Thursday, 19 September 2013

Leading a busy lifestyle

Hello my lovelies,
Since graduating from university earlier this year and stepping out into the 'real world', as it were, things haven't been as plain sailing in the career path as one would hope. We all know how hard it is to get a job in your career field and in the area you would like to work in, nothing comes served up on a plate and you have to be realistic about the steps you must take to get to where you want to be. What I am saying is, you may not always get your dream job from the get go, there's a little ladder that needs to be climbed first and you have to work hard and constant to get there.
I started working at New Look when I was 16, part time, to start earning money whilst I studied at college and university, to be more independent and not be so reliant on my parents. As uni was coming to an end I was hoping to get out of New Look asap as I felt I had learnt all that I could and I was eager to join a new company and experience something new. However, things do not always go to plan and you start to realise how much things cost and how little money you actually have, meaning for me that my dream of working in London was slipping further and further away. I knew I had to get a full time job pronto and luckily for me a 40 hour contract was going at New Look so I jumped at the chance, anything to make my dream a reality. As you know I got the job as Accessory and Lingerie Specialist and am now working full time at New Look. Not what I had hoped for, but it will get me by for now, plus I have a lot more responsibility than before and am constantly learning new things - so great for my CV!

As you can imagine, working 40 hours a week is rather tiring, especially when you start at 6 or 7 in the morning! So it's hard to motivate yourself to do anything but chill when you get home. Things get pushed aside and forgotten about, and for me it makes me feel sluggish and guilty that I am not being productive with blogging and exercise, to name a few. So lately I have been writing down everything I want to blog about or You Tube as soon as it comes to mind, so that I don't forget about it later on, and I then give myself notice as to when I want to publish the post/video. This way I know well in advance when it will be going live and it gives myself time to take the photos or film the video without stressing because I know it won't all be last minute, and therefore it will be much more thought out and well organised too!
I also mentioned in my previous You Tube video (What's in my bag?) that I barely use my diary despite carrying it around with me everywhere, so I have also been making use of that and writing down what post I will be doing on what day, and of course when I will be seeing friends or doctors appointments etc to keep track of everything. It certainly makes life easier and you never double book either! Win, win all round!

I am one of those people who absolutely loves being organised but sometimes lets things slip, as I mentioned before, so for me it's good to be organised on all levels. I am a lover of keeping a diary and writing down everything that needs to be done (I love a good list!), but I also love keeping track of everything on my iPad and one app I have come across to do this is 'Planner Plus'. Planner plus is just another way to keep organised and you can write in certain times that you need to do things etc. I find this really useful as it highlights the area you have something planned, therefore you can work around it and easily see when you are free to do other things.
Today I have spent the majority of the day basically organising my life. Sorting out things that I need for work tomorrow, planning blog posts and other events going on at the moment and it has helped so much already! I think if you have a busy lifestyle it is necessary to be organised and know what you are doing when you are doing it, otherwise you just get lost and may miss out on something important that you had planned. That's not to say you need to post-it note your laptop or bedroom all over to remember things, just keep a diary or use an app on your iPad, tablet or even phone and if you don't think you will remember to use or look at your diary, like I have often done, then set a little notification to remind you that way instead.
Being organised is a lot more stress free than not being organised, especially once you get into the habit, and you'll thank yourself in the future for it as you'll realise you can fit a lot more in one day than you think you can :)
I hope this has helped some of you, or if you have any apps or tips for me or anyone else on keeping organised then leave me a comment, I would love to hear your thoughts.


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