Battling the Winter Blues? Let These Homely Hobbies Help

With all the of the festivities well and truly wrapped up for another year, you might be feeling the after effects of the season. There’s a reason why winter is the cruellest time of year and if you’re looking at the next few cold months with a lump in your throat, you might not be alone. What, though, if there were another way to approach the winter season? While winter might cut you off from the outdoors, there are plenty of ways that you can make the most of the next few months by changing up your schedule somewhat. These indoor hobbies can easily replace your summertime activity, allowing you to make the most of your free time without venturing too far out into the cold.

Cook Up A Storm

Want to improve your cooking skills? There has never been a better time than now in which to commit yourself to the project. Turning up the heat might be all but impossible during the summer months so now that things have well and truly cooled down, why not try experimenting with that recipe book that you had on hold? Even if you’re not adept in the kitchen, you can dedicate the coming days and weeks to perfecting your cooking style, experimenting with all kinds of dishes and flavors. Invest in a really good cookbook before you go and get started with the most classic of dishes out there.

Balance It All Out

Saying that you’re going to do something is a whole lot different to actually going through with it. While getting into yoga might have been high up on your to-do list for some time now, you might have been putting it off and putting it off, leaving the activity on the back burner. Now is the time in which to take action. Yoga is an incredible way to get in tune with your body and improve your strength and flexibility. Even if you already work out, you could be overlooking essential areas of your fitness in your exercise plan. Yoga will help you to destress, focus on specific muscle groups and tone yourself up. Better yet, the activity can be performed in the comfort of your own home, meaning that you don’t even have to go anywhere!

Brush Up Your Languages

Speaking a foreign language is something that so many of us want to do and yet, we seem to fail to find the time in which to actually go ahead with. The long winter evenings are yours for the taking. If travel is going to be a part of your year ahead, getting ahead of the curve and focusing on your language of choice can be a really great path to take. You can try attending evening classes, watching Youtube videos or downloading a language app on your phone. Just an hour or so every evening can make all the difference to your skills, giving you the foundation you need in order to go further.

Get Writing

Having a creative way in which to express yourself can work wonders for your wellbeing. If you’re interested in the world of writing, now might be the perfect time in which to put pen to paper – so to speak – and draft yourself up a blog. Your writing doesn’t have to reach a lot of people; it’s all about expanding your own creativity and trying something new. If you’re looking to get into creative writing and feel that you would like to pick up a skill of two, you can try looking into courses such as Skillshare in order to get going. Writing a little bit each day can help a great amount, giving you the foundation that you need in order to go further with your hobby.

Perfect Your Penmanship

Over the last couple of years, the popularity of calligraphy has really peaked. What was once an antiquated way of adding a little flourish to a piece of writing has now become something altogether different, giving you the chance to express yourself in any way that you should so please. Modern calligraphy can help you to make your own cards, table places or wall prints, expanding your creative possibilities a huge amount. If you’re not sure where to start, you can try searching for online classes or teaching yourself with a good old fashioned book and pen. Interactive apps also make it even easier than ever to express yourself, helping you to perfect your art either digitally or on paper.

Deck the Halls: 5 Simple Ways To Kit Out Your Home This Holiday

The holiday season is well and truly upon us and with it comes a whole load of ways in which to dress up your home. The only trouble is, kitting out your apartment space is at a minimum can be a great deal more difficult than you had envisaged. After wrestling with a Christmas tree, knotting your twinkly lights and getting yourself entwined in tinsel, you might be all but ready to throw in the towel. It might simply be time to change things up a little. Approaching this year’s decorations with an innovative eye can help you out enormously, making it even simpler to give your home a festive touch.

Festive Textiles

It’s not just about the Christmas tree when it comes to kitting out your home. Bringing in the right kinds of colors and tones can make all the difference to the space, grounding the area in a festive glow. Swapping in your regular accessories for a few Christmas themed items might seem like a cheesy way in which to get in the spirit but done right, the flourishing can seriously pay off. Adding a few festive textiles to your furnishing collection can make it easier for you to decorate your home in the coming years, giving you a ready made arsenal to dip into. Don’t feel like you have to go overboard to make it count; a festive cushion and a few cozy throws can be all that it takes to prepare for the holiday without going overboard.

Hanging Stockings

Don’t have a fireplace? It doesn’t matter! Practically any surface can be used in order to suspend a festive stocking or two, bringing a touch of the season to any room in the house. If you’re not sure how to suspend yours without making a permanent change to the hardware, try investing in a pair of festive ornaments. The items can work to keep your stockings in place while giving the room an extra festive kick. In terms of stockings, the sky really is the limit. Going for a coolor tone to match your living space can bring a more minimalist tone to the space while opting for a classic choice can make things feel all the more festive. Hang your stocking for the world to see and let the rest works its magic.

Greenery and Lights

Even if you’re not opting for a tree this year, there are a number of ways that you can add a festive feel into your home and use the traditional color tones. Turning to greenery and lights can be a great way of cheating your Christmas design, bringing in the design of a festive tree without actually having to go out and get one. If you’re short on space, arranging a vase of greens and red berries can warm up the color tone of the space and create a festive corner in the room. Adding lights to frames and furnishings will add in an extra glow, giving you the illumination of a Christmas tree while saving space.

Christmas Crockery

If the holiday is more of a subtle affair in your household, you can let your existing furnishings do all of the talking for you. Swapping in your normal plates, mugs and cutlery for seasonally themed alternatives will help to base your home in the holidays without going overboard on the design. Using the mugs and plates for a few weeks during the year will make them feel a whole lot more special, bringing in a sense of excitement before the season has come to a head. Don’t be afraid to arrange your plates and mugs for the world to see; you want to show off your design!

Seasonal Treats

A sure fire way to get your guests into the festive spirit? Leave out a few snacks and treats in festive bowls! There’s something undeniably cozy about surrounding yourself with a few seasonal treats and by leaving them out for your guests, you can create an air of comfort into your home. If you whip up your own, it’s all the better; you can design the look of each snack and present it for all of your visitors to enjoy:

Take Care: 6 Phrases You Need To Stop Saying To Yourself

The way that you take care of yourself can have a huge effect on how you feel everyday. While you might have the best support system, the most successful of careers and the happiest of relationships, it can mean very little if you’re not treating yourself in the right way. When it comes to feeling good in and of yourself, it’s all a question of perspective. While change is not going to come about overnight, you can slowly start to implement alternatives in the way that you think about yourself. Consciously changing your thought patterns can take some work but after a little time and a touch of patience, you can be well on your way to becoming a healthier, happier you.

I’ll Be Happy When

Having something to look forward in life can be a great way of setting yourself goals, motivating yourself for the future and keeping a positive mindset. When you’re so focused on achieving a goal that you forget to appreciate everything else around you, however, things can start to become messy. There are some things that can make it easier to keep on going but if you base your happiness around one single thing, you’re unlikely to be content in what it is you’re doing. You’re never going to get everything you want out of life, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be just as sweet.

Things Could Be Worse

Coming from any sort of privilege is a blessing. You should be thankful for your upbringing and think about how it has enabled you to get where you are today. When things are not going right in your life, however, it can be easy to let this privilege turn into guilt. Telling yourself things could be worse, while technically true, will only serve to invalidate your feelings and make you feel even worse about the whole thing. Don’t take away from your own emotions and your own situation. Have a little perspective, yes, but give yourself the time and care you need in order to mend.

I’m Boring

We’ve all had moments in our life when we feel a whole lot less than sparkling. Feeling dull and uninspiring is something that happens to most people but focusing too much on how you feel about yourself will only serve to worsen the situation. As long as you’re happy with your hobbies and your interests, that’s all that matters. Try as hard as you might, you simply cannot please everyone. Being happy in your own skin will see you through and make it easier to make others who appreciate you for exactly who you are.

I’m Not Doing Well Enough

Personal pressure is a very funny thing. Have too little of it and you can lose your way entirely. Have too much of it and you can feel crippled in your tracks. The trick is to find the magic number, and put just enough on yourself in order to keep yourself motivated. Being proud of how well you’re doing is nothing to be ashamed of and in fact, it can help to nurture a psychology that is a whole lot better rounded. You can sing your achievements without coming off as arrogant, so don’t feel like you can’t be happy with your situation.

Everything Happens For A Reason

Sometimes, things happen that you don’t understand and only months later, you come to realize how you’re in a much better position. Other times, however, things happen and turn your world upside down, leaving little significance in their wake. Both good and bad comes out of change but no situation changes because that’s how it was supposed to be. As hard as it might be, telling yourself that things happen randomly will give you the freedom to let go and stop trying to understand tragedy. Bad things are far too commonplace, no matter how good of a person you are.

I Don’t Have The Time

When things start to pile up on your social and working calendars, it can be easy to step out of your responsibilities for lack of enough time. While it can be harder to say yes to things on a regular basis, you can soon find yourself in a spiral of saying no, using your schedule as an excuse. If you’re living without children and have few other responsibilities, you might have the most amount of time you ever will do. Don’t overload your plate, but try saying yes to things once in awhile; you don’t know how good it might feel.

Post Summer Picnic: All The Essentials For An End Of Season Gathering

Summer might be drawing to a close but there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy the last few rays of sunshine. Holding a seasonal picnic is a great way to make the most of the late summer warmth and celebrate a season well spent. If you’re hosting a picnic, you need to arm yourself with all of the essentials and by considering these things above all else, you’re guaranteed an event that will go off with a bang. Here’s to the summer!

Location

First things first, you need to think about the kind of place that would be suitable for your picnic. WIth fall on the cards, you might want to consider a space that has both indoor and outdoor options just in case a sudden downpour heads your way. If prime picnic real estate isn’t in your local area, there’s no reason why you can’t host your own gathering. If you have a garden, consider setting up your own space for your friends and family, bringing the park life to your home. If green spaces aren’t abundant, you can even bring the party indoors. Just set down a few rugs, get out your picnic basket and let the rest work its magic!

Picnic Basket

If you really want to do a picnic the right way, you need to think about the kind of basket you have to hand. Serving up the right kind of snacks and treats requires a good sized basket, one that is big enough to take home leftovers should you have them. While you can go out and buy your own picnic basket, you can also try adapting what you already have in order to meet your needs. An insulated freezer bag or heavy duty tote bag can do just as good a job as a wicker basket, provided you line it with a little absorbent material. You can even take along your backpack to make things a little easier on your back!

Picnic Blanket

No matter where you’re having your picnic, you’re going to need to bring along a picnic blanket. A ubiquitous picnic tool, the blanket is essential for any type of location, even if it’s a warm day. When it comes to adaptability, Turkish towels are some of the best. Lightweight and easily transported, they can be folded away and and used again with practically zero forethought. You might even want to use the material to protect any cutlery or plates you’re taking with you, ensuring they don’t get damaged along the way!

Snacking Spread

Picnic accessories dealt with, it’s time to take a closer look at what really matters. If you’re hosting a picnic, you might want to ask everyone to take along a small dish of their own to ensure you have enough food. When you’re preparing your dish, you can try turning to a shareable spread in order to appease all of your guests. Bringing food like cheeses, olives, crackers and chutneys can be a really great idea, making it easier for you and your guests to mix and match your menus. You don’t have to get a lot; a few different items can be all it takes to make your picnic a success!

Shatterproof Glasses

While you might have the perfect set of mason jars you want to bring along for your picnic, there’s good reason to leave the good stuff at home. Taking place in the great outdoors, picnics often bring with them a little rough and tumble that can lead to breakages. In order to avoid any disappointment, try picking up a few shatterproof glasses and sets of plastic cutlery before you go. That way, you can easily clean up and avoid any accidents.

Games and Music

What is a picnic without entertainment? While devising a whole new set of games can give your picnic an individual twist, you can still have a great deal of fun with a bunch of old classics. Lawn games, cards and checkers always go down well, and are usually known by everyone. Want something to set off your picnic? Try taking along a set of speakers and making your favorite summer playlist; you’re guaranteed a good time!

Celebrating The Sun: 5 Ways To Pull Off A Summer Gathering

Summer is finally here and with it comes yet another excuse to throw a party. Celebrating the sun is part and parcel of a really successful summer season and when it comes to pulling off your own gathering, it pays to put in the legwork. Having a few friends over for a few light bites is a great way of kicking back, coming together and unwinding in the late afternoon sun and if you ramp up your routine just a little bit, you can have a party to remember. The simplicity of a summer gathering requires just enough planning and forethought, with a little spontaneity thrown in for good measure. Want to make the most out of your next soirée? It’s time to take things down a notch.

Sharing Is Caring

If you want to make the most out of your party and enjoy it just as much as your guests, it’s a great idea to get everyone to muck in together. Asking your friends to take along either one dish or a few drinks can help to spread the load and arm you with a whole lot of variety. To keep things as simple as possible, it’s worth looking to dishes like salads, cold soups and dips; think cool, transportable and easily shareable. When it comes to cutlery and plates, opting for paper or wooden varieties can help to cut down on the mess and ensure that there are no awkward breakages along the way. The trick is to go for a “thrown together” vibe; that way, you can get going with the party even sooner than you had thought!

Take The Inside, Out

Looking on Pinterest is a great way of getting inspiration for your next summer party but if you want more of a laid back, relaxed atmosphere, don’t be afraid to make use of what you already have. Investing in a new set of outdoor chairs to match your theme might seem like a good idea but if you’re only going to use the set once, it can be a waste of time and money. When seating your guests, don’t be afraid to take existing furniture outside and making use of things like quilts, stools and cushions. You want people to be comfortable but ultimately, your party should be easy for you to put together.

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

Want to be the effortlessly relaxed host? It’s all about getting things ready before your guests arrive. Choosing options that can either be prepared and stored beforehand or need time in which to marinate can help to give you a leg up so that when your guests do arrive, all you need to do is take the food out and throw it on the barbecue. Choosing marinated meats and vegetables is also a great way of getting even more flavor out of your dishes and whipping up a culinary storm. By the time your guests arrive, everything will have already been prepared!

Create The Perfect Mood

Keeping things going when the sun goes down is one of the trickiest hurdles you can deal with, particularly if the activities are all based in the garden. To keep your guests from the dark, try filling your garden with a few tea lights, strings of bulbs and tree lanterns. The low lighting can be just the thing to create the right kind of atmosphere and will throw out enough illumination to help your guests see what they’re doing.

Keep The Mood Light

Having friends over can be enough fun in and of itself but sometimes, you might want to provide a little extra something to keep people in the party spirit. Providing entertainment of some sort, be it music or an outside game, is a great way of enhancing your party and bringing people together. Keeping the music going throughout the gathering can help to keep things feeling relaxed and using your outdoor space to get people involved in a quick game will keep things feeling light. When it comes to picking a game, simple is always best. Choosing something that takes hours to explain will just leave people feeling bored and frustrated; the key is to have fun whatever you’re doing.

Burn Out: How To Bounce Back After An All Nighter

There comes a time in which we’re all hit by a sudden deadline or a last minute project that absolutely needs to be finished and we do the unthinkable: We stay up all night. Pulling an all nighter is part and parcel of adult life and while those moments might be few and far between, they can have significant consequences on our health. Catching up on lost sleep is actually a very hard thing to do and after a few lost hours, we can end up feeling groggy, burned out and generally under the weather.

If your all nighter is absolutely unavoidable, there are a number of simple methods you can use in order to right any wrongs and get back on track. The day after you don’t sleep might be the most difficult but over time, you can begin to feel remarkably more healthy. Are you ready to feel brighter and better? It’s time to learn how to bounce back.

Take A Nap

It might seem like the most obvious way to recover from an all nighter but regular napping can actually be more helpful than you might have initially thought. Short bursts of sleep can help your body to recover from sleep deprivation, enabling it to perform essential recovery processes while you momentarily switch off. Sleeping for too long can have the adverse effect and leave you feeling all the more groggy, so make sure you don’t sleep for any longer than 45 minutes at a time. Over the following days, try to fit in a little extra sleep when you can to help your body to recover. You might be back on track before you know it!

Drink Extra Water

Hydrating yourself is one of the best ways to wake up both your body and your mind and when you’re feeling extra tired, getting sufficient water can help dramatically. Mild dehydration can have a detrimental effect on your brain’s ability to focus and concentrate and when you miss out on sleep, it is essential that you help your body’s processes to function normally. Water might not give you the same feeling as a shot of caffeine but over time, it will have a much more beneficial effect on your body and mind.

Rest Your Body

Although you might not always want to, taking time off from your workout schedule can only help your body to recover from a lack of sleep. Despite the fact that exercise might help you to feel more energized in normal situations, when you’re dealing with a lack of sleep, it can only exacerbate the situation. Your performance level might be significantly reduced and you might even lack normal coordination after pulling an all nighter. Take a day or two off from the gym; your body is not going to change during that time.

Stretch Your Muscles

If you do want to feel more energized and awake, stretching out your limbs is a great idea and can work as a temporary alternative to spending time at the gym. If you want to feel a little better about yourself, a quick yoga session can work wonders. As you stretch your muscles, you effectively help to remove toxins from internal organs by applying pressure to them. Better yet, yoga’s deep breathing exercises can help you to recover even more quickly, increasing the flow of oxygenated blood around your body. A quick stretching session can leave you feeling instantly revitalized and all the more fresh.

Fuel Your Body

The more tired that we feel, the less likely we are to make healthy eating choices but after pulling an all nighter, how we fuel our body is more important than ever. While sugary snacks can give you a quick burst of energy, they will essentially leave you feeling worse than before you ate them, causing your blood sugar level to come crashing down. Eating slow release whole foods is the best way that you can help your body to recover and bounce back from a lack of sleep. Complex carbohydrates like brown rice and quinoa can give you the lasting energy you deserve. Combining them with lean proteins like fish and and chicken will only boost your awakeness, helping your body to get back on track.

Storage Solutions: How To Make The Most Out Of Your Closet

When you look at your closet, what do you see? Are there rails of neatly ordered clothes, ordered by season, color and style? Or, instead, is everything thrown together in a heap, knotted in piles in a vague attempt to make it fit inside the shoebox that is your bedroom? Dealing with limited closet space is something that happens to many people and while getting used to poky living spaces is all part and parcel of young adult life, there are a number of ways in which you can get the most out of your closet.

Want to expand your storage, all without actually moving home? You got it.

Freestanding Racks

Log on to any interiors Pinterest page and you will likely find yourself surrounded by images of perfectly curated bedrooms, dotted with industrial standing racks and metal works. While once an object of fashion shoots and retail storage space, freestanding racks have fast become one of the most popular interiors objects, helping thousands of people to get past their limited closet space. Simplistic, minimalistic and easy to move, the freestanding rack is one of the least obtrusive ways to make your space go further, wherever you are. Better yet, they are a great way of showcasing your seasonal wardrobe and making the most out of your clothes.

Wardrobe

Investing in a really great wardrobe or armoire is one of the simplest ways in which you can make the most out of your storage and keep all of your clothes in one neat spot. Great for storing hanging and folded objects, the furniture can make finding all of your clothes incredibly easy and will also keep any clutter well hidden from prying eyes. Tall, narrow and perfectly formed, the wardrobe won’t eat up much of your space, leaving you the room to do what you want with your home.

High Storage

So often, we don’t make full use of the storage available to us and rather than looking elsewhere in our homes for potential space, we expand onto the floor. If you look upwards, however, you might be surprised at what you can find. Making use of high ceilings can be a great way in which to expand your storage options and, simply by installing a few high level shelves, you can double the amount of space your have in your room and increase the look and feel of your bedroom. More floor space and higher ceilings? Now there’s something that we can all get behind.

Shoe Racks

More often than not, it is our shoe collection that eats up all of that valuable closet space, taking away room that could be used for other, more delicate items. If you’re finding your shoe collection growing at an alarming rate, then you might want to think about open storage and moving your footwear out of the closet. Investing in pieces like racks, ladders or cabinets on which to store and display your footwear can massively increase the amount of closet space you have at your fingertips. Better yet, you have an even better excuse to show off your collection!

Seasonal Storage

Can you separate your winter woolies from your summer dresses? If the answer is no, then you might need to start thinking about seasonal storage space. Storing out of season items in boxes or cabinets away from your closet is a great way to make use of the little space that you have, making searching through your current collection much more easy. If you want to go really streamlined, you can try rooting through your wardrobe at the end of every season and donating any pieces that you know you won’t get any further us out of. The less clutter that you have, the better use that you can get out of your closet space!

With expanding wardrobes and decreasing living spaces, it can often feel like your storage is getting the better of you and that eventually, you might be forced to live under a clothes volcano. By simply shifting around your living space, searching for hidden nooks in your room and getting a little experimental, however, you can massively increase the size of your storage. Thought your clothes were getting the better of you? Think again.

Seeing Clearly: The Benefits Of Choosing Contact Lenses

With the rise of technology, more and more of us are finding ourselves glued to a whole range of screens throughout the day and over time, our eyes can suffer from all of the adverse effects of a life bathed in a digital glow. Now, more than ever we are in need of vision correction treatments in order to go about our everyday lives, using eye wear as a way of seeing more clearly.

With glasses, however, comes supplementary care and upkeep and over a period of time, maintaining the quality of your pair can start to feel like a real drag. Luckily, there is another way to see more sharply and forgo uncomfortable eyewear: The contact lens. Formulated to make seeing easier for those with visionary issues, contact lenses are on the rise and with more than 100 million people using them everyday, they are fast becoming the most practical and affordable way of correcting the way you see the world.

Why should you make the switch, though? It turns out, there are many ways in which contact lenses can make your life a whole lot easier. As well as treating eyesight-related problems like short sightedness, astigmatism and long sightedness, the lenses are one of the safest and most affordable ways that you can correct your vision, without the hassle of having to take glasses on and off. Improving your eyesight without the need for bulky frames or lenses, contact lenses also make adapting to sports and fast paced activities much more manageable. In many cases, users keep their lenses in while they exercise, free to work out without fear of the contacts dislodging, fogging up or slipping off. That’s not worth sniffing at.

Comfortable, breathable and convenient, contact lenses can improve the way you see the world and make your life a whole lot more easy. Still not sure? You can try it for yourself. With Alcon Multifocal, you can sample a free trial of contact lenses to see how they work for you. Choosing from either their AIR OPTIX or DAILIES packages, you can instantly improve your vision and always be in the moment. Better yet, you can also receive regular reminders to visit your local health care professional, making monitoring your eyes into the future a real breeze. Are you seeing clearly now?

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Black Out: How To Conquer Your Next Digital Detox

Phone, laptop, tablet; there are countless ways with which we stay connected to the world around us, whether or not we want to. Many of us have become so tuned into our digital devices, that they have started to take priority in our lives, drawing away our attention when we should be focusing elsewhere. Despite the multiple ways in which technology like this can help us, persistent and long term use can also have a detrimental effect on our levels of stress; when we don’t turn off our phone, our brain can also not switch off.

If you find yourself getting a little nervous each time your phone buzzes or thinking constantly about your work, then you might be due a digital detox. A period of time in which all digital activity is banned, detoxes like these are designed to help people really relax and rest from the online world. Free from the distractions of technology, we are able to appreciate the moment in which we find ourselves and the people with whom we spend our time. If your phone has been beeping just a little too much lately, it could be time to turn it off and focus on yourself. Afterwards, you might just feel remarkably refreshed.

Take It Slowly

If the thought of switching off all your devices for a prolonged period of time fills you with dread, then try taking a few baby steps towards your first digital detox. Turning off your phone a few hours earlier each night and avoiding checking things like emails and social media platforms can really help you to get into the habit of detaching yourself from your devices. Switching off earlier in the evening can also have a significantly positive effect on your mental wellbeing and stress levels, making it easier to fall asleep and get a better night’s rest.

Learn How To Entertain Yourself

So much of what we do after work and during the weekend is connected to some kind of screen that without one, it can be hard to know how to spend our time. Before you switch off entirely, try looking into a new activity or hobby that doesn’t involve any digital activity. Taking part in sports activities, creatives classes or simply reading a book can be a great way of shifting your focus and making living without digital devices for a period of time much more easy. The more things that you have to do without technology, the less you will need to check it.

Limit Your Social Interactions

While social media platforms are a great way of catching up with far flung friends and sharing interesting content, they can also trick us into thinking that we have been much more sociable than we might in fact have been. Cutting your presence on platforms like Facebook and Twitter to once during the morning and the evening is a great way of reconnecting with reality and will encourage you to see your friends in real life. The less you are using online platforms, the more that you will connect to the world around you.

Turn To Paper

If the alerts from your calendar and organizational apps are starting to get the better of you, it might be a good idea to cut out the digital planner entirely from your life. Using traditional paper planners and calendars can help you stay just as on top of your life, without the constant need to stare into a screen. Leaving your planner somewhere that you can see it will ensure that you don’t miss any of those important appointments.

Hide Your Phone

While you might need your smartphone during the day to keep in touch with those most important to you, you will rarely need it over the course of the night. If you have a landline for emergencies, you can try hiding your phone in another room while you sleep so that you won’t be woken up by incoming alerts and messages. Alternatively, you can sleep with your phone facing down so that you can still hear it ring but won’t be distracted by the glow of emails during the night.

Taking time away from technology is something that the majority of us aim to do but actually going through with it can sometimes prove a little more difficult. If you want to aim for a full digital detox, try taking these steps to prepare you for your time away from technology. When it comes to switching off, you might be surprised at just how easy it is.

Open Minded: How To Effectively Organize Your Life

Becoming a more organized person is something that most of us might aim to do but actually going ahead with it can often feel a whole lot harder than we imagined. With work commitments, social outings and day to day chores taking up chunks of our time, actually getting down to work and planning out a new project can seem like the last thing on our minds at the end of a long week. In reality, however, getting organized is one of the simplest things that we can do and, once we get to grips with it, is something that can be easily incorporated into everything that we do.

Whether you want to start a new project, tidy up your home or restructure your day to day life, getting organized is a great way to shed light and clarity on a messy situation and after doing so, you might wonder why you didn’t get things in order sooner. Are you ready for a clearer life? It’s time to get your organizational hat on.

Use Your Calendar

While you might be a stickler for using paper diaries and calendars, it is often difficult to remember to take them with you wherever you go and in many cases, the notebooks just end up going unused after a few weeks. Luckily, however, there is another way around the problem; your mobile phone. Using your phone’s diary or calendar to set yourself alerts and plan in upcoming events is a quick and easy way to stay on top of your life and clearly see how you are spending your time. Most phones come with the option of balancing multiple calendars and sharing them amongst different people, so it is very easy to separate your personal, work and social lives with the click of a button. Looking ahead to see what you have planned in makes thinking about the weeks ahead much easier and also gives you the room to plan in time to work on a new project or relax.

Stick It On A Wall

Often, visual prompts can remind us of events or activities long before they take place, making managing future weeks much easier. Attaching a reduced wall calendar to your office or bedroom space can give you a clear idea of the entire year and allow you to mark important dates for the months to come. You can try using a symbol system for recurring events, making looking at each week in a single glance a great way of quickly reminding you what you have coming up down the line.

Make A Tick List

For the organized person, there is no greater pleasure than ticking a “to do” task off a list and once you start taking part, you might find it really helpful in your journey towards structure! While setting yourself giant lists for the week to come can seem daunting, noting down brief points for the day ahead is a great way of staying on top of your tasks and seeing how far you have come during the day. As with the other tips, you can try separating your list into social, work, and personal sections and list down a number of things you want to achieve during the day, or over the course of a week. Listing things according to priority is also a great way of staying on top of your tasks and will ensure that you get the hard things out of the way first. After that, it’s plain sailing!

There’s An App For That

Thank to the rise of technology, there is an app for practically every element of your life, making organizing that much easier. Staying on top of your travel, your shopping list and your social life can all be done in one place and, as you keep your phone with you all the time, it is incredibly easy to see what you have planned or to do wherever you might be. Apps like Citymapper make getting around any place really simple, listing all the travel options and how long it is likely to take you. Bring, on the other hand, makes your weekly shopping list accessible in one place, listing your most recently used items so that you can clearly see what you regularly buy. If you want to keep a note of activities to try in your city, however, Dojo is the perfect app. Listing cafes, exhibitions and all kinds of events in your local city, the app lets you create shared or individual lists, letting you get a hold of everything you have planned.

Write Your Life

We are often hit by so many thoughts throughout the day that by the time it comes to the end of the week, we might have forgotten many of the things we meant to do. Keeping mental notes is all well and good but if you want to ensure that you remember an important idea or thought, then noting it down is a great way to go about it. You can try keeping a small notebook in your handbag or even use the memo app on your phone to stay on top of things. Knowing that important things have already been noted down will keep your mind clear and make working on the present task much more simple.