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This is the 5 minute rule of procrastination as I use it. I’m sure it has been written about many times before but this is my super simple version.

When your brain is exploding with millions of things to do and you are in a hurry, one way to go is to do nothing and feel paralysed (often happens to me). Another way is to try the 5 minute rule.

It can be applied it 2 slightly different ways. First; get just 5 minutes of that horrible task that youve been putting off, done, Second, See how many things you can get done in 5 minutes.

The first way allows you to make a tiny start on something that is hard and you have been putting off. You never know, you might find it isn’t so bad once you get started and go on to do more. If not, you will have made a start.

The second way can get a room tidy, the bed made and a bin emptied, a tricky email sent, a call you have to make, or your make-up done and your bag packed for the day. Go as fast as you can with this. You can get a room straight or a desk tidy with a couple of bursts of 5 minutes.

Because all you are facing is 5 minutes it’s so much easier to make a start.

I would love to know your procrastination solvers, so share them in the comments if you would like. Susi xx

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6 Things to Focus on in 6 Weeks

Recently I got involved in a film project. It’s a 3 minute film challenge that I’m taking with a friend who is an aspiring screen writer and it looks like it will be fun with a lot of work. But here’s the thing. When I saw myself on camera I was horrified! Every single little broken capillary stood out and my face was so shiny I just couldn’t believe it. Plus shadows under my eyes and a lack of tone in my face that I hadn’t realised existed; though I do some facial exercises I’m not at all disciplined.

So now I am on a mission.

Ever noticed how you suddenly manage to focus, get organised and step up a gear when something you really want is on the table?

Over the next 6 weeks I’m focusing on:

  • Losing weight (something that I have been trying and failing at for the last year).
  • Exploring better coverage make-up for filming.
  • Better make-up for shadows and for the eyes.
  • Facial exercises to do as a simple routine each day.
  • Drinking more water to help with dark shadows.
  • Improve my haircut, especially my fringe which I last cut myself (and it’s too short).

(By the way, I know that I know how to do make-up, just not for this field!)

Maybe I am vain. Maybe I “Should” be thinking differently. And I know that this is not a big movie, I’m no star, but it matters to me to feel good and confident, and it feels like the push I have been needing for a while to get off my (really too large) ass and get on with it.

Just to start off, I have already starting using my new toy, the My Fitness Pal app. Its amazingly focusing and I have lost 8lbs in the last month, simply by eating less (mostly less Dorito’s). The reason it works for me is that it shows me the calorie value of everything, so you learn to make better choices and naturally eat healthier, lower calorie foods.

I would love your thoughts on this and if anyone can make any suggestions for a perfect skin on camera, please do.

Susi

xx

An organised make-up bag

How nice it is to be organised.

I can’t tell you how utterly annoying it is to reach for something and find YET AGAIN that the thingummy you’ve picked up is the broken one or the wrong one that you never ever use. It’s such a complete and utter waste of time, when all you’re trying to do is get out of the door.

When that comes to make-up in the morning it’s incredibly maddening.

A minimal and organised make up bag should be a well ordered piece of kit and designed to have only your favourite essentials for getting you through the day. Don’t cart around half of Boots unless you really have to.

A few suggestions for the daily kit;

Mini Perfume

Brush or little comb

A lipstick/gloss or a small tin of petroleum jelly

Eye pencil, maybe 2 in different colours

Powder

Concealer or light reflecting concealer

Mascara

Mini pack of wet wipes

If you use an eye pencil then you must add a decent eye pencil sharpener. Standard pencil sharpeners don’t work! they will ruin your lovely eye pencil

I always add painkillers a BB Cream and a liquid or gel eyeliner.

So from today, make a promise to yourself that the next time you pick out the wrong eyeliner /lipstick / mascara, you will take it out of your make up bag and either put it away or put the blessed thing in the bin and have done with it.

What are your absolute make up essentials?

Susi

Organising your To Do’s

I am not organised.
That’s a fact. Not naturally anyway, I have to focus on it to keep organised.
I have tried loads and loads of  systems over the last few years in order to impose order onto my To Do List. I’ve found that trying to keep track of many projects and ideas can, and does, get completely out of hand. It becomes as much about the tools as anything else. I don’t know about you but I find its quite possible to find a new method of writing to do lists and monitoring progress and maintaining it to become the main focus for the first week.
However then actually doing the tasks then becomes ever more tricky and I put them off.
For instance I tried keeping word documents on the computer, categorised, and while that looked good, I would forget what was on them and forget to look.
I’ve also used a notebook to get it all down on one place, then when things don’t get done, I had written proof every time I opened up my notebook. So I stopped opening the notebook.
Write it on a piece of A4? Easy, promptly lose the piece of A4.

There are so many list making tools out there, but I wanted utterly simple,  portable, not online so that I can look whenever I want and something that I can easily update. I also really wanted something that would not look overwhelming. Well, because life’s complicated enough.

The latest thing I’ve tried is Gtasks for Android. I’ve used it for a few months now
  • It allows you to mark a task as urgent and to also give it an appointment time.
  • You can undo scheduling very simply and just leave it on the main list.
  • Create a new list, for example “errands”, though its best to have as few lists as possible,
  • You can view it on the desktop with Google Calender and move tasks around and add new.
  • I found if you have a big task list on Word, you can cut and paste the whole thing to Gtasks and it enters them as individual tasks.
  • Its portable, it site in my phone easily.
  • It shows all tasks in ALL, so you don’t need to worry you’ll lose any.
  • You can add in the main calendar from your phone.
  • Its simple and I haven’t lost anything yet. 
Getting it all done? I’m getting there. 
What are your most simple organising tools? I’d love to know
Susi

Declutter your Skincare

Declutter your skincare.

                              Make a small change today to making your skincare routine  simple and efficient.

Keep  things that you really adore and that work well for you, and learn to chuck out the things that are just taking up space in your bathroom shelves. The clutter and confusion that having far too many products around is counter productive and causes wasted time in the morning and evening.  You constantly pick up the same bottle each night to take off your mascara and once it doesn’t work, you switch to another.

We all do it, we get a new “super product” and the hype is so fantastic we can’t wait to try it out. Then   it doesn’t work and the fact that it cost so much money stops us from doing the sensible thing and letting go.

So make a start to free yourself up from all that.

Get out all the bottles, pots and jars that you have. Search the bedroom drawers and the baskets in the bathroom to find all the little pots you’ve hidden away. Gather them all together and see what you’ve got.

Discard all the ones that you never really liked, that don’t  smell good anymore, products that didn’t seem to work,  and anything with a half inch of product left that has been in the cupboard for a year. Anything almost new that you don’t really like, either throw away or make a gift of it to another friend, (they won’t mind they’ll be delighted).  Don’t stop at cleansers, go through the exfoliators,  body lotions and eye creams. Put everything that’s not wanted in a bag or the bin or by the front door to take out next time you go.

See what you’ve got left.

If you’ve got a couple of everything, pick  one you will start with, and put it where you will use it immediately. All the rest put in one place, nice and clean naturally on a shelf or in a drawer.

You might find at this point that there is a gap in what you have, so you can write it on your  shopping list or even just enjoy not having it for a while and the time that it gives you.

Clearing out the old like this sets you off to a good start with spring cleaning your products, helps to stop you getting stale and clears much needed space in the bathroom drawers.

Congratulate yourself, and appreciate  the beauty of just a few  products that work, and love your clearer,  emptier shelves.

Susi