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Saturday, January 13, 2018

How to do the things you don't want to do without hating your life

One of the reasons we procrastinate on the things we don’t enjoy doing is it feels like a bigger job than it actually is.

Even daily chores, like doing the dishes, seem like a big deal when you don’t enjoy doing it and it’s a job that you need to do over and over again.

The simple solution is to just take the first step. Once you do, you’ll find it’s easier to take the next step, and from that point, the job doesn’t seem so big and overwhelming, and you usually breeze through it in less time than you thought it would take.

With our dishes example; Start by telling yourself you don’t have to do all the dishes, you just need to scrape off the plates and empty the glasses. Once that’s done, it will feel easier to just think, well, I’ll just stack like items together ready to wash when I feel like it. After that, it’s no big deal to fill the sink with soapy water, telling yourself you’ll just wash the glasses… and cups….. And then you’ll find plates aren’t a big deal either.

As you continue, the job gets smaller and you find your momentum building. Then all of a sudden, you’re done!

Worst case scenario, even if you don’t finish, you’ve taken positive steps to making the job less overwhelming and easier to complete later.

Give it a try and let me know how it works for you!

x Marissa

A quick and easy beauty routine for people who don't have much free time

Today’s tip is perfect for you if you love the idea of a regular at home beauty routine but have no time to fit it into your day.

It’s a really simple 10 minute addition that will leave you feeling beautiful, rested and relaxed at the end of each day, and the best part is, It’s pure indulgent self care, without the guilt that normally comes with taking out some time for yourself.

Today’s simple tip is to shower at night instead of in the morning, and to add an extra 10 minutes to your shower routine to focus on beauty and self care.

A morning shower is rushed - you cram it into your morning routine before you fly out the door on your way to work or school. A night time shower is different - it’s slow, indulgent and uninterrupted - it’s pure ME time.

Schedule in an extra few minutes for beauty during or right after your shower when you’re already relaxed and warm, and your skin is soft.  Assign a simple beauty task to each day and you’ll be able to take care of everything by the end of the week. Then just repeat the cycle!

For example, you can try my weekly beauty routine:

Monday: Body scrub

Tuesday: Manicure

Wednesday: Hair wash and treatment

Thursday: Face exfoliation and eyebrow grooming

Friday: Pedicure

Saturday: Face Mask and Eye Treatment

Sunday: Hair removal

Give it a try and let me know how it works out for you!

x Marissa

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

How to keep your household running smoothly each day, no matter how busy you are

Today’s post will help you keep on top of your housework each week without needing a long To Do List!

It’s perfect for you if you prefer an easy rhythm to your day rather than a busy daily routine.

It will keep your household running almost on autopilot so you can cruise easily through your days knowing the essentials are done, stress free.

Today’s simple tip is to get clear on your daily non negotiables.

Grab a pen and paper and write down the basic daily chores that keep your household running smoothly. In my home, that’s one load of washing, 3 lots of dishes, one room tidy from top to bottom, meals for the family and daily showers for the kids.

Now that you have your basics, look at the outline of your typical day and add each activity to it. In my example, the morning includes breakfast and lunch preparation, taking care of the breakfast dishes, putting a load of washing on.

While the kids are at school, I take care of the room clean from top to bottom, and hang the washing (which includes bringing in yesterday’s dry laundry - we hang our washing undercover and leave it overnight to dry).

In the afternoon, after the kids get home from school, I get dinner ready and wash the second load of dishes while my husband or I cook. At this point we are washing my dishes from lunch, the kids lunchboxes for school and the prep dishes for the cooking (chopping boards, etc).

In the evening, the last of the dishes from dinner are done, we manage the shower routines for the kids, and that takes care of our essential chores for the day that keep the household running smoothly.

Give the daily non negotiables activity a try and let me know how it works out for you!

x Marissa

Saturday, January 6, 2018

This simple morning activity will set you up for the rest of the day

Today I'm sharing a quick and easy tip to get you organised and motivated for the day ahead. It takes less than two minutes and if you time it right, it makes you feel like you are winning at life instead of trying to catch up with it.

The tip is to make your bed as soon as you get out of it.

That’s right - as soon as your feet hit the floor in the morning, you want to make your bed.

It sounds small, but when you finish making it and take a step back to look at your bedroom, that one task brings the whole room together at a glance, and motivates you to do the next simple step to tidying your own bedroom, which is usually putting yesterday’s clothes in the hamper and taking water glasses out to the kitchen ready to be washed.

Your whole room has now become a haven for the rest of the day (you can escape to it anytime you need to) and you haven’t even been up for 5 minutes!

Try it every day for a week, and let me know how it effects the rest of your day!

x Marissa

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Struggle to catch up with friends and family? Here's an easy way to organise it.

Today’s post is for people who love the idea of catching up with friends and family regularly but struggle to schedule it in and do it on a regular basis.

It’ll help you keep up to date with what’s happening with your loved ones in a way that fits easily into your life, without making you feel overcommitted and burnt out.

It’s especially helpful for busy times of the year and for anyone who finds themselves saying “we need to catch up soon!” without ever actually following through.


Today’s simple tip is to use the rule of 3 when organising catch ups with your friends and family.

The rule of 3 is a simple concept that lets you narrow down your options so they don’t feel overwhelming or difficult to keep track of. All you need to do is consistently focus on the 3 best options for you and offer those when planning a catch up.

Grab a pen and paper and write down 3 ways and 3 times you could comfortably catch up with someone in any given week.

For example;

* Going for a walk in the morning with your friend
* Having your friend come to your home for afternoon tea
* Seeing a movie in the evening together

Now that you’ve taken the time to find 3 catch up options that fit well with your life, it’s easier to suggest them on the spot when you hear from a loved one you haven’t seen in a while. When you consistently offer just these 3 options for catch ups, it also makes it much easier to schedule and keep track of them.

The added advantage of being so specific with your suggestion is it reduces the back and forth that happens when you try to find a time to get together.

Saying, “Let’s go for a walk together one morning next week” is much easier and more helpful than saying “Let’s catch up, when is good for you?”

Give it a try and let me know how it works out for you!
x Marissa