GIVEAWAY| Win a photoshoot with Nimagens

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Would you like to win a photoshoot with your loved one? Nimagens and I are getting together to offer a one hour couple photoshoot in sunny Lisbon resulting in 20 beautiful photos. All you have to do is choose if you want to participate via Facebook or Instagram.

If you want to participate via Facebook, please click here and follow the instructions – Facebook GIVEAWAY

If you want to participate via Instagram, please click here and follow the instructions – Instagram GIVEAWAY

Entries close at midnight on the 31st of May and the winner will be announced on the first of June. Good luck!

You can visit my previous photoshoots with Nimagens here.

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De-clutter your work desk| Minimalism Series

If you’d search for my desk in the office, it will be easy to find. I’m the one who only keeps her phone, notebook and bottle of water on top of the desk.

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Keeping your desk de-cluttered is a way of keeping your thoughts organised without having objects that might distract you from what you need to be focusing on at that specific moment.

When you work with deadlines like I do, any minute is precious and I can’t waste time trying to find a specific pen or trying to look for that post-it that, “I know for sure it’s here, but takes me half an hour to find it”.

Half of the stress tends to come from our environment and not always from the things that our bosses or co-workers throw at us to do during the day. Stress will always be there, but it’s important to find ways of avoiding it.

Here are a few tips to keep a tidy desk:

  • Use Sticky notes on your computer instead of using paper Post-its.
  • You can scan all documents and keep them on your computer drive. Then you can take those hard copy documents and throw them away, if you’re not able to do so because they’re too important, keep them on a folder in your drawers. Just make sure it’s not on top of your desk.
  • If you made yourself a cup of coffee, before you decide to make another one, just pay a quick visit to the kitchen, wash your cup and re-use it. You might think you don’t have time to do this, but you actually do and getting away from your computer once in a while is very important in order to be able to focus.
  • Business cards don’t need to be lying around on top of your desk. Here’s a useful tip – If you’ve kept your mobile phone box, these boxes are great to store business cards if you don’t have one of those specific folders for them.
  • Magazines – Do you really want your boss to see those kind of distractions on your desk? That doesn’t show a lot of professionalism and I’m sure you’ll have the opportunity to read these on your free time. Keep distractions away!
  • Plastic bottles everywhere. People looove to keep those around. Get yourself a nice steel water bottle like the one they have at Zephyr Eco Market and you’ll be able to save money and the planet by not using all those plastic bottles.
  • Another thing that seems to grow on your desks are pens. We only need one at a time, maybe two if you’re on the phone and you just run out of ink, but more than that is too much and means clutter all the way!

I hope these tips were useful or at least made you aware of what you can get rid of straight away, and I hope you have a less stressful work experience from now on.

I’ve been writing separate posts about my minimalism challenge experiences, so make sure you’re following the blog or any of my social media channels to not miss out on these!

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Zephyr Eco Market Ambassador

I’m honoured to be part of a community whose priority is minimise the impact to our planet. I’m a Zephyr Eco Market Ambassador, a webstore providing eco-friendly alternatives to mainstream products.

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“Zephyr” is a mild, pleasant breeze, that causes minimal disturbance. This is the way in which we believe one should live their life; not as a hurricane, disturbing all in its path, but like zephyr, causing as little impact to other species and our planet as possible. This range of products will enable daily swaps to be made to minimise impact to our planet.

At Zephir Eco Market you can find alternatives to plastic straws, toothbrushes, kitchen towels, coffee cups and the list goes on…

 

It’s a great way to replace all your single use plastic and become more Eco friendly on a daily basis. You can visit the website here.

One tree planted for each order over £10!

Deforestation is one of the biggest threats to our planet. At the current rate, the world’s rainforests will completely disappear within 100 years! Millions of animals are affected by deforestation as well as it being a leading force in climate change. Due to this, for every order over £10 at Zephyr Eco Market, we are planting 1 tree in Borneo with One Tree Planted.

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