How I Stay Productive (And Sane) As A Stay-At-Home Parent

Being productive when you’re a stay-at-home parent is, at best, bloody hard work. At worst, you’ll drive yourself downright demented. I’ve been both sides of the spectrum, and everywhere in between, so I thought I’d share what I’ve learned along the way. Now I don’t want you to think that I’ve completely overcome this problem. I have good days and bad. More of the latter, if I’m honest. I know how hard it can be, and if something herein helps a stay-at-home parent increase their productivity by even 1%, or at least makes their day go a fraction smoother, I’ll… Onwards! ->

Can Tidying Really Change Your Life? Marie Kondo Thinks So

  If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve recently lost my mind and started implementing something called the KonMari Method. I’ve previously described it as comprising of two steps: Gather all your shit together in one big pile. Throw it all away. While I still maintain that that’s a pretty accurate assessment, I thought some of you might want a more detailed introduction to what it is and what it involves. The method is outlined in Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying” (or, in some versions, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”). It’s… Onwards! ->

Acceptance — Accept Nothing Less

I warn you in advance, this is ranty. It includes swearing and strong opinions, but only because it’s a topic that I’m wildly passionate about. In fact, this very site was built on the basis of what I’m about to tell you. Y’see, years ago I started another blog about a similar topic. It fell flat on its arse. Why? Because I tried too hard to be “professional”. I thought nobody would take me seriously unless I wrote in a very stiff, stifled way. I wanted to be perceived as an expert. But that’s not who I am. That’s not… Onwards! ->

March 2015 Wrap-Up

March has probably been my least productive month of 2015 so far. I’ve been in an almighty funk and it’s affected my ability to do anything bar sit and feel sorry for myself. But shit’s about to change! One thing I did manage to get done this month was to finally record and upload a video to YouTube. And the response has been absolutely overwhelming. Honestly, I was aiming for 50 views (and secretly hoping for 100) but, as it currently stands, I’m just about to hit the 800 mark. I’m astonished and humbled and so very grateful to everyone for… Onwards! ->

I Have A Shit List; Here’s What I Use It For

Though I frequently tell people who annoy me that they’re on my shit list, the reality is that my actual shit list doesn’t contain any names at all but, rather, ‘to do’ items. I mentioned it in my last post on my task management system, and I’ve alluded to it on social media once or twice, so I thought it was about time I explained myself. My shit list is where I put small niggly tasks that aren’t overly time-sensitive but that still need to be done. They generally require very little time, and the idea is that I slot… Onwards! ->

To Do: Write A ‘TeuxDeux’ Review — CHECK!

  I’ve mentioned before that I use a digital app for scheduling all my tasks and lists. Feels a bit sacrilegious seen as I’m usually a pen and paper gal, but the one big thing digital has going for it is the ability to easily move things around without messing them up. (And, y’know, that fancy cloud thing I’ve heard so much about.) My lists change on a very regular basis. I need to be able to edit them and add to them with ease. So I turned to the digital world to heal my woes. The main problem I had when… Onwards! ->

‘No Spend’ — What It Is & How I Do It

  Some of you may have seen in my monthly tracker post and in my planner set-up video that I participated in a ‘no spend’ challenge. I know a lot of people are confused as to what it is and how it works, so I thought a quick post might clear things up. The basic premise is that you don’t spend money for a set amount of time (usually a month). It’s a great idea if you’re trying to save/get out of debt/curb your spending. Or if you’re a total control freak like me who just wants to know where all those… Onwards! ->

My Current Planner Set-Up (From The Gogglebox To Your Eyeballs)

  IT’S HERE!   I finally bit the bullet and recorded a video for the site. I kept putting it off and putting it off (the reasons for which I’ve outlined in the video) but I decided I needed to start practicing what I preach and GET MY SHIT TOGETHER. So I did. And it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. (Isn’t that always the way?) Praise jebus for iMovie because I don’t know what I would’ve done without it. As it is, the editing is pretty minimal. But without iMovie, I dread to think how… Onwards! ->

February 2015 Wrap-Up

It’s been an odd month in the How To GYST household. It started off being quite productive, and with a new digital marketing strategy for the site. I was full of motivation and ideas on how to grow the brand, and I set about making various lists and scribbling random notes (as is my wont). And then I hit a personal set-back. Something that disrupted my normal day-to-day routine, and left me at a bit of a loss. I felt unmotivated and, as a result, I just let everything else slide in order to focus on myself and my family.… Onwards! ->

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! ->