Tips and tricks

4 Quick Tips to Help You Effectively Use a Daily Planner


Hello, lovelies!

Finding the right planner for you can take time. Picture this: After finding the perfect planner at your local stationary store, you stare at the blank pages, unsure of exactly where to start. Today I’ll share tips to help you use those pages!

1) Use a single planner, if possible 

It can be cumbersome to manage both a personal and work planner. Find a planner you can use to record business and personal tasks. This will streamline your tasks, due dates, and appointments. A bonus tip: It is a good idea to consistently check your planner to review the day ahead.

2) Create a list within your planner 

I make lists often. I list each task to be accomplished by the end of the day, and check them off as I complete them. I enjoy the motion of marking a check-mark next to my list during the day. It provides both a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.

3) Slow down in order to speed up 

Set aside time each week to plan ahead. Inputing tasks and reminders for the week ahead offers you time to organize thoughts, de-stress, and provides a clear view of what you plan to accomplish. The act of physically writing out your to-dos is an effective tool for cognitive recognition.

4) Use a color-coding system 

My favourite method of colour-coding is using different pens or post-it notes. Use a different colour for each specific task you need to remember. For example, reserve a pink pen for exam dates, a blue pen for reminders, a red pen for appointments, etc.

Do you use a planner? If you do, is it an effective tool to keep you organized? 

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Inside Erin Angela’s 5-Minute Makeup and Skin Care Routine for Any Busy Morning

Hello, lovelies!

On mornings when I am rushed, I simplify my makeup and skincare routine. This routine required modifications and trimming to include basic products. It took considerable time to reduce my daily products to the bare essentials. This routine saves me at least 10 minutes in the morning! Today I share my five-minute makeup and skincare routine:

SKINCARE

If I am pressed for time, I skip a detailed facial cleansing. I wash my face with Dove soap. The moisturizing ingredients leave my skin soft and refreshed. I rinse my face, press it into a warm towel to seal my pores, and follow with moisturizer.

MAKEUP 

Simplifying this step took a lot of effort. I often wear a plethora of products each day. If I have only five minutes to spare, I use the products listed below:

  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
  • BECCA Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
  • Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara
  • The first red lipstick I place my hand on (This results in either my: Kat Von D, Sephora Collection, Bite Beauty, or Urban Decay lipstick)

Because I do not wear foundation when pressed for time, I forgo setting powder.

I highlight underneath my eyes using concealer. I use it to spot-treat any blemishes or imperfections. I apply BECCA’s Skin Perfector to my cheekbones and highlight my specific areas of my skin. When I forgo eyeshadow, Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner helps me achieve a full-makeup eye look. I finish my eyes with two coats of mascara. I tie my look together with a red lipstick.

Do you have a 5-minute makeup routine? If so, what does it look like? 

Tips and tricks

10 Tips to Avoid Procrastination


1. Break tasks down into smaller pieces. Focusing on smaller tasks helps you avoid overwhelming feelings of completing the task.

2. Set a timer. Try setting a timer for 10-15 minute intervals. This can help retain focus on the task at hand. Take a small break in between to refresh. For example, if you are writing a paper, setting a timer allows you to remain focused on the task for the specified length of time.

3. Tune out digital distractions. It is tempting to check social media. Apps such as Self Control block access to social media websites for specific periods of time to eliminate the distraction.

4. Keep a “to-do” list. It is helpful to have a physical list in front of you. Keeping a list helps you envision and keep track of the tasks to be completed.

5. Reflect on the feelings that occur once the task is finished. Hitting a goal releases chemicals in the brain that contribute to pleasure. Finishing a task brings a sense of relief and euphoria. The release of these chemicals will lift your spirits.

6. Embrace imperfection. One of the reasons we procrastinate is to avoid difficult tasks and decisions. Just get started. Once you begin a task, you should find that you have more motivation to complete it.

7. Think about the concrete steps needed to complete a task. When you begin a task, it is often easier to think about the concrete steps you need to take to complete the task. This can help you begin the task, as it gives you a plan.

8. Avoid over-thinking. Doubt and over-thinking contribute to procrastination. It may be useful to be mindful of the time and energy we are putting our thoughts, rather than completing the task.

9. Forgive yourself. It is easy to be hard on yourself when a task takes too long, or is difficult. Forgiving yourself helps you break out of the cycle of procrastination.

10. Become self-aware. Acknowledge your feelings, and think about why you are feeling that way. This follows a path of self-rationalization. Once you acknowledge impulses to stop working on a task, you will find that the urge passes.

 

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Body Positivity

Beauty is multi-faceted. Beauty is both your outer appearance and internal feelings/emotions towards yourself. Today’s post focuses on loving the skin you’re in.

I wanted to write a post about body-positivity. Being comfortable in your own skin is important. Acknowledging inner beauty is as significant as recognizing outer beauty. Sometimes this can be easier said than done. Becoming comfortable in my own skin was something I struggled with for a little while. My body is not perfect. In truth, nobody has a “perfect” body.

Becoming comfortable in your own skin will not happen overnight – it did not for me!  Courage, and confidence are integral aspects of overcoming fear and doubts about yourself. This is especially true when it comes to your body.

I now realize that these scars make me who I am. My surgical scars are permanent reminders of my strength. Scars tell stories, stories of hope, courage, and strength. 

When you are happy with your body, you glow. I came across a story in Huffington Post, published last year, that sparked the idea for this post. The campaign is called “Every Body Has a Story”. It encourages women to overcome insecurities, and love their bodies. This message inspired the idea that our bodies tell our stories. Our imperfections make us who we are.

Body positivity is about accepting your flaws, and reclaiming your body. Loving the skin you are in can inspire you, motivate you, and instill confidence. After all, beauty is multi-dimensional.

 

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