7 Ways to Style Your Office

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If by some random and totally out-of-the-blue chance someone were to ask me “hey girl, what’s the one room in your house that just consumes your mind? The room that will never be complete no matter how beautiful it looks?”

My response, without any hesitation, would be my office.

It’s the place that I can proudly call my own and in 9 months we’ve owned this house, I’ve redesigned it over four times. Paint and all (those transformations are coming in a completely different blog post, BTW).

In honor of my office being “finished” (biting my tongue because rooms are never finished in our house), I thought – what better time than to talk about how you can style your office and make it your own?!

black glam office

Let me preface these tips with this –you don’t need an entire room to call your office – all you need is a small space in the corner of your house. And you don’t even need to call it an office. It can just be “your space.” I’m just obsessed with having an office, so that’s what I’m calling my own space. Got it? K, here we go.

1. Stunning Lighting

I know, I talked about this last week. And I’m being a hypocrite right now because the only thing my own office is missing is a stunning light fixture. However, you can still achieve the stunning lighting look with one or two quality table or floor lamps. If you have a large enough desk, I would definitely recommend fitting at least 1-2 table lamps on there. They add height and bring personality to your space. And if you’re lucky enough to have the ability to install a stunning lighting fixture – bless you. But I can’t say it enough – stunning lighting is everything.

Some of my fav photos featuring glamorous office lighting fixtures:

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dark office glam chandelier

colorful glam office

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2. Luxe Office Supplies

I’ve been infatuated with office supplies since I was a small child. When I was 7, I asked my mom for an effing ROLADEX to run my little “Stationary Station” business, where I would draw scribbly lines on paper and sell them to my family for $0.25 each. Needless to say, I’m always looking for sleek, luxe office supplies. My favorite places to shop for quality yet reasonably priced office supplies are Cloth & Paper and (particularly for my planner), Sessavee.

Yes, new pens from Staples are neat and all, but investing in sleek, high-quality supplies gives you that “I’m luxurious AF and this to-do list is luxurious AF and now I’m gonna do all the things” feeling. And it adds that luxurious AF feeling to your space. Win-win.

luxe office supplies

3. Not-so-Vanilla Paper Filing/Storage

Offices typically tend to be the places where we store things – particularly papers. Lots and lots of papers *eye roll*. If you think a cold metal cabinet won’t kill your office vibe, think again.

*Before I move forward I should mention that you should set aside ~20 minutes to go through your papers and throw out everything you don’t need. Eliminate and THEN organize. Moving on.

There are plenty of ways to organize/file away papers while staying stylish. Grab some patterned file folders and a cute letter holder and voila:

gold file folder holder

marble file folders

If you need a bit more room, I highly recommend this linen file folder box from Target. I store all of our papers in there and still have room for so much more!

linen file box

4. A Comfy-Ass Desk Chair

Think of your desk chair the way you think about shoes. Style doesn’t have to be compromised with comfort. Take this chair from World Market, for example:

black gold desk chair

It’s swoon-worthy yet still looks super comfy. I think they’re having a sale right now o_O.

blush pink desk chair

Or how ’bout this blushing beauty from Wayfair?!

Your biscuits will thank you for a comfy desk chair.

5. CABLE CLIPS

Wires are a pain in my ass. I’m patiently waiting for technology to advance 31 years and I’ll never have to untangle or trip over a cable again. This tip isn’t necessarily about buying stylish cables or cable clips, but more so creating an office with functionality and hiding your cables the best way you can so they don’t eff with your office vibe. My desk has a cable organizer which is a Godsend, but you can buy cable clips/organizers for dirt cheap on Amazon.

cable organizers

Check these out – DIY holes at any position you want. Sounds like a game-changer.

6. Wall Art

When you think of an office, what’s one of the first things that come to mind? If you thought “to sit and procrastinate everything you should be doing” then you’re spot on. But really – it’s the space where you get shit done. Where you should feel inspired and motivated (eventually, after procrastinating) to check off your to-do list. After I hung the gallery wall in my office I immediately felt more creatively inspired – I swear it was like magic. There’s just something about art that makes you feel inspired.

You know I’m all about styling on a budget and I’ve recently been scouring Etsy because there are so many talented artists who sell printable art files for a good price. You just download, print and voila.

This whole gallery wall, frames and all – under $70.

office wall art gallery

I blindly hung these frames myself – no measuring or calculating because I have 000 patience. Don’t do that, friends. You’re not going to have a good time.

If you’re not into art, hang a (good lookin’) dry-erase calendar or board, like this:

white board calendar

7. Treat yo self to a Planner

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louis vuitton agenda

Everyone who’s close to me knows that one of my most prized possessions is my agenda. I’m sure some of you are thinking “totally unnecessary why do you need tha-” LET ME TELL YOU. Because with my agenda, I have my shit TOGETHER. Even when I DON’T. My world could be on fire but with my agenda, everything is OK. Because inside my agenda, nothing is on fire.

I lost you didn’t I.

Let me back up. You need a planner – or something to organize your life. Whether it’s a digital planner (boooorrrring) or a planner you can have all the fun in the world with (aka customizable ring or disc-bound planner) – you just need one. My life before I had a planner was filled with terrible grades, missed appointments and sorry-I-forgot-your-birthday’s. Now, it’s the first place I go to whenever I need to remember anything, which happens to be everything.

What does this planner have to do with a styled office? I’ll tell you. Put that stylish lil’ thing on your desk, take a step back and think to yourself “wow, not only is my space exactly the way I want it, but my shit is completely and totally together.” brb gotta write that down.

I’ll leave you with this quote from Monica Lenore, Interior Designer:

“Injecting personal style and items with a story are what turn an average room into a stunning home.”

Now go style that office (space)!

‘Till next time, friends <3

a glass of bovino

*The 7 oz Sunday Series is my own way of creating a diary-like post every Sunday about whatever’s on my mind at the time – what’s inspiring me, my current favorites, what room I’m thinking about styling next, design dilemmas, etc. So why the phrase “7 oz Sunday,” you ask? Well, since Sunday’s typically call for a littttle extra vino in your glass (like 7 oz versus the “recommended” 4 oz) – why the eff not.

The 12 Items You Need From Joss & Main to Create a Styled & Flawless Kitchen for Spring

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PSA…it’s almost spring. And if you can’t sense it coming with watery eyes, constant sneezing and feeling like pollen is slowly invading your cranial cavity then, I envy you. One of the first things that comes to mind when I hear spring is spring cleaning. More specifically – spring cleaning our kitchen. The words “spring cleaning” give … Read moreThe 12 Items You Need From Joss & Main to Create a Styled & Flawless Kitchen for Spring

6 places to consider using trays in your home (& quick ideas on how to style them)

I’m a tray hoarder. I mean, I’m a home decor hoarder in general but I’m particularly “triggered” by trays. Metal trays, marble trays, glass trays, wood trays, vintage trays – I don’t discriminate. I have a shit ton of trays and I will never pass up a beautiful tray when I see one. Have I … Read more6 places to consider using trays in your home (& quick ideas on how to style them)

4 Favorites: Crime + Drama Podcasts to Listen to in 2018

Am I the only one always on the hunt for the best new podcast? They’re like movies for your ears. I particularly love podcasts that feature crimes/drama/disturbing stories, etc. Since I listen while driving, I usually get lost in each episode and wind up on the edge of my seat, pulling into my destination and not … Read more4 Favorites: Crime + Drama Podcasts to Listen to in 2018

An Instant Room Upgrade: Velvet Seating

I think this is a concept we can all stand behind: Velvet instantly enhances a room.

In starting to do some manic internet browsing to find the perfect seating combo for our “lounge area” (aka family room), I realized something. Almost every single item I had saved to the wishlist was velvet. It might be one of my all-time favorite fabrics (something to do with growing up in leotards? IDK). It’s just such a beautiful, luxurious fabric and adds an instant “chic AF” feel.

I want to take my sweet ass time designing the *perfect* lounge area – it’s currently a blank canvas since we haven’t done anything besides painting it light gray. It needs to be a space that’s comfortable (and beautiful) for our friends and family to relax in.

(You can find our downstairs/lounge area before & after we painted in this post.)

Anyway…here are the GORGEOUS neutral furnishings I’ve been lusting over (broken out by color)

GRAYS:

Hazel Gold Chrome Chair

 

Hazel Gold Chrome Chairgray velvet seatVianne Curved Back Acrylic Leg Accent Chairgray tufted velvet chaise

Skyline Furniture Mystere Chesterfield Loveseat

gray tufted sofa

Chic Home Evie Club Sofa

gray tufted sofa

Bea Chesterfield Sofa

BLACKS:

black velvet chair

Modern Tufted Armchair

BLACK VELVET COUCH

Chic Home Berry Round Acrylic Feet Sofa

black tufted velvet sofa

Garrett Chesterfield Sofa

IVORIES

ivory tufted chaise

Kalila Tufted Chaise

ivory velvet seat

Kenton Barrel Chair

ivory tufted sofa

Simone Sofa

Pink

(Including pink here even though it will literally never happen. UGH. Men).

pink velvet seat

Ibiza Chair

pink velvet tufted sofa

Harcourt Chesterfield Sofa

blush tufted velvet couch

Chesterfield Sofa

Bonus: Velvet inspo!

White walls and velvet sofa

Gray Tufted Bench with Blue Pillows

pink velvet couch

pink tufted velvet

gray velvet couch

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Are you as obsessed with velvet as I am?!

-Alisa

Our Wedding Day

AKA one big ol’ excuse to post wedding pictures.

I honestly can’t believe I’m writing this right now. It feels like just a few days ago that we were searching for our venue and now here I am, uploading pictures from our wedding day.

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Our photographers, Sanford Creative, were un-effin-believable. Within days after we picked our date, we booked Amanda and Scott Sanford from southern CA (a recommendation from a friend). I fell in love with their style and just had to have them.

TBH I was never the type of girl to “dream” of her wedding. What I did always know, was that one day when it does happen, I had one, ballsy-ass request: it has to be during autumn. Even ballsier: I wanted crisp, autumn weather with beautiful, picturesque foliage and if it was the slightest bit hot or humid, I would probably be miserable. How audacious of me to ask for the one thing I can’t control – the weather.

My wish came true and it ended up being one of the coldest days of the year. I totally asked for it and I’m not complaining.

We stuck it out through photos in 16 degree temps/20 mph winds. I swear I would have given my left pinky to frostbite knowing our pictures would have come out this good.

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Here’s a recap of my favorite photos from each part of the day:

GETTING READY

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THE CEREMONY

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BRIDAL PARTY

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I was lucky enough that they were able to deal with the frigid temps for literally 6 minutes – just enough time to get some amazing photos. How stunning do they all look?!

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 ROMANTICS 

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RECEPTION

 

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BONUS: Our Wedding video highlight!! <3
Wedding day details:

+ Venue: Rock Island Lake Club

+ Photographers: Sanford Creative

+ Videographers: AB Wedding Studio

+ Dress: Essense of Australia

+ Makeup: @glossipgirl

+ Hair: BeYoutiful Bride

+ Shoes: I.N.C.

+ Jewelry: Iloniti

Chat soon!

-Alisa

4 Quick, Simple + Cheap Ways to Update Your Space (with Before + Afters)

Once in a while, I’ll look into the abyss of a room in our home and think – “something needs to change.” Actually, I lied. I do it all the time. Angelo and I will be sitting down eating dinner and I’ll begin staring into the living room.

“What are you looking at??”

“Something’s not right”

“What do you mean?”

“Do you think I need to layer this cowhide rug with the ivory rug we have downstairs?”

*ignores me*

“Have I told you about Feng Shui?”

*ignores me harder*

Can anyone else relate to this feeling? No, not being ignored by your husband – I’m talking about craving a change. Luckily, there are a ton of things you can do to update your space. I want to talk about a few of my recent and absolute favorite go-to’s for when I need a quick, simple and cheap room update.

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1. Paint

I mentioned in this post that the first thing I wanted to do when we bought our house was paint everything. My new-homeowner naive self even googled “can I paint the kitchen counter” (you actually can, but decided to hold off on this one).

Angelo didn’t really understand why I became so obsessed with wanting to paint every room in the house immediately. I tried to explain to him that painting is one of the easiest, cheapest ways to update a room. It’s like an instant facelift. He was like “alright, go crazy” and so I (literally) did.

I lost clumps of hair trying to choose the perfect light gray to compliment our wood floors and Sherwin Williams associates around northern NJ eventually knew me by first name. After painting my kitchen three times (third times a charm), I eventually found Repose Gray, the perfect light gray, and I now understand the science behind paint colors. Yes, there’s a science behind paint colors and understanding it can make or break how you want your room to look. Ever hear of Light Reflective Value? It means that light can change the appearance of any given color.

LRV kept me up at night.

Here are some before + after pics of the rooms we painted:

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When I painted Angelo’s future office from Barney purple to medium gray, *all of a sudden* he understood why I was so intently focused on paint. Oh, now you get it, honey.

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My now office, painted in Repose Gray

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The living room (also painted in Repose Gray)

Hallway (you guessed it – Repose Gray)

Downstairs AKA Lounge Area (Agreeable Gray, a warmer gray that we loved and is also the current color of our bedroom)

And of course, my personal favorite

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To sum up my word vom…go grab some paint and get to work.

3. Swap out lightbulbs

Guys. Lighting is EVERYTHING. Let me repeat – everything.

Another thing that totally drove me crazy around the time I was obsessed with painting was lighting. I’m not talking about light fixtures, I’m talking about light bulbs. There’s also a science to light bulbs (science needs to stop effing with my house) and the color temperature of light bulbs can make or break how you want your room to look.

I guess at one point in history some guy named Kelvin discovered color temperature. Color temperature is measured in Kelvins (K) and Kelvin wanted to let you know that there are two things you need to remember when you’re choosing light bulbs:

High Color Temperature = Cool Light

Low Color Temperature = Warm Light 

Higher color temperatures of 4700K and above, have a cool, or blue color. Lower color temperatures, in between 2700K and 3000K, give off warmer colors that appear yellow, orange, or red. This may be hard to grasp at first but don’t worry – 99% of the time Kelvins are listed on the packaging.

The perfect example of this color temperature concept – my kitchen (after I painted it the second time).

Before: Bulbs were cooler/wayyy too high on the Kelvin scale (about 5000K), making the kitchen look too bluish for my liking. It reminded me of a hospital.

After: Bulbs were warmer/much lower on the Kelvin scale (about 2700K), making the kitchen look like the perfect, neutral gray!

Can you guys see the difference?

If you’re looking for the appearance of your room to change without putting in much work, swap out those bulbs!

2. Add fresh flowers or plants

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You know like, a casual wedding centerpiece (before our centerpiece flowers died I had to get a pic of them somewhere in my house). Flowers are such a simple way to brighten and add life your space! I don’t have a green thumb, but when I find a nice bouquet or plant that I stumble upon, I’ll buy it. I envy people who live close to a Trader Joes because they have beautiful flowers for like, $5. Succulents are great too – they are easier to keep alive and my favorite succulent, aloe (which has air cleansing properties), has been chillin’ on my kitchen windowsill for months.

4. Redesign

My personal favorite – I’m writing an entire post on this soon because this one is HUGE.

Redesigning can mean many things, but I’ll personally be referring to redesigning as taking what you already have and moving it around or utilizing it somewhere else. AKA if you hone in on your creative side, you can literally go on a shopping spree in your own home. This was challenging for me up until recently. When we purchased our house all I had at the time to decorate with was a candle and some faux flowers. But thanks to my new found interiors obsession and shopping addiction, we managed to decorate/furnish our entire second floor over the course of 6 months or so, so now redesigning is easy and exhilarating. I now have a large storage bin (and maybe a closet) filled with decorative accessories that I can dig into when I’m craving something new. It’s kinda like…finding $10 in your pocket.

Sneak peek of part of my living room redesign that I’ll be posting about soon!

You can redesign by rearranging furniture, swapping out chairs, nesting tables, and lamps. Use an existing bar cart as a side table. Move around the items on your shelves. Fill a storage bin (or closet) with decorative accessories like candles, coffee table books, and faux flowers to pull from when you need a quick change. Go crazy and be creative!

Hope you guys enjoyed this post! What’s your go-to method for changing up your space?

xo

Alisa

An Organized Mess: What’s in My Bag

There are a few methods I use to keep my “seemingly organized but actually messy” life together. My agenda, my bag organizer, my labeled makeup storage container, the plastic dividers separating my undergarments in my Ikea PAX closet drawers – you know the “everything has a place” deal.

Everything does have a place until *one* (literally one) thing falls out of place and somehow over the course of a day, you would never know it was organized to begin with. Like a small explosion occurred in that sacred place of seemingly put together stuff.

A perfect example – my bag. I mentally lose 3 lbs after I get rid of all the shit lying around the bottom. And then soon enough, it happens. I start throwing in little items where they don’t belong, and those little items add up.

“Why am I like this,” I ask myself as I throw my 4th mini-Twix candy wrapper of the day in my now sloppy-and-unorganized bag.

As pretty as this picture of my bag is, it rarely ever looks like this. I always get questions about my bag organizer and one of the first things I say during my animated explanation is “listen to me…you need this.” It makes it somewhat impossible for the items in my bag to feel out of place, even if they are. This thing is life changing.

Even when it’s not as beautiful as pictured above, here’s what I always have in my bag:

  • Samorga organizer in the color Indian Pink
  • GM Agenda
  • My wallet, you know, just because
  • My Rose Ballerine key holder (anyone else infatuated will all things Rose Ballerine)?
  • The pochette that came with my Neverfull (which I store my receipts/coupons in)
  • Rose gold Ray Bans

Items that didn’t make it to the picture because they’re just not visually appealing:

  • Airborne (germaphobe)
  • Moisturizer
  • Chapstick
  • My on-the-go makeup bag
  • Hand sanitizer (again, germaphobe)
  • iPhone charger
  • A gold pen
  • Pocket Moleskin cahier journal (in case I need to write something quickly)
  • A shit ton of candy (dark chocolate/gummies)
  • Jerkey sticks (the snack that holds me over until my next snack. Judge me)

One of my goals for 2018 is to try and keep my things organized and not allow myself to be as messy. To be intentional and think before I throw that little candy wrapper in my bag or place a pair of socks where the underwear should be. To me, this is comparable to the way I think about my overall health – you just can’t neglect it. And if you do, you’ll have to work even harder to get back to where you were. And who TF wants to do that?!

How do you get organized and stay organized? Leave a comment below!

See you guys soon!

Alisa

Product Review: T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial

sukari babyfacial

Having always struggled with my skin, I’m frequently looking for the next best skincare product or ways to improve my makeup techniques. I’m a sucker for anything claiming it will prevent wrinkles, smooth, de-puff, cover up, lengthen, brighten, whiten, etc. Do they all work? No. Do I still try because I am a victim of marketing? Yes.

I started wearing makeup and getting regular facials in middle school, around 13 years old. To this day, I rarely ever leave the house without at least some concealer and mascara on. Putting on makeup and taking good care of my skin helped me feel confident in the skin I wasn’t confident about.

I guess that’s why I started loving skincare products. I knew that if I could improve my skin, I would feel more confident in my skin. I’ve tried a million products over the last few years but have only remained loyal to a few tried-and-true.

One of my newest holy grail skincare products that I’ve been using 2-3x  weekly since the day it arrived in my mailbox:

The T.L.C Sukari Babyfacial by Drunk Elephant.

Here’s the backstory:

Starting five weeks out from our wedding, I was getting some sort of facial/skincare treatment every Saturday. I walked out of the spa feeling confident and had no desire to wear makeup. Angelo even noticed and dropped a “your face is glowing” comment. Whaaaat?

Then, we got married and just like that – I stopped going for my treatments. I know going for facials every few weeks is important. But after our wedding, I went into this weird “I feel like marinating on the couch for a few weeks and doing nothing” mode.

While I was marinating on the couch scrolling through the skincare section of Sephora’s website, the Sukari Babyfacial appeared. It had unusually good claims and I was a bit skeptical, but since I buy things solely based on reviews, I threw this product into my cart and checked out.

Within 3 days I had it on my face. It tingled a bit, but I impatiently waited the required 20 minutes until I rinsed it off. I looked in the mirror and literally gasped.

I was glowing.

My face was clear and radiant – like I had just walked out of one of my facial appointments. My pores were smaller. I looked hydrated. My skin felt smooth and soft, like…a baby. Could you even imagine?! I couldn’t either but here I am. Someone with skincare issues talking about how their face felt like a baby – from the Sukari Babyfacial.

My best friend, Nicole, came over a few weeks later and I forced this stuff onto her face. “You have to try this.” She also had the same initial reaction as I did. Drunk Elephant had won over another Babyfacial lover.

Anywho, I’m not saying I’m never going to get a professional facial again, but if this product can save me the money and time of going to regular facial appointments while still providing the same results, I’m all for it.

What’s your holy grail facial treatment? I would love to know!

*This post is not sponsored. I just love sharing products that have worked for me in hopes that someone else will benefit from them too!

Digging the Dark Side: Rooms that Inspire

I’ve recently been drawn to dark walls which is concerning because I just spent an entire summer at Sherwin Williams choosing the perfect “light grays.”

Let me be clear – I’m not referring to darker gray walls. I’m referring to black walls.

After our wedding, we spent a few days at a cozy little lodge in the Catskills, Scribners, and since then I have not gotten the idea of black walls out of my head. According to Sherwin Williams, black walls are considered “threatening or dramatic” yet, associated with sophistication. So, if I want to paint my walls black, my house will be portrayed as threatening and dramatic yet, sophisticated? Shut up and take my money, Sherwin.

I’m not talking about my entire house here, I’m talking about an accent wall (or two), one of our bathrooms (planning to do this within the next month, actually) and our bedroom. If you’re thinking “she’s crazy,” you’re certainly not wrong.

In my search for room inspiration, here are a few of my favorite, most inspiring images of elegant black walls

Drooling over these pictures from Home & Fabulous. I love the black accent wall – especially since it’s surrounded by the same color gray that my walls are, further reassuring that I can pull this off.

Upon further research for “black wall” inspo, I stumbled across The Decorista’sall black house. AND a post on why to paint your walls black. Again, further reassures my black wall desires.

Anddd before I could even finish this blog post I ran to and from Sherwin Williams for some black paint…

Would you ever paint your walls black (or another dramatic color)?

 

4 Ways: How to Be More Productive

Louis Vuitton Agenda

Lately, I’ve been thinking about productivity. Specifically, how can I maximize my time and make the most out of my day? We allll get lazy therefore making us unproductive, but what if we could prevent feeling lazy in the first place? Here are some of my tried-and-true ways of being productive when I’m feeling less-than-motivated:

1. Purge your clutter: I never feel so mentally clear and ready to get shit done as I do when I “purge” the clutter in my life. We know we should be getting rid of “things” as often as we can – but have you ever had a long, intense few hours of throwing away everything you don’t need and all of a sudden feel so much better and ready to conquer your nearest city? I recommend reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up – it really is life changing. Creating a clean and organized space is truly the key to a clear mind and being overall more productive.

Here’s a before and after photo of clutter that I may have purposely created just so I could organize everything. Shockingly enough, doing this lit a fire under my ass which led to cleaning the rest of the house afterward.

*magic*

2. Use a planner: Whether you prefer a digital calendar or paper calendar – use it and use it often. One of the best purchases I ever made was my Louise Vuitton agenda. I’m not sure what it is, but having a beautiful, high-quality planner makes me so much more motivated to have my shit together all the time (even when I don’t have my shit together). Invest in a planner, whether digital or paper, that works for you and utilize it to plan your schedule, track important dates (bills, events, appointments, etc.) and even your thoughts and ideas. I don’t know about you, but if I don’t write down/keep track of something – it’s gone forever. Never to be thought of or certainly not ever accomplished.

3. Know when you’re most productive: Plan your day based on when you know you’re the most productive. When do you accomplish more – in the morning, afternoon or evening? Prioritize your schedule and tackle the most challenging tasks during your “peak productive” times while saving the less challenging stuff for your low-energy time.

Louis Vuitton Agenda

4. Reward yourself: This one’s easy and always works. Use a motivation – a reward to get you through a task. A great example…I reward myself with dark chocolate and a trip to Home Goods every day when I finish work. Semi-serious.

How do you stay productive?

Chat soon!

-Alisa