2018 has been quite a monumental year for me so far in terms of my outlook on life, reflecting on where I want to be and where I want to be heading. It all started after a ridiculously busy (but not so productive) November and December, and Lloyd and I flew to Gran Canaria for some Winter sun over New Year.
It was amazing to be away from everything for a week to think, detox, relax and gather my thoughts. At that moment in time I felt unmotivated and unhealthy, so I took a long hard look at myself and decided what areas I wanted to improve and what changes I needed to make in order to make these happen.
I think I just got into a bit of a mundane routine at the end of last year, waking up late, plodding along during the day and wasting hours during my evenings and weekends when I could have been getting a hell of a lot done! I’ve never been one to make excuses, and I knew it was me who needed to change in order to get more out of my life. As harsh as this may sound, I genuinely believe excuses are for lazy people. If you want something badly enough, you can make it happen, and you can fit the process towards your end goal around any lifestyle and job. No excuses!
So as we entered 2018, I decided to make some small changes to get more out of each day and feel happier. These are some of them:
wearing: skinny jeans | white lace bardot top (also comes in red here) | nude block heels (also comes in metallic here) | ‘happy’ necklace
Get up early.
I’ve spoken about this before on my blog and although I had started getting up earlier than I usually would, I slowly started slipping back into my old habits. I wasn’t leaving myself enough time and ended up rushing around, feeling stressed.
I now wake up at 6am every morning and I’m in front of my laptop with a cup of coffee in my hand by 6:15. This leaves me with just over an hour before I have to get ready for work, to get things done that I won’t have the opportunity to do during the day.
I’m focusing on my health this year and have made a lot of changes to my diet. Some of these changes include cutting down on dairy (I’ve stopped drinking milk entirely), introducing probiotics and just making much healthier choices.
Lloyd and I have Hello Fresh delivered each Monday, providing us with 4 healthy meals for the week and I can honestly say this has been a life saver for us. We don’t have to worry about what we’ll be cooking after work, having the right ingredients and also food wastage.
I’ve started reading again, which is something I stopped doing entirely by the end of 2017. At the moment I’m reading Gary Vaynerchuk’s new book, Crushing It. If you haven’t seen already, this book is the first in my book club series – read all about it here.
Becoming more organised
I got a little notebook for Christmas and it’s been attached to me every since. I use it to plan almost everything, and I genuinely feel lost without it! Last year I was naive to just how important being organised is to preventing stress and getting more done with your time. Every little idea, list and reminder goes into that little book and I refer to it throughout the day.
Using my time wisely
I used to spend an entire evening on my laptop after work, but hadn’t ticked a single thing off of my to-do list. I now make a list in order of importance and go through each one, without any distractions and switching from job to job. I find I now get double work done in half of the time!
Be more productive
I found myself often saying “ahhh, I’ll do that tomorrow” or “that’ll take too long, I’ll find another time to do it” – not anymore! It’s not supposed to be easy, otherwise everyone would be doing it…so I’ve learnt that in order to achieve what I want, I have to put myself out and execute!
Remaining grateful and having patience
Lloyd tells me off now and again when I complain about something that is completely insignificant when you look at the bigger picture. I’m forever grateful for all the incredible things I have in my life and will never take them for granted. Gratitude reciprocates – so be thankful for what you have and the universe will reward you with more!