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I think January is a great time to asses your life and make sure you're on track. When I came back home to London after two weeks off for Christmas I found it really hard to get back to work and I had almost forgotten what my daily routine was. I had such a lovely time at home relaxing and enjoying time with old friends and family I suddenly felt a little lonely and disorientated being back in London.

Having a Reason to Get up Early

After last week I wanted to get my grove back and find a schedule that suited me perfectly. Today I woke up slightly earlier and headed to the gym. Pre Christmas I would go and work out in the morning before starting my working day at home but over the holidays I totally lost the morning habit. I've booked myself a weeks worth of morning gym classes to make sure I'm up and out the door early.

Breaking up the Working Day

Working from home has a lot of positive aspect but as no-one holds me accountable for my work sometimes it's difficult to feel motivated. I adopted the Timeboxing technique to ensure I'm as productive as possible. I've discovered that working in 25 minuet intervals and then treating myself to a 5 minute break means that I work so much harder. So every 25 minutes I make a cup of tea, stretch or watch a short YouTube video and then back to work for another 25 minutes. It works for me and I really suggest trying it out.


Finding A Signature Style

It may sound silly but I feel so much more "me" when I've had my haircut. I've found a style that suits me and my lazy attitude to hair maintenance. A chin length blunt bob is probably the easiest style to look after and it's just the right amount of modern and classic for me. My most recent cut was at SuperCuts Archway, I'd never gone before but I was so happy with it. It was great to be able to pop in somewhere to quickly get a trim, boom back home within the hour.

Each month or so I have a wardrobe clear out which feels so refreshing. It's interesting to see what I wear all the time, it makes it easier to shop as I know exactly what I wear on a regular basis. No more impulse buys for me!

Finding an Excise Schedule That Suits me

I've always liked exercising, I was very sporty in school but adult life gets in the way sometimes and it can be hard to stick to a schedule. I used to workout at home using videos on YouTube but after a few years I wanted to step up my game. Since I work at home joining a gym was a way for me to get out of the house everyday and meet people too, I also have access to equipment I would never be able to have at home. I definitely work out a lot more now I'm paying for the gym. Here's what I do...

My Workouts in a Week

Monday - day off

Tuesday - Weightlifting

Wednesday - Core Workout

Thursday - Self Defence

Friday - Spinning (urgh it's so hard!)

Saturday - Trampolining

One Evening Per Week - Yoga or Pilates

Sunday - 4 to 7 mile walk. At the moment Simon and I are walking the Capital Ring which is a 78 mile loop all around the edge of London. So far we've done Stoke Newington to Hackney Wick and Hackney Wick to Beckton District Park. The wall takes you through lots of parks, waterways and hidden gems of London. The other day we found the house where the Big Breakfast was filmed!

I hope these routine / scheduling tips were helpful, let me know what you like to do to feel productive.

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  1. Wow that's a busy schedule! I love the idea of the Capital Ring, I have never heard of it before! Would like to give it a go too :)

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    1. It sounds busy but I really love getting out the house and having my exercise for the day done in an hour. I'm very lucky though as my gym is five mins walk away from me. You should do the walk when you're back home! Something else to look forward to :)

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  2. Love it!!! I am using this week to find a routine that works for me!!!
    Your blog inspires me so much!!!
    Thanks for your wonderful work!

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    1. Hi Lay, thanks so much. I really recommend the timeboxing technique!

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  3. I discovered your blog recently, but I find myself in the same situation ... it's hard to find a routine that works. Hope u have a nice year!

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    1. Everyone's different so just keep trying new things until you find something that sticks!

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