Tuesday, February 6, 2018

FEBRUARY MOOD BOARD


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Sultry romance + cheeky business. 

That's what I'm feeling for the month of February. 

xoxoxo

Thursday, February 1, 2018

3 WAYS TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TIME


blazer || turtleneck (comfiest, most versatile turtleneck of all time and it's only $13!!!) || jeans || belt || c/o shoes || similar sunglasses || similar earrings


HELLO!

Let's discuss productivity today. This is something that has been on my mind a lot. Recently, I've been feeling like I don't accomplish anything in my days. I have a huge mental list of things that I know need to get done. Yet day after day, I seem to only get bits and pieces of some things done. I mean, I guess progress is progress, but I just wish I was completing things.

So this past month I started implementing a few new changes in my life and I have already noticed a significant change in my productivity.

1. Create a to-do list every night for the following day: I have always been a list maker. It's something that gives me so much satisfaction. If you follow my IG stories, you may already know that when I was younger, I used to make lists everyday down to the minute details of my life. (Ex. Wake up, brush teeth, get ready for the day, grab granola bar for snack in class, etc. etc. I was a freak.) But honestly just switching it up and making my list the previous night makes it so I am mentally prepared for what I need to do the following day, and the order in which I need to do them. I started using an app called Wunderlist and it is such a thing of beauty. It is so simple to use and it has the ability to check things off as you complete them. For all those people out there who make lists already, you know how gosh darn satisfying that is.

2. Just do it: I know this one might seem like a "duh, no brainer, not helpful Jess" tip, but sometimes a reminder goes a long way. We all have to-do's that we absolutely DO NOT want to do. You might even be like me and procrastinate and procrastinate, adding the to-do back on to your list of to-do's every day and never actually getting it done. Well people, I'm here to tell you to stop reading this post and go do that thing you've been avoiding. Right now. I'll wait...

It'll feel so good once it's finally done and you can move on to the less hated to-do's. 

3. Reward yourself: I am a competitive person by nature and have always worked best under pressure with a reward system. My latest obsession has been going to barre classes like crazy this past month. The studio I go to was having a January challenge where if you went to 20 classes in the month, you'll be entered into a drawing for a free month of barre. They even had a board on their wall that we put stickers on each day that we went. I LOVED IT. I went almost everyday because I'm apparently just like a second grader and love sticker charts. So I started applying the same concept into my life for other tasks. No silly, I didn't create sticker charts. I started rewarding myself after I finished a particularly long task. I'd give myself a 30 minute phone break to scroll mindlessly through social media posts, or I'd watch an episode of the most dramatic season of The Bachelor ever. (Jokes. Arie is a snore. Yes, I said it.) They were just tiny little pleasures that I rewarded myself with after I got things done.

These three tips might not work for everyone, but I just had to share some things that work for me! I hope they help you make the most of your time so you can be as kickass as humanly possible. I'm cheering you on. xoxo


I wasn't going to include this photo but #hadto. Matrix hair moment. My life is complete.