Savour the moment … The weekend series | Part 11


// Title image by Tamara Magel //

This week has sped past, a little too fast for my liking and I barely feel as if I’ve had a chance to accomplish even half of what’s on my list (I live my life by lists… I even make lists for lists). And, as I sit in the Veg Shed, my workspace for this morning – which currently feels a world away from my cosy little office, with the rain lashing down outside and no internet connection or phone signal, it’s a nice respite from the never ending phone calls, emails and paperwork that seem to take over on a daily basis.

It’s all a little heavy in the life admin department at the moment what with so many changes going on in the Brimfield household, so I’ve dedicated this post to less of a ‘Savour the moment’ kind of reading and more ‘Seize the moment and get shit done’.

With Christmas 🎄 fast approaching it feels like a good time to cleanse the house of clutter, junk and try a little KonMarie in the house. I know I’ve talked about Marie Kondo in previous blog posts but we (Ross and I) are really trying to get rid of anything that doesn’t ‘spark joy’. It’s not as easy as I thought it would be and I’ve found myself being more sentimental than normal. I’m usually fighting hard with the hoarder inside my husband but this time it’s me who’s clinging onto things. So I’m trying to be really strict with myself… and not procrastinate by reading through all my cards and letters from the past three decades. If you’re not sure what on earth I’m talking about then read the blog post above and all will be revealed!

With only two of us (and the two kitties) I often wonder how my friends with children manage to stay on top of their housework/laundry and chores, especially if they’re out at work most of the day. I guess the saying ‘if you want something done, ask a busy person’ is never more true than in these homes. Cupcakes and Cashmere has published a great blog this week about keeping on top of housework. I particularly like the ‘whoever cooks also cleans’. Ross is renowned for using every pot and pan when cooking dinner and, whilst I’m really grateful that I have a husband who likes to cook as much as I do, I think that this rule will definitely have to be implemented.

I start work with a new client on Monday and I’ve been trying to get organised with how I manage my time for clients and the work I need to do each day. Editorial calendars are essential and I have the very handy life planner 📝 from Lollipop to help me keep on track. I’m also just getting to grips with Toggl – a great little app for tracking time. It makes invoicing and admin so much easier at the end of each month, as I know exactly where I have put my time.

I’m an absolute sucker for stationery and as well as spending most of my life on my laptop, iPad or phone, I also opt for an old fashioned diary and plenty of notebooks. This time of year is the time to buy your 2017 diary and I’m certainly fussy when picking mine. I like being able to make notes and keep a track of what I’m doing – joined-up handwriting and all! Check out my Pinterest board and see what stationery I’m swooning over at the moment.

I’d love to hear your tips for keeping up with life admin, getting your shit together and being organised. Do you use any apps? Have you got any top tips for staying on top of all that essential ‘adulting’ we all seem so consumed with?

I hope you have a great weekend and savour seize the moment ‘

Have a happy and productive weekend,

Ciara sign off

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