When I first graduated, I had just a regular job that was okay. The best part was when I came home and that was it. I could just relax, socialise and spend time with friends and family. Now that I part time freelance and part time work in a shop I found that increasingly more difficult to do so. A month or so ago I became so drained with no energy and had no time to do anything other than just work. Now I’ve managed to balance my work and socialising better and I feel so much better than I did a month ago. Having a better work- life balance has become very important to me.

When I first started working from home I found myself just sat at my laptop for hours on end not really getting much done and stressing thinking about everything I needed to do. The stress and worry of the amount of things I needed to do was making me less productive meaning I would have more to worry about and the cycle would just repeat over and over again.

Something I’d wanted to do for so long and I thought would make me so happy was making me miserable. When I started giving myself more time to myself or to spend with friends and family I found that I was not only happier but so much more productive in the hours I gave myself to work.

Here are just some things I did to improve my work-life balance.

Work Smarter

I read in an article to work smarter and work productively. You need to prioritise the most important tasks you need to get done in the day and give yourself a certain amount of time to get it done in. By doing this you are more likely to be productive and get the most you can get done in a shorter amount of time. I use a daily planner to help schedule my day hour by hour of what needs to be done as well as write a to do list for the day.

Another way I’ve been more productive is by becoming a morning person too. I love getting all my work out the way in the morning so I have the evening to myself.

Set aside time for you

Give yourself some time to do the things you love. Whether that’s a hobby you have or seeing family or friends. Whatever makes you happy. Make sure you have time to not think about work and just do the things you enjoy.

Unplug

Turn of your phone, get off your emails whatever you need to do to get yourself away from work. If I’m having a day off I stay well away from my emails. They can all wait a day. Make sure you have some time where you can’t be sucked back in by work.

Here are just so things I do to achieve a better work- life balance and I feel so much happier for it.

It can be hard if you have a demanding career but it will be worth it once you have it sorted.

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Before I went to university I was a complete morning person. Always up and out of bed before 7 normally. Then University ruined all that. I was lucky if I ever saw the morning. And even since then until a few months ago even if I woke up early I struggled to get out of bed at an early time. But the last few months I’ve been so motivated and getting up early, even getting out of bed early and doing work early. So here are just a few things I’ve been doing to start being a morning person.

Get up at the same time everyday

Now I can’t say I’m perfect at this one, but I try my best. Most days I try and wake up at around 7 and be out of bed for about half past. I sometimes lie in from time to time but waking up and getting up at the same time everyday makes it so much easier over time to be a morning person.

Have something to look forward to when you wake up

This could be waking up and having your coffee or working out depending on what you enjoy doing. Or it could be having plans for the evening and knowing as soon as you have your work done you can see friends, go for dinner, do activities you love. Stop waiting for Friday’s to start enjoying life. Make sure everyday is enjoyable.

Have a better night time routine

Going to bed earlier, not looking at electronics before you go to bed both are good ways of making sure you’ll feel better in the morning. Try and give yourself half an hour or so before you go to bed to just wind down and get yourself ready for bed. Create a calm experience for yourself before you go to sleep and over time your body will get used to it and know when it’s time to sleep and shut down.

So they’re just a few things I do to try be a morning person.

Newcastle is somewhere I do travel to regularly as that’s where James lives. It’s one of my favourite places to visit not only because it has some great shopping. But it’s also such a beautiful city. Here is my short guide to Newcastle, how to get there and what to do.

Transport

Newcastle is easy to get to from the majority of UK cities

By train:

From London: 3 hours

From Edinburgh: 1 hours and 30 minuites

From Manchester: 2 hours and 30 minutes

You can also get to Newcastle by plane

From London: 1 hour 15 minutes

You can also travel from many international destinations to Newcastle.

Places to go

The Quayside: The Quayside is somewhere you need to visit when going to Newcastle! There are so many nice restaurants and pubs down by the river. There is also the Millennium Bridge down by the Quayside too connective Newcastle and Gateshead.

The Baltic: Now if you love contemporary art then you will probably love this place! The Baltic is just at the other side of the Millennium bridge. Not only is there art, there is also a great viewing platform to take some great photos of the Quayside and Newcastle.

Grey’s Street: BBC radio 4 listeners voted Grey’s street the most beautiful and best designed street in the UK. It can be found in Grainger Town where over 40% of the buildings there are listed.

Angel of the North: Now this is technically in Gateshead but it is worth a visit! It’s one of the most talked about pieces of modern art and was opened in February 1998. If you are travelling by car to Newcastle you can see the Angel of the North from the A1.

 

Hopefully this will make you go and visit Newcastle!

Next post will be Leeds!

 

New season, new wardrobe. Trying to find new clothes on a budget can be difficult. But I have been finding some nice clothes in not only high street shops but also supermarket shops. My new favourite outfit has been a coat and dress I bought at George.

Just shows you don’t need to spend a lot to get new clothes for the new season!

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Flights can be so expensive for many reasons. You’re travelling at peak times, not being flexible and many other reasons. There are some things you can do to try cut the costs of flights.

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Prices of flights can change from time to time. Maybe if you’ve been looking at these flights multiple times. This is due to the cookies on your browser. When searching, always go into incognito or private browsing to see the cheapest options.

Use flight search engines

Rather than looking at certain flight companies use flight search engines such as skyscanner or kayak to help search for the cheapest flights as it will look through all different airlines.

Be Flexible

Flights change depending on different days and locations. Can go on a different  day? Check all possible days. Theres another airport close enough by? Check there too. You’ll be surprised how much difference there can really be from going one day to another or another airport not far away.

Longer layovers

If you are taking a long haul flight consider taking two separate flights. Also when booking layovers do not have the flights only a couple hours apart. Try a couple of days. Then not only may you get cheaper flights, you get to visit an extra destination too!

Airline error fares

Unfortunately these are rare and don’t come around often but when they do they’re great! it could take hours to potentially find one maybe none. The best site that I have found to show error fares is Holiday Pirates.

Off Season

If you aren’t too bothered about what time of year you go. Then going off season could be a good choice. Not only because flights are likely to be cheaper but also the places you visit are also likely to be quieter.