Our 2018/19 midyear Planners are here and we are so excited to introduce them to you! Get ready to crush your goals with our Hustle and Fancy Pants Planners. If you are wondering which planner is right for you, this post will walk you through the details of each, and help you decide which one will become your new Best Friend! Honestly though, planners are such a personal preference and you might not know what works best for you until you try it. Here are some of the major differences that will help you narrow down your planner choice!
All of our planners incorporate goals, projects, finances, health, and scheduling into one. We believe that all areas of your life must work together in order to create a more balanced lifestyle. So now you just need to decide which format will best help you achieve this balance!
Decision #1: Daily planner or Weekly planner?
If you are unsure which layout is right for you, take our “Which Planner Is Right For You” Quiz and choose option C to get a sample download of our Daily and Weekly layouts.
If Daily, which one?
If you know you prefer a Daily layout, then you have the option of Hustle Daily Spiral, or Fancy Pants Daily. Let’s take a look at some of the major differences between these 2 planners.
Many people prefer a spiral planner because you can fold the planner in half and only see one page at a time. The spiral also gives you the option to add any of our downloads to your planner using our new Add-A-Page for spiral. Check out this video for more information on how to add pages to your Hustle Daily spiral planner.
Spiral planners require a little extra care when on the go as to not bend the spiral, but if you know for sure that spiral planners are your jam, then we have a new Hustle Daily B.F.F. Carryall to protect your best friend while you are on the go. The carryall is also great for Hustle Daily Casebound as well.
So, now to compare Hustle Daily and Fancy Pants Daily……
Both Hustle Daily and Fancy Pants have the same size pages, 5.5" x 8.5". Hustle Daily weekends share a page, but Fancy Pants weekends each have their own page. So if you are super busy on the weekends, then Fancy Pants might be a better fit for you.
Hustle Daily weekend page (below)
If you are someone who prefers a planner with customization, the ability to add and remove pages as needed, then Fancy Pants is the way to go. It offers custom inserts for Realtors, Direct Sales Consultants, Photographers, Teachers, and Students. And then we haveinserts for Extra Notes, Contacts, and a Weekly Add-in insert which is great for those who prefer a daily format but also want to keep a weekly rolling to-do list and move it from day to day.
Fancy Pants was designed with portability in mind, so although the planner comes with a full year of content, the binder holds up to 4 months of daily pages at one time, but ALL of the tabs and ALL 12 monthly overviews so you can still plan your year in advance. Hustle Daily has the full year of planning pages jam packed into one planner, but this is due to the fact that Saturday and Sunday share a page, so there are fewer pages all together.
So let’s recap, shall we……
Hustle Daily Spiral - full year of content in one planner, weekends share a page, planner can fold in half to only see one day at a time, and takes up less space on your desk.
Fancy Pants Daily - full year of content included but binder holds up to 4 months of daily pages at one time (but all 12 monthly overviews), weekends have their own page, customizable, additional inserts available, portable and fits nicely in your purse.
If You Like Weekly…
If you prefer a Weekly layout, then you have the option of Hustle Weekly. There is a noticeable difference between these two planners…
Our Weekly planners are great for those who prefer to see their full week at a time and don’t need as much space for daily checklists.
Because Hustle Weekly has a larger format, it’s time slots go from 5:30am - 9:00pm and have twice the space for daily to-do’s. This planner is a Sunday start with full time slots for Saturday and Sunday. Hustle Weekly also has the full year of planning pages all bound together.
We do have a Fuel Notepad, which combines meal planning and grocery lists in one, and pairs great with any of our Hustle Planners, especially if you prefer to not carry around your planner in the grocery store.
Now, what if you know you prefer a binder planner and already have a binder that you love, but are looking for a new planner? We’ve got you covered! You can purchase our A5 Fancy Pants Inserts here.
And once you have found the perfect planner for you, here are some of our new accessories for that will pair great with your new best friend!
First up is our Legit Notebook that can be paired with any planner, this is made for students and has everything you need to keep your academics on track!
Business Partner Notebook - Are you an entrepreneur? We use to have a Business Hustle Planner and then we had a brilliant idea. Instead of only being available for Hustle Daily, why don’t we improve it, make it better, and wrap it up into a notebook? This way, you can pick the perfect planner for your life and then pair it with the Business Partner to plan for success in your business. Genius!
Gym Pal - This is a notebook that is designed for someone who is looking to get serious in the gym. It is there to hold you accountable for writing it down, tracking it, and making things happen! Progress happens with just a little bit of effort and this Gym Pal is designed to keep you headed in the right direction.
Phew! That was a lot wasn’t it? You can also check out our comparison chart here, which will some up all of the differences amongst our planner lines in a visual format.
To learn more about our Hustle Planner you can watch this short video here.
To learn more about our Fancy Pants Planner you can watch this short video here.
And if you still have questions… as always reach out to us at email@example.com. We are here to help you find that perfect “best friend” to start making things happen in your life!
from STARTplanner - News https://startplanner.com/blogs/news/2018-19-planner-comparison
Have you ever found yourself saying, “I have plenty of time, I can work on this later” or, “What I do now doesn’t matter, again I’m young”?
If so, I’m here to say that it does matter, particularly when you’re learning how to stop bad habits.
There’s a saying that I’ve been hearing a lot lately.
“Past performance is indicative of future returns.”
Now, although it’s usually said when discussing a financial institution, I believe that it can be applied to so much more.
Take habits for example.
Once learned, do you know how hard it is to break a habit? Very freaking hard.
It takes a lot of self-discipline and commitment to break a habit and even once it’s broken, constant maintenance is required to keep it broken.
Think about all the habits you learned while you were young. Look back at how you look and behave toward certain ideas. Those habits and behaviors are hard to get rid of because they are built deep within you.
But how exactly do you take them out of your life?
I’ve talked to so many people who, despite their good nature, have told me that they used to believe that they were immortal (figuratively). They used to think that they have all the time in the world.
Now, upon reflection on their lives, they’ve noticed that they’re stuck in a sense of perpetual failure. They have developed tons of self-defeating habits that they can’t seem to shake off even after so many years.
3 Tricks on How to Stop Bad Habits
Replace it with something else
When I was younger, I had several BAD habits that really hurt both my work ethic and outlook on life. After a length of time doing these things, I noticed what they were doing to me- they were contributing to my failures.
My only option was to kick the habit but I had no reasonable idea how.
So, one day, I just quit cold turkey.
I told myself that I just wouldn’t do them anymore and it worked for a while.
A few months later, I found that the desire for them was back and that I longed for the pleasure that they brought again. I’d put a lot of thought into it and I was wondering why this feeling came back.
I realized that I needed something else that would calm me- something that would help clear my mind so that I could stay focused.
Then, I stumbled upon exercise.
I found that the relief I get from it was on par with the relief that the substances brought to me. I kept exercising on a regular basis and soon found that my desires went away. I’d found my substitute.
With the help of sticky notes, I’ve eliminated my unwanted habits and it worked really well for me.
See Also: 16 Essential Tips for Quitting Smoking
Figure out what stimulates the habit
After you realize that a habit is unwanted, the next (and possibly the easiest) thing you should do is to figure out how to avoid doing it. This also means that you must find your trigger.
For me, it was the stagnation or the feeling of constant movement but never going anywhere. This coupled with the ever-present mistakes that made it very difficult for me to deal with the stress of life.
It took me a while to realize that.
At first, all I noticed was that I wasn’t on my stuff the way that I needed to be. But like with anything, until I knew what was causing it, there would be no way for me to avoid a similar situation.
This all comes with time though.
Just like how it took a while before I figured out what was hurting me, it will also take a while for you to realize that.
This is what we have to do:
We must reflect and realize what is contributing to our current state. It’s hard but with enough time, it can be done. And if you can’t do it yourself, go to someone who can help you.
Make yourself aware of the fact that it’s unwanted.
This is the hardest thing in the world for us to do, especially by ourselves.
A habit is something that we do on a regular basis. We get so used to them that we no longer view them as a problem. This means that we must reflect and pinpoint the issues. We must look long and hard to find the things that add to our problems.
For me, one of those issues was my substance abuse. I just had to look into myself and see what it was that was causing my current state. It took a very long reflection for me to realize that it was hurting me and how it was holding me back.
This is your life, and you only get so much of it. Since our time on this earth won’t last, we must make the most of it. We must rid ourselves of our unwanted habits as soon as possible. Don’t be the person that looks back and says, “Man, I knew that I needed to do this. I just never did.”
She was all that mattered. I was deeper in debt, legal fees, and uncertainty than ever before, but I held on tight to my vow to give her more.
I would give her everything. I’d work harder, make more, buy her more, take her to see more, do more, and prove to her that everything would be okay. I had no idea that this new goal would be just as damaging, and just as hard on my heart.
My desire to give my daughter more wasn’t wrong, just misguided. While I could never have articulated it then, I did want more for both of us, but not more stuff and money.
What I wanted was more love, connection, laughter, and adventure, but that was too hard to measure. Instead, I made more money, worked more, spent more, and accumulated more. Living with less opened the door to a different kind of more: more space, more time, more light, more freedom, and yes . . . more love. It has always been about love.
My mom showered me with love on our trips to Boston, and I went into debt loving my three-year-old with Christmas presents she could never appreciate. All of the more . . . it wasn’t just for Bailey. It was for me too because I didn’t just think more + more = more, I thought more + more = love.
By letting go, I was able to see that love could stand alone. It didn’t have to come attached to presents, shopping trips, or big work bonuses or acknowledgments. I didn’t have to earn or prove love. When I got rid of the stuff, the debt, the busyness, and the distractions that were swallowing me, I was surrounded by love. It was everywhere.
I had enough.
When I discovered that I was enough without anything else, I saw that I was love. I am love. You are too. We’ve been the love we seek all along. It’s just been hiding beneath all of the layers of clutter, busyness, and show we use to protect ourselves from the pain.
Diamonds Are Not This Girl’s Best Friend
Diamonds are not my best friend but they used to be. It wasn’t just jewelry but all the things I bought to lift me up, prove my worth, and demonstrate my love. As I became more and more me and started experiencing the world from this new stuff-less place, I realized that diamonds are not this girl’s best friend.
My best friend is a magical rooftop sunrise. My best friend is the ocean. My best friend is a hike in the mountains. My best friend is a peaceful afternoon. My best friend is a really good book. My best friend is laughter. My best friend is seeing the world. My best friend is time with people I love. Diamonds have nothing on my best friends.
So yes, I want more, but not more stuff. I want more early mornings, more hiking and connecting with nature, more meaningful conversations and hand holding. More seeing the world. More creativity. More crazy ideas. More love. Always more love.
With a soulful simplicity and living with less, my life has become more than I ever imagined. Instead of more money, more stuff, more busyness, and more stepping outside of myself to be who other people may need me to be, I’m enjoying a different kind of more.
I am more myself and more connected to my heart. I am more available for people I love and projects I care about. I’m more present and focused. I have more space, time, and love in my life along with all of the other mores I craved for so long.
I am always learning something new about how simplicity works on my heart, changes my relationships, and influences my work. At first my journey was focused on tasks like decluttering, paying off debt, and downsizing. The changes started on the outside while the real work was happening on the inside.
With each thing, obligation, or assumption I let go of, I remembered who I was. I saw how far I had strayed and made it a priority come back to myself. Forgetting who you are and living outside of your heart is painful. Do whatever it takes to come back and be more you. Give yourself all the space, time, and love you need to remember who you are.
Excerpted from Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More by Courtney Carver with the permission of TarcherPerigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright© 2017 by Courtney Carver
About Courtney Carver
Courtney Carver changed her life by simplifying it after a devastating diagnosis in 2006. She’s the founder of bemorewithless.com and minimalist fashion challenge Project 333. Her new book Soulful Simplicity was published by Penguin Random House.
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Medicines are necessary to control a condition, prevent complications, and treat health problems. Although helpful, not all medications are free of side effects. Some of them can be life-threatening while others can have a negative effect on how you look.
To help you understand better, here are the most common oral side effects of medications and what you can do about them.
Drugs prescribed for heart diseases, like enalapril and chlorothiazide, can dry up your salivary glands. This can make your mouth excessively dry.
Once that happens, the tissues in your mouth can become irritated and inflamed, which can increase the risk of infection, tooth decay, and gum disease.
Think of it this way:
If there’s less saliva in your mouth, it can cause foods to stick on the surfaces of your teeth, making them difficult to remove. Saliva protects the tooth against tooth decay and gum disease.
See Also: 10 Habits That Can Prevent Heart Disease
Discoloration of Enamel
Drugs that cause staining and discoloration of the enamel include antibiotics. They are typically used to treat bacterial infections, some forms of acne, and respiratory issues.
Apart from that, consumption of too much fluoride can also lead to enamel discoloration. It can cause chalky white and cream colored patches to develop on your teeth.
Inhalers used for asthma may lead to yeast infection in the mouth called oral candidiasis. It is very important to rinse your mouth every time you use an inhaler to avoid this side effect.
Some medications can alter your sense of taste, which is also known as dysgeusia. It happens frequently to elders who take multiple medications for their ailments. It can also happen to people who are under chemotherapy and taking doxorubicin and chlorpheniramine maleate.
Generally, the change in taste is temporary and goes away when you stop the medication.
Gum Swelling or Gingival overgrowth
Medications, such as oral contraceptives, immunosuppressive medications, and calcium channel blockers can cause gingival overgrowth or gum swelling. Blood pressure and epilepsy medications can also cause the same side effect.
The inflammation around the teeth increases your risk of periodontal disease as it creates a favorable environment for bacteria to grow.
How to Avoid Oral Side Effects of Medications
Because you can’t stop taking your medications just because you’re fearful of their oral side effects, you need to do your homework and know the best ways to care for your teeth and gums. See your dentist and ask what you can do to avoid oral problems while you’re taking your medications.
Your dentist will assess your oral health. He may use an interdental brush for complete cleaning before providing the right treatment for your oral problems. Undergo a professional cleaning as that can help remove plaques that your regular toothbrush won’t be able to get rid of.
If there is swelling in your gum tissues or if there’s too much pressure around your teeth, a minor surgery will be required. The surgery is usually done with anesthesia so you won’t feel too much pain during the procedure.
To help control the situation, your dentist can also communicate with your general physician to find out alternative medications that don’t have the same side effects. As much as possible, do not stop taking your medications, swap drugs or change the dose without consulting your doctor.
General dentistry procedures involve the latest dental technology and ensure early and exact identification of any oral health complication, which can affect your overall health. It is always a wise decision to go for a routine dental checkup to prevent future problems.
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I grew up a thin waif of a blond child. A hamburger or two would have done me some good but luckily, I was raised in a family of vegetarians- mindful and meditative vegetarians (read: no hamburgers).
I ate tofu and genuinely liked it. I played guitar and remember almost none of it. And I talked about my feelings all the time.
I did not, however, play sports. I did not work out or go out for “the team.”
Years later, after my second daughter was born, I was shocked to realize that I didn’t instantly lose the post-baby bulge. I also realized that wishing it away won’t work. I knew I needed to be a little more proactive if I want to get the body I’ll be happy with.
My husband and I often talked about joining the local gym but couldn’t justify the cost.
When we finally decided to enroll, I made sure that we were getting the most out of our gym membership. So, I started checking out the other group classes the gym offered. I loved yoga but my husband was quick to point out that “a little bit of cardio couldn’t hurt either.”
That’s when I discovered Body Jam.
The class was held at the perfect time of day –immediately after work. Because of that, I didn’t have to go home right away. It was actually good because trying to convince myself to leave my babies and my comfy couch to workout was not going to happen.
20-somethings who live in active wear
When I got to my first class, I took one look at the promo posters and was certain it would not be a good fit. I expected a group of fit, young people who had a huge budget for fashionable workout clothes.
Thankfully, the reality turned out to be the opposite. There wasn’t a 20-year-old in sight!
There were a handful of middle-aged mothers and a handful of in-shape retirees. Everyone was female, except for one gentleman who seemed to be a regular and exceptionally comfortable in the room.
The instructors turned off the overhead fluorescents and flipped on the cheap DJ lights. They cranked up the music -an incredible mix of hip-hop, reggae, and Latin I never knew I’d loved.
And then we danced.
By the end of the hour, every muscle in my body hurt and my mind was exhausted from the mildly complicated choreography. Despite that, I was relaxed and smiling.
Now, nearly four years later, I still go every week.
When I miss a class because of my kids’ schedules or when they get sick, my body is genuinely sad and I cannot wait to go back. Turns out this unconventional workout wasn’t so weird after all.
What’s your unconventional workout?
You’ll never know where you might end up fitting in. You’ll never know what you might be good at and you’ll never know where you might meet new friends.
You don’t have to do CrossFit and you don’t have to train for a 10K. You don’t even have to force yourself to play basketball.
But you should do something.
There are so many unconventional exercises out there. You just need to get out and move! No knee jarring, back tweaking, or muscle pulling required.
“We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb.” ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh
From an early age, most of us get the message that we should be happy—from well-meaning parents, teachers, and even perfect strangers. “Smile!” we are told. “Why the long face?” we are asked. It’s no wonder we grow up with the idea that feeling anything less than sunny 24/7 is somehow wrong.
We’re ashamed to admit, even to ourselves, that sometimes we feel down. It seems that somehow we’ve failed, or that life is cheating us of our due. Facebook and Instagram certainly don’t provide a more balanced view: Everyone else is seemingly on the constant high that has become our society’s norm.
The trouble is, life’s not really like that, and when we expect it to be we only end up feeling worse. There’s almost a sense of panic when a less-than-euphoric period lasts too long (and I’m not talking about clinical depression here, just a garden-variety restlessness or boredom). We just don’t tolerate the lows very well anymore, craving a continuous fix of what the ego calls “happiness.”
I’ve personally bought in to the continuous happiness myth many times, and still have to remind myself that it is just that—a myth.
From true valley experiences like sickness or divorce, to the days when life feels just plain old “blah,” my first reaction is usually to try to “fix it.” Something must be wrong, right? I shouldn’t feel this way—I should be happy!
Something that has helped me a great deal is to substitute another word for “happiness,” a term that’s broad enough to encompass a more normal range of emotion: well-being.
You can continue to have a sense of well-being even in the midst of a low period. Well-being simply recognizes that life is a series of peaks and valleys, both in the macro view and on a daily basis. It is artificial (and impossible) to insist on a constantly in-flowing tide.
So how do we cultivate a sense of well-being? It starts with self-talk. Most of our emotional reactions to life come from the way we label our experience. The ego will jump to conclusions on very little evidence and then hit the panic button: “Oh, no! Depression alert! Not feeling good—this is a problem!!”
Try this instead: “Hmmm. I’m feeling a little down lately. I wonder what’s up with that?” And then simply sit with the feeling, and allow it to run its course. The panicky ego wants you to do something to fix what it sees as a problem. It is not comfortable simply experiencing what it considers a “bad” feeling, and will urge you to either suppress it or run away from it.
There are lots of ways to do this (and I’ve tried them all): shopping, having a glass or two of wine, watching TV, surfing the web, and so on. None of these activities is “wrong,” unless you use it to avoid or deny your true feelings. Our emotions, besides simply being a valid part of the human experience, hold important messages for us—messages that we can’t receive when we’re running away.
So let’s say you are allowing yourself to have the experience of feeling a bit down. It might even last for a season, but you tell yourself: “It’s okay. I know that this will pass too. I can let myself have this feeling and still be perfectly fine.” That’s well-being.
With well-being, you can continue to enjoy all that is good in your life and treat yourself tenderly while simply letting your experience evolve naturally. And it will evolve. The beauty of allowing yourself to feel your feelings rather than stuffing them is that they then can deliver their messages and pass on through.
Maybe the message is: You need to slow down a bit. Maybe it’s: The work you’re doing doesn’t feel meaningful anymore. Or maybe you never “figure it out.” Your body or spirit might just need a little healing or integration time. With a sense of well-being, you can trust that life is giving you just what you need, even if it doesn’t make sense or make your ego happy.
Well-being is very similar to the Buddhist concept of equanimity, which means serenity or imperturbability. Buddhism teaches that you don’t grasp at the “good” or flee from the “bad,” but accept each as it comes.
The Western mind often mistakes this for passivity, but it is not the same. With both equanimity and well-being, appropriate action is taken—naturally and calmly. As a bonus, action removed from the drama of the ego is often much more effective!
And there’s another benefit to accepting the so-called “negative” experiences of life: They actually allow you to experience and appreciate the good times far more.
When we try to go from one peak to another, we keep raising the ante: What was once satisfying is now boring; what was once a huge win doesn’t seem so impressive anymore. There’s a kind of “happiness inflation” going on that devalues what you have and makes you constantly reach for bigger and better.
It’s counter-intuitive, but the more you experience emotions like sadness or disappointment, the more you can truly feel joy and gratitude when it comes. The poet Kahlil Gibran wrote: “The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.”
Hard times also temper us, making us stronger, more resilient, and more compassionate. Usually we see this only in retrospect, but we can also use self-talk to remind ourselves of it in the thick of those trying times: “This isn’t much fun, but I know I’m learning and growing from it.”
Feeling “bad,” far from being something to flee, offers so much to those who are willing to embrace the experience. You’ll have to buck the messages of the ego and of society, but you will gain much more in richness of life when you welcome both phases of the tide, the ebb as well as the flow.
About Amaya Pryce
Amaya Pryce is a spiritual coach and writer living in the Pacific Northwest. Her newest book, How to Grow Your Soul, is available on Amazon. For coaching or to follow her blog, please visit www.amayapryce.com.
If you are entering the mid-years of your life, you’re probably wondering about midlife crisis. After all, it seems pretty common.
Midlife crisis can happen to anyone at anytime. Some people experience it early while others struggle with it in the late stages of their lives.
Now, although common, it doesn’t mean that there’s no way for you to avoid it. Check out the tips below to help you stave off or mitigate a midlife crisis.
Believe that it’s never too late
A lot of people who are in their mid-life years panic when they start to take inventory of the things they wanted to do but never made time for. They feel that it’s too late to make them happen now.
It really isn’t.
You still have time to write a book, climb a mountain, travel the world or learn to do that thing you always wanted to. It may seem a little tough when those around you are younger. However, if you really want to avoid having a crisis, you need to accept that if you really want to do it, your age shouldn’t stop you.
Evaluate your priorities
Priorities change over time and for good reasons. It is okay to let go of some dreams and expectations if they no longer appeal to you. You haven’t sold yourself short if you find saving for retirement is more important to you than buying a Porsche.
Accepting that priorities change is important and healthy. Doing so will keep you grounded as you move into the new phases of your life.
Stop waiting for things
Now is the time to do something.
That doesn’t mean you need to be extravagant or do something really bold. It simply means that once you identify what you want or what you want to do, make a plan and get it done.
Putting things on hold or constantly waiting for things to happen can leave you feeling unfulfilled and more anxious.
A word of caution:
Doing the things you want and getting what you want out of life is important, but it needs to be done responsibly. Seek advice as needed so that your choices are good ones.
Deal with your regrets
We all have regrets. It is nearly impossible to get through life without wishing you had or had not done certain things. Take the time to get over them.
Take whatever rational measures that may help– apologize, reconnect and then let them go. Moving on does not make you a bad person.
Cultivate friendships now
If you don’t have a good circle of friends yet, then it’s time to make one.
The worst part of midlife crisis is when people feel like they have no one to turn to.
Friends give you a support system, a sounding board, and the happiness of companionship. Never underestimate the power of friendship.
Get or stay in shape
Never underestimate the power of health and exercise.
There is no need to explain the benefits of exercise to your body but you may not realize how important exercise is to your mind. Regular exercise keeps your mind sharp and helps to alleviate stress.
Depending on your preferred exercise, it can also provide an avenue for new friendships and achievements.
See Also: 19 Ways to Get Motivated to Exercise
The second half of your life doesn’t have to be scary, depressing or full of crisis.
Understanding that life has its ups and downs and being prepared for them is important. If you feel like you are headed down the path toward midlife crisis, take a moment to stop and take stock of what you are feeling and why.
Use the tips above to get you through the process. If you don’t feel like you can get back on the right path, seek the help of a professional counselor.
For some people, a midlife crisis can be very complicated. It is possible that you may need help to get through it –a lot of people do.
Studying is a crucial skill for students but it’s one that’s not explicitly taught in school. Instead, it’s something you have to figure out on your own. It can be a trial-and-error process to find exactly what works for you.
To help you out, here are a few tips on how to study effectively.
Take Your Notes by Hand
Typing on a laptop may be quick but writing out your notes by hand helps you process the information better. Since you can type faster than you write, you can probably jot down almost everything the lecturer is saying.
Writing forces you to choose only the important information. If you take written notes in your class, you’re actually getting a bit of a head start on studying. The same goes if you’re taking notes from a class reading.
Put away your laptop and take out your old spiral-bound notebook. Laptops can be distracting whether you’re in a classroom or inside your dorm. It can tempt you into logging into your social media accounts and checking out your friends’ profiles.
Study At Your Best Time
You may think you’re a master at cramming but you’re retaining a lot less than you think. Cramming is only good for remembering information short-term which you can lose quickly.
This means that if you have to recall the same information for a homework or test, it’s unlikely you’ll remember much of it.
Cramming also usually means giving up sleep so that you can study. This can have a negative impact on your health and memory. You may think you’re doing yourself a favor by choosing to study instead of sleep, but sleep is something that’s necessary for remembering things.
So, pick the right time to study and know when your mind is clearest. Take distractions into consideration, too. If you know you have a chunk of time before your roommate gets back from class and you’re alone, that’s probably a good time for studying.
Make Sure to Test Yourself
Testing yourself throughout your studying process can make information stick better. This method also makes it really clear what information you have to work on before the actual test comes.
If you’re studying solo, try making flashcards. You can also have friends test you out.
These days we pride ourselves on being able to multitask. Studying while checking texts and social media is pretty common.
However, distractions can definitely hinder your ability to recall information. Studying with no interruptions is the only way to ensure you’re retaining all the information you need.
And that’s not limited to your phone. Having access to the Internet when studying can also be distracting.
As a solution, you can install website blockers. This way, you won’t be tempted to open your social media accounts while you are preparing for an exam.
If your dorm is too noisy, try the library or a study room on campus. If you learn best alone, don’t invite friends to study with you. Make sure you’re setting up an environment that allows you to focus completely on your work.
It’s a lot easier to study like a pro than you might think. Try these methods and make yourself the best student you can be.
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It’s been a long journey for me to realize what life is about and how to be happy.
After surviving a physically and emotionally abusive stepfather, I became a rebellious teenager. I took things to the extreme. I was deeply involved in drugs and the wrong group of friends.
As a result, it took me 6 years to graduate from college. I was arrested more times than I can count and spent time in drug rehab.
Eventually, I managed to graduate. After that, I studied law and passed the bar.
Now, I own two businesses. I am an advocate of ultra-running, a healthy lifestyle, and inspiring others.
So, how did I turn myself around?
The answer is in these 12 important life lessons.
Everyone Deserves a Second Chance
If it wasn’t for the 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th chances that I have received from others, I would not be where I am today. Sometimes, it takes a few times to catch on so don’t deny others when they ask for a second chance.
Say sorry even if it may not be your fault
Although some disagree with this lesson, I find it is always soothing to both parties. If someone is blaming you for something, tell them you’re sorry. That’s all they usually want to hear.
Even if it’s not your fault, you’ll be making the other person feel better when you apologize right away. This can make the world a lot better.
See Also: 5 Ways to Say Sorry
Be grateful for who you are and what you have. Realize how lucky you are and enjoy everything and everyone in your life.
Keep an open mind
The world isn’t black and white and easily labeled. Keep an open mind to expand your experiences and enhance your life. Always be open to change because it’s the key to self-improvement.
Chase your fear
This is easier said than done.
If you’re scared to do something or think you won’t be good at it, it’s a sure sign you should be doing it. I learned this with public speaking, quitting my corporate job, and following my heart.
Getting out of your comfort zone is the only way to receive new experiences and reach fulfillment.
The past does not predict the future
If you looked at where I was when I was 17, you could never predict how “well” I would turn out. I was labeled a low-life loser and my life didn’t seem to be getting any better.
However, it slowly started to turn around when I looked inside myself and asked what I wanted and believed I could do.
Take 100% responsibility for your life
Don’t make any excuses for why things aren’t working out for you or why you aren’t where you want to be. You are the only person who is in charge of your life.
Don’t waste a moment blaming others as that’s just a waste of time. If you want to change your life, it’s up to you and no one else.
We are on this earth for a very short time so enjoy it. Laugh and smile as much as possible. It’s the best feeling in the world.
Personally, I wish I could feel uncontrollable laughter constantly. When I’m in that state, nothing else matters.
Keep positive people around you
I can’t stress this enough.
Only people who want the best for you should be in your “group”. If someone is not enhancing your life, drop them immediately. It doesn’t matter if you have known them for 20 years. If they are not bringing you up, they are dragging you down.
Get them out of your life and watch how far you rise. You are better off alone than with a negative person.
Believe in yourself
If you don’t believe in who you are and what you’re capable of, no one else will. Know that you are exactly where you are supposed to be in life. Learn from the situation and know that there is a plan for you and you can do anything you wish. Don’t ever let anyone else tell you otherwise.
Get up early and make your bed
There is so much positive energy in the morning. It consumes me and sets the tone for the day. It’s crazy how I can get so much done before noon.
Don’t forget to make your bed, too. It’s a great feeling to slip into a nicely made bed after a tiring day at work.
Above all, love yourself and be kind to others
We all have a choice in how we treat others. That choice should always be to remain calm in all situation. Be love and kind and watch your world transform.
STARTplanner is releasing their 2018-19 Mid Year Line. The lineup of planners includes Hustle Daily, Hustle Weekly, and Fancy Pants Daily systems in four beautiful colors: Coral, Metallic Gold, Ocean Blue and Blush. Kristy Dickerson and Jenny Grumbling started STARTplanner in May of 2015 they are coming up on their third year in business. The duo has grown STARTplanner to a business with 7 figures in sales, launched a book Start Balancing. In addition, because of STARTplanners success, CEO Kristy Dickerson has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc.com and has spoken on Harvard’s stage along with other opening keynotes for conferences across the country.
The company has made big changes this year! After originally starting in Dickerson’s garage, then moving into a leased warehouse in 2016, they have recently purchased a new office and warehouse–START HQ. Since finalizing a renovation, they now have a new home for STARTplanner which aligns with their brand. Dickerson states, “anything and everything we do has always gone back to one mission, inspiring others to live their best life, be productive, and show others that if we can do it, they can too.”
Adding one more exciting change into the mix, Dickerson and Grumbling have also partnered with, Kelsy McHenry (former CEO of BLOOM conference) to throw a conference in May. Start Loving You is a moms destination retreat designed to fuel moms and their closest girlfriends through a day of inspiration, learning, relaxing and recharging in a new city! Last year (BLOOM) keynote speakers included #IMOMSOHARD and Kristin Kuzimic, along with many others. Start Loving You 2018 is in San Deigo May 17 and 18 with speakers such as Meredith Masony of That’s inappropriate, Cat and Nat from Today show, and many more. The full lineup of speakers and details is located here.
It’s MIDYEAR time!!! Which means there is a growing excitement around the launch of STARTplanners new 18/19 line. STARTplanner has always prided themselves on listening to the ideas of their consumers and incorporating these requests/ideas into their updated planners with each new launch. Below is a list of products included in the 2018/19 line.
The same Hustle Daily Spiral and Hustle Weekly that we all know and LOVE, with some awesome new exciting features!! We are SO excited to share this new line with you!! Here are some of the features that we have updated in the 2018/19 Hustle Midyear line!
We have four beautiful Binder colors for our 18/19 Fancy pants Midyear line! Two that you already know and love Ocean Blue and Blush, and we can’t wait for you to see and fall in love with our two NEW colors!! Metallic Gold, and Coral!
These are the perfect colors for spring!
Both Fancy Pants and Hustle daily and weekly all share these same updates:
While on Preorder, all planner orders will receive 2 FREE sheets of motivation, birthday and reminder stickers that fit perfectly in the monthly overview boxes! This is a $12 value. So if you are thinking about getting STARTed (pun intended) then check out of the Mid-Year Lineup and new accessories today!
STUDENTS, you NEED this in your life!!!
The biggest update to the product lineup is that Legit Planner is now a Notebook. Legit Planner was STARTplanners casebound student planner last year, but this year the student information has been pulled out of the planner and combined into a portable notebook allowing students to pick any regular sized planner (Hustle or Fancy Pants) which works for their life and pair it with Legit Planner Notebook to focus on educational success.
Student Essential Kits for Hustle Daily and Hustle Weekly will include a FREE Legit Planner Notebook for students who are ready get organized and focus on success in the classroom and beyond, with goals, finances, health, and so much more.
By pairing the Legit Notebook with any of the STARTplanner’s, students are instantly set up for success! Startplanner understands that school looks different for everyone and wants to ensure that EVERYONES student needs are covered regardless of what stage in life the student is in.
Here is what is featured in the new Legit Notebook:
Stickers are one of the most frequently requested planner accessories. STARTplanner has designed a set of Lady Love Stickers to help women track their self-care. Breast exams, annual exams and also track starting and stopping of their period. Grumbling states, “taking care of ourselves is something we tend to push to the end of our list and it is important that we constantly strive to put ourselves first and be forward thinking on preventative measures.”
STARTplanner has two versions of spiral planners, daily and weekly, and they each have a unique spiral. Spiral-Add-A Page is a way you can add custom pages (charts, photos, lists, etc.) to your planner, thus allowing you to customize the function and content in your planner.
Goal Crushin’ stickers and progress tracker is a new way to record and track the progress of a goal. Assign someone to hold you accountable, then pick your end goal. You can then see your movement, by moving stickers onto the progress tracker as you work your way towards your goal! This set includes a sheet of stickers and a progress tracker Sheet that can be added into the Fancy Pants by hole punching it, or the Hustle with the Spiral-Add-A-Page.
STARTplanner has an entire line of “Besties” (extra notebooks made to be paired with different planners in multiple designs.) They are great for extra notes, to track specific things or various other tasks. These smaller notebooks are the perfect size to fit in your purse or bag if you don’t feel like taking your whole planner with you everywhere.
There was a high demand to create a Bestie with a dot-grid for those who like bullet journaling or who prefer or need dots to plan specific tasks. Also, the dot grid offers a chance to be creative!
The ways to use our new grid dot bestie are limitless! Here are some ways you can use your Grid Dot Bestie:
We hope you enjoy your new 18/19 Midyear STARTplanner as much as we do! We are excited to see you CRUSH your goals!
from STARTplanner - News https://startplanner.com/blogs/news/2018-19