How to plan your schedule to maximize your productivity

I’ve just recently moved in for my senior year as an undergrad and this will be my second year as a freshman RA. Now, every school does scheduling differently and from what I know, my school is pretty weird. Our incoming freshmen register for classes just a couple of days before class begins for the fall semester, which can end up being super stressful for those of us who like to approach major life decisions with a color-coded spreadsheet and at least three contingency plans. Things usually work out for the best, but no matter how your school handles scheduling…

10 things in life to start appreciating + photos from my life

With everything that’s going on in the world today and the prevalence of all that negative news in our lives, sometimes it’s easy to start feeling down. When the weight of the world has got me down, I find that reflecting on my own life and on how great I’ve got it can help me cheer up and look on the bright side a bit more. No matter what’s going on in your life, there’s always room for more positivity and for more appreciating what you’ve got. While a positive outlook can by no means completely fix major life problems,…

How to pack to make sure you don’t forget ANYTHING

It’s still summer, but only just barely! Whether you’re packing for a vacation to take advantage of the last days of summer or you’re already packing to move back in at school, you’ve got to try my method. I’ve developed the method over the years and I’ve got to give credit to my mom for most of these tips. I don’t know anyone who can pack as well as my mom can, but I’ve channeled her advice into a method I’m sharing with you in this week’s post. This is the foolproof method I use to pack for vacations, for…

7 reasons why I absolutely love my ‘catch-all notebook’

Everybody who knows me knows how much I love my planner, but what you may not know is that I have a notebook I consider just as essential to my productivity as my planner. I call this my ‘catch-all notebook’ and this post is all about how and why I use this notebook as an absolutely essential supplement to my planner. I’ve had some form of catch-all notebook for almost as long as I’ve used a planner, but I think I’ve finally settled on an iteration that I’m totally satisfied with. As the name would suggest, the point of this…

How to step back from the things you love — guilt free!

This is the first post on this blog in about a year. There were a lot of reasons I stopped posting but the most important one is that I made a conscious decision to take a break. I didn’t fall behind on posting, I didn’t get bored with it, I didn’t forget about it. I decided taking a hiatus was the best choice for me. In this first post after my step back, I’m going to explain why I took a break and share some wisdom on how you can get rid of the guilt that’s preventing you from taking…

10 great ways to make the most of your summer internship

This summer has gone by so fast! I only have a couple more weeks left in the city before I have to move back into school and start my job as an RA in a freshman dorm. I’m really excited for the coming school year, but I still have a couple weeks left to make the most of my internship. Today I’m sharing my tips for how to make the most of your summer internship. Some of these tips I’ve heard from others and some I’ve learned throughout my own experience this summer. If you see anything I missed, leave me…

5 cheap things to do when you’re totally bored this summer

My favorite season of the year is summer! I love the warm weather and the break from school. This summer, I’ve got a full time internship that’s keeping me pretty busy, but I still have moments where I’ll be looking for something to do. Today, I’ll be sharing my tips for what to do when you’re bored this summer but low on funds. 1. Check out your town’s free activities I’m living in Washington, DC this summer so every weekend I’m all about going to the Smithsonian museums for free! Not every city has free museums as fantastic as DC’s,…

Finals week: Your ultimate library survival kit

Finals week is coming up, and — at least for me — that means camping out in the library for most of the day. For finals week last semester, I posted about how to stay sane during this stressful time. This time around, I figured I would write about something I have quite a bit of experience with: packing your backpack for the library. Here are some of the essentials aside from the usual notebooks, textbooks, laptop, and pens that I make sure to bring with me when I head to the library during finals week. Comfy clothes If your only…

How to prioritize your life with the quadrant method

Recently, I finally got around to reading a book I’ve been hearing positive things about for a long time: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. This book is a staple of many people who are really knowledgeable about productivity and I’m so glad I finally got around to reading it! I actually read it as an ebook that I borrowed online from my local library, which is a method I highly recommend. Even if you’re away at college, you can borrow ebooks from your library back home using your library card because it’s all done online.…

How to make sure you’re on the right track with your major

An aspect of college that many students struggle with is the process of selecting a major. There are tons of options, many of which you’ve probably never heard of until you actually get into college. I can’t exactly help you with selecting your major, at least not in this particular blog post, (sorry!) but I’ve got a pretty solid method to make sure you’re on the right track for your major so that you can maximize your time in college. As you may know, I’m a big fan of organizational, color coded spreadsheets. They help me keep my life together…