Happy Friday friends! We’ve made it another week, but that doesn’t mean all productivity has to come to a screeching halt. Stay on top of the humble hustle with my six tips to productiveness:
Wake up earlier – Your bed is your favorite hello, and hardest goodbye especially when that unappealing 7:05AM alarm goes off. I’ve found that giving myself an extra 30 minutes in the morning is SO important. It can really set the tone for the day. That’s when I brew a cup of coffee and get most of my blog work done. It’s also a great time for any quick house chores (i.e.: making the bed, putting away dishes that dried overnight, etc.) that will give any day a nice clean start.
Disconnect – Any time I get a notification it’s literally a trifecta of dings: my phone goes off, followed by my watch, with another chime in from my iPad. Focusing is nearly impossible and those “power off” options exist for a reason, even if it’s only for an hour. Another disconnecting hack? Shutting off the “preview” option on your mail app while you’re on your computer. Too many times I’ll see a message come through, read the preview, then feel obligated to open the rest of it. By turning the preview option off, it’s like the message never came in. It’ll be there when I’m ready to deal with it.
Lists on lists on lists – The therapy of checking something off of your to-do list is like no other. I love breaking my to-dos out into sublists with parts to complete. Start with three things that you want to get done. For every one you check off, add a new one. This weekly planning pad from Sugar Paper is a lifesaver.
Be a goal digger: Set goals. Keep them realistic and attainable. Give yourself a deadline. Break larger goals out over a course of a few days. Sunday night you may realize you want to workout three times in the coming week before going out for drinks on Friday. Set a schedule and stick to it to achieve that goal. You’ll feel so accomplished on day three, completing your last workout – which will make those Friday night margs taste even better.
Speaking of working out: Lift those spirits and load yourself up on endorphins. Even a 20 minute run can make all the difference. I know when I get back from a quick jog around the neighborhood, I get that rush of wanting to knock out ALL THE THINGS at home. It’s like a kick-starter into the world of productivity.
Hold yourself accountable: If you follow me on snapchat (kahlas), then you know that I recently snappchatted a picture of sweet potato fries promising a recipe #ontheblog next week. Now I have it in the back of my mind that I’m committed to posting this recipe, and won’t stop thinking about it until I write the post. It’s all mental. If I don’t follow through, I’ll obviously lose all of my Snap friends and my blog will come crumbling down. Other easy ways to hold yourself accountable: set a personal deadline (stick to it!), make it public on social media (you might even get support), or tell a friend what you’re wanting to get it done (next time they ask about it, be the you that can tell them you got it done, not the one that says they haven’t started “it” yet).
My more patient, less stressed, more budget-friendly, completely laid back better half 😜 how does your SO balance you out? http://liketk.it/2TojX #liketkit @liketoknow.it #LTKfit #LTKunder50 #StayHomeWithLTK #targetstyle #joylabtarget #longlinesportsbras #croppedsportsbra #targetfinds...
MY FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP AT FOR PATIO FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES ⠀
@target - I’M OBSESSED WITH @target’s OUTDOOR SELECTION. They have a fantastic range including furniture, rugs, and accessories. The egg chair in the back corner was a #targetfind and was one of the very first pieces we purchased to style our patio. 👏🏻 #targetstyle #targethome⠀
@westelm - It’s no secret that @westelm sells beautiful pieces. That’s where we scored our outdoor couch (and our brand new indoor one as a matter o’fact 😏). @westelm’s pieces are on trend, but still timeless. Love to see it. 😍⠀
@worldmarket - I go a little overboard when I shop at WM 😂 - they have ALL THE THINGS. Eclectic pieces and fun accessories always catch my eye when I shop there. I’ve purchased placemats and accent pieces from @worldmarket to help accentuate our patio with fun textures and small pops of color. 🌈 ⠀
Where do you shop at for your patio furniture and accessories? Tag ‘em below. ☀️⠀
http://liketk.it/2TSte #liketkit @liketoknow.it #LTKunder100 #StayHomeWithLTK #LTKhome #patiofurniture #worldmarket #eggchair #patiodecor #patiostyle #targethome #targetstyle #pooltime #floridaliving #loveFL #poolpatio #poolday #floridablogger #tampablogger...
Love a tie dye dress moment and also love this game 😏 can you spot the three things I edited out in the second photo? Comment your guesses below. 🤪 http://liketk.it/2TISW #liketkit @liketoknow.it #StayHomeWithLTK #LTKstyletip #LTKshoecrush #showmeyourmumu #floridablogger #tampablogger #clearwaterflorida #birkenstock #tiedyefashion #tiedyetrend #NashKeepsUp #NashWoodsBru #livingroomdecor...
Selfies in between TikTok dances 🤪 annnnnd here are MY TOP THREE MOBILE APPS THAT I USE FOR IG ALMOST DAILY 📱:
@lightroom - makes editing photos super easy and I love that I can edit on the go with my phone. ☺️
@photoshop fix - for any final edits. I love the healing tool for helping with any weird items I want to edit out (ex: cones on a sidewalk, people in the background, blemishes, etc.). 👋🏻
@splice_app - MY FAVORITE VID EDITING APP EVER. I downloaded it when I started using TikTok, but quickly found I could use it for stories and IGTV too. It’s so simple to use and comes with a bunch of editing options for your videos. 🎥
What are some of your go to apps to maintain your IG? Are you familiar with any of these? 🤨
Archive pull from Austin, Texas 👢🎶🌮💙🥳 such a fun trip celebrating @annamiwilliams & @kylebbazzy 😍 (swipe to see @benbrubaker5 and I being total stage parents to two girls that wanted their photo taken 🤪 oops) #austintexas #austintx #texas #austineats #austinmurals #austintexasfood #torchystacos #iloveaustin #visitaustin #visittexas #texastodo #floridablogger #tampablogger #keepaustinweird...
@bartacolife at home right down to the spicy watermelon margarita (!!!) 😍🌶🍉 - love to see it #ad. @bartacolife's secret LOBSTER TACO is back baby 🦞 (available through 9/7). The take home kit they're offering makes assembling this flavorful slice of summer at home easy breezy with poached lobster meat, lemon brown butter, nutty hominy, and a sprinkle of cilantro 🌿 (serves 4). Cradle all of the goodness in a cute corn tortilla and enjoy 🌮. 10/10 recommend playing the bartaco at home playlist on @spotify to set the vibe while stuffing your face and sipping margs 🎶. 👏🏻 #bartacosecret #bartacoathome...
Living in longline sports bras until further notice ✌🏻. This one is from @target and I loveeeee it 😍 - comes in multiple colors & it’s under $20 #joylab. I have it in this color (does show some sweat 😓) and the charcoal. It’s perfect for bike rides, tiktok dancing, and lounging ☁️. http://liketk.it/2Th2l #liketkit @liketoknow.it #LTKunder50 #LTKfit #LTKstyletip #sportsbras #longlinesportsbras #targetstyle #athleisure #workoutstyle #workoutoutfit...
I’m not a vegetarian, but I do love discovering and trying veggie alternatives 😍 #ad. Anyone else? Most times I even prefer it to the “real” thing 😉. @sweetearthfoods is a literal staple in this house. I love their frozen meals as an easy option for lunch or dinner 🙌🏻. @sweetearthfoods recently sent me a pack of their hickory and sage benevolent bacon to try so I stacked it up to make bacon, spinach, tomato sandwiches 👏🏻🥓🌿🍅🍞. They were *chef’s kiss*. #sweetearthfoods #sweetvibes #sweetearth...
What’s one home project that you knocked out during quarantine 🏡? Ben kept saying that this would be the *year of the house* and though the circumstances of this year have been extreme, we’ve definitely taken the time to knock out some small home projects 👏🏻. One of them being this little paved walkway from our backdoor to our backyard 🧱. Ben did it all by himself with the help of @spotify playlists and a @whiteclaw or two 😉. We still have a ways to go out here. Ben wants to add a grill, maybe even a deck box for our pool floats 🥑. The extra pavers in the back need a new home and the AC unit needs ta’go. For now, we popped our white lounge chairs over here. We’ll get there 🙌🏻. If I’ve learned anything from home ownership it’s that the process is definitely a (v slow 🥴) marathon not a sprint. #home #homeowners #quarantineprojects #diyprojects #pacsun...