Personal Reflection

You Don’t Have To Do Everything

I often need to remind myself that I don’t have to do everything. Besides, I only have 24 hours in a day like everyone else.

There’s only so much I can do. Too bad I’m super stubborn. Even during the school year, I still try to do what I did over the summer.

I’m doing my best, and that’s all I can do. I strive for balance. It’s tough though. But I like my lifestyle. I have what I need. Hopefully, I can sustain my way of life for a long time.

As much as I love the idea of daily habits, I can’t do all of them some days. Which is why I should prioritize. Depending on the circumstances, I might put one thing before another.

I also can’t wait to graduate. Most likely, I will find work afterwards. Maybe in the future, I’ll return to university, but as of right now, I’m ready to begin my career.

I’ve done a lot in school. I want to do a lot in the real world too.

I have no idea what I’ll be doing in a few months. Or where I’ll be for that matter.

One day, I hope to look back and think my hard work paid off. Until then I’ll tell myself I don’t have to do everything. It’s okay to focus on a few things at a time.

Productivity

Some Important Things To Remember About Habits

It’s OK if you miss a day. You don’t have to do everything every day.

Start small. One hour might be too much, but ten minutes is more realistic. Don’t try to do too much right away.

Consistency is crucial. Forget about the results or numbers. Putting in a little bit of work every day beats doing a whole lot once in a blue moon. Your progress adds up.

Adapt accordingly. You’re allowed to change your habits.

Keep a diary or journal where you can jot down your habits. That way, you’re able to look back and see what you accomplished.

Simplify. If you’re over complicating the process, you’re less likely to do the habit. Make it easier on yourself to do the things you want to do.

Prioritize your habits. Not every habit is equal. So when you’re having an especially busy day, know what to put first and what can wait.

You can try to kill two birds with one stone. Be careful you aren’t dividing your attention though.

Find a balance. You don’t have to turn all your hobbies into habits. Sometimes, you’re better off having some flexibility.

Push yourself but never to the point of pain.

Daily habits shouldn’t hold you back from trying new things. No matter what, life will happen to you whether you like it or not. So live every day.

Personal Reflection

The Need To Disconnect And Connect

I feel the need to disconnect all the time, especially in a world where thanks to the internet or social media more specifically, we’re increasingly connected to each other.

Some days I’m better at disconnecting than others. Finding that perfect balance presents a challenge.

Recently, I’ve noticed I’m not able to concentrate as long as I used to.

I remember the good old days where I finished books in one day as I would sit down and read for hours on end. I went without interruptions or distractions for long periods of time.

But now I’ll read for about an hour, feel the urge to check my phone, and ultimately, give in to the temptation. Then I’ll get carried away on Twitter or Instagram. Before I know it, I’ve spent half my day on social media. Hyperbolic statements are part of Herminia’s brand. So is referring to myself in third person.

I realize I may not disconnect as much as I used to, but I do my best. It’s important to step away from the screen. My sensitive eyes appreciate it.

Also, I’ve gotten used to carrying my phone with me everywhere I go. Some days I wonder how I’d survive if I left my mobile at home either accidentally or intentionally.

It’s not easy to disconnect, at least not if you’ve grown up so connected. But the difficulty makes disconnecting that much more rewarding.

If you’re wondering where all this is coming from, I’m currently taking three media classes. For fun, I read a chapter of a book, which discussed how social media has changed our ability to connect and concentrate.

So lately I’ve been thinking about my relationship to media and how it affects my happiness, productivity, etc.

As of right now, I’m ready to disconnect and go to bed. I’ll connect or reconnect with the world tomorrow.

Blogging

A Serious Blogging Consideration

I’m considering the idea of reducing my blogging activity. At least once school starts. Because I’m going to be lazy and not manage my time properly.

I don’t know if I will for sure, but I just wanted to warn anyone who cares. I also want to look back on this post one day and laugh at my naïve self.

Okay? Okay.

Interesting fact, I thought about doing this exact thing on September 20th, 2014. But I never published those thoughts. I somehow managed to balance blogging with school just fine in previous years, even though I had little confidence in myself. If I had little confidence then, I have even less confidence now.

If this blog is dead in a month, you’ll know why.

Still, I will do everything in my power to ensure this blog doesn’t die before I do.

Writing

How To Balance Work And Writing

Or school and writing. School, work, and writing?

Since I’ve been a student for what feels like centuries and I’m working this summer, I think it’s about time I address striking a balance between the things I love and hate.

Write while you are waiting.

For the bus. For your computer to boot up. For the sky to fall, the ground to open, and the world to erupt.

Don’t work too hard.

Part of achieving balance means you don’t burn yourself out. Try not to bring work home. Do you want your professional life to bleed into your personal life?

Build a routine.

When you have a set schedule, you’re less likely to pull an all-nighter doing stuff or forget that you have to go to class in eight minutes. On occasion, however, you’ll have to let life happen and adapt accordingly.

Commute productively.

Listen to an audiobook or podcast. Read. Write. Study. Keep busy. If you spend all day at home, don’t complain to me.

Sleep.

I’m a hypocrite. I know. I was conscious longer than unconscious for the five hours I was supposed to sleep this morning before getting up to go to my job. My body seems to reject sleep. I hope your body isn’t the same. It’ll make life a whole lot easier if you’re actually well rested.

Happy balancing!

Writing

Writing During The Holidays

Happy Christmas Eve. Happy Thursday. Happy writing.

Kudos to you if you’re planning to write during this busy time. If you aren’t then your family and friends should feel grateful that you’re actually spending time with them.

I’m kidding.

I hope you’ll continue to write during the holidays so I’m sharing my tips with you. Let it be known that I don’t follow my own advice.

  • Write in the morning. Or at night before you go to bed. If you don’t have time in the morning or at night currently, wake up earlier. Stay up a few minutes later. Get those words down before you go down.
  • Stick to a routine. At least try to establish one. Block off chunks of time you know you can get away from the real world. It’s difficult, life’s unpredictable, but having a routine increases your chances of having words written. And don’t we all want to have words written?
  •  Be wise by using time you’d waste otherwise. Waiting for guests to arrive? Write. Waiting for that turkey to roast? Write. Waiting for your significant other to text you back? Write.
  • Make writing fun. Make it enjoyable. You’ll be more likely to write a story you want to tell even if you have a million parties to attend. I won’t have that problem because I have no friends.
  • Give yourself a break. Balance is your best friend. When you’re not writing, don’t worry about writing. Relax, recover, and return later.

Happy Holidays!

Writing

8 Pieces Of Writing Advice I Don’t Always Follow

  1. Don’t try to be perfect. I’ve heard this many times before. Still, that doesn’t make me stop trying.
  2. Finish everything you start. I know I’ve preached this many times before. Nevertheless, I am only human. I make mistakes too, you know.
  3. Seek out a mentor. I should find myself a mentor. However every time I do, the relationship usually wanes. Thus, I’ve sort of given up on the quest to search for a mentor.
  4. Keep up with news every day. I used to be good at this. Well, I did read the newspaper every day. Too bad I let a good habit die.
  5. Stay relevant. I’m aware this is applicable to number four, but relevance is applicable to writing too. Then again, I like having the freedom to write whatever the heck I want.  
  6. Devise a plan. I’ll admit I plan about seventy percent of the time. The other thirty is reserved for spontaneity.
  7. Make connections with people. I am absolutely the worst at networking. I flinch when I hear that word. Sorry for being an awkward person. I didn’t think awkwardness was wrong.
  8. Strive for a balance between work and play. I would hope that I can balance both by now since I’m a teen blogger and all. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.