Career

Everyday I’m hustlin’: How to boost productivity in 2018

For many of us, 2017 left us feeling anxious, uncertain, and for some, lost. Fortunately, it’s time to hit the metaphoric reset button. 2018 promises a fresh start at accomplishing a new list of ambitious goals. Whether we’re bosses running our own companies or working like a boss, here are ways to stay focused, centered, and hustlin’ so another year doesn’t slip by us.

  1. Airplane Mode. Try putting your phone in Airplane Mode an hour before you go to bed and leaving it on an hour after you wake up. The digital detox will allow your brain to focus on things offline, whether that be reading a book or writing without distraction. It also gives you a chance to fully rest your mind without the ongoing alerts of HQ Trivia push notifications or the temptation of going down an IG rabbit hole of Ex-boyfriends’ and former Hills stars’ accounts.
  2. 3 Things. Every morning, write down three tasks that you want to accomplish that day. The key here is sticking to only three. By limiting yourself to three tasks, the goals are manageable and you’re able to stay focused without feeling overwhelmed. Stick the list somewhere you can easily spot it so you’ll  be reminded to return to your to-dos if you begin to drift elsewhere.
  3. Timing is everything. Set a timer to ensure your focus is uninterrupted. Be sure to include measured breaks as well to allow your mind to wander away. Past studies have shown that intervals of 90 minutes have proven to be most productive compared to those who work over intervals of 90 minutes. Apps like Tide utilize a timer based on the Pomodoro Technique combined with ambient noise that induces mental calm.
  4. Reduce Noise. Noise is one of the top distractions to our focus and hindrance in remaining productive. Invest in over-the-ear noise canceling headphones like these Sony’s. I’ve found in open office floor plans, colleagues are less likely to interrupt my workflow when I’m shielded by my over-the-ear headphones. Up your focus with an instrumental playlist. Some studies suggest video game soundtracks help with concentration. So YouTube Tetris theme song and get working.
  5. Mighty mouse. Here’s an oldie but goodie I learned from a Tim Ferris podcast. Go into your mouse or touchpad settings and under “motion” adjust the speed of your pointer speed to “fastest”. Initially, the faster setting takes a bit getting used to but your eyes will quickly adjust. It’s a minor change that will have lasting effects on your productivity.

 

Fashion

The Shoe Every Fashionista Needs This Spring

I’m baaaaaack…after a not-so-brief hiatus from blogging, I’ve been inspired to return to writing. This includes sharing my love for the art of fashion, travel, and food via the internet. So let’s jump into this, shall we.

The fashion gods have graced us with one of the most comfortable, yet contemporary trends this season: The Mule. The Mule first made its appearance in Ancient Rome, known then as Mulleus calceus. These red or purple shoes were adorned by the three highest magistrates in Rome. Apparently, those chic-ass Romans knew how to rock a statement piece. I’m still awaiting the toga trend to take off. Most recently, Mules made a comeback when they appeared all over runways last Fall, thanks Gucci. Flash forward to Spring 2017, and we have an accessible trend our feet thank us for.

Here are a few of my favorite, drool-worthy Mules that will make you feel like Roman royalty.

ASOS Sloany Heeled Mules, $40.

MANGO Wooden Leather Sandal, $69.99. 10% off if you sign-up for the newsletter.

Splurge alert: NET-A-PORTER Jimmy Choo Myla Studded Leather Mules, $675.

Zara High Heel Mules with Pompoms, $69.90.

Nordstrom Loeffler Randall Lulu Block Heel Mule, $350. Dupe found at Forever 21, $24.90.

Fashion

Style Setter: Designer Dina Chavez

SixChel by Dina Chavez

Everyone has a story to tell and as I writer, I enjoy uncovering that narrative. As part of that effort, I’m launching a brand new series on my blog called “Style Setter” where I will be asking designers, shop owners, and fashion enthusiasts my favorite questions on style.

My first Style Setter is with the talented Dina Chavez, designer of SixChel. The South Texan native is active in the Austin fashion scene participating in Austin Fashion Week as well as featured in several local publications.

I caught up with Dina at Cafe Medici in Lamar Union where the sweet and humble designer answered my fav fab questions.

What are you wearing?

These platforms I got from my hometown in South Texas. They are a great height! The jeans are American Eagle and the top is Target. The necklaces is the Utopia necklace from Stella & Dot. I love it because it’s one necklace that can be worn many different ways. The earrings, bracelets, and cocktail ring is also Stella & Dot.

How would you describe your style in 3 words?

Black. Comfortable. Chic.

Who is your fashion icon?

Growing up it was Oscar De La Renta. Then I grew to love Carolina Herrera. I also admire Christian Lacroix.

Where is your favorite place to show in Austin?

Maya Star off of South Congress. I’ll be having my upcoming trunk show there on Dec. 9.

What is your favorite piece in your wardrobe?

My black velvet blazer I found 15 years ago. It’s boxy and long, and has become my staple piece.

What fashion faux-pas makes you cringe?

Cowboy boots with dresses. I can’t wait until that goes away.

What is the must-have piece for the winter?

I’ve been seeing fur vests!

Where are you most likely to be seen in Austin?

I like to visit Lala’s Little Nugget or Trudy’s.

Meet Dina in person and browse SixChel on Dec. 9 between 6-8 p.m. at Maya Star. The holiday trunk show will highlight her latest collection inspired by Marie Antoinette.