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! ->

The Perfect Goodbye? Kicking Perfectionism to the Curb

  One of the biggest problems I have — when it comes to getting my shit together, anyway — is that I’m a perfectionist. A lot of people hear the word “perfectionist” and assume that everything in that person’s life is ideal and immaculate. Not the case. Striving for perfection doesn’t even remotely equate to achieving it. (I wish!) In fact, for many, it’s the exact opposite. I often put off doing something until I know how to make it perfect, which then leads to the thing never actually getting done at all. In the quest to find the “perfect” … Onwards! ->

Out With The Old… Literally

  Another year over, a new one just begun. I’ve got very exciting things planned for the site this year, just as I’m sure you have very exciting things planned for your life! If you’ve made a resolution, I’d be willing to put good money on it falling into one of the following categories:   Health (eating a balanced diet and getting fit) Wealth (eliminating debt and starting to save) Relationships (love and laughter) Housekeeping (keeping your home clean and tidy) Organisation (better time-keeping & scheduling) Personal care (more ‘me time’, rest and relaxation, expanding your horizons)   Am I … Onwards! ->

How to Get Your Shit Together in 2015

  HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE! Fuck the begrudgers — 2015 is going to be your best year yet! This is my favourite time of year. Like most people, I feel motivated and energised to make positive changes in my life. I have visions of washboard abs, bulging bank accounts, and a home that runs like clockwork. However, contrary to what some will say, visions aren’t enough to get you across the finish line… or even to the halfway mark. You need to have a plan.   So here’s what you’re going to do: You’re going to sit down and think … Onwards! ->

Brain Dump — What It Is & How To Do It

  And then it was December. The next few weeks are my favourite time of year. First there’s Christmas, when I get to spend quality time with family, and my house is full of joy and laughter and warmth and colour. (And chocolate.) Then comes the New Year, full of hopes and dreams and the start of a better life. It’s the time of year I feel most motivated and most full of excitement at the possibility of positive change. (And the most sure that I’ll finally kick the chocolate addiction.) This year, the motivation kicked in a little early. … Onwards! ->

December Declutter

  Within the next week, we’ll be putting up all our Christmas decorations. And, if you know me, you’ll know that that means our entire house is about to get covered in colourful tinsel and other tacky things. The brighter, the better! So, with the festive holidays looming, there’s never been a better time to declutter. As you know, I’m on a major minimalism mission, which I hope to kick into overdrive in the coming weeks and months. There’ll be an influx of new toys and trinkets soon and it’s important to make space, lest I end up swallowed in … Onwards! ->

4 Ways to Supercharge Your ‘To Do’ List to Get More Done

  So I’ve spoken before about planning out your days the night before. While that was a decent general overview, I wanted to share some things I’ve found extremely helpful when doing this. These are pretty much guaranteed to ensure you get more done, and save more time.   Batching The first is to batch tasks. There are some items on your ‘to do’ list that will be similar in nature, or are done in the same area. So, for example, you should make all your phone calls in one go. Also, if you need to leave the house to … Onwards! ->

TIME To Get Your Shit Together

  I’ve read a lot of books and blogs on productivity, and one tip I come across frequently is to use a timer. It’s that whole “race against the clock” mentality that gets the adrenaline pumping and focuses the mind. It’s particularly useful for jobs you don’t want to do, because you know there’s a time limit on it. It forces you to get it done, and get it done fast. The only problem I’ve had with implementing it is the length of time most sources suggest. Fifteen minutes? Fuck that. For me, that’s too long. Yes, there’s a MOUNTAIN … Onwards! ->

Where My GYST Journey Began

  I’m 30 years old, I’m married and I have a child. We live in Dublin, and I also own a house in the city that I rent out. I manage the rental property myself, which means I’m responsible for finding and interviewing new tenants, doing basic repairs and decorating around the house, collecting rent and bill monies, paying the mortgage and utilities, and organising for contractors and handymen to carry out the work that I can’t or won’t do myself. I work Sundays and some bank holidays in a local pharmacy. I’m healthcare trained, and worked for years as … Onwards! ->