Let’s Chat: 5 Tips for Staying Focused


5 Tips and Tricks for How to Stay Focused[Source]

Man oh man is it hard to work in the summer. When happy hours can finally be enjoyed outside, and the beach is calling, who wants to sit at the desk indoors?! Sometimes life is just too damn wonderful to work. But just because it’s the season of fun doesn’t mean that bills have magically disappeared and that deadlines don’t exist. I know. It’s the worst.

Instead of spending all day daydreaming about what you wish you were doing and not getting anything done, here are my 5 tips for staying focused so you can knock out your work asap and hopefully (fingers crossed) cut out early!

1. Hide your phone. Well, don’t hide it to where you can’t find it, just put it in the other room. And turn iMessage off if you’re on a Mac. We’re all in the habit of mindlessly checking our phones. I mean, how many times have you closed Instagram just to reopen it a second later? Hell, I checked my phone at least ten times while writing this post. But the truth is that 99% of what you’re looking at and doing on your phone can wait an hour or two until you take a break. Use it as motivation; checking your phone in x amount of time is your reward for staying focused.

If you absolutely have your phone by you, delete your social apps. It’s amazing how less likely you are to log on when you have to go through a process to do it. Another trick I’ve found is that on the days I don’t check social media until at least an hour or two after I wake up, I want to check it less throughout the day.

2. Change your music. When I need to get a ton of writing done, I actually turn of my music all together. It’s amazing how distracting singing along to your favorite songs can be. If you absolutely cannot function without background music, try listening to something instrumental. Spotify has so many ‘get focused’ playlists, that I know you’ll find one you like. And you better believe I’m going to work on one for the blog to share soon!

3. Go for a walk. Step away for some fresh air, even if it’s just around the block. You will probably tell yourself you don’t have the time, but you do. It’s ten minutes, if that. Sometimes we get so overwhelmed with to-do list and deadlines that we freeze and can’t work at all. Clear your head, slow down for a few minutes, and then get back into what you were working on with fresh eyes and a clear head.

4. Work somewhere new. I recently discovered that a change of scenery can work wonders. Anytime I need the pressure put on, I head to a coffee shop. Not only are there less distractions, but you’re also more inclined to sit up straight in your chair and keep your eyes on your computer. Plus there’s always something about having the pressure of strangers’ eyes on your screen that is a small deterrent from taking Buzzfeed quizzes and looking at memes.

5. Get dressed. Okay, so this one is just if you’re working from home. Working in pajamas is wonderful and comfortable, but when you’re feeling distracted, it’s too easy to go from your desk to your bed without feeling guilty about it. Toss on some structured clothes, uncomfortable shoes, and even do your hair and makeup if that’s part of your normal routine. It helps to feel like you’re working at an office, even if you’ve never left the house.


PS If you have any additional tips to share, please leave them in the comments! I’d love to have backup ideas!


10 DIY Colorful Summer Accessories

10 DIY Colorful Summer AccessoriesRadio silence officially over friends! So sorry for the pause on content for the past two weeks, but everything will be revealed soon and you’ll be like OMG DOPPPEEEE. Promise.

Now let’s talk about something that really matters– summer fashion. I think we can all agree that it’s way too hot to wear more than the basics. To mix things with your wardrobe without wearing another layer that’s going to make you sweat, accessories are a total life saver. They’re the perfect way to take a simple summer staple piece and mix it up to give it a different look. Plus since summer is all about color and fun, you can go a little more bold than you typically would (get ready to be BFFS with rhinestones), and nobody will think anything of it other than how good you look.

But enough talking and more crafting; here are ten accessories for summer you can totally make yourself!

10 DIY Summer Accessories 1. Rainbow Tote by The House That Lars Built

10 DIY Summer Accessories 2. Statement Earrings by Oh Happy Day

10 DIY Summer Accessories 3. Rhinestone Heels by The Crafted Life

10 DIY Summer Accessories 4. Mini Beaded Rings by Fall for DIY

10 DIY Summer Accessories 5. Straw Necklace by Say Yes Continue reading…

Friday Links

Friday LinksHappy, happy Friday friends! Whether you’re catching up on home projects, or plan on kicking your feet up with a nice cocktail, I hope that the next few days for you are super fun! I’m putting the final touches on a really big project, so I will be working away. I’ll be able to disclose more details for you within the next week or two so stay tuned! In the meantime, here are some links you won’t want to miss:

– Major patio goals!

– Loving this DIY acrylic tray.

– And just like that, watermelon frosé is now my official summer drink.

– Such a fun home tour!

Pom-pom all the things.

– Gimme this pizza!


First Dates: The Bro and the Bartender

first dates The Bro + the BartenderI am so excited to share this first date story with you guys today because it comes from my BFF! Abra and I went to high school together, so she’s seen me through my most embarrassing phases (remember when I wore two belts for a year?) and yet she’s still around. Well my girl went on a first date that stunk and she’s ready to dish with all of you. Take it away Abra!

So I signed up for Plenty of Fish with the intent of doing it for only a month. At the time there wasn’t an app for it and anyone could message you so it was kind of a free-for-all. I would get 30+ messages everyday that would just be “hey” or “what’s up beautiful” like no substance at all. I’d only respond to those that had something witty to say.

I got a message from this dude, let’s just call him Chad for the sake of the story, and he wasn’t too terrible so I was like why not! I chose the spot to meet and it was a low key bar area in Columbus, OH. While I was waiting for him to get there I was chatting and made friends with the female bartender. Then Chad arrives in basketball shorts + socks with sandals and much sucks right off the bat. Note to any of the male readers here, don’t wear this on a date. Or like as a good rule of thumb, in public in general, unless you are in fact coming from playing basketball.  Continue reading…