Autumn GYST Days 🍂

After my first 7 weeks of being fully self-employed, lord knows I need a couple of get-your-shit-together {aka GYST} days! And what better way to document my plan {and progress} then to brush off the old blogging skills.

Just to set the scene, I technically went fully self-employed with Pro Clerking at the start of August. Working with schools means my job ebbs and flows with the academic year and, much like any other education-based business, the first term seems to be especially bonkers. Of course, I went self-employed to work less and be more flexible around my family. But ended up working MORE hours and running around like a headless chicken to keep up!

So now it’s the start of half term, I’ve stuck my out-of-office on (even though I have every intention of doing a couple of days’ work) and we’ve given the kids a good run around in the fresh air. Everyone’s quiet for 5 mins and it’s time to make my GYST plan. This will be broken down into 3 areas – maintain, prepare and care for a realistic and simple, but high impact, solution to my current brain fog.

So let’s get started…..

1. Maintain

  • Clear your inbox – I bought the 7-day pass from Leave Me Alone for just £5 to easily unsubscribe from over 50 unused email subscriptions!
  • Wash all bedcovers
  • Clean out car
  • Clean out bag / purse
  • Clear your space – I’m focusing on my desk and work files
  • Make important appointments – for us, the dentist and optician
  • Update calendar / diary
  • Check finances

2. Prepare

  • Power planning – schedule out the week ahead with rest, tasks, events and appointments
  • Meal plan and prep
  • Prep clothes for the week

3. Care

  • Check-in with your goals
  • Set aside time for reading
  • Mini-pamper – for me, face mask, hair mask, de-fuzz, eyebrows, nails
  • Clear your thoughts – brain dump, journal, talk to a friend
  • Set aside time for exercise – for me, daily stretching and a dog walk

In reality, most of these actions are going to happen over at least a couple of days but I think they sound very doable and know will help make me feel like I have my shit more together before the next school term of craziness!

Download your free GYST day checklist here.

What do / would you have on your GYST day list?

Ellie x

Simply Organised | Series 1 Episode 4 : Moving House + Organised Packing

The Simply Organised podcast aims to explore the world of simplifying and help you create realistic organisation systems in business Health and home. Being simply organised doesn’t mean being perfect or minimalist. It’s about using what you already have and creating systems to help take back control and live life on your own terms.

Listen now on Buzzsprout or Apple Podcasts

Series 1 | Episode 4 : Moving House + Organised Packing

Welcome to episode 4 of Simply Organised – the podcast that helps you create realistic organisation systems for everyday life In business, health and home.

This episode includes a bit of a life update about moving house, my aim to purge between 70-80% of our belongings and my new “organised packing” mantra. 

As always I’d love to hear from you and I hope you enjoy this episode of Simply Organised 🙂

Ellie xx

www.businesshealthandhome.co.uk

Simply Organised | Series 1 Episode 3 : Simple Steps to Health

The Simply Organised podcast aims to explore the world of simplifying and help you create realistic organisation systems in business Health and home. Being simply organised doesn’t mean being perfect or minimalist. It’s about using what you already have and creating systems to help take back control and live life on your own terms.

Listen now on Buzzsprout or Apple Podcasts or check out the first couple of episodes below:

Series 1 | Episode 3 : Simple Steps to Health

Welcome to episode 3 of Simply Organised – the podcast that helps you create realistic organisation systems for everyday life In business, health and home.

In this episode we are talk about the 4 pillars of health from Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s book The 4 Pillar Plan and my own 5th addition – feeling organised!  We look at 5 suggestions for each pillar and how these can be realistically implemented into your everyday life. 

I’ve then also set a mini health challenge for which you can find a free template below or on my Instagram story highlights under Podcast.

Simply Organised Mini Health Challenge Habit Tracker – Simply Organised Mini Health Challenge Habit Tracker .pdf

Link to The 4 Pillar Plan by Dr Chatterjee –  https://amzn.to/3ja04fN

Link to Eat Pretty, Live Well by Jolene Hart – https://amzn.to/3JkuMgG

Link to 20% off from Your Super – https://yoursuper.mention-me.com/me/referee/registerko/99177642/397183676/er/9343a90d0d16e7308f1a7f5388c2c32cb1895c3f/ol/cw?epr=1

As always I’d love to hear from you and I hope you enjoyed this episode of Simply Organised 🙂

Ellie xx

www.businesshealthandhome.co.uk

Declutter & Organise with me! | Series 1 Episode 1 : Matt’s Garage

Welcome to the first Declutter & Organise With Me series! Over the next few months I’ll be sharing videos of decluttering and organisation projects within my own and others’ homes – from kitchen cupboards to a whole garage clear out – this series is sure to give you all the organisation motivation you need to tackle your own projects 🙂

addition to getting my hands dirty I’ll be sharing how you can create realistic organisation systems for everyday life using items you already have in your home!

Follow along live

Follow along live over on my Instagram account @businesshealthandhomeuk (also see my highlights and IGTV).

Series 1 | Episode 1 : Matt’s Garage

In the first episode of the declutter and organise with me series we’ve travelled to sunny Herefordshire to help Matt tackle his garage of doom! Matt’s vision was to create an art studio space whilst still keeping areas for storage and gardening equipment. This was a BIG project which we knew wouldn’t be finished all in one day but we made a great start ready for him to go through the nitty gritty boxes of stuff {which I may be able to go back to help him with at a later date!} There were a lot of satisfying “oh I’ve been looking for that!” and “I forgot I had that” moments and Matt managed to get rid of at least half of the stuff in there 😱

Ellie xx

http://www.businesshealthandhome.co.uk

Simply Organised – The Podcast

I’m super excited to announce that I have FINALLY launched a project I’ve been thinking about for months – my new podcast Simply Organised!

The Simply Organised podcast aims to explore the world of simplifying and help you create realistic organisation systems in business Health and home. Being simply organised doesn’t mean being perfect or minimalist. It’s about using what you already have and creating systems to help take back control and live life on your own terms.

Listen now on Buzzsprout or Apple Podcasts or check out the first couple of episodes below:

Series 1 | Episode 1 : Welcome and Introductions

Welcome to episode 1 of Simply Organised – the podcast that helps you create realistic organisation systems for everyday life in business, health and home.

This episode tells you a bit about me and my aims for the podcast.  It covers my journey from blogger to multiple business owner as a wife, mum and boss.  We talk mental health, being imperfectly perfect, overwhelm, personal growth and most importantly – helping one another to grow and create a safe space to share our journeys and experiences along the way.  

As always I’d love to hear from you – about your challenges and successes and how you balance allllll the things!

I hope you enjoy this episode and please feel free to contact me if you’d like to get involved!

Ellie xx

http://www.businesshealthandhome.co.uk

Series 1 | Episode 2 : Uplevelling Your To-Do List

Welcome to episode 2 of Simply Organised – the podcast that helps you create realistic organisation systems for everyday life In business, health and home.

In this episode we talk about the top 10 potential barriers to using a traditional to do list and how to tackle them – from streamlining your chosen system to addressing why you keep putting certain tasks off.  

Link to The Power Hour blog post

As always I’d love to hear from you – about how you organise your tasks and ensure you take action and implement them into your day, week or month.

I hope you enjoy this episode and please feel free to contact me if you’d like to get involved!

Ellie xx

http://www.businesshealthandhome.co.uk

BH&H Newsletter February 2022 {new focus, community and giveaway oh my!}

The February 2022 BH&H newsletter is now available, including:

  • February focus
  • Exclusive giveaway entry
  • New products coming soon
  • Invitation to join the Simply Organised Community
  • Latest on the blog

Download the February newsletter here.

Ellie x

Setting Intentions for 2022 {in Business Health & Home}

It feels as though I’ve been working towards 2022 for MONTHS by way of designing and launching the BH&H 2022 Life Planner. And here it is! And let’s face it. No matter what your thoughts are about setting goals and starting new endeavours on the 1st January there is NOTHING {in my humble opinion} more satisfying than starting fresh with an empty, clear planner, notebook or page. The New Year signifies a clean slate, a chance to reflect, set goals, get your thoughts in check and have a good old mental declutter.

Before I share my own intentions for 2022, a friendly reminder – Setting intentions for the New Year doesn’t mean that:

1) you have to get your shizzle together TODAY {or tomorrow, or next week}

2) those intentions can’t grow and change

3) you feel pressured into making ANY changes in life

4) you have to be perfect

So with that said, here are my 2022 intentions for in business, health and at home.

Business

To develop firm business foundations, strategy and identity. I currently run two businesses – BH&H and Pro Clerking. Both started off very small {BH&H was originally a blog only and Pro Clerking started off as a way of freelancing} and both have developed during the last year to be able to seriously consider working solely for myself plus start taking on help. BUT, let’s be honest, I tend to follow my nose and make it up as I go along! {You learn by doing right?!} So this year I’d really like to build upon the foundation of my businesses and create a set of procedures, processes and a clear strategy and vision for growth and intention. My brands will remain my brands, with my ethos and values threaded throughout. And I will continue them whilst I still enjoy what I do – creating resources, systems and processes, training, advising, inspiring and having a laugh along the way! Lots of exciting new workshops, products and partnerships on the way in 2022 🙂

Health

To focus on body respect and self-love. I’m not gonna lie – I still want to lose that extra 40lb {or more!} but I am really trying to love myself and my body for what I am NOW. And to treat myself with the same respect I would treat those I love. So what exactly does that look like? It looks like positive self-talk. It looks like nourishment and self-care. It looks like taking care of my mental health, taking time to visualise, breathing in fresh air and doing things and spending time with those that bring me joy or push me to be and do more.

Home

To simplify and let go of things that no longer serve a purpose in our lives. The second half of this intention has already had a huge impact on my mindset when it comes to really ditching the clutter. Asking does this item still serve a purpose? Or has its purpose been fulfilled? Or has it ever served a purpose?! You’ll be surprised how many items it’s easier to let go of when you realise they no longer serve you or your family. So the simplification and organisation process continues – but now I have a clear aim. To reduce the items in our home by 50%. Scary? Yes. Optimistic? Possibly. Doable? Absolutely!

What are your intentions for 2022? Need some help getting started? The downloadable Goal Getter {mini} Academy has been reduced to just £1.20 this weekend only {1st and 2nd January 2022}! The GGmA is a 5 step workbook that will work through everything from broadening your mindset and gaining confidence to setting your goals and taking action to see them come to reality. You’ll set achievable action plans and learn about how to create discipline through habits, challenging your mindset and discovering your inner confidence along the way!

Buy your copy for just £1.20 here!

Blogmas Day 7: Getting Sh*t Done – The Power Hour

Welcome to day 7 of Blogmas!  Today’s topic is all about organisation and the use of the power hour to get sh*t done

We all have those tasks we’d rather keep putting off until the last moment, even though it inevitably causes us undue stress and sits at the back of our mind as a constant reminder of what we haven’t got done.  Sometimes it’s because we feel overwhelmed or unsure, sometimes it’s because we haven’t been given the right tools to undertake the task and sometimes it’s simply because it’s something we just don’t like doing (hello budgeting!)  Procrastination sneaks in and suddenly time has run away from you and it’s time for the school run/to make dinner/go to bed.  We’ve all been there. 

So, with a to-do list as long as Santa’s naughty and nice register where on earth do you start?  There are a few things I’ve learnt in my time about getting sh*t done: 1) tasks nearly always take longer than expected 2) the majority of tasks I put off are actually not nearly as bad as I thought they would be and 3) in order to get any meaningful work done I need to dedicate focus time into my day.  Welcome to the power hour. 

“If you don’t know where to start, start with just one hour a day” 

{Adrienne Herbert, Power Hour} 

So what exactly is a power hour? 

The power hour is a very simple concept that has a big impact.  The Power Hour is simply dedicated time to tackle tasks you keep putting off, for long enough to make progress but not so long you resent it or find a reason to not do it at all. 

How does it work? 

1) Write a list of the tasks you’re not quite getting round to and what you need in order to complete those tasks 
2) Put aside an hour each day / week and mark it in your diary as your power hour 
3) When the power hour comes round, take something from your list and work on it 

Why does it work? 

Firstly, you’ve not only identified those tasks you have been putting off, but you have also dedicated time in your diary to work on them meaning they no longer sit at the back of your head niggling you to get them done.  You know what they are, and you know when they’re going to get done.  The principle behind the power hour is that you stop when the hour is up, regardless of whether you’ve finished your task or not.  But what you may find is that once you get going on something you want to carry on, which is your prerogative.   

What tasks have you been putting off? 

Writing Christmas cards? Getting quotes for your car insurance renewal? Cleaning out the dump drawer?  I always like to feel like I’ve wrapped things up in time for Christmas {excuse the pun} and using this technique has really helped me to focus and it’s really surprising what you can actually get done in an hour! 

Coming up

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Day 8:  The ultimate Christmas checklist

Ellie

Order your 2022 Life Planner here! Plus 10% off until the end of Friday 10th December 2021!

http://www.businesshealthandhome.co.uk

Blogmas Day 6: Christmas Giveaway!

For today’s Blogmas post I’m excited to announce the launch of BH&H’s Christmas giveaway in collaboration with my good friends over at Beads, Bows and Buttons and Oh So Melty.

The winner will get a copy of the BH&H 2022 Life Planner, a beautiful handmade bead bracelet from Beads, Bows and Buttons and 3 of the most yummy Christmas wax melt scents from Oh So Melty.

To enter head over to the post on Instagram or Facebook – follow BH&H, Beads Bows and Buttons and Oh So Melty (on either platform), like and share the post and tag a friend in the comments.

The winner will be drawn on Thursday 16th December in time for the last Christmas post!

Find out more about these great businesses and their products below:

Business Health & Home: https://businesshealthandhome.co.uk/

Beads Bows and Buttons: https://www.facebook.com/beadsbowsandbuttons/

Oh So Melty: https://ohsomeltyco.uk/

Good luck!

{UK entry only}

Order your 2022 Life Planner here! Plus 10% off until the end of Friday 10th December 2021!

Coming up

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Day 7:  Getting s**t done – the power hour

Ellie

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http://www.businesshealthandhome.co.uk

Blogmas Day 5: Winter Morning Routine

Back in January, I wrote a post called Habits Over Motivation which contained 8 habits before 8am. The post talks about habit stacking to create new routines and the importance of consistency in habit formation. Over the summer I had a really good morning routine {mainly due to being held accountable by my personal development coach!} but, alas, things have slipped and my bed feels a much easier and tempting offer than an early alarm and getting up in the dark and cold.

BUT having said that I know having a half-decent morning routine can be key in setting you {and those around you} up for either a good or not so good day. How you tackle those first few hours sets the tone for the rest of your day from your mood to how you perceive opportunities or even threats.

That being said, of course, you don’t need to wait until the next day to press restart on your mood or level of production. But I’d say for the majority of us those morning hours can be the most stressful out of our whole day {waking up, getting kids ready for school, locating lost shoes/keys/paperwork, defrosting the car, getting everyone fed and {acceptably} clean, walking the dog, feeling lethargic and irritable, toddler tantrums over which coat to wear and so on} so it’s a pretty good place to start thinking about how fairly small tweaks could make a big difference.

What areas cause the most stress?

Getting your child off their iPad? Fussy eaters refusing breakfast? Always running out of time? Random lost items? Three-nagers wanting to do everything themselves at a snail’s pace? Take some time to think about what areas or tasks you find the most stressful then brainstorm ways you could get around them – for example, no iPads before school, tubs for breakfast on the go, getting everyone dressed and teeth brushed first thing before going downstairs, simplifying hats/gloves and other random paraphernalia to limit choices and place in clear areas {I’ve just created a simple system of one box for each child where they keep all those little bits and bobs} and so on. Sometimes it’s literally the smallest change that can have the biggest impact. Then of course there’s the old favourite. Getting up earlier…….!

What do you WANT your morning to look like?

Before you decide to set your alarm for 5am and pledge to get your shizzle together by simply having more time, take time to think about what you’d actually like your morning to look like. Close your eyes and visualise your morning from waking up to starting work or dropping the kids off at school. Try not to overthink it, just let your mind open. Be honest with yourself – you may think you need to cram everything into your morning, but actually it may be better to take the pressure off and prioritise those tasks you NEED or WANT to do.

For me I envisage waking up to a quiet house, sipping coffee over my morning to-do list, maybe answering some work emails and generally getting mentally prepped and organised for the day. I would then get myself ready {having picked out clothes and packed bags the night before} before waking up the kids for breakfast. They would then be responsible for putting their dishes away, getting themselves washed and dressed {with supervision} and even making their own beds whilst I get everyone’s drinks, lunchboxes and snacks ready for the day plus put a load of laundry on. There would be clear expectations for when it’s time to get shoes and coats on {possibly with a reminder from Alexa?} and the hall area would be simplified so that everything they need is obvious and accessible. After the school run, I would get some fresh air and walk for ~30mins {commitments pending} before coming home to make another drink and start work.

Sounds pretty straightforward and idealistic right? Of course I can’t expect every morning to run 100% to plan but I can pull out some key areas to prioritise – the waking up to a quiet house and taking time to myself to get organised, giving the kids some responsibility arond getting themselves ready and simplifying what we need for the day by decluttering and having systems in place. The next step would be to allocate timings to see if this is a) actually doable and b) how much time I need to factor in – including some “wiggle room”. For me this would probably look like a 6am start to have time to set myself up and get ready for the day before waking the kids up at 7am.

How would you like your morning routine to look? What tweaks could you make to prioritise the tasks you NEED and WANT to do?

Here’s a free template to help plan out your morning timings 🙂

Now it’s time to take action 🙂

Order your 2022 Life Planner here! Plus 10% off until the end of Friday 10th December 2021!

Coming up

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Day 6:  Getting s**t done – the power hour

Ellie

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http://www.businesshealthandhome.co.uk

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