7 Steps to have a productive day

The other day it was a pretty good day. I slept in late, I had breakfast while doing laundry (hello, multitasking!), played an online game for a little bit, cleaned the whole house, organized the bedroom and the closet, and cooked chicken wings for dinner and cheesecake for tomorrow (that’s still in the making while I’m writing this).

I hadn’t cleaned my house in a *pretty embarrassing* long time. Who has time for that? Definitely not me.

At the end of the day I sat down (finally) and I thought that it had been a good day. Even if I’m harsh on myself a lot of times, I have to admit that I did accomplish part of what I needed to do. Sure, my to-do list is a few miles long and doesn’t seem to get shorter, but I needed to get organized and do some housekeeping. Tomorrow will be another day, probably full of blog stuff and other different things.

I am definitely not the most productive person in the room (well… I’m alone right now LOL), but I know that if I want/need to have a productive day I have to organize myself and follow the steps that I’m going to show you below. Tomorrow I have a few important things that I want to get done, so I will have to focus and be on my best behavior haha.

 

I am definitely not the most productive person in the room (well… I’m alone right now LOL), but I know that if I want/need to have a productive day I have to organize myself and follow the steps that I’m going to show you below. Tomorrow I have a few important things that I want to get done, so I will have to focus and be on my best behavior haha.

  1. Write down what you want to accomplish and the amount of time that you think it will take you. Be realistic about the time, or your plan for the day will be destined to fail. If taking care of your email takes you 30 minutes but you had scheduled 15 minutes, you will most likely end up feeling pressured and maybe overwhelmed because you don’t have time.
  2. From that list, make a schedule for the day. Schedule the most important/urgent tasks first so you actually get them done. You can spread them throughout the day if you want. The important thing is that you will actually do them.
  3. Do not multitask. By scheduling the tasks you will create slots of time when you are just going to be thinking about that task that you’re doing, because you know you will take care of the others later on. I like multitasking, but I’ll admit that many times is the greatest way to waste time. You think you’re doing a lot of things in half the time when they are actually taking 3 times more.
  4. Do.It. No excuses. Follow the schedule without getting distracted by social media, the phone, the internet, the TV, your friends… The secret to get things done is to be on them and not letting anyone/anything distract you from your goal. If you need to, put the phone on silence/plane mode and use some apps for the laptop (they restrict the access to social media and other websites).
  5. Set a timer so you don’t overpass the scheduled time. If you gave yourself 1h to research on a subject, stick to that hour. We all know that we could spend hours and hours doing research, but if you’re on a tight timeline you have to make yourself stop.
  6. Schedule some breaks too. Your brain also needs to rest for a little bit every once in a while. You will be more productive too if you allow some time off, even if it’s 10 minutes here and there.
  7. Celebrate your success! Don’t forget to add your accomplishments to your success jar (if you have one) at the end of the day.

Do you follow any plans to be productive? Do you schedule your day or you prefer to go with the flow?

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Full House vs. Fuller House

I was so excited for February 26th! The first season of Fuller House was finally released on Netflix and I could see again the troop! I loved every and each of the characters: Michelle was so cute, and who didn’t dream about having an Uncle Jesse? I know I did!

After binge watching the 13 episodes I looked on the internet information about the next season, and I found out so many negative comments about this revival. People don’t realize that they are applying double standards to criticize the new TV show, just because the characters are women.

I remember they used to air the show at 2pm on weekdays when I was little, so I could watch it with my mom while I was finishing getting ready to go back to school after lunch break. One specific day my mom was braiding my hair with a blue clip while we were watching it.

And a few years ago, I watched it all over again. I just love it. I plan on watching it with my kids too in the future!

So when the revival came out at the end of February, I knew I had to watch it.

After binge watching the 13 episodes I looked on the internet information about the next season, and I found out so many negative comments about this revival. People don’t realize that they are applying double standards to criticize the new TV show, just because the characters are women.

After binge watching the 13 episodes I looked on the internet information about the next season, and I found out so many negative comments about this revival. People don’t realize that they are applying double standards to criticize the new TV show, just because the characters are women.

Full House was about 2 young and single guys that moved in to live with Danny Tanner, to help him take care of his 3 daughters after his wife passed away. You could see that Uncle Jesse liked women and he dated many (and do you remember the small outfits?). Nobody seemed to have a problem with that.

After binge watching the 13 episodes I looked on the internet information about the next season, and I found out so many negative comments about this revival. People don’t realize that they are applying double standards to criticize the new TV show, just because the characters are women.

In Fuller House, Stephanie and Kimmy Gibbler would move in with DJ, to help her take care of her 3 sons after her husband passed away. Stephanie is young and single, and Kimmy is recently divorced. Many people (mainly women, as per what I saw) criticized Stephanie for wearing too revealing clothes, but I don’t think her outfits were much revealing than in Full House. Why attack her?

Also, nobody said anything about the guys making jokes about sex or getting drunk. However, Fuller House is being disapproved by many women because of that too. Are we serious?

Four days ago it was the International Women’s Day. It wasn’t a day to congratulate woman for the fact of being women. It was a day to remember how far women have come to get gender equality (although there’s still a long way to go).

Equality is not only getting paid the same at work, not being fired just because you’re pregnant or you’re planning to be or fighting for house chores to be shared. It is also respect. Just because a woman is wearing some clothes doesn’t give men (or other women) the right to insult and call names. Just because a woman is dating doesn’t mean that she’s a prostitute.

I love Full House because it is the story of three guys raising three kids and taking over all those “women tasks”. And, in the mean time, they still found time to have fun.

And I love that they have changed the roles and now it’s three women who take care of their kids.

But, for some reason, people that liked the jokes made by men don’t like them when it’s a woman who makes them. And that’s a huge double standard. It is sad that it’s 2016 and we’re still trash-talking about women like that!

After binge watching the 13 episodes I looked on the internet information about the next season, and I found out so many negative comments about this revival. People don’t realize that they are applying double standards to criticize the new TV show, just because the characters are women.

Is it jealousy? Is it just human nature to try and make other people feel less? Why do people feel that they need to do that? Women should empower other women, not diminishing each other.

I hope one day we all realize about that and start acting consequently.

February Goals

Hello everybody!

It’s been a couple of months since I did my last monthly goals (in January I just did a list of goals for 2016). For this month I have a couple of REALLY interesting ones, as I’m closer to start something that I’m very excited about.

I also got very motivated to work towards my 30 before 30 list and I’ll show you how in an upcoming post.

Let me share with you my goals for this short month:

Monthly Goals - February

  • Workouts/Fitness: Yeah, this is an old one. Yesterday I got up at 7am and went for a (very) short run, but I felt so good afterwards! I am thinking of doing that 2-3 times per week and start the day with energy. Also, I went a couple of times to my community gym last week, but I don’t know what’s wrong with it because it really stinks (argh!), so I decided to workout at home with the great help of Youtube videos. 2 times per week should be good. Let’s get that routine, baby!
  • Reading: I’m pretty happy that I have a reading habit now. Maybe I don’t read as much time as I’d like, but I do that every day, which is a very good thing.
  • Languages: OMG I’ve been so busy researching and doing blog stuff and other things that I didn’t even open Duolingo once lol. I have a lot on my table now, so I’m just going to forget this one for now.
  • Blog: Also an oldie. I have to organize myself with a calendar/weekly schedule and post 2-3 times per week. I still have (and want to) a lot to learn about blogging.
  • Be more positive, happier and appreciate things better. I think I’m getting better at this one. I’m not worrying about other people’s negativity and that’s making my life easier.
  • Have a good night sleep every night. Ok, maybe last night is not the best example (I slept like 4h…), but I am getting better at going to sleep earlier and waking up earlier in the morning. I’m not sure if I’ll ever be a morning person, but I do like the feeling of getting things done early and be productive (who doesn’t?).
  • Start my own business. See, for a very important reason (that I might explain in a few months) I’ve been a housewife for a while now, but I expect to go back to work in a few weeks. I have a degree in tourism and a couple of master’s degrees in tourism management, but after a few years of working in hotels I wasn’t sure if I wanted to work in hotels anymore. After several months of thinking about what I could do with the rest of my life, I decided that I could start my own business. Ok, good idea, but what about? A couple of months ago I found a great idea that would allow me to have the freedom that I wanted while earning some money, so this month I am dedicating myself to learn all about it. It’s going to be challenging and I’ll have to get out of my comfort zone, but what’s life if we don’t take risks/challenges?

Challenges life interesting overcoming meaningful

It’s going to be a very exciting month and I can’t wait to rock these goals!

What are your goals for this month? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

December Goals

Happy Wednesday!

Last month I didn’t get to do a post about my monthly goals, but here I come now! I am still amazed how fast this year has gone by. I can’t believe it’s already December!

From the goals I had back in October I didn’t really get anything done. I started working on them, but I seem to be taking baby steps compared to what I want to accomplish. Step by step, they say. I’ll just have to take bigger steps so I can get somewhere, haha.

Monthly goals - December

Here I have my goals for the last month of the year:

  • Workouts: I want to be able to run 5K by the end of the month, and lift weights 1-2 times per week.
  • Read 3 books. I’m right now at 1.5-2 and enjoying it!
  • Languages: Take advantage of Duolingo.com 5 days per week.
  • Blog: Post 2-3 days per week, work on social media and growing the views, post more recipes and DIY projects.
  • Be more positive. And happier. And appreciate things better.
  • Go to bed around 11pm and wake up around 8am. I’ve always needed to sleep more than most of the people, but never really had a regular schedule. This would also help me to be able to get more things done during the day.
  • About 9 years ago I started writing stories and I loved it. I want to start doing it again; it’s a great way for me to disconnect and relax.

So there they are! You are my witnesses and I have to get a kick on my butt and start working towards them!

Do you have any goals for this month? How do you keep yourself accountable? Let me know in the comments!

 

Easy DIY gift ideas

Hello everyone!

This year, as much as I’m excited about Christmas, we are a little broke (ahem), so I’m afraid gifts are not a priority in my house. However, I do like to give presents (and, of course, to receive them!). That’s why I’ve been looking around for some DIY that can be easily made and do the trick.

There are so many things that we can make with our hands and can be a perfect gift for a fraction of what it would cost to buy from a shop! And you add that special touch that every handmade gift has.

I decided to compile a few inexpensive ideas that we could use to make the perfect gift this season.

Click on link under every picture to go directly to the original post of the DIY and learn how to make them. Links will open a new tab.

Scrabble letters

Scrabble tiles

It’s perfect for couples that just moved in together or newlyweds. You can also make the whole name and give it to kids! It’s so cute that I’m thinking of doing this to put on top of my bed!

Hand warmers

Pocket hand warmers

Having my hands cold ALL THE TIME, I feel the struggle. I think this is a great idea to warm hands quickly! Check this project too for a bigger bag to use for belly/back/neck pains.

Chalkboard

$5 Chalkboard

I’ve been seeing EVERYWHERE so many things turned into chalkboard it’s amazing. Cabinet doors, walls, cups… This is a great idea to give with a nice quote!

Homemade Handsoaps

Homemade hand soaps

I’ve been wanting to this for so long! I think it’s a great gift idea, as you can personalize with shapes and scents. You can even add some sparkles! Find another “recipe” for handmade hand soaps here.

Lemon sugar scrub

Lemon sugar scrub

I love that it’s so quick and inexpensive to make! And it’s all natural ingredients! Divide them into small cute packages (as in here) to give away in your group of friends or at work.

Ipad Case

Ipad case

What I like the most about these cases is that they are so easy and quick to make, and you can make them for everything! It can be for a notebook and some pencils for kids, for the iPad, to carry documents… anything! Find other patterns and materials here and here.

Crayon Holder

Crayon holder

I feel this is a great idea for kids. They won’t be impatient anymore in waiting rooms or restaurants and it’s a way to keep them “busy” whenever they are bored!

Painted wood earrings

Painted wood earrings

You can personalize these in so many different ways!

Homemade hot cocoa kits

Hot cocoa kits

Any sweet tooth in the room? Perfect for kids… and no kids LOL

Christmas decorated mug

Decorated mugs

Not sure if I like the idea of the Christmas decorations (using a Christmas mug in March or August seems to be a little out of place/time?), but I love the idea of giving personalized gifts. To the best mom/dad/grandma/friend or with a pretty quote, I think it’s a good way for people to think of you when they’re having a coffee! Another mug decoration idea is this one with chalkboard paint.

Clipboard

Clipboard

The best thing? You (and they) can personalize and update this present with different quotes, pictures or pretty much anything.

Homemade strawberry jam

Homemade strawberry jam

I have thought several times of doing jam just to avoid all the “extra ingredients” that the common jam that we can find in the grocery store has. Why not give it as a gift to someone you care about?

Mason jar cozies

Mason jar cozies

They can be used every season, for both cold and hot drinks, and they are very useful so you know which glass is yours at a party! On the same line, you can find this pattern too.

Grandma board

Grandma board

Grandma blocks

Grandma blocks

Personalize these last two DIY projects for other family members or friends to give away as a gift and they’ll love it!

Creative crate

Creative crate

Talk about an easy peasy and inexpensive gift!

Instagram coasters

Instagram coaster in wooden box

With or without the box, I think this is a great inexpensive gift. Easy to make, useful (I always try the presents to be useful) and there are so many ways to personalize it! You can also use tiles instead of wood.

Cookie jar

Cookie jar

If you are a good baker, why not fill some small jars with cookies? You can add a special touch by decorating the jars with tags/decorations. They make a sweet gift!

Stamped friendship bracelets

Friendship bracelets

What a great idea for kids to share with their friends!

Domino game

Handmade domino

Great game for both adults and kids!

Men's apron

Men’s apron

I find it so hard to come up with a gift for men! Women are so much easier to give presents to. This apron is a great idea for men that step into the kitchen.

Wedding song gift

Wedding song gift

I love how romantic this gift is!

Tin can candle holder

Tin can candle holders (picture not taken from this blog)

How cute is this? Recycling some tin cans and making different designs you can give personalized candle holders. Find out how to make your own candles here.

 

What are you planning to give this holiday season as presents? Handmade, bought or mix? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂