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Another Monday

Good Morning

If you are on half term this week i hope you started the day with a long lay in!

Today I am trying hard to work, I am really trying except it is hard to get into the zone this morning.

I thought it might help to give myself some advice on how to get back into the work frame of mind!

So here are my tips, they often help me I hope they help you guys too.

1 - Get some motivation

Everyone finds their motivation in different ways, for me I like to watch great people doing their 'thang' on Instagram stories. My favourite at the moment has to be Kayse Morris who is fabulous!

What ever makes you feel like you can go do it. Although this does come with a warning - A little motivation is great, if it is still an hour later and you are watching Nifty videos on how to turn your old books into bedside tables, you have gone too far!

2 - Go for a walk

Fresh air and change of scenery is great for focus. I need to follow this advice much more often. It can feel like stepping away from the computer is the last thing that will help get work done, but a break, just for a walk around the block, can do wonders.

3 - Eat

This tip is a tricky one as I know how easy it is to just munch, not only is it tasty but it gives you a legitimate reason to not get on with things. That said if I am hungry I cannot focus so make sure you have a full tummy!

4 - Drink

This goes along with the eating. Make sure you have a glass or bottle of water nearby when working. Just having it near you will remind you to keep hydrated! Our brains need hydrating to work!

5 - Know when to shift focus

If it really isn't working then it is time to shift gears. There are times when really nothing gets you into the right frame of mind and taking a break from it is the best thing. Go and do something more productive, clean out those cupboards do the ironing what ever takes you away from work but lets your mind wander.

I hope these tips help you, now to take my own advice!

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Pinterest and Bullet Journals



I have to say I love Pinterest! It is my biggest time suck. I have Tailwind to post my own pins (and a tribe if anyone would like to join) but I can just open up Pinterest and suddenly it is an hour later and I'm looking at pictures of unusual avocado recipes!

(seriously who is making this stuff??)

One of the things I have really noticed I do with Pinterest is to collect pictures and ideas of things I will never do! My boards are like a crazy wish list of beautiful homes I will never live in, food I will never cook and lessons I will never get to teach... Sigh

All of this leads me to bullet journals. I love the way they look. I have a huge board full of great bullet journal ideas and I add to it constantly, the only trouble I have is actually making one. I buy the most beautiful notebooks and stationery, which would be perfect for a bullet journal, and then I tend to just kind of look at them....


(look it is just soooo pretty!)

I don't know why this is such an issue for me but I have started to investigate digital bullet journals and I think I have found the perfect combination for me! I am too messy to make a pretty handwritten journal but my lists, ideas, goals and plans can easily be put into a digital version. For a detailed explanation and great tips I can highly recommend this blog post over at lifeismessyandbrilliant.com 

Let me know if you use bullet journal handwritten or digital, I always love pictures and tips!

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Get on with it woman!


The crazy summer heat has finally broken here, and I have to say it is a relief! We aren't used to such temperatures in this country. With it being a little cooler I feel like I can actually get on with some work! Except.....

I have completely fallen out of the swing of things. I don't know about you but if I stop doing things for a period of time (illness, summer hols, mad heat! Any reason) I kinda forget how to do it. I know the mechanics but I can't seem to get functioning! I need to finish my dissertation for my MA. It is due September and I am still writing it! I need to prep for the TPT sale (coming on the 1st and 2nd of August EEEEEEEeeeeeee) and I really really really need to sort out my junk and buy some new clothes, this is getting a bit beyond sane now. So this blog post is as much for me as for you because we all need a reminder sometimes to just get on with it!

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Ok so here are my tips for when you just feel like you cannot get anything done!

1- Set a timer

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Ginger-TeacherWhen it comes to my dissertation I tell myself silly things like 'I can't do it right now, I don't have my study brain on' but then, of course, it doesn't get done. So I set a timer for 15 mins and tell myself I will write for 15 minutes, and I just do it, it doesn't matter if it is not very good (that's what editing is for) I just need to add something to it. If after the 15 minutes I still feel like I cannot carry on I take a break and do something else but then make sure I come back to it and try again after completing a different task. I do this 4 times and then if I still am not getting anywhere at least I did an hour's work today and I can try and get more in the zone tomorrow. Set a timer guys! 




2 - Help someone else 


I need to redo a lot of my covers (did I mention there is a sale coming?). I can't seem to find the omph! However, a friend of mine recently opened her own TPT store! (She is fab by the way run over and follow her please! Platinum Pedagogy) I helped her set up and get started, I gave her lots of tips and advice that I had learnt from making my own resources and in doing so it reminded me how much I enjoy doing this. It is fun I don't know why I have been putting it off! 
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and finally...


3- Set a reward


I have been binge watching Son's of Anarchy recently, yes I do realise how far behind the rest of the world I am, on top of that the latest season of 'Orange is the New Black' has hit Netflix! I really, really, really, would rather be watching these than doing the things I need to do. But I am strong! I do not get to see Jax getting angry at everyone until I have reached a goal, it might be 5 new covers, it might be writing 1,000 more words, what ever it is I am strict with myself and then when I get to settle down and watch it I am happier and not worrying about how much work I am not doing.... Well mostly. 

Have a great summer everyone :)


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