Friday, November 21, 2014

Let Your Freak Flag Fly With Productivity

I knew a girl when I was in college who would always sit in on classes she didn't take. At first, I thought it was an attempt to soak up more knowledge; maybe that advanced math course was helping her somehow with her physics degree?

Nope! She told me that she was always much more productive when she was SUPPOSED to be doing something else. While the professor talks about math, she would have some of the most productive time of her day. 

A little weird, but it worked super well for her, as she graduated with a 3.9!

In my own way, I would do this too. If I had a really important paper and a lot of smaller assignments coming up in the next few weeks, I would start with the smaller assignments. After a few hours, I would either have completed them all (leaving the way for my paper to be completed) or feel like I should prioritize my time to do the larger assignment. Either way, I had gotten started and used that momentum to keep going! I would caution to only use this trick when you have enough time to do everything--you just don't feel motivated at that exact moment to get it done. If you are on a time crunch, by all means, focus on the most important activity first.

Whatever method (even if it seems crazy or against "study habits" guides) works for you, use it! Take note of the best times of the day for you, and best areas. Maybe a physics classroom would be better for you than a library...or maybe 5-9 am is when you get the most done. 

Just as important, take note of what does not work for you. Maybe it's great for everyone else to start their day at the library to catch up on a little bit of work each day...when really, you thrive on long amounts of uninterrupted time at night. Try to schedule your less important tasks in these less productive times and you will soon start feeling like your day has much more time!

What is your "odd" to do list strategy?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Landlopers & Fear

After reading this article about fear on LandLopers, I was inspired to write about some of my own fears.

One big one for me is approaching strangers, and that fear of social rejection. Totally better to stare out the window than try to talk to the person next to me, right? It feels so much safer...

Although I am working on it, I make mistakes. Now, I know and FEEL the pain of letting fear win out, though. Instead of rationalizing (what will the other person really tell me? Or I will just waste their time), I now know that it was "my bad": letting fear be stronger than my goals.

I am a big fan of "wooooo fear conquered!!" stories, but this blog post from Landlopers above is even more courageous to me.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Be the most positive person you know

I just took a Bolt bus ride with a driver who went out of his way to make the four hour drive bearable. He cracked jokes and got everyone laughing despite the freezing temps!

He reminded me of a quote that has stuck with me recently: be the most positive, enthusiastic person you know.

Why not embrace everything you can do in this life with a happy attitude?

You will meet and attract (not in a mystical way but in a "hey, you're cool, we should be friends" way) positive, enthusiastic people.

Speaking from personal experience, it is a lot of fun to be the dork who puts their all into something. I want to embrace that attitude 100% in all areas of my life.

To be honest, I was originally planning on writing about the dangers of toxic people but I took my own advice!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What to Do Two Days Before A Vacation

Two days before a vacation, there are a few things you want to make sure to do before packing:

1. Charge all your devices and batteries. Although you may have the best of intentions to charge right before you leave or overnight, avoid any unnecessary stress and charge now. This way, you can just safely pack in the majority of your devices rather than stuffing them into your suitcase last. If your rechargeable battery doesn't work, you still have time to calmly buy it the next day.

2. Download anything you'll need for the trip. This may mean important documents or textbooks to study, or just a season of your favorite television show. I can't tell you how many friends have told me about long plane or bus rides with nothing to do. Packing took longer than expected, wireless internet didn't work, or the download encountered an error.

3. Print out your itinerary and tickets. Again, if your printer decides it is quitting today, you can still go to a public library or a friend's house to print everything out. I am normally anti-printing, but having a hardcopy of these documents will make your life better.

4. Separate your essential makeup/hair products. Then, the day before the trip, you can make sure you didn't miss anything by using only those products! If you are normally do your makeup early in the morning and are not a morning person, this will really save you those emergency drugstore stops!

5. Prep for the first day back from your vacation. This will give you a lot of peace of mind during your vacation. Do whatever you need so that you aren't stressed your first day back. If you are travelling again, you may want to set out the items you will be switching in your bag. If you have an important meeting, you may want to put out your outfit, accessories, and notes. Your future you will thank you!

What are your tips?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Reader Survey Winner:

Thank you to everyone who participated in my reader survey! The winner of the $25 Ebay giftcard is ryzellec!! If she doesn't respond within a week, I will choose a new winner. I will be holding more contests in the future, so make sure to subscribe at the left!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thank You

Write a letter to someone who changed your life. Thank them for their time, effort, love, advice...

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday inspiration

What you are looking for is always in the last place you look.

This used to drive me crazy...of course the last place I find my keys is where I find my keys!

Now, I realize that there is a lot of truth to this kind of zen statement. If the journey ends, what will you gain?