5 Things to do in 2014

1. Write things down – we are so caught up in a technological age and often depend on our phones, ipads, and more to tell what to do and when. What happened to a good ole’ planner? I use my iCal and google calendar don’t get me wrong, but I’ve found that having a written schedule is crucial in maintaining consistency.

2. Unsubscribe – clear out your inbox of all the junk newsletters, promos, and extra “stuff” that just sits there. I can’t concentrate on my work when my inbox says “462 unread emails”. Easy ways to get that number down (and keep it down) quick are unsubscribing from all the garbage you don’t read anyways. Keep a few of your favorite brands, but the rest can go.

3. Simplify – get the ‘less is more’ mentality in your mind and keep it there, for every area of your life. The less you have to do or get done, the easier tasks seem. I don’t know about you, but having a long, daunting to do list makes me less motivated and I usually end up getting nothing done.

4. Smile – someone special in my life is constantly telling me to smile, even if I’m not necessarily on the inside. But the simple gesture of a smile can make your mood better and you have no idea who it will affect around you either.

5. Set a bedtime – one thing I learned in 2013 was that my body literally cannot function without adequate sleep. Rather than staying up to wee hours and cramming in a blog post or poking around on pinterest (we’re all guilty), I forced myself to sleep and woke up feeling rested ready to tackle the day. Set yourself a bedtime and stick to it – you need time to recover for the next day ahead!

This list could really be endless, but I narrowed it down to five (simplify, right?) that impacted my life + schedule the past months. Whether you’re a blogger, stay at home mom, still in school, or work full time, all of these can apply to you in some way.

Tomorrow I’m sharing some more tips for 2014 – don’t miss it!


  1. 1.2.14

    Great ideas!!

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  2. Laura said:

    Brilliant post! I’m on an unsubscribing mission today – so much junk in my inbox!

  3. 1.2.14

    I really, really like this list. I love to sleep, but for some odd reason I always delay going to bed. [childhood habits die hard?]. But lately I’ve really been pushing for a regular bed time, 10PM. so by the time I fall asleep, & wake up at 6:30AM I’ll have a good night sleep. it’s hard, but I feel so much better in the morning. and simplify ..I have a long, daunting to do list and all I do is avoid it. // thank you!! xo – chels @ LLinaBC.com

  4. Hannah said:

    These are great, and super obtainable. I love my planner and writing things down. I also need to set a bed time desperately. Well, an earlier one at least!

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

  5. 1.2.14

    uch great ideas! I think the “unsubscribe” is probably going to be the biggest/best for me <3

    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

  6. Maggie Adofo said:

    I want to badly to try this bedtime idea but I haven’t had a bed time since my senior year of High School.

    Maggie A

  7. 1.5.14

    Great list, simplifying things is something I’m really hoping to do in this new year. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂 xoxo



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