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5 Habits of Highly Productive People: And How to Make them Yours

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If you’re human living in the Tech Age then chances are you’ve felt The Struggle. That hopeless feeling of being torn between what you have to do and what you want to do… on that note I wonder if we have any new likes…

Get this: Countless studies have determined that we, the modern people of social media and reality television, have shorter attention spans than goldfish! So let’s do something about it and show them goldfish who’s boss!

5 Habits of Highly Productive People

  1. Set Goals: Create a to-do list. Accomplish your less important goals first, then give yourself 110% to what’s important. This is contradictory to popular tips but just wait until all those little things you put off are actually done. Create your checklist with this in mind.
  2. NO Multitasking: Focus on one thing at a time. By scattering your mind, you may feel productive but you’re offering less of yourself to the task at hand. While you may accomplish more tasks in less time, the results are never as good as they can be with proper attention and care. I curb my tendency to multitask by following my to-do list!
  3. Keep the end in sight: This can be achieved by creating a vision board and displaying it in a prominent place. Dress up a poster board with images and words that will motivate you to reach those wild dreams of yours. 
  4. Stop! Meditate!: It’s super healthy to establish a regular habit of quieting your mind. Take a break from the endless noise of social media, email and work. This may be our most impactful tip. Many people like to sit in front of their vision boards. Others like to close their eyes, cross their legs and perch themselves atop mountains. There’s no wrong way to meditate, simply allow the mind to breathe and go with the flow. By practicing meditation you’re creating a focal point allowing your mind to center on your goals.
  5. Celebrate the little accomplishments: Whether it’s one step along the journey or a mile, rewards are a great way to keep up moral and boost productivity. A piece of chocolate here, a scoop of ice cream there, maybe a new gadget or pair of shoes! Celebrate yo’self! 

Tools for High Productivity

Appointed Goods: You can have all the apps in the world but they will never generate the strength and mind power that goes into handwriting a list, or note taking. It’s science, y’all 😉 

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How do you stay focused? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

And as always, we are here to help you design your life. 

 

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Client work: Kitchen & Living Room Makeover

Welcome to our latest project reveal! This was a fun project for many reasons. The house is a beautiful old ranch-style with some really neat details. However over time, previous homeowners made renovations that were less than congruent with the style of the house and totally out of date. But luckily my client was ready to bring a fresh look to the interior, one that would honor the original style of the house. 

We chose KC Home Solutions to carry out the renovations and my client and I couldn’t have been happier with their work. Top notch work done in a timely manner is hard to come by these days, but these guys deliver just that. 

A few “Before” photos so you can see where we started.

All “After” photos by Sarah Sweeney

Design by Jaclyn Joslin of Coveted Home

Styling by Jaclyn Joslin & Addison Ford, both of Coveted Home

BEFORE
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Panelled walls in the living room and beams on the ceiling (providing no structural support) made the room feel dark and small, even though it is actually quite a large room! The wood floors were very rustic, country looking and part of the kitchen where the sink and stove are had a very unattractive vinyl on the floor. And don’t get me started on those kitchen cabinet colors, yikes! 

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AFTER-KITCHEN

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living room makeover

living room makeover

BEFORE LIVING

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I’m not sure what compelled the previous owners to put that stone on the wall because when we tore it out there was beautiful white brick underneath, all it needed was a fresh coat of paint. 

AFTER-LIVING

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living room makeover

living room makeover

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Top Design Trends 2017: Decor and Home

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We’ve done our research, scrolled through countless resources and crunched the numbers:

2017, What’s in. What’s out. 

Patterns: Go bold or go home. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns. But don’t go overboard. There is an art to the craft of mixing patterns into a room. We find patterns more crucial than ever, especially with rooms trending towards a whitewashed finish — patterns will keep your space from looking sterile or like an Emergency Room…

*For further pattern inspiration check out Jaclyn’s full write up in Darling Magazine “5 Tips for Making Patterns Work in Any Room”

Color: Gone are whitewashed, solemn interiors. Replaced by energetic greens (see Pantone’s color pick “Greenery” for design envy!) blues and tropical hues. 

Cork: Floors, walls, wine bottles and all. We can’t be sure how long this one will last but it’s an oldie/goodie situation.  

Handmade (Move Over DIY): Artisanal, handcrafted pieces are in. We’ve certainly seen this with the popularity of our lines of ceramics by Helen Levi and Convivial Productions in our shop. Our Pottery Collection is full of handmade pieces from artists across the world. 

Meditation Area: Everyone needs a little retreat, right? Now’s the time to create a space within your home where you can go to reflect. This can be a separate room or a little nook, such as the Meditation Corner interior designer, Jaclyn Joslin placed in this recent project.

Art Inspired Wallpaper: It’s not like we dedicated an entire blog post to this movement, oh wait… we have! Art Inspired Wallpaper.

 

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5 Tips for Making Pattern Work in Any Space: Can be as simple as adding a rug or art

colorful inspiration interior design trends 2017Color adds a renewed vibrancy, an absolutely fabulous surge of energy!

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What to Avoid in 2017

Subway Tiles: One of the easiest traps to fall head first. We still adore the look, but enough is enough. 

Fiddle Leaf Figs: Not only are these gorgeous trees among the easiest to kill, they’re also falling out of style… maybe it’s their finicky nature. If you’ve adapted and manage to have raised one well, keep on keeping on, but if you missed this one, let it go!

We’d love to hear your thoughts. What’s in? What’s out?

Be Sure to join us on Instagram, where the magic really happens, sharing images from the shop, current projects and featured content. Enough to get the creative juices flowing! See you lovelies there. 

And as always, we are here to help YOU design your life

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