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! ->

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! ->

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! ->