After a decade as a freelance writer, producer, and stylist as well as being a fashion and beauty blogger, I used to think my schedule couldn’t get any more hectic. The last couple of years have made me realize how chill my schedule actually was back then! I now work full-time as the Corporate Communications Manager of a big corporation. I’ve just graduated from two years of grad school, training to be a counselor that deals in romantic and family relationships. These two, plus running my blog Love Chic, plus taking on freelance creative work, plus quality time with my parents, siblings, friends, boyfriend, pets, and self-love… Can you say #NKKLK? There’s no way I could keep track of it all without my BDJ planner!
How do you plan your week ahead?
I first make a free-flowing list of everything I need to in the next few days. I write or doodle them as they cross my mind. Then I sort them into categories (tasks for the office, for blogging, personal errands, etc.) and level of urgency or time-sensitivity.
How do you prioritize your daily/weekly commitments/tasks? What’s the best way to get things done in your daily to-do list?
As much as possible, I try to follow Stephen Covey’s time management quadrant on “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Manage the (1) urgent and important, prepare for what’s (2) important but not urgent, limit time spent on the (3) urgent but not important, and avoid the (4) not urgent and not important. It’s so tempting to do it the other way around, but visuals help a lot!
What’s the best way to start the week?
For me, wake up at 5:30 AM. It sets of a chain of tiny victories. “Yay, I woke up early! – Cool, I got to work out! – Woot, I had time to pick my outfit and put on makeup! – Awesome, I beat traffic and found good parking!” Before you know it, you’re tackling every task on your to-do-list. If I wake up late, the opposite totally happens, so this is a must.
Tell us about your morning routine. What gets you pumped up in the morning?
It’s corny but I swear it works! In the shower, peppermint candles instead of switching on the lights. Bluetooth speaker playing spa sounds on Spotify. A refreshing shampoo and invigorating soap. And then some happy music while dressing up. It’s all about setting the mood.
How do you take your breaks on a typical workday?
I have to be in an office all day, so I’ve turned my cubicle into this mini vacation spot. When I need a break, I simply grab some snacks, put on my headphones, and play one of my favorite shows.
What’s your go to night cap?
Usually ice cream or a nice cup of hot chocolate from one of my neighborhood cafés, plus a magazine or comic book.
What’s the best way to spend Friday night?
In bed, wearing pajamas and fluffy socks, watching movies. If it’s raining outside, it can’t get any better.
How do you relax on weekends?
Food trip! I check out themed restaurants and quaint cafés with my family. There are a lot in our area so we never run out of hang-outs to explore.
The Bellas would love to know your OOTD planning secrets. Do share. 🙂
My thing is I need structure in order to be creative. For a week of OOTDs, I usually decide on a theme—Black and white? Summer-inspired? Parisian chic?—and build my outfits from there.
SHAI’S FIVE PLANNING TIPS & TRICKS
- Divide your journal into three sections.
To-sort, To-do, and To-get.
List down a task as soon as it is assigned, or an idea as soon as I think of it. Categorized by date.
Review To-sort tasks and categorize by aspect of life (work, school, hobbies, self, etc.) or by urgency/deadline.
Things I need to buy or rent, categorized by place (mall, grocery, library, etc.) so that when I find yourself there, I won’t be saying, “What was it that I wanted to get from here?!”
- Record everything in the planner.
I use my planner more like a diary. Erasures are inevitable when schedules move around, and I don’t like that. Hehe. At the end of the day is when I record everything that happened, so that I have an accurate and organized reference.
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