Psyc Edit - Being Productive

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The psychology of routine is something that interests me – morning routines, bedtime routines, daily/weekly routines. Some people have rigid routines and are extremely productive. Generally, I’ve never really been one of those types of people – although I found the past year I’ve not had much choice as I tried to juggle a million things at once. Having a structured routine is really important with such a busy schedule and never ending ‘to-do’ lists. I find myself writing these lists a lot (usually every night before bed). I’m constantly trying to come up with ways to make my life easier and more productive and I’ve found that a couple of lifestyle changes can be really beneficial.

An Early Rise - I find that being productive in the early hours of the morning sets you up for the rest of the day. I usually set my alarm a little earlier that I intend to get up so I can have time to lye in bed knowing I don't need to get up for a whole 15minutes. Is it just me who does this? So I usually set my alarm for 7.15 and get up between 7.30 & 9am depending on if I have to go to work that morning or not. On uni days, being at the library for 9am was a huge advantage, especially when I knew I had about 12 hours of work to get through that day. More recently, I find getting up early allows me to read more, go for an early jog, write, enjoy my breakfast/get ready without rushing and generally gets things that need doing out the way, freeing up time for the rest of the day.

Morning/Bedtime Routine - Having these types of routines and sticking to them is a huge advantage when trying to be productive with your day. Getting into a routine of doing certain things means that the more you practice a routine, the more likely you'll end up doing it. I always have a shower at night before bed and this helps me wind down after a long day. Strangely, when I done insanity I got into a routine of doing a workout then having a shower before bed. Most people find exercising before bed prevents them from getting a good sleep but I found I had more energy at night. 

Lists! - I swear by this method when it comes to being productive. I now seem to have dozens of little notepads full of lists and schedules, it can be quite funny looking back on them. I try to be organised as I'm always forgetting things so it helps to write down everything I need to get done for each day. This as extremely useful when I was at uni and had deadlines for my dissertation every single week. I knew if I didn't stick to my plan then I'd be late in handing in work.

Conscious Healthy Eating - This one might seem a little random, but it does help in being productive. As much as I love fast food I always feel so sluggish and tired after eating it. So making a conscious decision to go for a salad for lunch instead of a subway (BLT with southwest AND mayo) does make me feel more energized. I've been trying to make little changes here and there, for example last night before my yoga class I had a light tea instead of something heavy which my mum had made. I find eating small light meals throughout the day keeps my energy levels up. 

What kind of lifestyle choices do you make to stay energized and productive?

MAC Favourites

Tuesday, 15 July 2014


I never used to buy expensive makeup, however ever since trying MAC around a year ago I've not been able to go back to drug store brands. Every time I'm shopping in Glasgow I always find myself trying out new products.

Pro-Longwear Concealer (NW20) - The first product I tried was the pro-long wear concealer recommended to me by a friend and I absolutely love it. It has amazing full coverage I've never had with any other concealer. The consistency is really thick and blends really well with any foundation. I wear this every day and have struggled to find a cheaper product that gives as much coverage. 

Pro-Longwear Foundation (NW22) - This foundation is a little dark for me so I usually wear it on a night out when I have all my tan done. It has good coverage, however not as much as the studio fix foundation. I find it gives a nice matte finish and works well with the MAC mineralize skin finish natural powder. The only downside I find is that if I wear it during the day it seems to go a bit patchy.

Studio Fix Foundation (NW22) - This is the latest product I've tried. The shade is perfect for my skin and gives excellent full coverage, a little goes a long way with this. However, I do find if my skin isn't moisturized enough it doesn't apply so well. Overall it's great for every day use and I find it stays on just as long as the pro-long wear foundation.