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.

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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So in the last 4 years, a lot has changed. I went to University. I finished University. Moved out and now recently moved home. In the past 4 years I’ve also learnt a lot about myself and who I am. I wish there was a lot of things I had known then I was 18. So here as some of the things I wish I could tell my 18 year old self.

Walking through Harewood House

Photo taken by James Gibson

Stop caring what people think!

So to be honest, this is still something that gets to me now. I care to much. But I am a lot better than I used to be. I’ve learnt that you just can not please everyone, and this is one of the best things I’ve come to realise and has overall made me a lot happier.

We all make mistakes

We all make mistakes from time to time. So what? Stop worrying about it and just learn from it. If only I could have known and understood that back then.

Stop trying to do things just to fit in

Stop trying to fit in. Stop doing things to make them like you. It’s better to be alone than to be in a group and still feel alone.  You will find people to be friends with that like you for you not who you pretend to be. That’s what I wish my 18 year old self also knew.

Things won’t always go as planned and thats alright

When I first went to Uni I was going to do my three year degree then work as an assistant Psychologist then go do my Masters. I finished my degree over a year ago now and that’s as far as I’ve got. And that’s okay I may not be where I planned to be but if that still ends up being what I want to do then I will get there one day. You can read more about this on my one year after graduating post. 

Believe In Yourself

Believing in yourself is one of the best things you can do. You can do anything you want if you just work hard and believe in yourself.


So I’m terrible for procrastination. Very rarely do I have blog posts wrote before they go up and when I was at Uni I would always be the one doing an all nighter the night before an assignment was due in. Every. Single. Time.

This isn’t because I start these things last minute. I don’t really. I just get distracted by all the things around me. Not going to lie. It is normally either twitter instagram or Youtube. But recently I’ve been more organised and prepared. I have post scheduled to go and ideas ready to be used. Which is all really new to me.

So I thought I would share with you some of the things I’ve been doing to try to stop procrastinating.

Laptop and Daily Journal

50/10 rule

So the 50/10 rules is when you spend 50 minutes doing the tasks you need to get done and then 10 minutes having a break and repeat. I find this so useful as otherwise I get very distracted very quickly. By doing this it helps me to stay focused for the 50 minutes as I then know I’ll have the 10 minutes to catch up and look at things like social media.

Breaking goals down into smaller goals and set deadlines

When I don’t have a deadline for my goals, I find that I just keep putting them off and they never get done. I’ve found now that when I take a goal and make them into lots of smaller goals it is much easier. To make this even better I have a planner where I put in what I want to get done at certain times of the day which allows me to keep on track with what I want to get done for the day.

I got my planner from Urban Outfitters.

Page in Daily Journal

Remind yourself why the task is important

Whether its your blog or assignments for school or University or maybe even revision for an exam. It’s important to remember why it’s important to you. That should hopefully give you the bit of motivation you need to get started.

So these are some of the things I try do to stop procrastinating and stay motivated.

Now if you’ve read my previous posts like my travel bucket list. You’ll know I love a good travel list. Which is why even though I’ve had this book for ages I am still obsessed with it.

The photos and the descriptions of all the places in this book just make me want to visit them all.

So here are just some of the reasons I love it so much.

One of the reasons I love this books so much is that I love lists. I love a clear list of places I want to go and see. This book helps me to add new places easily. I’m now trying to visit as many of these places as possible.


The photos in this book are just fantastic. They make me want to go to each and every place making them all look so beautiful.


For each of the 500 locations there is a bit of basic information about each place. Even though it is fairly basic and some people may know the majority of it, there was still quite a lot that I didn’t know before reading this book which was helpful as it also gave some tips for certain places.

One of the best things I have found with this book though is that there were so many places beforehand that I’d either never heard of or at least never thought of going to before and it has made me add so many new places to the list of places I need to visit.

Every time I’m feeling a bit down or just needing a little bit of added wanderlust to my life I always turn to this book for some inspiration.

If you are interested in getting a  copy of the Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List then you can get it on Amazon.

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