Time management, how to be less of a mess

30 October 2017

Stress is a choice, but it's one I make multiple times a day.
I can stress myself out to the point where I feel physically sick, which isn't great, but I've gotten better at keeping my cool over the last couple of years.
The main things that have helped me are structure and self control.

Whenever I feel like I don't have any control over a situation (which happens a lot), I stress.
In recent years I've learned to counter this by finding structure in what I'm doing, which gives me a sense of control. I try to always think ahead and make sense out of everything that is going to happen. Feeling like I know what's ahead is what truly gives me inner peace.

 If you don't have stress or control issues this might not make any sense to you, but if you're an avid procrastinator the following tips might still help you out.

1. The Planner

Get one, and actually use it.
Planner - FRINGE

Owning a planner is one thing, actually putting it to use in an efficient way is another. I try to always put my full day schedule in my planner as well as the most important things I have to get done.

Pick one that fits in your work/uni bag and make sure you bring it everywhere, and oh yeah, don't forget a pen. As soon as you get a task or plan to meet up with someone, write it down asap.

2. The List

The controlfreak in me's brainchild.
The concept is simple, you write everything you have to do down (per day or per week, whatever works for you) and do, at least, one thing of the list before 'doing something fun'. This, of course, does not work if you don't combine it with some self control. Doing the dishes to then watch 4 episodes of Stranger Things isn't exactly balanced.
If you make a list a such, remember that it's to help yourself, there's no use to cheating it.

3. The Watch

And I'm not talking about your phone.
Watch - Daniel Wellington  28mm Classic Petite Sterling
 You can go to www.danielwellington.com  and use the code 'alexandralicewolf' for 15% off 
(until 20/12/2017) 

Most of us have a habit of checking the time on our phones, which is convenient, but also very distracting.
If you're anything like me, checking your phone for the time is often an incentive for 20 minutes of mindless Facebook and/or Instagram scrolling. Avoid this by wearing a watch and having a clock in your room (or house). This significantly lowers the chance of you 'quickly' checking the time on your phone and spending unnecessary time on social media.  

These are some of my easy tips.
Long story short, remember to take some deep breaths from time to time and have some self control.

Some of the products featured in this post were gifted to me. This however is not a sponsored post, and all opinions are my own.



  1. Thanks for your tips! I found running my business so much more manageable when I got myself an amazing planning and list pad. Now I can organize things into 'need to do today' and 'need to do this week' and its made the world of a difference!

    Allegra xx

    Allegra Ghiloni Fashion Stylist

    1. It did for me too! I used to constantly feel overwhelmed by everything I had to do, but having a visualisation of your work makes everything so much more manageable!