7 Easy Ways to Be More Productive

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Sometimes life can get in the way of us truly being the most productive we need to, but good news! We can instantly change that with just these 7 easy ways to be more productive throughout the day.

 

Wake Up Early

We're starting off with the hard one here! It may seem cliche, but getting the most out of your day starts with an early wake. If you're not a morning person, no one is telling you to wake up at 5 instead of 7. Try setting your alarm for 15-30 minutes earlier than normal and actually discipline yourself get up. Your body will thank you and you'll have much more time to get your tasks done.

Plan Ahead

Before you go to bed at night, take 5 minutes to set your goals and what you want to accomplish out of the next day so when you wake up, you know exactly what you need to do. Be careful not to plan too much into your calendar though. If you put too many tasks that you know you can't finish, it can overwhelm you and actually be counter-productive. 

Focus on You

Many times we feel that our days revolve around either work or doing things for others, but you are the most important person of your day. Whether it be a few minutes of meditation in the morning, going to your favorite pilates class at night, or watching your favorite tv show at the end of the day, always take time to do something for yourself during the day, and never feel selfish about doing so. 

Give Yourself Breaks

No one can go 100% throughout the entire day. We're just not wired that way as humans. If you have to set an alarm to take a mental break for 5-10 minutes each hour, do so. Take this time to get up from your desk, walk outside, scroll through your Instagram feed or whatever it is to give yourself a mental break. This will help you reset your brain and take on your tasks without feeling like you're missing out or burning out.

Write Down Your Thoughts

Physically. Some people may benefit from jotting down notes in your phone, but I find that if something is on my mind or if I'm easily being distracted by something, writing it down on a note pad helps me get the thought out and I don't focus on it nearly as much.

Reward Yourself

Life is all about appreciating the little things, so if you had a kick-ass day, why not reward yourself with something positive? Plus, if you know you'll get a reward at the end of the day if you achieved your goals, you'll have something to look forward to!

Make it a Routine

Following these steps for only one day may help you be more productive that day, but if you want long-lasting results and an overall productive life, you're going to need to make these a habit, especially the one about putting yourself first! 

You can only form good habits if you are mentally aware of what you are doing, so be conscious of your actions, the way you perceive your tasks, and try to incorporate these positive attributes and thoughts to your overall daily life.

 

Comment below some of your favorite ways to stay productive throughout the day!

xoxo,


battleforbeauty <3

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Costco Shopping Tips: Best Items to Buy

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Shopping at Costco can be SUPER overwhelming, so I'm breaking down the exact products that you should get when you're actually going in for the full on commitment of Costco shopping!

These tips are especially great for those of you who either live alone or live with one other person. Costco is a great place for families who use a lot of products, but that doesn't mean us independent ladies and gents can't enjoy the luxuries of shopping in bulk as well!

While you're here, you can check out this extra fun vlog as well for more in-depth shopping1

COSTCO SHOPPING TIPS | BATTLE FOR BEAUTY VLOG

Tip #1: Know What You Need vs What You Want

Costco can literally be the most tempting place because you can get 100 k-cups for literally $40... but do you need 100 k-cups when you get free coffee at work?

Costco trips for single to 2 person households are amazing because you can stock up on items that you know you will always need, including things like detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, supplements, cooking supplies etc. Buying these items in bulk will give you peace of mind knowing you don't have go constantly restock at your local grocery store on items you use all the time.

Feel like you can treat yourself? Have at it! Just remember, you'll have to find a place to store everything. 

Tip #2: Start A Membership When You're Moving

I took a trip before moving into my new apartment and it made everything a breeze for me. When you're moving, you know you'll need to get household staples. For me, these were new sheets, an air mattress (because friends!), detergent, towels, and other household items you may not think of when you're moving! You can also prioritize what you need better at this time, but even if you're not moving, no worries! Always thought you could use a new set of pots or a fan for your room? They've got it!

Tip #3: Avoid Fresh Food

Sorry guys, I have to say it! Now if you like to eat at home, eat frequently and think it's worth it, go ahead! However, even when I had a roommate, the majority of fresh food spoiled before either of us could even make a dent in what we bought.

To me, it's more worth it to buy fresh food from your local grocery store because it seems to last a bit longer and I would rather pay a dollar or two more for fruit I know I'm going to finish then to waste perfectly good food I bought in bulk.

Tip #4: Never Leave Without Gas!

Because you can get TONS of free samples! Just kidding, not the kind of gas I'm talking about ;) I don't know about you all, but the Costco gas stations around me in Vegas average out to about 30 cents cheaper per gallon to a normal gas station, so even if you don't need a full tank, get some anyway! And get some extra, because 30 cents to me is a lot! 

Tip #5: Shop Online + Know Your Membership

Costco is actually more worth it for me because of the other perks you can get, one of the biggest ones includes my contacts! Let's do some math:

$60 Costco Membership + $180 for a 6 month supply of contacts:  =

$240

I know, it's a lot, BUT. I crunched some numbers and if I ordered my contacts either through my eye care provider, or other online services, I still on MULTIPLE occasions would end up paying close to $300 for a 6 month supply of contacts ONLY. So even with my Costco membership added on top, I still save money on my contacts.

Costco provides so many other services too that I cannot even name, like auto services, grocery delivery, pharmacy, and all those other adult like things, so get to know your membership and take full advantage of it!

 

Favorite Costco Picks

These are the items that are worth the $60 membership for me. I will pay the membership fee solely because of these items! 

*I will link the ones I can find directly to the Costco website

WOO this one was a doozy! Hope you found this helpful :) if you did leave me a comment and tell me why YOU love Costco or if you're thinking about joining :)

 

xoxo,

battleforbeauty <3

Dealing with Depression: What to Do When You Think You're Depressed

You are worthy.

You are strong.

You are LOVED.

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I just wanted to come on here and give you guys a little push to keep going.  This past week, we lost two incredibly inspiring and amazing people, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. 

Both of these extraordinarily inspiring people were battling depression.

This opened eyes for a lot of people that depression does not discriminate. It doesn't matter how much money you have, how cool your job is, how many accomplishments you've made; you can still suffer from depression, no matter what your circumstances are.

I myself have suffered from depression for the past 5 years in my life and thankfully, due to the help of my amazing friends, family, and many, MANY therapists, I am in an amazing place in my life, am no longer am suffering and haven't been better!

I one day want to talk about my story to you guys, but I'm not yet in a place to comfortably speak about my situation. However, I do want to remind you all that you don't have to suffer in silence. I hope these next few tips give you a bit of encouragement if you are going through tough times.

Being Strong Means Admitting When You Need Help

This is one of the most important things. You need to seek help if you are either suffering from depression, or feel like you are going through a tough time.

It's not a bad thing. You will not be judged. You will not be taken away from your job, family, friends, none of that.

It will be worth it. 

There is nothing more powerful than having someone in your corner to help you through this crazy thing we call life. If you are not quite confident to reach out to a professional or feel you are not in a place financially to do so, reach out to a friend you trust instead. Talk with them and open up about how you are feeling. There's nothing to be ashamed about. 

If you're not comfortable doing that, there is tons of online support. I actually found my current life coach through Youtube if I'm being honest. There are people who want to help, you just have to seek it.

*information on free hotlines are down below

Don't Compare Your Situation

Depression runs on a spectrum. No two situations are the same and there are multiple types of depression. You may say to yourself "I don't have suicidal thoughts, so I'm not really suffering" or something else along the lines of trying to justify your feelings.

Don't.

Your situation is unique. Treat it as such. Depression can range from being in a state of sadness to debilitating pain. I had the worst spiral of depression when LITERALLY everything in my life was perfect, but I was still suffering. Depression knows no boundaries, and comparing your situation to other factors or stereotypes only makes things worse. 

Avoid "I should's" and "I shouldn'ts"

One of the most dangerous thoughts I experienced when it came to addressing my depression was saying things to myself like:

"My life is great! I shouldn't be feeling like this."

"I should go see someone, but I can't afford it."

"I shouldn't talk about my problems... it'll make people uncomfortable and judge me."

"I should just suck it up and get through it..."

This type of mindset keeps you in a constant state of depression and only furthers your situation, because you think you can ignore it and it will go away!

It won't. Like I mentioned before, I felt like I had no reason to be depressed because my life was amazing. That very mindset sent me down a spiral even worse than it would've been if I had just shifted my mindset from "I have no reason to be depressed" to "I have an amazing life, but I'm struggling with depression. I don't want to feel like this anymore. Let me fix this." 

 

If you need someone to talk to, I am here, and so are many other friends, family members and professionals who just want to help.

I've lost many amazing people in my life, opportunities and valuable time because of my depression and I don't want you to have to go through the same thing. 

You don't have to suffer. You can live your life. You just have to seek help.

The world is a better place with you in it. Never forget that. 

Love you all so very much <3

Battleforbeauty

 

RESOURCES:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

National Hopeline Network: 1-800-784-2433

Crisis Textline: Text "HOME" to 741741