The new year often inspires us to switch up our lifestyles, improve a part of our lives, or break a habit. As for me, I have had a sudden urge to make the most of my day, study smarter, not harder, and to leave some time in the day for winding down. All of my goals have a common root: productivity.
1. Google Calendar
I have been diligently using Google Calendar to schedule my afternoons and nights once I return from school. I honestly cannot imagine my life without it because a) it gives a time estimate on when I will have dinner, go to bed, etc and b) it forces me to get done with my work in a faster and more efficient manner.
2. Today app (free)
I recently got this app on my phone, and it is essentially a habit tracker. I have the free version, which only allows 3 habits to be tracked; so for me, I did "exercise", "read", and "journal". These three items are activities I want to do once, twice, thrice, etc times per week. Every time I accomplish one of these "tasks", I simply double tap the screen in the app, and it records what I have done. My main goal of using this app is saving more time for myself during the busy week, and being more mindful of my health and wellness.
3. Bullet journaling
I actually just started doing this today, and after about a few hours of setting my bullet journal up, it really felt as if I had my life together (we shall soon find out after the school year resumes). I used Pinterest for my inspiration, and I listed my goals, bucket list items, what I want to accomplish, my blog post ideas, and a daily to-do list. For me, it's a great way to have everything in my head, in a notebook. One thing I admire about bullet journals are the aesthetically pleasing fonts and doodles, in addition to the bright colors. Bullet journaling is a way to destress for me, but also get my life together.
Hope these tips/ideas helped you on your journey to blissful productivity!