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5 Quick Tips To Have A Productive Day

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Productive days are awesome! I feel so accomplished by being able to get things done efficiently and with ease. Well, I recently did a (or a few) mini experiment to explore some tips that helped give me the result of a perfectly productive day.

If I miss or skip one of these tips, I usually can still rally in the fourth quarter to come up with a win. However, if I omit at least 2 of theses tips, I have found it hard to end my day on a high note and/or feeling.

So, I thought I would share my formula, which continuously helps me achieve and productive day.

  1. Prepare – I like to shave minutes off of my morning, mainly because I don’t like to rush, especially in the morning. A rushed body leads to a rushed mind. I like to have a clear and fresh mind in the morning. So, before I go to bed the night before, I spend 30-45 minutes preparing what I’m going to wear, preparing lunch, and preparing everything I need to have on me when I leave (i.e laptop, planner, etc.) Those 30 minutes help immensely.
  2. MeditateMeditation helps you relax and clear your mind, which helps you with the next tip.
  3. List – Creating lists are one of my hobbies, because I love them so much. The feeling I get when I finish a task and cross it off of my to-do list is exhilarating and motivates me to want to finish another task so I can scratch that off and so forth.
  4. Exercise – Cardio, yoga, or 30 minutes of deep stretching to warm your muscles up and alert your body that it’s time to move will be much appreciated; instantly and in the long run.
  5. Eat – A classic cup of coffee is nice, but your body needs more than that, preferably something with fiber and protein. My favorite breakfast is granola, almond milk, and bananas and wash it down with some lemon water; hot or cold. That’s my go-to breakfast. Fast and fulfilling.

There you go, my favorite tips to help you start a productive day. They are so quick and easy to add to any daily regimen.

Do you have any tips and tricks that you use to start your day off? Please share below or tweet me!

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The Return of the Accountability Advocate

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In case you can’t tell from the lack of daily posts, I’ve been having the hardest time getting back into the swing of things, online and offline, so far this year. Regular posting on the blog and social media has been hard to climb back on board and even my usually daily/weekly activities have evaporated. To give you an example of just how extreme my lack of motivation, I haven’t stepped into a Target since before Christmas. Yes, almost a month and that’s even scary to type considering I would go to Target no less than 1-2 times a week. Whoa, I just got chills after taking in this revelation.

It’s really weird, because even though I have a few legit reasons to explain this lacking moment in my life, this isn’t the first time I’ve experienced this type of “life blockage”. However, this is the first time that it has taken this long to get out of it. I’ve been a nonchalant person for as long as I can remember, which has allow me to not sweat small stuff and push ahead after a quick breather. Unfortunately, this breather has turned into a full on coma.

Well, maybe coma isn’t the right word considering that my sleep pattern is off the charts. I either go to bed early and get a nice, long 8 hour night of sleep or force myself to fall asleep around midnight after spending an hour playing around on my phone ONLY to wake up in 5-6 hours for no other reason other than my body is used to waking up early.

I like that I have an inner alarm clock (most of the time). However, I used to spend that early morning time working on blog posts, stretching, and/or relaxing in bed to get up in a peaceful and calming matter. The past few weeks? I’m either waking up late or when I do wake up early, I lay in bed…on my phone…browsing Instagram or playing my new game obsessions of Words and Trivia Crack.

I’m seriously over this, for lack of better words, lazy lifestyle that I’ve stumbled upon and there is no one to blame other than myself. I’m holding myself accountable, as usual, for this unfortunate change in my life. I’m so annoyed with myself that I would allow myself to get into this abyss, let alone at the beginning of a new year! I’ve always looked at the beginning of a new year as a breath of fresh air and blank canvas to create a new year long adventure.

Before I delve even further into the negatives, let me gas my own head for a minute with a few positives (hopefully to egg me on to achieve some of my goals)

  • Relationships – Friendships and personal relationships are going great. I’ve even joined/help form a new group that geared improving our health with natural elements. So, I’m happy and excited about that!
  • Car – I got a “new” car finally. Even though I was forced to do so, because I totaled my car, it’s something I’ve been wanting to do and planned to do in 2015. So, I was actually able to scratch that off my to-do list.
  • Paid Off Some Debt – I’m not done, more on that to come, but even the smallest of debts removed from my credit report is encouraging.

So, now on the real. I will say that I’ve had plenty of ideas and goals pop in my mind, but never fully pulled the trigger on them. Yep, that’s about to change….NOW!

I’m a firm believer that when you write tasks and goals down, you have a better chance of actually doing them.

Don’t just think it….INK IT!

So, here are some things I’m going to work on this year and in no particular order:

  • Become a teacher – This has been an aspiration of mine for the past couple of years and I was going to get on the road to becoming one last year, but my mom got sick and was in and out of the hospital and other stuff which halted my plans. However, 2015 is the year!
  • Post quality content at least 3-4x a week – Although I do love reading on other blog and writing on this one those quick “look at this cute dress” and “you need this awesome moisturizer” posts, I feel most happiest and inspire when I not only come up with a great idea, but to actually write, edit, and post makes me feel accomplished and proud. Even if only 10 people read it, I feel inspired to want to do more. So, I’m cooking up some post and investing in some new tools to help me out.
  • Read at least 1 book a month – I feel like I am the queen of having random tables in my house stacked with books I’ve intended to read for years or books I read whenever I feel like it. I used to be able to read a book from start to finish within 2 days while I was a full-time college student and/or employee. I miss them!
  • Get my credit score well over 700 – This might be one of the easiest right now, because I’m pretty much there, but I want to get it super high by the end of the year. House hunting by 2016. Wait on it.
  • Increase secondary income – Hustler ambitions. I have them. I’ve used them, but I need to bring them out again. I love and highly recommend side hustles, be it an Etsy site, tutoring, braiding hair or *clears throat* blogging. I recommend everyone adds a hustle to regimen this year….preferably legal, peeps. You know what I mean.
  • Go on a legit vacay – Vacation! Ugh, just typing it out made me feel a little more relaxed. Actually, my sister/roommate and I have been talking about going on a cruise this year. We’re leaning toward Christmas time, but not sure yet. However, we are going to a travel agent this week to plan something. Yippee!

I guess I’m off to a decent start since I’ve already begun a couple of these. *pats self on the back*

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WORK: Recharging On The Clock

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For me, the worst time of day is about 4 o’clock-ish on a workday.  That’s about the time the weight of the day starts taking its toll and my body realizes that we are only a couple of hours away from breaking free from our desk for the rest of the day. My body begins its own personal shutdown like a computer. Therefore, for the next couple of hours, I’m slowly turning off and closing down shop. Unfortunately, I still have a nice amount of work to finish before I leave that will not get completed if I’m working on 50% internal body battery.

So, if you are like me and find yourself feeling tired and/or drained about 2-3 hours before you are done with your workday, then you are not alone. It’s actually very popular feeling that most people feel, especially those who work in an office setting. So, I’ve gathered some tips and tricks that I use to help me avoid this feeling by recharging my internal battery and finishing the workday on a high note.

  • Drink Plenty of Water – Increased water intake is the cure for so many things, including headaches and more energy. Instead of starting a new pot of coffee, just sip on water and add some lemon, if possible. It’s not only refreshing and good for you, but it will add an instant bout of energy without the “crash” feeling that coffee and energy drinks can give you.
  • Brisk Walk – Sounds crazy, but the energy you exert on a brief walk can double and give you inspiration to do more. So, a quick little 15-20 minute walk around the parking lot and the fresh air will awaken and energize you.
  • Take a Quick Nap – I can’t lie, this is probably my favorite tip, because its the best. I usually go to my car, recline the seat back and take a 15-20 minute nap and I wake up feeling like I could build a building, because I have just that much energy from that simple nap. I actually got this tip from Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post. The Huffington Post offices even having napping room for employees to help them to re-energize and clear their mind. Trust, it’s so effective.

So, next time you are at work and the day is feeling too long to complete of feel yourself draining, try one or more of the above tips.

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WORK: Current Status

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Can you truly live a stylish and happy lifestyle without the monetary means to do so? Unless you “come from money” or hit the lottery or sugar daddy (which, is like hitting the lottery…I guess) then you need a job. Actually, I’m one of those people who firmly believe that you need a career, there’s a difference. I’m in this weird, gray area where I actually have a “career”, but I’m not happy, which is making it feel like a job. Boo.

“Work + Happy = Career

Work + Contentment = Job”

– Samida

For years after college, while freelancing as a graphic artist, I was looking for steady employment. I sent out countless resumes and went on more than a few interviews before someone took a chance on me and hired me to be a website manager for their online retail store. I was truly happy, although, I thought I was just content. I had a decent job, my own apartment and easily handled all of my bills with money to spare. You know, nothing too major.

However, After 3+ years at that job and advanced from just a part-time website manager to a full-time Website manager/ in-house graphic designer, I was burnt out and felt unappreciated. Therefore, I was on the hunt for a new career. I knew I wanted more; responsibility, experience, and knowledge. I already got at all I could at my comfortable eCommerce gig. So, it felt like it was the right time to carry my talents elsewhere.

After months of looking, I scored a “fabulous” job that would have me working in content development, social media marketing, eCommerce, and more. Pan to 3 years later ( My first day was May 16th, 2011) and my main job is content development, which sounds “fancy” to some, but mostly involves copy and pasting medical content into software systems and writing about medical products. Boo.

So, for the past few months I’ve been searching and begging any and all higher powers to guide me on the path to my next career destination and get me of this Office Space environment. I will admit, that I’ve been all over the place in what I want or think I want, but nothing really concrete. However, I do seem to be walking the line of creativity and entrepreneurial. I’ve had plenty of ideas, but haven’t bit the bullet and pulled the trigger to really hunt for a new career path.

Hopefully, with the help of this series I will get the inspiration and motivation to hone in exactly on where I need to be heading in my career. Join the ride,please!!

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Q&A with…Tasha of Imperfect Concepts Boutique

Imperfect Concepts is an online high end resale boutique that features a nice selection of vintage pieces from lines such as YSL, Gucci, Prada, and many more.

Recently, I had the lovely opportunity to ask the owner, Tasha, some questions that range from the good and bad to running Imperfect Concepts to tips on what to look for when you are searching for vintage pieces.

1. How would describe your online store, Imperfect Concepts? As a dream come true… Laughs. But really I would describe my store as a place where women can find luxury and amazing vintage items at fantastic prices. Imperfect Concepts is the best-kept secret for online resale shopping for fashionable women.

2. When and why did you start Imperfect Concepts? Imperfect Concepts was started a little over a year ago (7/11/2009). As a kid I always wanted my own store. I wanted a storefront, but that was not attainable in 2007, when I graduated from Southern University. So, I took a road that has been traveled, but altered the road and used stumbling blocks as stepping-stones instead. The process of starting the store was far from easy but the gratification of saying I am 25 and run a successful business makes it all worth it!

3.  Where do you find the items you sale on your site? When, I first launched the site it was clothes from my very own closet. I had numerous items that had never been worn or with the tags still on them. Then as the store grew I started adding the thrift and vintage store items I was finding. So now, the store is a mixture of both.

4. When you are looking for items to buy, what do you look for in order for you to buy it? I look for items that I feel my customers would love! A perk of running a small business is getting to know your customers. I communicate with several customers daily via social media or on personal levels. When we talk I am always asking, “What do you want to see in my store; what do you think the latest trends are?”

5.  What is your favorite and hardest thing about running Imperfect Concepts? My all time favorites are the packing/shipping process and communicating with my customers. One thing I picked up when working at small boutiques and shopping at them is that you should treat every customer special. They are the reason you will thrive. So, I try to make the shopping/shipping/receiving process amazing every time for each customer. As a result, 85% of my costumers are return customers, and they refer their friends, meaning I gave them a memorable shopping experience!

6.    To date, what was your favorite items that you found and why? I found this amazing Dallas Milo leopard print dress. I was in love with that dress!  Every woman should own a leopard print piece in her wardrobe. That dress was the epitome of fantastic!  When I saw it, I thought immediately of Kate Moss, she always looks chic in leopard.

7.    For people new to resale shopping, what are some rules/guidelines they should look for? First, be patient. Resale shopping is not like retail shopping. It is very rare to find more than one of the same exact piece or to have your size in a particular item. Second, search hard and wide. You might only be looking for a LBD, but if you search the accessory section, you will find an amazing Judith Leiber clutch for your wedding day or perfect gift for your best friend. Finally, have fun! Shopping should always be fun not a torture.

8. What are your favorite labels to find when resale shopping? Vintage Dior, YSL or other high end luxury labels. It is always a high to find great luxury items at a fraction of the price at my local thrift or vintage store!

9. Have you ever found an item that you intended to sell, but couldn’t let go? If so, what? I found an amazing vintage silk Escada stripe bow shirt. Its three sizes too big, but that’s what I love about it! I have yet to wear it, but I know that piece will be a staple in my wardrobe this fall.

10.  Currently, what is your favorite item that you have for sell right now? The Yves Saint Laurent pieces. YSL is always classic and chic. It is a brand I would say every women and man needs in their closet. I love the black jacket and the Fall 2007 croc wooden pump!

11.  What is your hope for the future of Imperfect Concepts? How big do you want it to grow? The hope I have for Imperfect Concepts is to maintain the goal, of providing great articles of clothing to women at affordable prices. Also, to exceed all the expectations others set on us. I use to say I wanted to be as big as the Decades Two or the Fruitions, but I want my store to be as big as God wants it to be!  At the end of the day, I just want to be great at what I do. Grow each day and learn something new in the process, is my hope for Imperfect Concepts.

If you are into fab finds without breaking the bank, then you should definitely check out Imperfect Concept! Also you can stay up to date on special discounts and sales by following at twitter.com/imperfctconcept and  become a Facebook fan!

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