My Daily Essentials

There are some things I cannot go a day without. These daily essentials help make my work process a lot easier and my time off more rel...

My Daily Essentials

There are some things I cannot go a day without. These daily essentials help make my work process a lot easier and my time off more relaxing. It's strange how a few simple items and habits can make such a striking difference to how your day plays out. I need to feel content at my desk with the items I know I will need within arm's reach; otherwise I find my concentration drifts and my productivity plummets. These are the items I like to keep on my desk and on my person, and the habits I use to maintain my concentration and productivity throughout the day.



A Bullet Journal

My planner comes with me everywhere; I keep it open on my desk, take it to the studio for reference, and it even finds its way into the bedroom when I feel I need it close to take notes on any new ideas. It's the powerhouse of my time management. I've borrowed from the bullet journal concept in the past for list-making and note-taking but I hadn't fully committed to creating my own day planner from scratch - complete with monthly spreads and weekly views - until this year, and it's been revolutionary.

My planner is a combination of a traditional 'personal organizer' and bullet journal. It's designed for how I think, plan, and work, which means I can manage everything from my work schedule to content planning, ideas, note-taking, list-making, personal commitments, and daily tasks all within one notebook. I created mine using a Leuctturm1917 A5 Dotted Notebook, they're great notebooks with quality paper and a thread-bound spine so the book opens flat (useful when you need to reference it while you work!) and although it's pricer than a standard notebook it's well worth the extra cost. I highly recommend creating a bullet journal of your own if you struggle to find a planner that works for you.



Laptop and Phone

It's great to have a dedicated workspace in our apartment. The office is a cozy spot to get stuck into work and everything I need is within easy reach. Any admin and back of house tasks for the shop I work on at my desktop computer, the HP Sprout, which is great for breezing through all the boring-yet-important tasks. I slog through emails, battle with spreadsheets, and plan content for each month right here at my desk; but when it comes to writing or creating content, it feels so much nicer to sit elsewhere.

I use a MacBook Air for the fun stuff: researching ideas, writing posts, editing photographs. Being able to sit more comfortably in the living room (occasionally the bedroom) and relax into the flow of writing makes it so much easier and more enjoyable to work on blog posts. It's the piece of tech I rely on the most although my Google Pixel more than I probably should throughout the day! The Pixel is great for taking quick snaps and sharing them on Instagram Stories, and the quality is often good enough that I've used them for blog posts.



Podcasts

Unless I need to give something my full attention or I'm totally engrossed in writing and need to switch everything off to concentrate in silence, there's almost always a podcast playing in the background while I work. Unlike music, which I find intrusive, podcasts fill the silence without being too distracting.

I'm an avid true crime podcast listener so much of my day is spent listening to back to back episodes of my favourite hosts. If I run out of episodes (which surprisingly happens quite often!) I'll switch over to something a little less intense. A few of my favourites include: Last Name Basis, Call Your Girlfriend, TED Radio Hour, Terrible, Thanks For Asking, and The Guilty Feminist. I'm always keen to see what's new; the New & Noteworthy section of iTunes is great for discovering fresh podcasts.



My Daily Essentials


Cozy Sweatshirt

Comfort is a daily priority especially when I'm working. Whether I'm outdoors or inside, there's nothing I love more than throwing a cozy sweatshirt over the top of my outfit; something that's oversized or loose-fitting and made from soft fabric. My go-to sweatshirt of choice is an Everlane Classic French Terry Sweatshirt, with a boxy oversized fit I can throw it on over the top of any outfit. It's comfortable and warm with a slightly cropped fit and mock-neck design. If I'm looking for something a little more fitted and put together, I'll grab my Limpet Be Kind Sweatshirt. It has a fleecy-feeling lining making it super cozy for those colder days, and a sweet embroidered message.



Water

Staying hydrated is super important for concentration and overall health. I like to keep a glass of water, always topped up, next to me at all times. I take occasional breaks to brew loose leaf tea, I find this little ritual helps clear my mind and provides me with enough of a break helping to boost my concentration. Fresh mint tea will forever be a favourite as is green rooibos, peach and raspberry, and ginger and lemon. If I want something stronger, nothing beats a cup of strong and smoky Lapsang Souchong.



Lip Balm and Hand Cream

Cracked lips and dry hands are so uncomfortable and distracting; having lip balm and hand cream within reach is a must-have daily essential for me. I'm loving the Tropic Lip Fudge* range. I have the clear balm, which is great for everyday application, and the rosewood version, which is the most beautiful tinted balm for a hint of colour. I keep a Soap Co. Black Poppy & Wild Fig Hand Lotion on my desk, which is super hydrating and smells divine; but if you're looking for something a little more bag friendly, the White Rabbit Cotton Seed and Chamomile Hand Cream is a great alternative.



Accessories

It goes without saying my glasses are a daily essential. I wear them every day so it's important my frames suit my style and they're comfortable to wear all day. I recently upgraded my frames to a vintage pair of matt gold Ralph Lauren frames from Peep Eyewear.

When I work - especially if I'm writing or shooting photographs - I need to tie my hair up. Getting it out of my face helps me to focus but anything fussy is out of the question, I need a simple up-do that won't require constant adjustments. Hair sticks are a simple way of putting your hair up in a variety of ways with minimal effort. I use the Saya Designs Tapioca Leaf hair stick (and follow these hair tutorials) to tackle my long hair and keep it in place without any fuss.

One of my wardrobe resolutions was to accessorise more so I treated myself to a few stacking rings. These go-with-everything skinny stacking rings are so lightweight they're practical to wear everyday, they never get in the way when I'm working, and look great stacked up or worn alone. Follow this guide for creating the perfect ring stack.



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