daily-habit

November was pretty good!!! I think it’s been the best month in a while - what with the warmer weather, longer days, and approach to the holiday season, I’ve just been feeling a lot more positive about “life”.

My weekdays were mostly 👌, with the weekends a bit more loose, but that’s a deliberate strategy I employ to make sure I don’t develop overly restrictive habits. Just as I don’t want to have too much pink on my chart, having it all green would (in my opinion) not be ideal either. Achieving a balance is all I’m after.

December goals will remain the same with the exception of my “Three Good Things” list - I’ll still do this occasionally, but finding three things every day was sometimes a bit of a stretch.

20 HABITS OF HAPPY PEOPLE YOU SHOULD ADOPT IN 2016

1. Forgive more.

The Buddha once said,

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

Remember everyone is fighting their own battle, and everyone is trying their best. Learn to forgive other people and set yourself free.

2. Meditate daily.

Meditation is a beautiful way to still your mind – giving you a break from circling thoughts, worries and anxieties. Start with two minutes a day and build your way up to longer sittings.

3. See the world as awe-inspiring.

Imagine if you woke up this morning and saw the world around you for the first time. You would be absolutely amazed, fascinated and excited. Start seeing the world through fresh eyes and notice all the magic and beauty you may be missing.

4. Let go of things you can’t control.

When the bus is late, the queue is long or the café runs out of your favorite salad, take a deep breath and let it wash over you like water off a duck’s back. Don’t allow external events to steal your inner peace and joy. Master the art of letting go.

5. Experience the flow of things you love.

When you’re completely focused on doing something you truly love, you lose your sense of ego and time. It may be through dancing, cooking, writing, running, building, painting or something unique to you. Make this experience of “flow” a part of your weekly schedule.

6. Be more present.

When you worry about things going wrong in advance of them happening, you’re creating your own private hell in an otherwise peaceful and beautiful present moment.

Try bringing yourself back to the present moment throughout the day by noticing the sense of your body in your chair, the touch of the fabric against your skin or the gentle sensation of air on your face.

7. Spend time in nature.

Nature can have a calming effect and reminds us to slow down, take deep breaths and soak up the present moment. So make time for more bush walks, beach trips, picnics in the park and reading by the river.

8. Take up yoga.

Yoga is a beautiful way to align your body and soul – this in turn can increase your sense of wholeness and inner peace. It’s also the kind of exercise you can do anywhere, without equipment, once you’ve learned a few simple moves.

9. Spend time alone with yourself.

You need time alone to catch up on updates from the person you really need to stay in touch with – yourself. Spend time alone unpacking your worries and anxieties, and getting back in touch with your deepest desires and dreams. Schedule weekly or monthly solo dates in your yearly planner.

10. Keep an inspiration file.

Some days, you wake up feeling incredibly motivated and inspired to achieve your dreams. Other days, you wake up and the motivation has completely vanished.

That’s why it’s so useful to keep an inspiration file filled with your favorite quotes, stories and words of wisdom when your soul needs a boost. You can use a physical scrapbook or an album on your phone.

11. Practice gratitude.

There is a reason gratitude is being promoted everywhere lately – it’s one of life’s sweet shortcuts to happiness. By focusing your attention on all of the beautiful things and simple joys in life, you will notice and attract more and more of them.

12. Give without strings attached.

Giving and receiving are one in truth. When you give to someone with no strings attached – whether it be a physical gift, a compliment or your time – you are nourished as well as the receiver.

13. Embrace uncertainty.

Uncertainty is a natural part of life and an inevitable factor in making big life changes. Learn to embrace it, and know that you will always be okay at every moment in your journey, even if you can’t quite see the road to the finish line yet.

14. Write a soul journal.

Writing a soul journal is a bit like keeping a traditional journal, except that you ask your soul tough questions and seek guidance on things you’re struggling with. The key is to write your stream-of-consciousness without self-censoring. You may be amazed by the wisdom residing deep within you.

15. Replenish your well.

Life can feel so busy and fast-paced – before you know it, you’re running on empty. You don’t serve the world by burning yourself out. Take breaks. Schedule a day off for fun and laughter. Book a holiday. Don’t always cut short your lunch break.

16. Compare less.

Mark Twain once said, “Comparison is the death of joy”. Life would be pretty boring if every restaurant was the same, every romantic partner was the same, or every day was the same. Accept when things are not as you expected and appreciate that it makes life interesting.

17. Make time for friendship.

One of the top five regrets of the dying is not spending enough time with friends. Create a weekly or monthly ritual with your friends, like dinner at a local restaurant, trivia night or morning yoga session.

18. Trust yourself.

So often we make mistakes and bad decisions in life because we’ve ignored the inner voice of guidance inside of us. Trust your intuition. Your soul knows what is right for you.

19. Commit to living a life true to you.

When you live, work, date, play, eat, drink, create, dance, travel and dream in ways that feel right with your soul, you come alive, and the whole world benefits.

20. Be gentle on yourself.

You are perfect and complete exactly as you are. Even when you are striving to improve and grow, you are complete and worthy of self-love.

As the Buddhist saying goes,

We are all perfect as we are, and we could all use a little work.


Author:  Elyse Gorman from NotesOnBliss.com.

Why the Signs are Cute Af

Based off people I know

Aries: Literally defends anyone who they think is morally right. Like they’ll stand up for someone no questions asked

Taurus: Has a weakness for dogs omg literally never take one to a shelter you’ll come out with like 20 dogs

Gemini:  They probably have like 200 secret talents omg and you’ll just discover one day they can do something and it’s always something random but amazing

Cancer: Might seem like a wallflower but omg if someone treats you unfairly they like explode like wow #beveryafraid

Leo: They always have gum. And spray. And hand cream. Literally everything. And they need some recognition for that.

Virgo: Subconscious hair twirling?

Libra: They always stand with their legs crossed??? How ????????????

Scorpio: They have big opinions. They don’t often share them, but when they do it’s like listening to God. You feel insignificant.

Sagittarius: They can manage max. 1.5 cups of coffee then they’re off. Just gone. Good luck trying to get them to focus.

Capricorn: They’re ALWAYS on time it’s convenient if not fucking magical

Aquarius: Is constantly quoting rly cute phrases from movies/books like how do you guys remember so many??? how???? 

Pisces: They’re always unintentionally funny, in a cute way. 

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Staying on top of all your to-dos, errands, tasks and due dates can get complicated but luckily there is an app for everything! If you’re looking for app to wake you up in a morning, manage your priorities or soothe your anxiety, you’ve come to the right place. Here is a list of all the top apps that students are using:

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Hope this helps! x

Why You Should Write Daily by Leo Babauta Zen Habits

  • Writing helps you reflect on your life and changes you’re making. This is incredibly valuable, as often we do things without realizing why, or what effects these things are having on us.
  • Writing clarifies your thinking. Thoughts and feelings are nebulous happenings in our mind holes, but writing forces us to crystalize those thoughts and put them in a logical order.
  • Writing regularly makes you better at writing. And writing is a powerful skill to be good at in our digital age.
  • Writing for an audience (even if the audience is just one person) helps you to think from the perspective of the audience. That’s when the magic starts, because once you get into the reader’s mindset, you begin to understand readers and customers and colleagues and friends better. You have empathy and a wider understanding of the world.
  • Writing persuasively — to convince others of your point of view — helps you to get better at persuading people to change their minds. Many people don’t want to change their minds when they feel someone is attacking their position, so they get defensive and dig into their position.
  • Writing daily forces you to come up with new ideas regularly, and so that forces you to solve the very important problem of where to get ideas. What’s the answer to that problem? Ideas are everywhere! In the people you talk to, in your life experiments, in things you read online, in new ventures and magazines and films and music and novels. But when you write regularly, your eyes are open to these ideas.
  • Writing regularly online helps you to build an audience who is interested in what you have to share, and how you can help them. This is good for any business, anyone who is building a career, anyone who loves to socialize with others who are interested in similar things as them.

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So, I got an anonymous ask, wanting a tutorial on how I do my bullet journal. Here are some closer pictures of the spread. I do each week on two pages, so I can see everything in one place. One side is devoted to chores and daily habits. The other has my events, deadlines, and daily tasks. I use a moleskin extra large exercise book, because it’s got squared pages and it’s B5 size, which allows me to write lots of information. However, the pages are quite thin, and it’s not a pure white colour, which is a bit annoying.

first page

  1. First I choose what colours I want the week to be. I chose green this week; I’m not sure how much I like having the whole thing being just one colour.
  2. I start by writing a title. “Week Ten” refers to the tenth week of Spring Term, because that’s how my university structures the course.
  3. Underneath, in the first of two columns, I write my weekly goals. 
  4. Underneath that, I have a tracker of how much water I’ve drunk each day. Due to my activity and my weight, I need to drink 7 pints a day. I have an app on my phone, Plant Nanny, that also keeps track of what I drink.
  5. On the right hand column, I write out my readings for each module. I usually have three subheadings, but I’ve finished my “sexualities through history” module. I use a circle to mark out the readings, to show that they’re different from tasks. 
  6. Below that, I have weekly chores that I need to do at some point. These often don’t get done…
  7. Below that, I have a record of how much sleep I get. I often get way too much, because I’m lazy.Too much sleep makes me feel really groggy so I try and get between 7-9 hours a night. 

second page

  1. Then, I separate the second page into four columns. The first column has the day and date, and is smaller than the other three. The second column has my Events/Appointments in, and the remaining two have my daily tasks.
  2. I write out my events at the start of the week, things like seminars, meetings with professors, and seeing my friends. Sometimes I put going to the gym there, as it motivates me to pack my gym stuff before going to campus. Each event is denoted with a triangle, to differentiate them from tasks.
  3. The next two columns have my tasks. I write these out at the start of the day, apart from teeth and omeprazole (my heartburn medicine). 
  4. I like to put stickers and other cute things in the blank spaces if I haven’t had enough tasks to fill both columns. 

There you have it! Let me know if you want any more details.

20 THINGS SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE "REFUSE" TO DO

1. They don’t define success in a monetary term.

Most successful people define success as happiness, having a peace of mind, or helping others. They see money as something that brings them comfort and opens doors of opportunities. They realize that ‘money’ can’t buy them ‘happiness’. 


2. They don’t start their days without plans. 

Successful people know that in order to stay on top of work and become successful, they need to be disciplined and be smart with how they manage their time. In order to do this, they plan their days ahead, putting together a to-do list at the start of the day — what needs to be done and in what order. Not only are they going to make sure that they don’t miss out on any important tasks or meetings, but also optimize their time for the optimal performance. 


3. They don’t define “perfection” as their end goal.

To successful people, striving for perfection is rather a waste of energy and time because you would be spending your time looking for mistakes and faults to fix. Instead, you should strive for “growth”. From one point to another, successful people achieve each goal with growth in mind. 


4. They don’t surround themselves with negative people.

Pessimistic people, people who whinge and complain, people who procrastinate, and people who find excuses for everything — these are the kinds of people that successful people don’t surround themselves with. Because the more you hang around these people, the more negative energy you receive. Instead, successful people hang around positive people, driven people, and people inspire them.


5. They don’t perceive difficulties as problems. 

When successful people face a difficulty or an obstacle, they see it as another challenging issue that they need to solve like any other obstacles they’ve gone through in the past. They believe that these experiences will only make them smarter and stronger. 


6. They don’t let failure bring them down.

Successful people see failure as a part of growth and an opportunity to learn and make a progress. They believe that no matter how many times they fail, they will get back up again stronger than before.


7. They don’t let problems bring them down. 

If you let your life get weighed down by problems, you’re not going to be anything but stressed. And that is the way to having more problems in life. 

When facing a problem, instead of focusing on the problem, you should focus on your action and what you do to make the situation better. By shifting your focus like this, you will feel better and find an even better way to solve the problem.


8. They don’t let other people’s judgments affect their self-esteem.

Successful people don’t let themselves and their self-esteem get bogged down by other people’s words or judgments. They know what they are worth and what they stand for. They know what they want out of lives, what they are looking for, and they have their own rules for making all that happen for themselves. They don’t rely on outside approval. They don’t need others to prove their worth. 


9. They don’t make excuses.

Successful people take responsibility for their mistakes. If things don’t go as planned or something goes wrong, they will take responsibility for it and fix the problem. Successful people are determined to get their goals achieved each day — no matter big or small. They don’t make excuses.


10. They don’t envy other people’s success.

Successful people believe that everyone has the ability to become successful. They believe that the more successful people there are, the better this world will become. Seeing other people succeed doesn’t make them envy, but rather makes them feel inspired and motivated.


11. They don’t ignore those they love.

No matter how much work is important to successful people, it is not as important as the people they love — family, partner, and their own selves. True success starts from within. The love and support from the loved ones are significant and can be tremendously helpful in making someone succeed. 


12. They don’t forget to have fun.

Work can be tiring. Successful people know that work without play is meaningless. Work has to be enjoyable. And the way to achieving that is to do what they love and to have to work-life balance even though it’s hard at times. 

Successful people know that it is important to get enough sleep as well as to take time to relax and play in order to be able to perform at their best. 


13. They don’t overlook their health. 

Truly successful people know that good health brings in a clear head, a motivated mind, and a fully charged body which are critical in producing great work. Everything in life starts with good health. And everything else ends when health collides. 


14. They don’t set vague life goals.

Successful people know “exactly” what they what in life. They know what their dreams are and they are determined to achieve them. 

When you are clear with what you want in life, coming up with plans and a roadmap to achieving that is easy. All you need to do is to follow through, never give up, and never get distracted. By having a clear life goal, you are able to evaluate where you are in life and how far you are from your goal. 

In short, by having a goal and a dream, you’re half way there. 


15. They don’t just talk the talk. They walk the walk.

Successful people don’t just talk — whether it’s about ideas or criticizing others. They make sure things get done and what they said they’d do will happen. They execute. They implement. They are reliable and trustworthy. 


16. They don’t let themselves become victims. 

Successful people don’t let themselves become victims of other people’s actions. They are smart enough to get away from bad people and bad situations. They don’t hold grudges and don’t look to take revenge. They know that they only way for them to be happy is to let go and move on — so that they can let better things in life come in.


17. They don’t get stuck in the past.

Successful people don’t let themselves get weighed down by their past. If you live in your past, you’re never going to be happy in the present especially if you have a painful past. 

Be mindful and live in the moment.


18. They don’t resist change.

Plans, strategies, tactics — all of these can change over time. Successful people accept them without frustration and resistance. They adjust and adapt because they believe that there is no fixed route to success. 


19. They don’t ever stop learning.

No matter how old they get, successful people are always learning because they believe that no one knows everything. Inspiration can arise anywhere, anytime, from anyone. Therefore, don’t act like a glass full of water. Instead, act like a glass half full so that you can always have room to learn something new. 


20. They don’t end their days without feeling thankful. 

No matter big or small, successful people feel thankful for things in their lives and in their everyday lives. They show appreciation for those who have helped them. They thank people who support them and stand besides them. They feel thankful for what they have in their lives, rather than looking at what they don’t have. 

Successful people simply feel blessed and thankful for being alive and waking up to the people they love to do the things they love  — and that’s the secret to starting their days with positive energy and a peace of mind.

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Hi everyone! Don’t worry, this isn’t another app masterpost with a huge list of useful apps you can try out. It’s been done many times before and there are many great posts which you should definitely check out!

Instead, I’ve tried to give you a short list of rated productivity apps which I’ve personally used at one point in my life and what I used them for. I’m a type of person that’ll always rather use apps over a hand written planner.

P.S. The screenshots are from the app store since some of these apps I don’t use any more and those that I do use contain some personal information :) Let’s get started!


#1 Habitica:
App store rating: 4.5/5★
Personal rating: 4.5/5★

This is one of the apps I use the most. It makes productivity really fun. It could be described as a simplistic RPG game that makes your habits, dailies and to dos a quest. You can start a party and invite members, join challenges and help other people. There are also guilds that discuss a certain topic which you can join. It is very “community oriented” and I’ve met quite a few people on this app. As you can see, it is very customizable and you can edit your avatar any way you like!

Pros: A huge community of very helpful and lovely people! All of my habits, to dos and daily tasks are systematically organised and at one place.

Cons: The quests may become really repetitive sometimes. There is also no widget for android phones which makes me “forget” about the app sometimes if I don’t turn on the notifications. A calendar overview could also be great.

What I use it for: General to do list/Habit Tracker

android + iOS


#2 Google Calendar:
App store rating: 4.1/5★
Personal rating: 4.5/5★

Okay so this one is pretty common and widely used, but as I said, here I will give you an overview of the apps that helped me in my productivity. It is nicely designed and you can sync it with your other google apps.

Pros: Well designed with nice widgets, widely used with a PC online version.

Cons: If the weekly overview suits you the best, it may seem kind of cramped. Sometimes it feels like they made the app just for tablets or phones with huge screens.

What I use it for: Tracking events, exams, important dates, birthdays, etc.

android + iOS



#3 7 Weeks
App store rating: 4.3/5★
Personal rating: 4/5★

7 Weeks is a very minimalistic habit tracker with a simple calendar option. You can customize your colour theme and add multiple habits you wish to track. For every habit you can find available stats and simply track your progress by clicking on a current date and selecting if you have completed your daily goal or you have skipped it.

Pros: Very minimalistic and encouraging when you have the overall view of your progress.

Cons: Not really useful for anything rather than habit tracking and not really providing any external motivation. Some habits don’t really need to be done daily in order to become your daily routine, nor do you always have time for it.

What I used it for: I used this app to prepare for my German Goethe exam, since I had to practice daily in order to gain a good comprehension of the language.

android


#4 Get Shit Done!
App store rating: 4.3/5★
Personal rating: 3.5/5★

If Shia Labeuf were an app, it’d be this one. It basically let’s you set a time limited goal and let’s you choose the amount of breaks you want to have for that chosen time. Very useful for when you need that psychological push to stop slacking and be productive.

Pros: Actually makes you get shit done.

Cons: Might not be for everyone. The whole app is very task-oriented which has a very limited use.

What I used it for: Studying for boring subjects for which I have zero motivation.

android


#5 My Study Life
App store rating: 4.2/5★
Personal rating: 4/5★

Honestly this might be one of the best apps I have ever used for school organisation. It has a really nice overview of your exams, classes, tasks and daily lists, as well as a calendar mode and a detailed description of every class and school assignment. It is nicely structured and helps you keep track of important things. The pros and cons of this app really depend on the way you separate your general tasks with your school obligations.

Pros: Only suitable for school/college things.

Cons: Only suitable for school/college things. No widget available.

What I use it for: Organising my studying in high school. I’ll probably use it in college as well.

android + iOS


4 more useful apps I used to boost my productivity:

Focus: Very useful for getting stuff done, but gets old over time (android / iOS)

Brain Focus Productivity Timer: A version of pomodoro, but with nicer stats and a very responsive development team that actually reads your reviews!  (android + iOS version of a similar app)

Mastery: Well designed habit tracker with numerous ways to organise and categorise your habits, but goes by the false 10,000 hour myth which can discourage you if you are trying your best, and still not getting perfect. (Not everyone works the same way!) (android + similar iOS app)

Loop Habit Tracker: Nicely organised with great widgets. Not very useful for anything rather than, well, habit tracking. (android + similar iOS app)

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For 2016, I decided to start a bullet journal. This was a really hard decision because as a design student I am a sucker for nicely designed planners, but I can never find one that suits all my needs. I’m starting simple and hoping this works well for me. Here are a few of the spread set-ups I have: Quarter View, Month View, Status Check, Habit Tracker, Daily Tasks. I’m trying to let myself be loose and not compare myself too much to other formats that I see around studyblr. It’s important to let yourself be imperfect and do what is best for you and your individual routine and needs. I wonder how many more Star Wars drawings I’m going to do.

1. Take a quarterly vacation
2. Hold a “retrospective” after projects
3. Write every day
4. Create an “interesting people fund”
5. Keep “tear sheets” to get inspired
6. Nap every day
7. Envision what you will be remembered for
8. Brainstorm at the bar
9. Get out of the building
10. Engage in “morphological synthesis”
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99U culls 10 creative habits you should steal from worthy models like Cheryl Strayed, James Victore, and Ze Frank – details on each at the link.

Pair with the daily routines of famous writers and 99U’s field guide to honing your creative routine, then revisit William James on the importance of habit.

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cofene’s weekly planner (v.2) printables

this is for those weeks of no-nonsense planning and down-to-business work. also for when you only have a black and white printer. 

this is my second weekly planner and i attempted a spread that contains more features but is more focused, with a bit of a serious kind of vibe. its recommended use is to write out all assignments and deadlines, prioritize a couple tasks, then plan out daily activities based on the urgency or scale of the assignments. also, connect the dots of your daily habits for a full week and reflect on your total expenses by rating your spending habits! please tag me #cofene if you use this i would love to see!!

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