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5 Tips for Better Work Productivity

If you’re anything like me, you have lots to do in a little amount of time on any given day. While I haven’t perfected the art of managing my time quite yet, I have discovered a few tips and tricks that have helped me stay more in control of my day. Below are the things I’ve both learned over time through trial and error and in discussions with friends, colleagues and other business owners who also deal with the tricky daily task of balancing work and personal time.


Get Up Early. Seems fairly self explanatory right? But when I say early I mean early, like 5:30 – 6:00 am early. My Dad is a very successful and hardworking business man. I remember as a young kid being aware of him always being up before I was each morning, but it wasn’t until I moved back into my parents basement when I graduated college, couldn’t find a job and then decided to go back to graduate school, that I realized what early truly is. My basement bedroom was directly under where his office chair sat and when I noticed those chair wheels started rolling around 5:00 am each day, I realized there was a direct correlation between getting started early with your day and getting your work done. Side note: I also always feel like I’m ahead of the game when I start my work a bit earlier. No one is calling or emailing me at 7:00 am so I’m usually a bit more productive in the wee hours of the morning.

Build Your List At Night. Your list of tasks that is. Sometimes I forget to do this crucial prep step because I just want to hit my pillow at night but then I spend my mornings rushing through the things I have set aside for pleasure (like my devotional time, time to say good morning to Andrew, a hot shower or bath, getting dressed in real clothes). Instead of knowing what awaits me in my office I feel frazzled and rushed to get into my office to process all the things I have to do. Which wastes time and starts the day off on a terrible foot. Let it all out at night so you can go to bed clear headed and have a list of tasks to start with in fresh in the morning. Even better, keep your list concise and attainable so you can set yourself up for success. Start with three items per client/project/group, etc.

Figure Out Your Flow. This might take a while to do but once you figure out a scheduling formula that makes sense for you, it’s easy to book appointments and strategize when you can get projects done. For example, if I go to a meeting anytime before 3:00 pm, I know after said meeting my levels of productivity are going to be really low. As in, my work day is done. Once I realized this pattern in my behavior I’ve tried to schedule all meetings outside of my home in the afternoons or evenings. I work harder during the day to get my work done before the meeting and can give more of my attention to my ‘date’ because I’m not distracted by the work I could be doing if I were in my office. I also do my best to always start my work week with a bang by compiling emails on Sunday night, saving them to my drafts folder, then rereading and sending on Monday morning. When you send 35 plus emails within 15 minutes of one another on a Monday morning how can you not feel like superwoman? Yup my secret’s out.

Find Simple Pleasures. My simple pleasure used to be Starbucks. Remember that? Then that simple pleasure turned out to be a tad expensive so I started making coffee at home. It’s simple, easy and a tad cliche but coffee at home either in the morning or around 3:00 pm in the afternoon, is for me a great way to feel perked up and content. Same goes for a fresh smelling candle, a 10 minute snuggle with our pets, a texting break with a dear friend, or a jam fest to Pandora, turned up at the highest volume. When you work at home, alone, day in after day out, doing the same list of tasks, things get mundane and tedious. Simple pleasures regardless of how simple they really are, allow you to reward yourself in small doses and refresh your mind so you can finish out your day on a positive note.

Accept Defeat. Guys, seriously. Some days, you CANNOT do it all. This is the biggest thing I’ve had to accept over the years. Some days, I won’t answer every email, I won’t put real clothes on (I actually will wear my piglet pajamas from rise in the morning to bed at night), I won’t cross one single thing off my to do list, I won’t eat lunch or drink a drop of water, or get into my office until 9:30 am because my bed was THAT comfortable. And that’s OK, when you learn to accept that you’re human and you can’t run on autopilot every single day of your life. I look at it this way; if I’m going to spend a good chunk of my time on the weekend working on client’s design proposals because I felt inspired then and knew I could crank out some good stuff (again my choice), I’ll feel comfortable calling it quits on Friday at 2:00 pm in the afternoon when I’m feeling overwhelmed and in need of a break. When you know you need to step away, do it. Accept defeat. Grab some wine or a cheeseburger (or both). And make tomorrow a better day.

Do any of you have some stellar work productivity tips to share? I’d love to hear some new ones :)

The Downside of Lace Gowns

It’s time for another Virtual Coffee Date Thursday, over on the ‘book, chicks! Grab a latte and pull up a chair would ya?

Mind the branches though, ok :) xoxo Photo via Amanda Wilcher

Hello Friday

Happy Friday, bloggies! It’s been a while since I blogged on a Friday and I have to say it feels good to be back. We finally got hit with a copious amount of snow last night so today I’ll be working form the comfort of my couch, fire cranked up and a working-from-home husband by my side. Tomorrow we are celebrating our dating anniversary (hey, any excuse for a celebration is a good one in my books) and the rest of the weekend will be spent away from work, tidying up this messy house of ours and maybe just maybe, checking out the local tubing slopes for some wintry fun. Photo via Love My Dress.

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone! Tell me what you’re up to below xoxo


Just a side note: Hi Everyone! This is Rhi here. Today is rather bittersweet as it’s the sweet Lisa’s final day assisting with the Hey Gorg blog. Over the past four months I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know a bit about Lisa including her relationship with her kind boyfriend John, her goals and aspirations in the world of weddings and most of her, her enormous amount of passion for not only her work and relationships with others, but her unmistakable love and zest for life. I knew this day would come where I couldn’t keep her to myself anymore and so today marks her final Thursday post. I logged into my dashboard today to put her post live and my eyes instantly filled with happy tears. Lisa, you beat me to it; I tam thankful too. For you, and your hard work and the effort you put into all of your pretty posts and inspiration boards since you first started blogging for me this summer. How despite your school schedule,  you still managed to get posts done in time for me. But most of all, I am thankful for our friendship. I hope that I and the readers here have made you feel at home and that most of all, we will continue supporting and maintaining friendships with you long after your position here with me. We all adore you! xoxo

Happy Thanksgiving, you lovely Hey Gorgeous readers!

Today is my last post as Rhiannon’s blogging assistant, so I just wanted to let y’all know how much I’ve appreciated your sweet comments over the last few months. It was always so exciting and challenging to craft my posts during the week, and then be encouraged by your kind words and feedback. I also want to send Rhiannon a big virtual hug for giving me this opportunity–Rhi, you are fabulous and inspiring, and most of all, you are my dear friend. So, to all of you who have read my posts, left some love, and shared inspiration with me, and to Rhiannon for her friendship and support, I just want to say…

Happiest of holidays to you and yours! Come visit me on Something Pretty sometime. :)



Friday Wrap-Up

Happy Friday, beauties! Hope you all had such wonderful weeks. This week, for me was so wonderful in so many wonderful little ways. I had the week off from my gig at the floral salon which I surely missed, but the extra time really allowed me to get some work done, prepare for our big move (less than two weeks!) and even better, make some self-discoveries that I have to say, have been eye-opening and rather refreshing. Apb and I had a much needed date night on Wednesday and I think I fell in love with my sweet husband all over again, that’s how great it was to connect sans no phones at our fingertips. It’s also next to impossible to describe how beneficial it’s been for me to do this here and do this here too. I’ve been connecting with some people both personally and professionally lately that have really made me feel like everything is sort of where it needs to be.

And all seriousness aside, can I just take a minute to tell you how excited (ok I don’t have a word to accurately describe my true feelings but ‘excited’ will do) I am about this new home of ours?! I’ve been waking up everyday in similar fashion to a child on Christmas morning just thinking about all the parties, memories, and traditions we get to have, create and make in that snazzy house of ours. Can you all just move to Michigan please so I can have you over? Stay tuned for photos of everything finished, which I plan to post soon! In the meantime I am off to Traverse City to meet with some adorable clients. Who have hired this guy. Oh be still my happy heart. And do tell me, what are all of you fun loving people up to this weekend?

{Monday} Well this is actually a post from late last Friday night. But either way you should head over and check it out!
{Wednesday} Did you see the gorgeous bouquet from Shal and Arjun’s August wedding? I die every single time. Really.
{Thursday} Next week is the sweet Lisa’s last week with us here which makes me sad. But her post this week? So pretty.
{Prizes} We finally picked a winner from the Tasteful Tatters giveaway! Congratulations Halls in Love, please email me!
{Goals} I set mine for November and surprisingly, going public with them has held me accountable. What are your goals?

Lovely Links Around the Web

{Proud} Is what I feel when I think of this amazing chick and all the loveliness she’s made. Go be proud of her too, ok?
{Singing} That’s what my heart does with Miss Spade emails me. Well not Miss Spade herself but you get my point :)
{Excited} To get this little project underway. When you can’t afford what you want sometimes you need to get creative!
{Fringe} And I mean the kind that sit on your forehead. Still getting used to my new bangs, but seriously? I am in love.
{Drool} At least that’s what I did the minute I laid eyes on this stunning wedding. Clementines? Dahlias?  Just stop it.
{Brilliant} Anyone who thinks of this, is truly genuis in my books. Photo above from Melissa Schollaert Photography.