A lazy girl's guide to taking over the world: Life & Work organisation tips

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Laziness and procrastination are two of my defining personality traits; if there are tasks that can be delayed and put off until the last minute, nine times out of ten I will probably do so. In fact, I am pretty sure I have all the symptoms to conclude that I am allergic to everything and anything to do with work.

Recently however, I have felt extremely under pressure with juggling work, my social life, family time, errands, blogging – sigh, the list goes on! I decided that it was time to get my life together, and adopt new habits that would allow me to manage my time more effectively. By implementing a few simple changes into my daily routine, not only have I noticed a massive difference in terms of productivity, but I have also felt less anxious when a deadline looms closer. Keep reading and you too can become an organised, deadline-smashing goddess!

 1. Plan ahead (duh)

What I have found to be really useful, is to plan tasks and errands the night before so that I am mentally prepared for the following day. The toughest tasks are dealt with first thing in the morning because I’ve noticed that as the day goes past, my brain slowly deteriorate and I am unable to concentrate on any assignment for no longer than five minutes. Seriously, I am a zombie by 7pm.

2. Tidy workspace, tidy mind

There is nothing worse than being disorganised with paperwork. Countless minutes or even hours could be lost scrambling through piles of documents, trying to look for whatever it is that you need - time that could have been used in actually being productive and getting work done!
Folders 6- pack labelled "Very important papers", "Super Secret stuff", "My eyes only". TK Maxx - £5.99

Having a quick tidy-up before you undertake any major tasks, will make the whole process run alot more smoothly. Every so often, dedicate an afternoon to delve into the world of administration; get rid of any outdated paperwork and invest in folders to group and file documents according to categories. This is a very daunting and time consuming task but you will be thankful at a later date that you took the time to do so.

3. Remove all unnecessary distractions

Choose a place of work where you can actually be productive. One of my worst habits is attempting to get work done whilst snug in bed, underneath my warm duvet, buried in a nest of pillows, which, inevitably, always ends up in a nap or a full nights’ sleep. Oops.

Make sure your desk, or preferred place of work, is clean and de-cluttered. There is always some kind of distraction that creeps up to detract me from my workload; after a while, everything – and I mean everything- will absorb my attention. “Oh, is that a pencil? * starts doodling *, “There’s the book I lost a million bajilion years ago!” * starts reading *, “Hmm, this sounds like a good time to learn about Rocket science!’ * starts googling random facts *. My worst enemy is my phone; calls, messages, [insert pointless internet activity here], but most importantly, social- media distracts me every five minutes. All jokes aside, I need a Facebook intervention - why are other people’s lives so interesting?! Must know…what …others are up to…
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Floral notebook - TK Maxx, £3.99. Frends rose gold headphones - HERE, £140

So top tip: Remove all objects that needn’t be there and only surround yourself with necessities that will allow you to remain engrossed in your work. Presently, as I write this post, I only have my laptop, my planner, pen, a glass of water and a bowl of strawberries for nibbling. The phone is safely put away.

4. The importance of breaks

Your deadline is just around the corner and you have been up for three nights in a row, desperately rushing to get your work done. However, working for hours on end will only prevent you from producing a decent piece of work as you will most likely be brain dead for the most part. 
Allow yourself a 10 -15minute break for every hour that you work; not only will this help sustain concentration but it will also help maintain your energy levels throughout the day.
I usually use this time to stretch my legs by going for a quick walk around the house, top up my snack supply and fulfil my social media stalking desire. After the break, I go back to my desk and review what I have produced with a fresh pair of eyes and a clearer mind set.

5. Be realistic

Don’t set yourself unrealistic goals. In a perfect world I would love to be able to post a blog entry every single day, but this is practically impossible for me since I have a full time job that is incredibly time consuming. When I do eventually get some free time for myself at the end of each day, I am either too knackered or feeling uninspired to write anything creative. For this reason, I usually dedicate the weekends to write and snap pictures. I take my time to produce a piece of work that I can be proud of, and therefore don’t risk jeopardising the quality of my blog as a whole.

So top tip: Take it easy; utilise your time properly as opposed to rushing to produce / do something that you will not ultimately be fully satisfied with. Remember folks, quality over quantity!

Please share your thoughts on this post down below, I love reading your comments!

Lots of love, Ana


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  1. These tips are all super helpful! and I definitely agree about quality over quantity x

    Lorna | Girl in Albion

    1. Aw I'm glad! Thank you for stopping by <3

  2. distractions are my main problem! haha Loving this post! I definitely need to get better organised!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    1. My phone is the worst distraction! I need an intervention.

  3. Great tips! they're very helpful! thanks for sharing :)

    xx Jamie| With Love, Jamie

  4. Great tips. I always plan ahead what I'm going to do next day. This is very useful post. xx

    1. If you have any more useful tips on how to maintained organised, please let me know! God knows I need every little bit of help I can get haha x

  5. I think I need to pop into TK Maxx for some stationary stuff, these items are amazing.
    Great tips too!

    1. Definitely do, the home section never disappoints! :)

  6. I loved the part with being allergic to work, ha ha:)) These are all great tips, I`ll make sure to remember them. Stationery goals, by the way!


    1. Thank you for the stopping by! :)

  7. These tips are so on point,I hope I'll apply them,even if I tried before:))


  8. Great post and your tips are very helpful :)

  9. Great tips :D
    Kisses ♡

  10. Sadly, I also procrastinate a lot and getting distracted is a huge problem! Awesome advice!


  11. I think being realistic about your goals are the most important thing to remember. There's no point of making high unrealistic goals for yourself because they'll disappoint you when you don't achieve it.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. Exactly! It's better to plan ahead goal by goal, as opposed to trying to fulfil them all at once in a constricted period of time. Less stress, and less chances of disappointment <3

  12. Worth to read, love how will this tips help me a lot. Thanks for your wonderful comment on Qing's Style Please always keep in touch, I would love to hear from you!

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    1. Will do hun! Thank you for stopping by :)x

  13. Great tips! I totally agree with everything you wrote, especially number 5. If you're not realistic about your goals, you most certainly won't achieve them. I prefer to set challenging but achievable goals :)


  14. Hahah I definitely needed these tips! Sometimes I am definitely like you in the laziness and procrastination department. Will definitely take a lot of these in mind!

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner