Productivity

How To Have A Productive Commute

I’m going back to school in less than a week, which means I’ll be commuting all the time. Here’s how I try to make my commutes productive.

Read.

Fortunately I don’t get motion sickness, so I love reading on the subway. It’s more convenient to open ebooks on my phone, but carrying a small paperback isn’t bad either.

Write.

I get most, if not all, of my writing done when I commute. If you don’t write, you could draw instead.

Study.

As a student, I’ve studied for many tests and exams while traveling to class. I tend to make cue cards or cheat sheets beforehand, and then review key concepts on the go.

Practice.

If you’re not a student, use your commute to go over lines for a presentation or moves to a dance. I’ve done both.

Sleep.

Or more accurately, take a quick 20 minute power nap. Resting doesn’t always seem productive, but if it means you have more energy the rest of your day, close your eyes and relax. You don’t even have to fall asleep. Sometimes all you need is just a short break where you don’t think about anything.

Eat.

I’ve lost track of how many times I have eaten on the subway. More often than not, it’s a granola bar. If you’re going to be stuck in traffic for an hour, you might as well take the time to refuel, so you’re not starving before you get home. On a similar note, make sure you’re drinking enough water when you’re out and about. Listen to your body. Take care of it, okay?

Here’s to commuting productively!

Personal Reflection

August 2015: What I Love Birthday Edition

So I finally get to explain why my “What I Love” posts are on the 22nd of every month.

Cue drumroll please.

No? Okay.

My birthday is August 22, 1997.

I figured it’s fitting to devote a monthly post in honour of something or someone I love. At the very least, it’ll make me more appreciative of all that I have.

Because I’m turning 18 today and I’ll already be a year older by the time this post is up, I’m making a list of 22 concepts/people/things I love. In no particular order, of course.

  1. Speaking of lists, I love them.
  2. The number 22 for obvious reasons.
  3. August. I’m lucky I don’t have to go to school on my birthday.
  4. Simple Plan. I need to see them play live.
  5. School supplies and stationery. I’m cheating, I know.
  6. Shopping. Um, uh…let’s move on.
  7. Good food. I adore eating.
  8. Great music. How does anyone hate it?
  9. Red. It’s my favourite colour.
  10. Challenges. Bring them on.
  11. Teachers and mentors. I am indebted to them.
  12. My family for supporting me and stroking my ego.
  13. My friends for making me cry tears of laughter and joy.
  14. My enemies for telling me lies that I will never allow to be true.
  15. Pens for composing my stories.
  16. Notebooks for carrying my words.
  17. Dancing. And all things associated with it like dancers or dance shoes.
  18. Blogging. Again, anything related to blogging as well. Other blogs. Beautiful bloggers.
  19. Writing. Creating characters gives me life.
  20. Reading. Books were my first love.
  21. Myself. Because self-love is important.
  22. You! I don’t say this enough though I ought to; I love you.
Blogging · Reading · Writing

6 Happy Things

  • When a book is better than you thought it would be.
  • When a book keeps you from eating or sleeping.
  • When a sentence is solid and structurally sound.
  • When a sentence sounds beautiful to your ears.
  • When a post is finished, published, and enjoyed by many.
  • When a post exceeds your expectations in every way.
Blogging · Reading · Writing

I Shouldn’t Do These Things But I Still Do Them Anyway

Writing during TV commercials. 

Before you say anything, I’ll explain why I do this. Clearly I’m utilizing all the free time I have as best as I can. Although to be fair, most of the time, I shouldn’t be watching TV. I should be writing. Or studying. The former wins usually.

Reading and eating simultaneously.

Just to clarify, I don’t read books while I eat. It’s mostly text messages, emails, blog posts, and anything else I can access on my phone.

Blogging while I am in a rush.

Let’s not go there.

Writing

NaNoWriMo Sacrifices

Just to clarify, I won’t be forgoing all of the below. That would be ridiculous. Rather I plan to cut back on the time I spend watching TV for instance. And checking my email less often. You get the drift.

  1. TV watching
  2. Socializing
  3. Shopping
  4. Sleeping
  5. Email checking
  6. Studying
  7. Eating
  8. Blogging
  9. Reading
  10. Homework doing

I can’t think of any more sacrifices pertaining to me in particular. If I do, I’ll add to this list. Perhaps I’ll do an updated version at the end of November.

Writing

Everything I Love About Summer

Birthday

In particular, it’s my 17th birthday this year. Here’s to growing up and getting old.

Light

There is more daylight, which is fantastic, because I prefer reading in natural light.

Food 

I love eating in the summer. Give me a tub of ice cream and I will love you forever.

Shopping

The best season to shop is the summer. When I’m not wearing as many layers.

Time

Some days I feel like I have an endless amount of time to enjoy life. It never lasts.

Personal Reflection

My Summer Plans

If anyone at school asks me about my summer plans, I’ll redirect them to my blog. In particular to this post. Below is a list of ten things I will do over this summer. More so than others.

  1. Reading. By the time I’m done this summer, I hope to read more than half of the books at my public library. Or at least get through the gigantic pile of novels I’ve been dying to read all year long.
  2. Writing. My dream is to write one of everything. A short story, an essay, a research paper, a memoir, a novel. My goal? A decent short story.
  3. Dancing. I need to stay active somehow. Besides, I have to burn off calories and sitting at a desk for three hours just doesn’t cut it.
  4. Stretching. Since doing the splits isn’t impressive enough.
  5. Blogging. How long can I go without blogging? Not long. Can I abandon this blog for two months? Ha, I probably couldn’t for two days.
  6. Eating. Heh, I eat just about anything. Hence the dancing regimen in my summer plans. See number three if you still don’t know what I mean.
  7. Sleeping. Sleep produces dreams. Dreams produce ideas. Ideas produce stories.
  8. Editing. Maybe I should call this rewriting. Yeah OK. Give this girl a break.
  9. Smiling. Not much to be said about this one. Aside from the fact that I like my smile. Or maybe it’s just my straight teeth.
  10. Contemplating. About everything. The past. The present. The future. Life. Death. Gorillas.
Writing

A Writer’s Expenses

For those curious souls…

A Writer's Expenses

This is not to say every writer spends their money this way. But the above is quite accurate when applied to me since I made this graph by myself on Microsoft Excel. I originally planned to do a pie chart but I found that creating the above was much easier.

Clothing: A writer can do without a closet full of clothes, shoes, and accessories. What can’t they do without? I mention this later.

Living: By living, I mean the things I want and desire but can survive without. Entertainment falls in this category.

Surviving: Surprised that my surviving expenses are so low? Well, excluding eating and writing, I don’t need much to survive.

Eating: A writer cannot function when starved or malnourished. Food is important.

Writing: But writing is more important. Which is why half my expenses go towards the purchasing of writing supplies (notebooks, books, pens, etc.) and more.

I don’t live an extremely expensive lifestyle…at least that’s what I have assumed for the past few years. Think of it this way, if you gave me a hundred dollars, here’s how I would spend it…

  • $50 for writing related supplies or materials
  • $25 for food and drinks
  • $15 for necessities
  • $7.50 for fun/recreation
  • $2.50 for a pair of socks