1 | Wake up (a little) earlier
2 | Start by stretching (yoga is great)
3 | Make your bed
4 | Stop multi-tasking; do one thing at a time
5 | Clean your inbox (delete everything)
6 | Uninstall time-wasting apps
7 | Banish negative influences
8 | De-clutter your work space
9 | Listen to more podcasts
10 | Read more books
11 | Watch less television
12 | Stand up to work (occasionally)
13 | Create an ideas notebook
14 | Challenge your creativity with side projects
15 | Get organised
16 | Do the hardest tasks first
17 | Spend money on experiences (not things)
18 | Stop eating alone or at your desk
19 | Actively support others
20 | Make more time for your friends
21 | Drink an extra glass of water each day
22 | Get quality sleep
23 | Take time off - you deserve it
London is well known for its shopping opportunities but the best things aren't always the most obvious. Tucked away in Shoreditch you can discover amazing independents offering everything from independent clothing labels, handmade ceramics, homewares, hand-poured candles, arts, prints, and magazines. Here are nine of the best independent shops to visit in Shoreditch.
1 | AIDAADDRESS: 133 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JE
Inside AIDA you can discover independent clothing labels with made-to-measure services, you can get your hair and make-up done at the vintage beauty salon, grab a coffee from the in-store café, and do some flea-market style shopping from the vintage furniture section.
2 | Labour & WaitADDRESS: 85 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DJ
Functional domestic goods with a beautiful aesthetic is what Labour & Wait is all about. This shop stocks kitchenware and gardening tools alongside classic work clothing and old-fashioned gifts for children and adults alike. There is also a range of beautiful stationery including notebooks, writing pens, and tools.
3 | GoodhoodADDRESS: 151 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3QE
Goodhood is a beautiful store with almost everything you could imagine; it's packed with womenswear, menswear, accessories, children's items, beauty and grooming products, alongside homeware and camping gear. Not only are the products amazing but the shop's aesthetic is spot on with wooden displays and glass exhibition spaces.
4 | SCPADDRESS: 135-139 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3BX
With two floors to explore, SCP is worth browsing. Full to the brim with beautifully designed furniture, contemporary products, and creative kitchenware. This place is for the style conscious homeowner who want items to be functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. There are textiles, furniture, and homeware by both SCP and guest brands including those from international designers.
Out of sight, behind a big black door with only a tiny buzzer that reads 'shop' to give away its location, this tiny little shop is hidden within the office space of the Jasper Morrison design studio. This place is an absolute delight with its practical wares neatly organised and displayed on beautiful pegboards and wooden shelving.
6 | You Can NowADDRESS: 72 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3AY
You Can Now is all about promoting creativity and supporting the local community. This shop and library stocks inspiring books, imaginative magazines, and intriguing products. Sign up for a membership and receive a discount on the items sold.
7 | Monologue LondonADDRESS: 93 Redchurch St, London, E2 7DJ
Monologue is a concept store presenting furniture, lighting, home accessories, and stationery from an exclusive selection and handpicked range of emerging designers. The shop is absolutely stunning and looks like the home you wish you had, it's difficult to leave empty handed.
8 | Pitfield LondonADDRESS: 31-35 Pitfield Street, London, N1 6HB
Pitfield blends new and old with interesting homewares, vintage glassware, restored furniture, and modern items from skincare to wallpaper. The shop's haphazard layout has a distinctive character that makes it oddly welcoming, as does the addition of a cafe that sells tea, coffee, and delicious looking cakes.
9 | MaterialADDRESS: 3 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3DT
This store is a wonderful little space packed with creative books, original artwork, homewares and trinkets, with magazines, posters, and beautiful stationery. You can discover books from independents, obscure gifts, limited edition prints, and original artwork. It's a place to explore and be inspired; an absolute must-visit shop that will capture your imagination.
I actually have two desks, one sitting and one standing: my "office desk" in the apartment and my "working desk" in the studio. This is a mix up of the objects and items you can find on both of these desks and I use religiously throughout the day.
I use two planners on a daily basis. The first is my daily planner, which I talk about in the how I plan a year in advance post. This is the Paperways planner that gets taken with me everywhere; I break the months down week-by-week and write all my daily tasks in to make the day-to-day easier to tackle. The newest edition is a bullet journal created from a Leuchtturm notebook. This was created as a business log so I can keep track of everything from products and services, short and long term objectives, web analytics, social media growth, promotions and content ideas, and a yearly overview. It also contains month-by-month layouts including social media plans, which I use to keep track of priority objectives and tasks for the month. These two planners are crucial to the running of my business on a daily basis.
I've spoken about my equipment previously within this post so I won't go into great detail here. Suffice to say this equipment is pretty much always on my desk while I'm at it. I keep my Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III at hand at all times and prop my Mac up on my studio desk so I can listen to podcasts while I work. The HP Sprout dominates my office desk leaving little room for anything else.
Tools of the Trade
On my studio desk I use a small Umbra storage unit* to keep a selection of my tools and most commonly used objects together while I'm using them. It's easy to move the little unit across the desk and out of the way while I'm packaging orders and it keeps the desk from getting messy. It usually contains all kinds of things like a measuring tape, a pair of Hay scissors*, pliers, a miniature steel ruler, a couple of pens, and some washi tape.
Notepads and Pens
I always keep a notepad for jotting down ideas, notes to self, and tasks to remember. I currently have a Kate Spade Telegram Notepad* on my desk for jotting down notes and a couple of Field Notes pocket notebooks for list making. Everyone has their favourite pens to use and I'm no different; I use a Pilot Frixon Ball 07 (an erasable pen that actually works!) a Uni-Ball Eye Fine, and a Palomino Blackwing 602.
If you want to have a proper snoop around my desk, take a look at my studio tour.