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!
The 2016 presidential election has rekindled my interest in politics and current events. Both candidates are making headlines, some ridiculous, others impressive (you know who I'm talking about). Even as an eight year old, I supported Hillary Clinton when she ran in 2008. Back then, I was a bit oblivious about the candidates' stances, but hey, Hillary Clinton, a woman, was running for president. Why not? As a 16 year old, of course I know about where each candidate stands, don't worry. Without a doubt, I still support Hillary Clinton and I always have, even before Bernie Sanders, who was pretty popular among the young. Now that he is supporting Clinton, there is one other person who I would like to discuss my opinions about. You know who it is. The one and only....Jeb Bush. Just kidding, Donald Trump. I, among the rest of the world, find many of his statements barbaric. How is this man running for president? It relieves me that he is not winning in the polls, but honestly, you never know. I don't want to live in a country where immigrants are unwelcome, people of other religions are frowned upon, young teenagers cannot receive abortions. A country where guns can be obtained and used easily, where global warming is believed to be "a hoax", and therefore the issue is left alone, a country where immigrants must take a test to prove they are patriotic - this is all ridiculous. It is August 2016 and it disgusts me that there are supporters of Trump who believe everything that comes out of his mouth. Trump is too sarcastic to be president. I would not trust him when making deals with other countries, when giving a speech after a mass shooting, when dealing with serious matters. In this election, there is only one person who can handle this job, and I know she will be great at it.
I was inspired to write this post by the 11 (and more) amazing women who I look up to everyday.