This stylish notebook might just be hottest organizing accessory of the year.
Everyone is supposed to have 24 hours in a day but for some us, it feels like there must be a rip in the space-time continuum. How else can you explain being constantly busy but having nothing to show for it? If this sounds familiar, learn how you can make the most of your time with our five fave productivity tips.
1. Write it down
Billed as "the analog solution for a digital age," the Bullet Journal is a diary, to-do list and catch-all for all your random thoughts. Developed by Brooklyn-based designer Ryder Carroll, this trendy organizing method involves writing down quick, memory jogging statements rather than complex entries. Use it to organize your tasks by day and month pages, keep tabs of books you want to read and things you want to buy or create new lists whenever inspiration strikes. An indexing system allows you to quickly find what you're looking for.
2. Plan your time
Sort of like HIIT for your to-do list, the Pomodoro Technique involves working on your tasks for a short, timed cycle of 25 minutes. With no distractions allowed, it’s great way for those with short attention spans to focus. Take a 5-minute break before starting your next 25 minutes of work and, after four of these cycles, you're rewarded with a longer, half-hour break. Sound a bit too structured? Maybe that's why it works—it was voted the most popular productivity technique by the readers of lifehacker.com.
3. Try a tech-savvy solution
The If This Then That app might be the closest you'll ever come to a personal assistant. Got any apps on your phone? Automate their functions by using If This Then That statements, or as IFTTT calls them, “recipes.” For example: get an early morning text when the forecast calls for rain, use it to get coffee going without getting out of bed (using a programmable outlet) or tell the family you're on your way home (with an email triggered by your location app once you've left work).
4. Go KonMari on your clutter
While organizing trendsetter Marie Kondo’s method of minimal living has been criticized for being a bit too twee, an organized, uncluttered home can be key to increased efficiency. "In most cases, things that function well are inherently neat and clean," says Clare Kumar, a professional organizer based in Toronto. It's not hard to see why. Simply owning less makes it easier for you to find what you need and streamlines your decision making (no need to choose between your 6 pairs of jeans, for example), saving you time that can be better spent elsewhere.
5. Let it go
There'll be days you can't get to everything. Your work presentation sits unfinished, the house is a mess and dinner was takeout (again!). Instead of stressing out, try to cut yourself some slack. "Our bodies burn out when stuck in fast-forward," says Carl Honoré, an expert on the topic of slow living. Sometimes the best way to be productive is to take some time out to recharge. So curl up with a good book, take a long bath, or enjoy a glass of wine...guilt free! After all, there's always tomorrow.
Add pattern to your floor without breaking the bank.
A rug can help define a space, ground a room and add much-needed colour and pattern, but they can be super expensive! So, we went on a search for fabulous but frugal rugs. With many budget-friendly options, these websites prove you don't have to empty your wallet to add some patterned goodness to your floors.
Crate and Barrel
Crate and Barrel has a sophisticated selection of rugs in a variety of patterns and colours. Afraid to order a rug online? Order a 12 inch by 12 inch swatch to try before you buy.
Our top pick: Olin grey striped dhurrie rug
West Elm’s offerings (in mostly muted tones) include a stunning selection of custom rugs. Want to see how the rug will look in a styled space? Click on the #mywestelm photos below the main rug images to see photos shared by West Elm shoppers.
Our top pick: Ashik wool rug.
This online-only shop has a huge selection of over 10, 000 rugs in endless shapes, sizes and patterns. With free shipping over $75 and an excellent return policy, you don’t have to fret over making the wrong choice!
Our top pick: Zanzibar multi area rug
Land of Nod
If you are in the market for a rug for a child’s bedroom, playroom or family room, Land of Nod has your floor covered. Their selection of colourful, geometric and neutral floor coverings means there is something for everyone. You can order a small swatch to test a rug’s colours and pattern at home.
Our top pick: blue indoor and outdoor rug
They are known for their on-trend selection of geometric and kilim rugs in the prettiest selection of colours. Make sure you check back often for new styles.
Our pick: Pala textured loop rug
This site has over 200, 000 rugs in stock, with 75% off retail prices! Every rug includes free shipping and a 30 day return policy.
Our pick: Monaco rug (available in 10 colours)
The best fashion moments from Emma Stone Image by: Getty Images
Lanvin! Dior! Valentino!
Emma Stone has got great style. And what we love the most about it is her complete willingness to throw out the rulebook. She wears pants on the red carpet, she is unafraid of clashing colours and she never lets her petite frame dictate the larger than life style statements she wishes to make.
Whether she opts for a simple t-shirt dress by Calvin Klein, or an intricately embellished number by Valentino, she always looks stunning. But more importantly, she looks like she genuinely enjoys fashion and marches to the beat of her own sartorial drum. A fashion rule we should all follow if you ask us.
Emma wore this star-detailed Valentino dress to win a Golden Globe for her role in La La Land.
For the hand and foot ceremony in 2016, Emma wore this sunshine-hued Rochas dress.
At the Los Angeles premiere of La La Land, Emma wore this stunning blue Prada number, complete with sparkling embellishment.
Emma turned heads when she decided to wear pants (gasp!) to the 2015 Golden Globe awards. We love this Lanvin look.
Emma wore this daring colour to the Oscars—and it worked amazingly! This Elie Saab dress is one of the actor's brightest fashion moments.
Stone mixed prints to perfection with this Michael Kors ensemble. Stripes and polka dots never looked so good.
Emma donned this white Prada dress for the New York premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
This forrest green Valentino Haute Couture was a subtle—but very stylish—choice for the Venice Film Festival.
Emma wore this pink two-tone ensemble to the 2014 MET Gala. We love the bright, punchy colours she chose and her simple and casual hair.
For the 2012 Oscars Emma was the lady in red in this beautiful Giambattista Valli Couture dress with bow accent.
Perhaps the first time Emma Stone turned our head on the red carpet was when she wore this simple Calvin Klein t-shirt dress to the 2011 Golden Globes.
No partner? No problem. Treat yourself and celebrate this Valentine's Day—and your body—in one of these romantic, sexy and beautiful pieces of lingerie.
Halloween may take top spot for being the sweetest holiday, but Valentine’s Day has the monopoly on being the sexiest holiday. No matter if you're in a relationship or single or prefer cotton or lace we’ve got you covered in this comprehensive lingerie gift guide.
Bodysuit, $24.99, winners.ca
Do you have a small bust and looking for brands that cater to you? Check out our round up of the brands for smalls busts.
Lottie chemise with self bra, $85, eberjay.com.
Lace-trim midi slip, $68, victoriasecret.com.
Are you a curvy girl always on the hunt for a good quality bra that fits? Check out our extensive round up of bra brands for busty women.
Lace-trim satin robe, $72, victoriasecret.com.