Happy Sunday! I am back today with the regular programming after a week of interviews on living abroad, which I hope you enjoyed (you can catch up on all the interviews here). To get back into the swing of things, I thought I’d chat about organization. More specifically, Anna Newton’s new book An Edited Life. As you know, I’m a massive fan of her blog The Anna Edit, and I’m also the perfect example of a type A personality. This book was literally made for me! Instead of my usual review, I’m talking you through some of the tips from the book that I’ll be incorporating into my own life. An Edited Life is about improving your life by finding the best ‘edit’ for you, at home and at work. I have to say that these tips will be very handy when I move into my first flat in May, but they can also easily apply to you even if you’re already a full functioning adult. Now let’s get into it…

Finances - p. 41

In the budgeting section, Anna talks about the 50:30:20 split, which basically means that 50% of your budget should be allocated to fixed expenses; this includes rent, utilities, phone bills, public transportation, etc). 30% is for variable expenses; this includes groceries, prescriptions, entertainment, personal care, shopping, etc. Finally, 20% of your budget should go into savings. She also says the number can be flexible but if you find they are very far from these percentages, this is when you should be adjusting. I think this is so useful if you don’t know where to start when it comes to finances.

Productivity according to your energy levels - p. 139

The best way to structure your day in order to be productive is by tapping into your energy levels. When do you feel more energized, creative, inspired and calm? As an early bird, I always feel so productive in the morning, so it’s best to use it for tasks I don’t really like, and leave my evening for more creative stuff I enjoy like writing blog posts.

The F.U.L.L. Method - p. 185

Anna came up with the F.U.L.L. method for decluttering your home. It can be applied to any item, and it sounds way more achievable to me than the Kon Mari method (as it is less restrictive). It stands for:

  • Is it functional? Have you got a use for it?

  • Have you used it in the last year?

  • Do you love it?

  • Do you like the look of it?

There were so many more great tips in her book tackling everything from fitness, to cleaning routine, bullet journaling, capsule wardrobes, etc. If you’re already a reader of her blog and a subscriber of her YouTube channel, you will be surprised by the amount of new content (believe me, I’ve added so many post-its to that book). It’s also written in her usual tone of voice with her Ryan Gosling references I love so much. It’s a book I will go back to again and again because it’s the perfect life guide. Now run and go buy a copy!