me a trim? eh no. Hairdressing is a skill and I’m not saying don’t get your hair cut, all I’m saying is that if you get your hair cut like every three months like you’re apparently supposed to then that money really adds up fast. So why not use groupon to find half price haircuts or there’s always students who need to practice and may even be doing them for free. In between cuts try to keep your hair healthy and condition the ends well to avoid really bad split ends, you could see your amount of visits to the hairdressers decreasing by just doing some basic good hair care.

Now there’s 6 simple ways to cut back on wasted money! But by far the best way to stop wasting money is by tracking it. Learn where all your money is going to! A tenner here and there really adds up so take control and make the most of what you have. If you want to be at peace with your income you have to learn how to live within your means and be content with that! 

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Happy Budgeting! 

  

4 Things to do at the Start of EVERY Month!

1460886981634-1So it’s 2016, big whoop, ‘New Year, New Me’ drama. I can change my life around any day of the year anyways. Oh hang on a minute we’re already a quarter way through the year? Isn’t it like still January? Well apparently not.

That’s how the start of this year basically went for me and to be honest how most years begin for me. One minute you’re getting confused over 2015 and 2016, and the next minute your confused as to why you’re writing April instead of January. Time flies and it’s not necessarily because we’re having fun. Time is one of our biggest resources, forget money or possessions. What we do with our time is the hands down biggest factor in our lives. That’s why I’m not going to let the year run by me. Every month counts, heck, every day counts and that’s why I’m taking charge. Starting with being aware of every month, and making the most of it. That’s why I have this helpful list of 4 things to do each month to make the month easier, more enjoyful and more meaningful.

  1. Budget. What’s the point in trying to be stress free and more mindful for a month if you’re still worried about paying bills? Sit down and go over your budget, and for those who are still too scared to make one here’s a Link to were you can find help to make your first budget! The key is review your budget at the start of every month. Make sure things are on track and all the bills are getting paid (and that your savings is building up too of course). Once you’ve reviewed it, forget about it. Don’t let the constant worry of money and where it’s going keep you down. Chin up from that calculator and go look at a tree or something super melodramatic.
  2. Deep cleaning time! Clutter free = stress free. Clutter is my biggest fear. Okay spiders are, or wrists (long story) but that’s not the point. Clutter makes our lives look messy, and when our homes are messy we get distracted waaaayy too easily. Spending time at the start of the month giving our homes, cars, desks, you name it, a good clear out can make the rest of your month so much easier. And by deep cleaning, I mean the fridge, oven, pantry, drawers, wardrobes and all those places that just gather mess, not just the dirty dishes from last night.
  3. Set a new goal at the start of each month. Now this is were your month can become a lot more interesting and enjoyable. If you have a new goal each month, imagine the sense of achievment you’ll have. There’s plenty of goals you could choose from; You could aim for beginning a new exercise regime; try saving 1000 bucks(Here’s how you can save 1000 bucks here!); drinking more water; reading a book; or you can go totally mad like my husband and I because we’d tried going Meat free for a month! (See how we went veggie here!) Whatever it is you choose, make the most of it for each month and in a years time look back and see just how far you’ve come. Imagine 12 big accomplishments in a year!
  4. Me time. At the start of every month, check your calendar, fill in those important dates and make sure your up to date with everything. Next though, schedule in some ‘me-time’ or a ‘do nothing’ day or a ‘stop day’. Ideally you want to have one day a week where you can just relax, whether that’s going for a stroll, watching Netflix all day or just simply slowing everything down. Nowadays we’re constantly bringing stress into our lives and just even the idea of having a day planned where we can just rest is immediately reassuring. If you’re worrying that you’re not going to get every thing done then rest assured cause those who do set aside resting time have increased productivity and are more proud of their accomplishments, so more time spent on a job doesn’t mean better results. So rest up, you can only do you’re best work when you’re at your best!

Are you all set to make the most of your time? What goal are you going to set for this month? What do you like to do in your ‘me time’? Let me know below!

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