Basic Budgeting — The “How To GYST” Beginners Guide

  Our topic for today is basic budgeting. I’ll preface it by saying that my husband and I are (thankfully) not struggling financially. Having said that, we’re not exactly minted either (so no need to send threatening letters or requests for donations). With that in mind, I hope everyone can benefit from what works for me. My husband tends to be a bit of a spendthrift so we’ll just go right ahead and ignore him. I, on the other hand, am much more frugally minded and can be a bit of a scrimper and saver, even when times aren’t tight. … Onwards! ->

Maintenance Now or Mayhem Later

  The story As a landlady, there are few things I dread more than getting a text from a tenant. Invariably, it means something is broken or has otherwise gone wrong, and it’s going to take a pile of money or a good amount of time and petrol to sort it out. Or — horror of horrors — both. This time it was the vacuum cleaner, the washing machine, the tall lamp, and the TV’s cable connection. All were broken, according to various text messages. My bank balance was already weeping. Nonetheless, I told them I’d be over to investigate, … Onwards! ->

How To Increase Your Chances Of Sticking To New Habits

  As I mentioned in my January wrap-up, I had some habits I wanted to make and some habits I wanted to break. The good news is that I managed to stay off chocolate and sweets, and to do some form of exercise every day, for the entire month of January. Today, I’m sharing how I increased my chances of sticking to my new habits in the hopes that it will help you with your habits too. I’ve read several times that the human brain doesn’t like unfinished things. It likes tasks to be completed, which is why you randomly … Onwards! ->

January 2015 Wrap-Up

  This was actually quite a productive (albeit lightning fast) month for me, perhaps because it’s January so I’m still full of the motivation and inspiration that the new year brings. One of the problems I’ve found I have is that I try to make small amounts of progress with lots of different things, instead of really focusing on one thing and making great strides there. So this month I was determined to concentrate on one thing — decluttering. There’s still a mountain of work to be done (more on that in the coming weeks), but I made significant progress. … Onwards! ->

What Are You Waiting For? Start Using This List Today!

  There are times in your life when your ‘to do’ list is scuppered by someone or something else. You want to finish that work project, but you’re waiting on someone else to complete their share. You want to make an appointment at your favourite salon but they’re closed for refurbishments. You’re waiting for your new passport to arrive before you book flights. You want to start designing your future-build dream house but you’re waiting for your husband to get his arse in gear. (Ahem.) Or how many times have you waited for a confirmation email, or a callback, and … Onwards! ->

How Not To Let A Slip-Up Land You Back At Square One

When it comes to changing your life, it’s not an ‘all or nothing’ game. You don’t give up your job after a day off, and you don’t stop eating food just ‘cause you once ate a dodgy kebab. It’s the same with your new habits. You shouldn’t give up your healthy eating regime just because you succumbed to a slice of cake, and you shouldn’t start smoking again after one cheeky puff in a moment of weakness. I watch my daughter grow and learn every single day, and I know that if she gave up on something when she couldn’t … Onwards! ->

When Is It OK To Watch TV Instead Of Going To The Gym?

  There are a billion different things you can do to help you on your GYST journey, but there are also a billion excuses that will stop you getting there. We’ve all used them at some point or another, and we all continue to use them. They’re usually some iteration of not having the energy or not having the time. I’ve made my fair share of excuses for putting things off, the latter in particular being my ever-faithful companion. I don’t have time to go to the gym. I don’t have time to prepare a healthy meal from scratch. I … Onwards! ->

The One Question To Ask Yourself For A Lazy Today & A Stress-Free Tomorrow

  We’re all well into the swing of the new year by now, so let’s take things up a notch, shall we? If you’ve been following along, you’ll have ditched some things that were dragging you down, you’ll have backed up all your digital devices, and sorted out all your important papers. Basically, you got started on the right foot. Ready to take the next step? For me, I organise things because I want to make my life as easy as possible. But that’s difficult when you’re a procrastinator/lazy arse. How many things on your ‘to do’ list have rolled over … Onwards! ->

Protect Your Important Documents

  I’m going to assume that you’ve read my previous post about backing up your digital devices and are therefore safe in the knowledge that, should you suddenly drop your phone in the toilet, you haven’t lost all your photos and contacts. But not everything is digital these days, so what do you do with the other stuff? There are certain documents that you should always keep a copy of — birth certs, marriage certs, wills, contracts, title deeds, passports, warranties, tax receipts, etc. — so now’s the time to safeguard those too. First things first – you need to … Onwards! ->

Back Up! It’s 2015 — Back Up Your Digital Devices

  A week into 2015 already. Hopefully you’ve been spending some time deciding what to leave in 2014 (you can read my posts on the topic here and here), but today I want to talk about something you definitely don’t want to leave behind — your files, photos, phone contacts, etc. I know from experience that losing your phone (mine was stolen from my pocket when I was 7 months’ pregnant by some scumbag I wish nothing but scabies on) or having a laptop die on you (my little girl decided it would be a great idea to pull it … Onwards! ->