Sunday, January 13, 2019

How To Organise Your Professional & Personal Life.

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The new year has just started and if you are anything like me, you loooove an occasion to re-organize your life. Be it sorting out your closet, cleaning out your makeup or like today: thinking about how to most effectively organize your professional and personal life. Whether or not you are working from home, all of us have to juggle our private life and work schedule. So today I would like to share with you my top tips on how to wing both of them at the same time. 

Have two different planners 
This is something I tried out over the past year and found it worked perfectly for me. I love having two different planners for my work and my personal life. My work planner should ideally be more detailed and in-depth but with my personal planner, I like to go lighter and also have some fun with the design. Of course, this is different for everyone, but my personal planner consists mostly of appointments and to do lists so I just don't need as much space as I do with my work planner. But if this idea is just too much for you and you are scared you might get confused with the two: another good way to distinguish these two areas is using different colors in your planner. Maybe a blue pen for your work and a black one for your private life?

Blackout timeslots
So, now you have set up your new planner(s).. and what now? It might be extremely tempting to go all in and schedule every single minute of your days to a certain task and get on that 'girl boss mentality'. But if you do that, trust me.. you will most likely feel like a failure in a couple of days time. Realistically tasks sometimes take longer to accomplish and other times something unexpected happens which takes away another hour from your day. Blacking out certain time slots in your day is essential. Maybe schedule one blank hour a day for your work things and one blank hour for your personal life. This way you ensure to meet your end goals for the day and in turn, you keep being motivated. 

Prioritize & create boundaries
This is especially important when you work from home. But even when you have a more traditional job, creating boundaries is essential to achieve that work-life balance. Make sure you set yourself clear deadlines for the day when you have to be done with work and your personal life starts. Also, try not to do anything work related on weekends and if you have to, schedule another day during the week to have just for yourself. It is essential to have those downtimes for ourselves. Without them, we are less productive in our work life and less happy in our personal lives. So having those down times to yourself is a win-win for everyone. Your family and your employer. 

Do not apologize, but explain
Everyone's life and everyone's jobs are very different. So obviously all of us make different decisions when it comes to work and life schedules. This is something everyone has to understand. So please do not feel pressured to apologize for getting work done when others are having their well-earned fun times. But explaining why this is so important right now and how you will get back that time in the future always helps. 

Make those calls 
In order to not neglect your personal life while climbing that career ladder, you sometimes have to force yourself to take the first step. Scheduling in calling your family and friends and setting dates to meet up is essential. Put it right up there on your to-do list. This is sometimes easier said than done, but it is so worth it. And if we are honest.. these calls only take a couple of minutes out of our morning. No excuses!

Eliminate distractions & procrastination
This is vital to work effectively and to ensure you get enough personal time. Yes, sometimes even I am tempted to check my personal emails or to quickly scroll through Instagram when I am supposed to get work done. But if you do that, you are simply sabotaging yourself. Because those few moments do not feel like proper 'me' time but they still take away from that proper 'me' time. If you just keep being focused you will finish your tasks much earlier and you will have so much more time to spend on yourself and really enjoy it. So disable those Buzzfeed push notifications and maybe put your phone on flight mode for a couple of hours. 

x Lisa

Sunday, January 6, 2019

How To Make Your Home Smell Amazing.

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Since I moved to our new apartment in December, I have been all about the small things to make our home more homely. One of the things, that may seem small, but actually, make the biggest difference is how your home smells. And it's so fun as well. I love changing up scents to go hand in hand with the new season. Today I will share with you different ways to make your home smell exactly the way you want it. 

Candles are probably the most obvious choice when it comes to bringing a beautiful scent to your house. And it's probably also my fave. It not only makes the room smell like cookies, roses or fresh linen, but candles also give the room a coziness that no artificial light can. My current go-to candles are the Woodwick candles, as they not only smell amazing, but they also give this cozy crinkle sound which reminds me of a fireplace. All the cozy vibes.

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On the other side, you might not think about handsoaps when it comes to scent your house. And obviously, a good smelling soap is not something you notice all the time. However, have you ever been to a really fancy restaurant or hotel and their soap smelled so amazing that it made yourself feel even fancier? Well, if you want to go for that, then I can only recommend the Aesop handsoaps. Literally, the packaging and the actual soap are amazing and I feel like my hands smell luxurious even an hour after washing them.

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A diffuser is a great alternative to a candle when you want something that constantly smells nice, even when you are not at home or you have children around and you'd prefer not to have a candle burning. I love to use a diffuser in the bathroom, as I don't tend to light a candle there.

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A room spray is kind of an 'emergency' tool for me. Your home smells instantly beautiful, without having to wait for the scent of the candle or diffuser to spread. Especially great after cooking an Indian meal by the way. 
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What do you like to use to make your home smell amazing?

x Lisa


Sunday, December 30, 2018

Here's To 2019.

It's this time of the year again. I am saying goodbye to 2018 and say hello to a new start: 2019. However, like every year, I like to take the time and recap on the past year, see what I have achieved and also make some affirmations for the next year. 
Recap 2018
In last year's annual recap my main goals were to get healthier, to succeed in university, feeling at home somewhere and travel more. One thing I have done quite early on in 2018 was traveling more. This year was truly a year of exploring new places and countries for me. It started with a trip to Montenegro, then on to a two-week road trip through southern Germany and Austria. This trip we repeated just a few weeks later, as it was just too beautiful not to share it with my family. Then I had a few lovely days in Amsterdam with my boyfriend's sister and we had to spend a few days yet again, in Austria and then ended our trip in Prague. In between, we spend countless weekends on different city breaks, like Berlin and Dresden. So traveling more has been a full-on success. 

As far as my health goes, I discovered CrossFit this year for me. This is something I always wanted to try but was simply too scared to do it. I might have not gone just as much as I wanted to, partially because all of the travelings we have been doing this year, but I am very happy that I found a new workout style that challenges me a lot, but also is very exciting and fun. 

I am currently writing my Masters thesis and have successfully finished all my exams this year. So I can proudly say that I can tick off 'succeeding in university' from my list. 

'Feeling at home somewhere' was something I didn't think would be happening in 2018. I even said the same in the post at the beginning of the year. Moving apartment and finally having our own furniture and our own space didn't seem very logical at this stage of my life, as I am graduating university soon and we simply don't know where I will end up. However, quite surprisingly the perfect apartment for us became free just in the beginning of December and I can honestly say, that I feel so at home here. 

So if I look back at everything I wished for in 2018 and what I actually achieved, then 2018 was a full on success for me. 
So what do I wish for in 2019? 

Find my dream job
Well, to be honest, I can't pinpoint one major goal I have for this year. But a more general goal would be to find my dream job/career. I will be graduating at the end of March and I am so excited, but also nervous, to start out in the working world. I am looking forward to new challenges, to a new routine and just to connect with new people. But I would be lying if I'd say that this new world doesn't frighten me a bit. But something, being scared is just a sign of something new and better coming around, right?

Keep up with Crossfit 
As I said earlier, I fell in love with CrossFit this year. However, I didn't manage to go quite as frequently as I wanted to and I hope this will change in the new year. 

Keep up the traveling 
Another thing I loved this year and I hope to continue throughout 2019: traveling. There is actually quite a big trip planned in February and I can't wait.. I'll be going to India! So excited!

Now I would love to hear what you are wishing for in 2019.

x Lisa