5 Tips To Beat Procrastination

You wake up, you have a goal, a dream, a vision in your mind with the intention of working on your tasks for the day to get you closer to this goal. At 9.30am just as you sit down to do some work your phone rings, it’s your friend wanting a chat, meanwhile you’re in a group chat and your friends are messaging you about the weekend plans. By 11am the little voice in your head is starting to shout negativity at you and giving you a whole list of reasons you won’t reach your goals. At 12pm you’re browsing social media and generally drifting and you see someone in your field posting about their success which makes your self doubt increase to new levels. By 1pm you’re beating yourself up about having done nothing productive all day and really struggling to get into a flow as self doubt is at an all time high. You finally do a few emails then surf the internet distracted by all the online shopping adverts that keep popping up and then all of a sudden it’s 5pm you have done nothing towards your goal. Does this sound familiar? 

This is a typical day of procrastination.

Procrastination is the delaying or postponing something. It is the disconnect between intention and implementation. We all face it and it will severely hold you back if you don’t start to combat it.

I have put together my 5 top tips to help you beat procrastination and help you stay focused.

1. Start your day right

When you first wake up your mind is operating at 10.5 wave cycles per second that’s when the subconscious mind is most impressionable. Whatever you hear in the first 20 minutes when you wake up will affect the spirit of your day. Use this 20 minute window effectively, it is your armour for the day! I suggest getting up 20 minutes earlier everyday just to get yourself set up with intention for the day ahead. Write down your gratitude list for around 5 minutes- I suggest 10 things in life you are grateful for starting with the words ‘ Thank you’ – start thinking abundantly. Try some guided meditation on motivation and confidence for 5 minutes. Use the last 10 minutes to listen to a motivational audio ( I can recommend some of my favourite speakers at the end ). If you don’t want to sit in bed and do this part then I do this part after my shower while getting dressed and doing my makeup etc. Make this a daily habit. I have started to get to the gym early before I start working and it really feels great and helps motivate me for the rest of the day, so if this is possible for you too then I couldn’t recommend it any more.

2. Write down your tasks in the morning

After you are dressed and ready before you start messaging your friends, checking social media and generally drifting, write a list of tasks you need to get done in the day to take you closer to your end goal and set a time frame for each. I like to actually physically write mine on paper as a list so I don’t get distracted by my phone as I refer back to it and cross things off. I also love having a physical list as I get satisfaction from crossing things off when they are complete. This list will keep you focused on your main priorities for the day and stops overwhelm as you have clear tasks not a million and one things going on. It stops me from doing things that aren’t getting me closer to my end goals. I also recommend turning off all your notifications for social media and messages so you can REALLY focus on what you are doing without distraction. I have no notifications on my phone anymore so I choose when I want to check things rather than keep getting distracted.

3. Don’t be a perfectionist

Too much time can be spent on trying to get things perfect and this is a big error. Don’t waste time faffing on the small things, just get it out there- get sh**t done! You can always improve things next time and practice will make perfect over time. I see students spending so many weeks trying to figure out a logo and a name that they don’t get started and meanwhile other students are just getting started and actually focusing on adding value and doing their job well. I’m not saying don’t take pride in what you do but I am saying that getting yourself out there is better than trying to get it perfect and wasting time.

4. Stop worrying about how and start thinking where

When you have a big goal it is often daunting when you start thinking ‘how am I going to get there?’. Stop thinking about how and just focus on where you want to be as once you know where you want to be your brain will start figuring out the how and signs and opportunities will keep showing up along the way to guide you. Your reticular activating system in your brain will filter through the necessary things that you need to notice that will get you closer to your goal. Instead of seeing it as impossible, start believing it is totally possible and start to focus on taking consistent action and doing tasks to get you closer to your goal. Watch what happens. Create a vision board for where you want to be and refer back to it daily – keep that vision strong! Throughout the day when you think of ideas and inspiration, just write them down and come back to them after your tasks. I often find before bed I get an influx of inspo so I write it all down. 

5. Love yourself

Look at the relationship you have with yourself and start to realise you are special, you are enough, you are unique. I love the Les Brown quote – If there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do us no harm. A lot of procrastination comes from not feeling good enough and negative self talk which stops you taking action. Stop comparing yourself and start realising that anything you want can be achieved if you believe it and take action. Don’t beat yourself up if you feel you failed at something – it’s feedback and all part of the growth journey. Try to write down positive affirmations for example ‘ I am a strong woman’, ‘I am a talented personal stylist’, ‘I have so much value to add to society’, ‘ I am successful’. Refer to them regularly throughout the day. Love yourself enough to surround yourself with positivity and say no to negative relationships which will hold you back.

If you have any questions or want some further tips on procrastination feel free to email me HERE: casey@caseypaulstyling.co.uk

Recommended motivational speakers you can find on YouTube : Les Brown, Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield

– Casey Paul

Shanghai


Shanghai was the final stop before flying back to the UK. I’ve been to Hong Kong many times so felt like it would be similar and I did feel it was similar, however the language barrier was more obvious to me in Shanghai, and the driving – just make sure you are prepared for a bumpy ride!

We Stayed at the Mandarin Oriental which was faultless, so much so that I didn’t want to venture out. The service was impeccable. Me and my boyfriend were joking that if you sneezed they would probably bring you a tissue… and what happened? I sneezed and the staff brought me not just one but a plate of tissues!

We had dinner on the Bund at Mercado, an Italian which was amazing. I recommend the cheese and truffle pizza but be sure to go hungry as it’s so filling! The views of the bund from there were definitely worth a visit and I found the malls really cool with such creative shop window displays and cute coffee shops.

Back to the UK for some family time and my styling academy training days which I am so excited for. So, that’s the end of my festive adventures, a very different Christmas and New Year for me away from the UK.  What amazing memories and experiences I will cherish forever.

-CASEY PAUL

 

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Seeing in the New Year Sydney Style

I arrived in Sydney as a slightly angry human as I turned my phone off on a one hour flight then couldn’t get it switched on again – Apple Store fixed it but you can imagine the initial frustration!

Seeing in 2017 in true style in Sydney was a crazy experience. I’ve always seen it on tv and in real life it’s just immense. I love fireworks anyway, I get excited like a big kid but these were just a different level! Trying to get the boat across to where we were watching them was an absolute mission through the crowds but definitely worth it and glad I didn’t wear heels!

We went to see Disneys Aladdin which was my Sydney highlight- I used to watch it over and over as a child and one of my fave songs ‘A whole new world’ gave me goosebumps. The sets literally blow you away with all the colours  – I could definitely watch this one again and recommend it as a must see production. I was excited to wear my new gold Louboutin high tops which Santa got me and they have now hit no1 on my go to shoes for a while.

We stayed at the Four Seasons for the first part of the trip then headed to Watsons Bay which is the cutest little place. I’ve really got into eating avocado toast lately which I pretty much had every day in Sydney and a juice press.

On a beach trail where I was taking some blog pics I came across a nudest beach which entertained me for a minute- this isn’t for me but the people on it seemed to be enjoying it! I’m so excited to start using my new Canon camera – a proper grown up camera now thanks to Santa.

I had the nicest reflexology experience in china town which surprisingly did decrease some body aches, so I will definitely be having that again. Talking of China my next stop is Shanghai so I’ll be posting about that next week!

Happy New Year!

-CASEY PAUL

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Why we break New Years Resolutions within 2 weeks

New year, New me we all say. We all know the feeling when it gets to the start of a new year and we ponder over all our regrets from the previous year then beat ourselves up about all the bad decisions we made and opportunities we didn’t take then think of heaps of things we are going to do differently this year to reach these new goals to better our lives. Then by February we have given up, familiar story right? 

Would you believe me if I told you that only 8% of people who make New Years Resolutions actually succeed in achieving them? That’s a 92% failure rate according to Jack Canfields research and as early as January 15th these people have already broken their resolutions. People try to do too much too soon, get overwhelmed with obstacles and burn out. 

So what is the key to creating new years resolutions and setting goals instead of just a wish list? Here are 3 things you will need to create commitment and lasting change:

1. A COMPELLING EXCITING VISION for what it is that you really badly want not just half heartedly want. The passion will pull you forward towards what it is you want if this vision excites you. 

2. STRONG ENOUGH REASONS which will make you follow through when the going gets tough. You will face considerations, fears and roadblocks when you set a goal so you will need a strong enough reason to keep you going so you don’t give up when the going gets tough. 

3. REGULAR DAILY REVIEWS OF YOUR GOALS. You will need to remind yourself of these goals every day. You will really need to feel these goals, feel as if you would if you had already achieved them. Write them down and believe they are achievable. Try writing your top goal in your purse and reading it every time you open it as if it was already achieved with what you want by when.

Get out a pen and paper and write down:

  • What it is that you badly want? Make sure you are passionate about it enough to want to get out of bed every morning excited about working on these goals
  • Your reason for wanting to reach these goals. How will you feel when you reach each one and why is it important to you?
  • Your goal/ goals and the date you want to have achieved them by as if they are already achieved. For example by March 10th I am sitting in a coffee shop drinking a soy caramel latte feeling proud that I have set up my new business website and have 5 new clients. Be as specific as you can.

All of your future goals and dreams are not only a reflection of your subconscious thinking, they are also mediated by your Reticular Activating System (RAS). I watched a video about the RAS last year and have become so fascinated by it and how it helps with goal setting. The RAS is the part of your brain that serves as a filter between your conscious mind and your subconscious mind. The RAS, which is located in the core of your brain stem, takes instructions from your conscious mind, and passes them on to your subconscious mind. The brain has to take in so much and the RAS acts as the filter to let us know what is important and what we should pay attention to. Because of this biological function, whatever you are thinking about or focusing upon will seep down into your subconscious mind only to reappear at a future time. Have you ever decided that you wanted a certain handbag, and then suddenly all you see is this handbag everywhere? That is how the RAS works so be super careful about what you focus on and ensure it is positive not negative. Make your vision as vivid as possible and the brain will act to get you to your goals by showing you what is important.

While I am such a strong believer in goal setting, I also want to stress that reaching a specific goal will not make you happy. Happiness will come from growth and progress so enjoy the journey and don’t get disheartened when you look at your goal and you aren’t there yet.

It is also important to note that you can’t just look at your goal and wish it into existence! A goal without a plan is just a wish. You will need a list of daily, weekly and monthly tasks to get you closer to your goal – a plan. I have goals but I focus on systems and processes to get to my goals. For example I am a Personal Stylist with a training academy so a goal of mine is to grow my academy and have a whole online training programme by the summer. I never feel unhappy that I am not there yet, I am excited by the clear vision and I focus on my commitment to daily practices which will get me there.

I invite you to try this out and share with your friends so you can remind and encourage each other! Enjoy your goal setting and enjoy the journey of your own personal growth.

– CASEY PAUL

For any queries feel free to reach out to me at casey@caseypaulstyling.co.uk

A Gold Coast Christmas

Wow just wow. I never thought Australia would be for me to be honest but the Gold Coast has pleasantly surprised me. I have had no true desire to visit until my partner had work here and we decided to do some exploring. We drove from Hervey Bay, and yep I slept the whole journey- this is pretty standard from me. I have been really pleasantly surprised about how beautiful some parts are and how much character there is. My favourite so far is where we stayed in the Surfers Paradise area on the waterway for Christmas. I love being on the water and spotted my dream house out here on the waterway, set back with some sand surrounded by palm trees- serious vision board material and great timing for me to start working on my goals for this year!

We hired a yacht on Christmas Eve and spent 5 hours out on the water which was so much fun- very different to my usual festivities. It was pouring with rain on Christmas Day so I cooked a roast instead of a bbq ( I was secretly happy as I loveeee a roasty). We saw dolphins swimming past the house which was just such a surreal amazing Christmas Day experience.

My highlights and things I recommend are:

  • Breakfast at the Grocer and Grind which was probably one of the best kale, avocado and egg brekkies I’ve ever had, with just a really cool vibe and super healthy options.
  • Lunch or Afternoon tea at the Crowne Plaza revolving restaurant with amazing panoramic views.
  • A romantic dinner on the Gondola.
  • For a drink it would be worth stopping at the Versace hotel which is where the ‘I’m a Celebrity get me out of here’ show contestants get to stay- this overlooks the water and is beautiful.
  • A shopping trip to Pacific Fair is worth it for a nice indoor and outdoor mall which has a really good mix of high street stores eg H+M and high end such as Louis Vuitton.
  • A trail walk at Burleigh Heads with incredible sea views when you get to the top of the trail. This is around a 25 minute walk.
  • A visit to the Q1 building which is the tallest building in Australia and 7th tallest residential building the world is worth it for the views, probably on a clear daytime would be the best in my opinion rather than the night when we went.

I still haven’t changed my mind about the service here in Australia- they are super laid back so don’t expect the best and be prepared to ask a few times for things you want as things are easily forgotten here.

Thanks so much for reading and the next blog post coming will be on Sydney.

– CASEY PAUL

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5 Reasons To Practice Positivity

It’s definitely not easy to always think positively and keep control of your thoughts and emotions at challenging times in life. Some situations can only be seen as negative but it is important to try to learn from every situation and try to see a positive future moving forward. I have read so much over the years on the power of positivity and it is immense how having a positive mindset rather than a negative will have huge effects on our lives. Here I have put together my 5 main reasons to try and practice positive thinking in 2017.

  1. HEALTH – Your mind can perform an estimated ten quadrillion operations per second without you even knowing it. Your subconscious mind is the power house to who you are but it can’t distinguish between a real event and something you merely think about. Think about when you wake up from a nightmare you have all the physical feelings you would if the nightmare was real life. Medical experiments have shown placebo effects time after time as the brain thinks the body is healed. The opposite to this is the nocebo effect where people are hypochondriacs and can actually cause their own illness. Negative thoughts e.g. the thoughts a hypochondriac would hold will cause the biochemistry in the brain to change and release the stress hormone cortisol into the blood which weakens the immune system. Exactly the same can be said of any negative thoughts you hold and words you speak eg bitchy and bitter resentful thoughts which will affect the release of cortisol. Start to become aware of the thoughts and words you are using and how they make your body feel.
  2. RELATIONSHIPS – You will attract better relationships into your life and keep hold of ones worth keeping if you are more positive. Who wants to be around someone who moans and whinges all the time and speaks only of lack rather than abundance. If you start seeing the positive in relationships and friendships and show gratitude and love, chances are they will blossom. Remember the mind can’t distinguish between a real event and something you think about so be careful where you let your mind wander as you may start believing, feeling and acting like your partner is a cheating lying arsehole when they’re not, and you acting like they are is a recipe for disaster.
  3. SUCCESS – When you think positively you will start to focus on solutions rather than dwelling on problems. You will become more productive and start to use your time wisely. Negative people will find all the reasons it won’t work and successful people will find all the reasons it will work. Successful people will not see failure when things don’t go to plan they will see it as feedback and keep focusing on their goals.
  4. ABUNDANCE – Change the way you look at the world and the world you look at changes. If you start to practice gratitude and think positively you will start to see so much abundance in your life. There is so much to be grateful for if you just start to notice the good and not moan about what doesn’t seem to be going your way. 
  5. LAW OF ATTRACTION – A positive mind will attract positive events. Every thought you hold has a vibration and you will attract things on the same frequency. Positive visualisation and affirmations are great to raise your vibration and change your state. The law of attraction states that like attracts like so get control of those thoughts and replace negativity with positivity. 

I really love this quote I read recently:

Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

Look at the picture below on the right and see how the negativity makes your body feel. Then look at the red on the left and notice the difference when you see only positivity.

Happy Thinking!

– CASEY PAUL

Instagram: Caseypaul_styling

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Fraser Island

We drove to Fraser Island from Brisbane which took around 4 hours, then we got a 45 minute boat ride across to Kingfisher Bay where our hotel was. I felt really chilled out at the worlds largest sand island, which to be honest you have to be as the service in Australia I have noticed is super laid back- so if you are planning a visit bring a bag of patience with you.

My fave new purchase was a crocodile hat which will be glued to me at all times when the sun is out. I really get extra irritated with a hot head so this did the trick! We did a segway trip along the beach with friends we went with which was so much fun and saw hundreds of what I thought were spiders but actually the cutest little crabs I have ever seen.

The trip to Lake Mckenzie was an absolute highlight for me, so beautiful and a must see for anyone travelling to the island. I badly wanted to see a dingo and we saw one at the lake which was way more friendly than I had expected. There are danger signs everywhere and the staff don’t allow you to feed them which is why they then get agressive because they’re so hungry which is really sad.

We are now spending some time in a house on the Gold Coast for Christmas so I will post some piccies on that next week.

Hotel: Kingfisher Bay resort

-CASEY PAUL

 

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Koalas and Kangaroos down under

We came to Brisbane from Hawaii for my boyfriends event and the first thing I noticed is that there are Flight Centres EVERYWHERE here! I mean how many do you need, it’s craaaaazyyyy, there is probably one every three minutes you walk. I thought everyone booked online these days?

We stayed at the Marriott hotel where he was holding his event which had some really nice views and a rooftop workspace where I did most of my work. The fish restaurant we went to called Jellyfish had French martinis which were probably a bit too nice but I still managed to get my bum out of bed and down to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary today. It wouldn’t feel right to come to Australia and not see the native animals. I had the best cuddles with the koalas, they’re so so cute, in fact I would love to kidnap one as a snuggle buddy when my boyfriend isn’t around. I was shocked at how close I could get to the kangaroos as they just roam around freely and are really calm and friendly until they need to pooh, now that’s a different story … I’ll leave that one there!

Tomorrow we are off to Fraser Island which I am too excited about. I will be posting up piccies soon. Thanks for reading.

CASEY PAUL

Instagram: @caseypaul_styling

Hotel: Marriott

Restaurants: Jellyfish , Cook and Co

 

 

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The best love story you ever heard

I want you to really think about the relationship you have with yourself and be totally honest. Do you love yourself? Let me take it one step back, do you even like yourself? If you could watch yourself in a movie what would you think of the person you see? Do you have self respect? Do you know what you want out of life?

I am not asking you to walk around on your high horse thinking you are better than everyone else, because trust me that way of thinking won’t work either – there will always be someone else ‘better’ in your eyes in a different way. I want you to stop comparing, believe you are unique, you are special, you are gifted in your own way. Recognise your greatness believe you deserve what you want and be the most supreme version of yourself.

Why am I asking you to think about this? Because the relationship you have with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have. Everyone has heard the phrase ‘You have to love yourself before anyone else will’ and this is so true. When you can get to a place of self love, you will start to attract the people you deserve to have in your life like magic. Learn to love yourself first, instead of loving the idea of other people loving you.

I have put together my 10 ways to practice self love. Try it and watch your world change for the better.

  1. Every morning write down a gratitude list.  If you can’t be grateful for what you already have then chances are that you won’t get more. You will always see and feel a lack if your mind focuses on what you don’t have rather than appreciating all the good. You could start your gratitude with ‘Thank you for’… or ‘I am truly grateful for’. What you focuses on expands so if all you focus on is negative then all you will get is negative. Focus on what you have to be grateful for and more will appear.
  2. Do something for someone else. As Tony Robbins says ‘The secret to living is giving’. Do a good deed for someone else or reach out and tell someone how much they mean to you. Bake a cake, cook a nice meal for someone. Don’t under estimate how good it will make you feel to give love and watch it come back to you.
  3. Pamper yourself. Give yourself some body love. Go to a spa for a facial or a relaxing massage. If you don’t have the funds to do this then a DIY job at home will do the trick. Run yourself a long relaxing bath with candles and give yourself a body scrub then nourish your body with a moisturiser. This before bed should make you sleep so much better. I love listening to an audio in the bath surrounded by candles, then jumping into freshly washed sheets. It’s such a little thing but still one of my all time favourite things.
  4. Know what your desires and goals are in life and ensure every decision you make is in alignment with your values and moves you closer to your goals. Who do you want to be? Don’t do things just to please other people, do what is good for you keeping your goals in mind always. Remember that it is your responsibility to make yourself happy so love yourself enough to say no things that aren’t good for you and won’t serve you. You will only resent decisions you make based on what others want not what you truly want.
  5. Feed your body with goodness. I don’t mean you have to go on a strict eating regime and cut out all the foods you love, just create an awareness around what you are feeding your body. You will think clearer and have more energy and feel fresher when you fill yourself with nutrient rich food and drink. Try a fresh green juice to start the day instead of your coffee. Keep the food you love that might not be so good for you as a treat. Another thing that I really notice is how much dehydration affects my moods so try to drink plenty of water.
  6. Surround yourself with positivity. You become a product of your environment so make sure your environment is energy rich. Love yourself enough to say no to people who are always moaning, bitching and speaking negatively. As you love and respect yourself more you will start to only want to spend your time with people who lift you up.
  7. Clean out your house and detox your wardrobe. There is nothing more therapeutic than cleaning and making things look fresh, show your home and wardrobe some love and respect. Light some beautiful scented candles and put on some music you love while you do it! A tidy environment makes for a tidy mind and you will love your clothes more if you can find them properly and everything in your wardrobe is something you wear rather than clutter.
  8. Take care of your body. If you don’t enjoy exercise then even a walk outdoors will make you feel energised. One of my all time favourite things to do is an hour long walk outdoors with beautiful scenery. You can collect your thoughts and get your body moving. Yoga is a great way to start the day and you can download videos to watch and learn if you can’t get to a class.
  9. Let go of your negative self talk and start making positive affirmations. Nothing in life is failure, it’s feedback so let go of the past, let go of all the things you wish you had done differently and start your new journey of self love today. Don’t compare yourself to others, just focus on making yourself the best version of you. Leave all your negative self talk behind you and start believing  you can reach your goals.
  10. Keep growing and learning. Nothing great will happen in your comfort zone so push those boundaries and stretch yourself – you will feel so accomplished! Read books, learn new recipes, visit new places. Be curious, feed your mind. The more you grow the more you will have to offer the world and others.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life… start loving yourself and it will be the best love story you ever witnessed.

CASEY PAUL

Hawaii Dreaming

It was a blessing being able to work from such a beautiful location this week on a stop from New York to Australia. We stayed in Honolulu Hawaii for 4 nights at the Four Seasons which is just amazing. The avocado toast was delishhh and I can honestly say the iced soy caramel and coconut latte is the best I’ve ever had.

One of my all time dreams was to see wild dolphins and we did that while there. I didn’t expect to see so many but in one spot they were literally everywhere. Seeing them flipping up spinning in the air brought tears to my eyes – it was it was one of the best views I’ve ever seen!

I’ve started reading a book ‘The Power of Habit’ and will do a write up after, but so far it’s really interesting. There are definitely quite a lot of my own habits I need to change for next year!

Waking up doing Meditation and Yoga classes in front of the ocean is something I wish I could do every morning. I learnt Swami Satchidananda meditation and Hathaway yoga which I really want to try and keep up. For those of you who get anxiety like I do at times, the teacher taught me a great breathing exercise to combat anxiety which I filmed. Click here to view 

Hotel: Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina 

Airline: United

Flip Flops: Steve Madden

Vest: Forever 21

Trousers: Boutique

 

 

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