5 THINGS TO TRY THIS FESTIVE PERIOD TO STAY PRODUCTIVE

Brrrrr Mans not hot as Big Shaq would say. As I am writing this post on the Train, covered in plenty layers, I can’t help but think of my cozy room awaiting me in an hours time. Its quiet evident that the dreaded winter is finally upon us. Thankfully I also have a latte to keep me all warm and fuzzy.

Which brings me onto today’s outfit. If you are into faux fur coats you might love this look. Actually, I am wearing a grey faux fur gilet. A great addition to your wardrobe especially for layering. If there is something that I struggled with before, its mastering the art of layering. Chunky Knits, heavy coats, bubble hats and huge scarves are great. However, it is so easy to pile up all the thick warm stuff only to end up ridiculously boiling, cue sweaty Betty. Well, I have found that a faux fur gilet is actually a life saver because its not only sleeveless but allows your arm pits to breathe. It can be worn over a biker jacket and under that, you could throw in a loose fitting polo neck. Better still you could wear the faux fur gilet over a thinner baggy jumper.

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Photo Credits: Boateng Arkoh

Most universities, colleges and schools  will be breaking up for Christmas. Personally, I will be heading home to spend some quality time with my family over this festive period. As much as I am looking forward to getting some rest from studies, I can’t help but think about my up coming deadlines in January. Thankfully, I don’t have any exams. However, I know that I will need to still stay productive and not completely do away with my books. In order to stay on top of everything, I have 5 tips on how to stay productive through this festive period.

GET STARTED EARLY

Waking up early whilst on holiday is probably the last thing on your mind. However, its so easy to have your day slip away right under your nose. Therefore, I would encourage you all to try and get your day started in the morning. We are currently experiencing short days and longer nights so if you wait to start your day till noon, by 3pm it is already turning dark outside. I don’t know about you, but the minute I see the sun setting , my productivity declines.

START YOUR DAY WITH SOME MOVEMENT

Get yourself into the right frame of mind for the day by moving around first thing. Some people exercise first thing but if you can’t do that just walk to the kitchen/bathroom and get moving rather than going straight to business or sitting at your desk. Movement stimulates all the positive brain chemicals and it has been proven that the effect can last all day. Don’t believe me? Give it a go.

MAKE YOUR NEW PLAYLISTS

Subtle music in the morning actually gets me going. Its quiet relaxing. Music makes everyone’s week a little better, but we all know the feeling of an iTunes library full of music, but having nothing you feel like listening to. Personally, SPOTIFY is my number one go to place for music. By having a playlist clear out each weekend, you can keep your playlists up to date, and make sure you have all the tracks you want to hear to keep you motivated at the gym, whilst you running errands, and even that party playlist for Saturday night when you getting ready for all the lined up Christmas parties.

STAY INSPIRED

As a blogger, I try to keep  my audience all across my social media platforms, well entertained and I love to share what I get up to when I can. Producing new content means I need to stay inspired so as to feel motivated to produce better content on a regular. There is so much going on during the festive period and people are out there looking for inspiration too. So why not harness this opportunity and find something that you are good at (e.g a delicious recipe you can share with people to try out for Christmas dinner).

FOCUS ON ONE TASK AT A TIME

With Christmas shopping to do, food shopping, outfit shopping….it does build up eventually. Easy way to take control of such a situation is to have a list. Preferably a short and achievable one. After creating a to-do list, its easier to see which tasks need to be done and when. This makes it easier to focus on one task at a time. You can also set a time limit on every task, which will keep you from spending too long on one thing.

Hope these Tips are of benefit to you all and as we plan our Christmas, may you have a fun filled festive period. Which of these tips are you most likely to adopt?