Writer, photographer, go-getter and influencer, Alley May Carey, sums it up perfectly on her website Substance. “The notion of being 'busy' seems to be romanticised on social media and an insane schedule is now the measure of how successful and important you must be,” she says.
Leading a productive yet balanced lifestyle is not always a glamorous task and is definitely *not* measured by how, when and what filter you use to document it. However, regardless of all the white noise on social media, there are some fundamental lessons we can learn from the busy and influential women that fill our feeds.
Here are some valuable #lifehacks we’ve pinched from influencers that can help the everyday girl on the go.
DISCLAIMER: Daily brunch is not one.
Ask any influencer and they will tell you: you’re as good as the equipment you keep. Whether it’s the latest app or the newest piece of hardware, technology in 2018 is all about innovation. Devices that accompany you through your day and tick multiple boxes are worth their weight in gold! Carey swears by the new Samsung Galaxy Watch. It checks her emails, plays her favourite music, pays for her coffee, and leads her through a yoga class - all from her wrist.
All it takes is one Instagram check before you're down a #healthgoals rabbit hole - have you heard about Keto? Despite all the advice, a healthy and sustainable lifestyle is different for everyone.
Women’s Health's digital content editor, Lucy Bode, is all about self-care. “Dry body brushing is my all-time fave beauty/health/self-care ritual. It helps boost circulation and lymphatic drainage, stimulates digestion, reduces the appearance of cellulite and sun damage AND it leaves your skin looking prime. Plus, it’s influencer approved (check out Georgie Stevenson’s post about it here.)”
Despite the cliché, putting your best foot forward and stepping out of the house feeling great is the easiest way to make sure your day is set up for success. There’s nothing more disruptive than sleeping through your alarm and running out the door with a hairbrush in tow. To counter, make sure you have all your beauty essentials in one convenient spot and when you can, allow extra time to give yourself a little pampering.
marie claire’s senior digital beauty editor, Arielle Tsoukatos, recommends stashing your eye cream in the fridge for some morning TLC. “This is a really effective quick fix for tired under-eyes, courtesy of Chrissy Teigen’s beauty regimen,” she says.
Social media can often leave you feeling guilty of not doing more - the dreaded FOMO (fear of missing out). Switching off and having technology free time is a #lifehack heralded by everyone from Miranda Kerr to Jennifer Hawkins. Remember to keep your work/life balance in check and spend more time doing the things that you love. Namaste.