(Figuring out) how to be organised

Lifestyle

My current job is working on organising a local Literature Festival – which, don’t get me wrong, I love – but the festival starts on Friday… So, I won’t be having a day off for another two (and a bit) weeks. When I get home from work, the last thing I want to do is spend time thinking about all the other things I have to do. The novel I have to write for my MA, friends I don’t want to neglect, washing that really can’t keep gathering dust in the corner of my bedroom…

With this in mind, I want to be organised and prepared for the week(s) ahead of me. There are things I’ve done today to try and get myself in order, and there are things that I want to keep doing to save myself time, money, and energy.

  1. Take a flask of coffee and a packed lunch to work every day. Today, I managed to scavenge an SU travel-mug from a Uni freshers fair (I still look 18, right?), so hopefully I’ll save some money on my morning coffees by taking them myself. I also need to invest in a lunchbox, so I can take some nice lunches with me and don’t have to feast on pathetic squished sandwiches at midday.
  2. Get to bed by 11pm each night. This one is going to be tricky, as I am the definition of a night owl… and I have far too much fun with my housemates. We’re going to have to schedule our deep late-night therapy sessions a little earlier in the evening so I can make sure I’m ready and refreshed for the next day.
  3. Find 30 minutes each day to read. Whether this ends up being half an hour before bed, during my lunch break at work, or on the morning commute, I want to make sure I’m taking the time out of my day to read. After all, I’m a writer – and I’m working at a Literature Festival. If there’s one thing I should be able to find time for, it’s reading.
  4. Write to-do lists for the next day before leaving work. In my job, there are always a lot of last-minute ‘Can you check this for me?”s at the end of the day, and it’s such a source of anxiety for me that I might forget something or do something wrong. I have a notebook that I leave on my desk at work, and I want to write myself a little list each evening, so I know exactly where I’m supposed to be the next morning.
  5. Use evenings wisely. This week, before the festival actually starts, I finish work at 5 every day. I want to make sure I see my friends, as they are all so wonderful, so I need to find the odd half an hour to schedule a coffee & catch up, or even a quick phone call. Finishing at five means I have plenty of time to have a shower, have food, tidy my room, do some reading, bash out a quick blog post… Usually, I find it so easy to sit and watch Netflix until midnight and then feel like I’ve wasted my evening, which I really want to avoid.
  6. Only spend money on necessary things. Costa, Beth? Not essential. No Starbucks, either. And steer clear from Waterstones. I need a coat, because it’s getting cold and I don’t have one, and I need a bag that’s big enough to carry all of my Uni stuff. Don’t waste money on stuff that isn’t 100% necessary for your survival. (You are skint.)

Anyway, I’m sure I could think of more ways for me to be organised, but it’s already almost midnight so I’ve broken one of my rules already. Sigh. Well, there’s always tomorrow! Bring on Monday.♡

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Sweater weather: why autumn is my favourite time of year

Lifestyle

There are six days until the beginning of October. We’ve all started to feel it; that chill in the air, Costa preparing to bring out their seasonal drinks, students already planning their Halloween nights out… it’s coming. Autumn. And I’m. So. Ready.

Autumn brings a certain kind of magic with it that just doesn’t exist the rest of the year round. There are just so many vibes that can’t be replicated, no matter how many times you try to force them by re-watching Nightmare Before Christmas in April. Only when September creeps in do we all truly realise how much we’ve missed this time of year; this is why we have to truly bask in the beauty of those autumn leaves.

  1. Cosy clothes

Will you see me wear any outfit that doesn’t involve a woolly jumper in varying shades of orange or brown? Absolutely not. Autumn is my excuse to pile on layers of oversized jumpers, thick scarves, and embarrassing bobble-hats. I don’t care. I’m going to be warm, I’m going to be cosy – and everyone else can deal with it.

2. Seasonal products

Come at me, halloween-y Yankee candles. Do your best, Costa toffee apple hot chocolate. I want all of the autumn products, and I want them now. Nothing sounds better than curling up in bed in a room that smells like gingerbread and cinnamon and watching the cold weather wreak havok outside my window.

3. Nature

I’m 21, but heck, if I want to go and hunt for conkers in the woods, I bloody well will. I’m going to jump in piles of golden leaves and crunch through frosty grass and take my flask of coffee on autumnal walks with me whenever possible. Nothing looks more beautiful than it does in early October.

4. Spooky vibes

I want to watch Halloween films and do Ouija boards (blog post to come!) and freak myself out to the point of waking my housemates up so we can sit and watch Friends together until I’m not scared any more.

5. Autumn aesthetic

Fight me on this if you will, but for me, there’s really no better aesthetic than autumn. When I’m alone, I can curl up with a book and a cup of tea while the weather worsens outside, and when I’m with friends there’s halloween and bonfire night; fireworks and hot chocolates and all things autumn.

How could you possibly not enjoy this time of the year?

Let me know your favourite (or least favourite) things about autumn. (Which seasonal drink are you most excited for?!)

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