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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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How to Get the Benefits of Facial Exercises

I looked around for more videos of facial exercises and came across this from Eve Fraser. I found her book a few years ago and loved it. This is a very chatty talk show and so it doesn’t give many examples but it does show some.

It is a very good example of just how amazing these exercises can be. When you look at it, remember that Eve in this video is in her 80’s.

I like this because it gives a great overview of some of the work that she does and it also includes men proving that this is not just for women.

Out of what is shown here I particularly like the exercise for the apple of the cheeks and for tightening a double chin. Along with the exercise that I shared I am beginning to do these every day. How about you? Want to join me and give them a try?

Let me know in the comments if you try them or Tweet me @gorgeousness_

How to do that Important Task, cont.

Yesterday I wrote a highly sarcastic (but extremely truthful) version of my day when I will do almost anything and justify it too in order to not do something that I dearly need, or want, to do.
It’s startling how many people have resonated with it. Even though they don’t do all the things that I do in order to put things off and feel like they have accomplished something, they all find one thing or another to do.
Today I’ve had a fantastic and positive morning, answering all the comments that have come in on the blog and on Facebook and feeling really good about it, until my brother very kindly pointed out that this ISN’T FINISHING MY BOOK! He’s quite right of course.
I do know that the one way to end procrastination is to sit down and just do the thing that you want to do and let the other tasks go for a while. Not forever, but for a while. Because when you do the thing you really want to do, you do actually feel a lot better and will still get to the other tasks.
This is a really cool blog http://zenhabits.net/do/
that is great to explain why we do it.
So on that note, I’m off to finish editing my book. Or move a desk.

Update on Rimmel BB Cream

I recently blogged about the Latest thing;  BB Cream
I noticed it in Boots and without really knowing what it was decided to give it a try. Generally I like Rimmel products. I find for the money they are excellent quality. 

I wanted to give you a little update in how I find it.

First of all, the texture is nice and soft and creamy, it offers some coverage and is very blendable. In spite of the fact that it is very pale it still doesn’t have a chalky or caked on appearance.

It lasts well for the day without turning very oily.

Here’s the most important bit.

My skin is naturally oily and make-up doesn’t really last very well on me, even with foundation and powder which I don’t like to wear very heavily every day. However, with a little of this all over, it lasts much longer and that is an absolute winner to me.

A heavier application definitely gives more coverage and a paler skin. 
It doesn’t have the luscious feeling of a rich foundation though., but a little underneath will hold your foundation on much better! 
Loving this product.

Have you tried any of them yet?

Take a Break

I was Feeling stuck again so just for fun I wanted to share this with you while I took a break from work this evening.

I just love this book. All the way around America, driving about 14000 miles. Telling you all the grotty bits, falling in love with beautiful towns, describing it all so clearly that  you want to see for yourself just how hot, smelly, cold, terrifying that place is. But it’s his style that I really love. He has such a gift for bitching and being wholeheartedly appreciative, sarcastic and affectionate and being incredibly funny, even when he’s having a foul time, hung-over to the teeth and taking a bus to New York with a worried guy behind him endlessly looking for an ashtray.

It’s a flipping marvellous book.

If you haven’t tried it, do. Now!


Birthday Treat?

Every year on New Year ’s Day and in the few days after,  I tend to take some time to have a review of what happening in my life and this is usually coupled with turning out filing cabinets and drawers and generally clearing the decks for the new year. I throw out old to do lists, scrap old goals, delete piles of emails and start again. I love doing this; it just seems like the natural time to do it. Any change of season can be a trigger for me to want to clear things away.

The beauty of it is that it’s such a good feeling when you know that lots of bits of paper have gone, the in-tray is empty and the cupboards are organised and tidy again and you feel like all the extraneous clutter has gone. It can take a few days to get it to that state though or it may not get finished, at all even though great improvements can be made.

Sometimes there are other triggers like the change of season or a significant date or event that makes it seem like the time to take action.One of those is birthdays. 

Well today it’s my birthday and because I can do as I like on my birthday, I’m doing some of that today and tomorrow (and I don’t care if you think that I’m weird).  Obviously I’m spending a lot of time eating chocolate too,  I’m not that weird.  I only do all of these things until it’s time to go out and party a bit though. It makes me inordinately happy. (And that’s another thing that makes me happy, saying inooordinately). So far I have gathered vast quantities of lists and paper on the table and turned out the dresser drawers and found addresses that needed to be transferred to the book. I hope by the end of the week, all will be pristine and organised again!
Do you do anything odd on your birthday? Or do you have triggers for clearing out the clutter?


Clear Out The Make-Up

I recently posted that it’s nice at this time of year to embrace all the lovely stuff that you can do at the beginning of autumn, such as all the gorgeous new eye-shadows, lipsticks and the new trends such as the BB cream that I blogged about a few days ago.

Any change in season is a good time to have a bit of a clutter clear (I posted a guide to this previously) and this is absolutely true of all your make-up or skincare. None of it gets any better for the keeping, foundations separate and mascaras dry out, plus with the change of season, we lose our tans, hair gets darker again and we spend more time in artificial light so our make-up looks different. 

Next time you go to your make-up bag, just take a moment to think, have I actually worn this this year? If the answer is no, then it probably is time to get rid of it as you’re unlikely to wear it again and it may be going off. (However do bear in mind that Halloween is coming and if that awful  purple eye-shadow will ever come in handy, it’s now. 
 And have fun while you do it. It really is lovely to have a make-up drawer that you can use effectively. (and put in some new stuff too)


Sue x

Beautiful morning

Incredible light this morning as the fog burns off and the blue sky comes through.
Really a beautiful morning. Spring is such a gorgeous time of year.

Simple Ways to Avoid Wasting Products

Most of us girls, and even some men, have got bottles of lotions and potions and products that we don’t use, taking up space because its “too good”, because we don’t like the smell or it makes our hair feel funny.
It was expensive though and we don’t like waste so we won’t throw it away or even use it up. And it gathers dust, and guilt, waiting for the moment it will be used.

It’s a shame and it’s still a waste.
I personally hate waste and love finding new ways to use products so here are some tips:

· Give an expensive but unwanted body lotion (or anything for that matter) as a gift to a friend. In my experience they won’t be offended, especially if you say “This is wonderful, but just not me.”
· Conditioner that feels too heavy makes a great shaving cream for girls
· Have a swap with friends if they also have un-liked and unwanted products
· Use the good stuff!! What a waste if you don’t use it, waiting for that elusive special occasion. If you don’t have enough special occasions, create one, or use it on a Sunday, or Monday…if its lovely, use it. If you’re given smellies you don’t like, re-gift them: give as a gift to someone else
· Use fragrant soaps to fragrance your sweater or sock drawer
· Hand cream that you don’t use is great used on heels, knees and elbows
· Shampoo can be used as shower gel and bubble bath
· Over rich face creams are gorgeous on dry cuticles

Next time you find yourself dusting shiny bottles lined up on a shelf or turning away from a glossy box, just stop for a second and ask yourself why? Are you missing a treat?