When I want to have a productive day, half the problem is getting started and knowing what to do. I'm pretty good to tackling daily tasks like cleaning and finishing all my work, but when it comes to things that don't often cross my mind like wiping down your laptop screen and keyboard or re-arranging your food cupboard, I have to admit I often forget about them. Here are three productive things you could right now:
Find Out If You've Got Missing Money | Were you born between 1st September 2002 and 2nd January 2011? Or do you know somebody that was? I have partnered with The Share Foundation to let you know that if so, there may be money with your name on it -and there's no catch or charge! To put it simply, several years ago the government set up a scheme to encourage saving habits in children called the Child Trust Fund. All newborns were issued with an account, which their parents or guardians were responsible for claiming. But not all of them were claimed at the time and others have now been lost or forgotten. I certainly didn't know about this and, as I know a lot of people including a lot of you reading this blog post could be eligible, one of the most productive things you could do today is to find out if you (or a loved one) is missing money!
You can do it from the comfort of your own home right now! If you're 16 or 17, simply ask your parents or guardian if they remember opening an account for you. If they don’t, head to https://findctf.sharefound.org/ and complete the request form. Once you’ve done that, print it, sign it and pop it in the post and HMRC will let you know where your Child Trust Fund is and how to access it. There could be hundreds of pounds waiting for you to spend on driving lessons, your first car or to put into a savings account for later in life to buy a house or go travelling. It’s really important to put the money back into the pockets of young people - where it belongs – so please help The Share Foundation to spread the word! #ShareFound
Clear Your Photos On Laptop or Your Phone | I'm the worst person for this, but I'll screenshot or save random images and over six months or so, they build up and start slowing down my laptop or using up my phone storage. Sitting down for half an hour, skimming through your old photos can clear space and make you feel super productive in the process. Whilst you're at it, deleting old contacts on your phone and changing that password you've been meaning to for the past year are all helpful tasks that can take five minutes.
Throw Out Your Out of Date Beauty Products | I'll put my hands up and say I'm the worst person for this, but it's so important to get on top of used and out of date beauty products so you're not putting very old foundation on your face and then wondering why it feels like it's burning or has gone three shades darker since you last used it. Your skin will love you and you will streamline your collection in the process - win win!
What productive things would you like to tackle right now?