Personal Reflection

Getting Back Into A Routine

With family in town, some of my daily habits went out the window for a few days. I’m trying to get back into a routine sooner rather than later.

I miss having entire days at home to do whatever I please. I miss reading, writing, blogging, and dancing.

My body’s internal clock has been thrown out of whack as well. I’ve had to adjust, adapt.

I’m looking forward to catching up. More like I look forward to being caught up.

I have a lot of ground to cover. Still, I wouldn’t change a thing. I have no regrets. I can’t remember the last time I dropped expectations of getting work done and allowed myself to just have fun.

I feel thankful that I have the freedom to live such a flexible lifestyle.

Even though I do the same few things almost every single day, no day is exactly the same.

I can’t predict the future. I don’t know what tomorrow has in store. Let’s just say I’m always excited for new adventures.

Even the simplest activities can be a blast with the right company.

I need to live my life. After all, many stories are born out of new experiences. That said, I’m ready to return to my old routines.

Going forward, I will try to push myself. Instead of stopping out of laziness, I’ll challenge myself to go a little further.

Reading

Get To Know The Reader

Why do you love books?

What’s there not to love?

Why do you read?

To escape from the real world. Fictional ones are better anyway

What’s your favourite genre?

Anything suspenseful. Crime. Mystery. Thriller.

What’s your least favourite genre? 

Romance. At times, it’s a bit repetitive.

When do you read?

I tend to read in the morning or afternoon. Natural light all the way.

Where do you read?

In my room, in my bed.

Do you have a favourite author?

I can’t choose one. But I like David Baldacci, Pierce Brown, Sarah J. Maas, and Jodi Picoult.

Do you have a reading routine?

Kind of. I wash my hands before reading since I’m a bona fide germaphobe. I update my Goodreads status after (if I remember).

Writing

My Writing Routine 2017

I’ve always enjoyed reading about the routines of other writers. So I figured I’d answer questions about mine.

When do you write?

It depends. When I have class, I write prose or poetry in the morning. I’m the afternoon, I’ll draft a blog post on the way back. If I don’t have to commute, I procrastinate all day and create at night.

Where do you write?

Where do I not write is the better question. A bus. The train. In my room. At my desk. Wherever I can.

How often do you write?

Every day. Somehow. I don’t sleep much. I also have no social life and a non-existent love life.

What do you use to write or type?

A pen. Google Drive. I prefer them over a pencil and Microsoft Word.

Is there anything you do before writing?

I wash my hands because germs. Is that weird? I’m weird.

Is there anything you do while writing?

Not really, especially if I’m writing by hand. When typing, I tend to have a glass of water nearby. Very rarely do I eat something. On the rare occasion I do, it’s probably a fruit I can eat with a fork. Germs again.

Is there anything you do after writing?

I close my notebook and retract my pen or I’ll shut down my computer. More often than not, I check my phone for anything I missed. But I don’t have many friends, so there’s nothing to miss.

At the start of each writing session, do you read over what you wrote?

If I’m writing short stories or poems, generally no. If I’m working on a novel, sometimes. Depends on whether I need to refresh my memory or not. I’m not getting any younger.

Do you finish writing on a half complete sentence or idea?

I crave closure, so I’ve never stopped writing in the middle of anything. This goes for just about everything I can control, which isn’t much.

Do you write in short bursts or long periods?

I prefer getting all my writing done in one go. Unless I’m struggling. Let’s just say I take more breaks when writing an academic essay than I do with a short story.

Is there anything you’d like to change about your writing routine?

I’m quite pleased with it right now. I don’t have a problem, and so long as my routine continues to serveme, I’m not going to fix what isn’t broken.

Do you think your writing routine will be different next year?

I’m not sure. I guess that depends on my grand lifestyle in 2018. I’ll stay the course, adjust if and when necessary.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Feel free to answer the above questions on your own blog.

Studying

My Studying Routine

  1. Put off studying for as long as possible.
  2. Think about studying.
  3. Plan what I’ll study.
  4. Plan when I’ll study.
  5. Plan where I’ll study.
  6. Consider how to study.
  7. Wonder whether I can get away with not studying.
  8. Decide I probably can’t get away with not studying unless I want to fail, which I don’t.
  9. Tell my friends I really need to start studying.
  10. Tell myself I need to start studying right now.
  11. Finally start studying.
  12. Look at everything I need to study.
  13. Sigh.
  14. Read notes.
  15. Drink water.
  16. Write notes.
  17. Look at how much more I still need to study.
  18. Sigh again.
  19. Finish studying.
  20. Try to sleep in order to consolidate all the information I just studied.
Writing

My Camp NaNoWriMo Writing Routine | April 2017

I have a 10 step writing routine that’s been working for me in the month of April. Sometimes I slip and refer to April as Camp NaNoWriMo in front of people who have no idea what it is. Just kidding. I don’t talk to people, especially during this time of the year.

Lucky for you, however, I blog. Mostly so I can write uninterrupted. And I’m about to share my writing process.

  1. Wash hands because germs.
  2. Open notebook because it’s unopened.
  3. Pick up pen because I need something to write with.
  4. Write date because I like keeping track of what day it is.
  5. Write a word because I love words.
  6. Write a sentence because I love sentences even more.
  7. Write a paragraph because I love paragraphs the most.
  8. Repeat steps 5-7 because I can.
  9. Close notebook because it’s satisfying.
  10. Smile because I feel great after having written.

Is your routine as amazing as mine? Probably not. It’s even more amazing, right?

Productivity

How To Get More Sleep

  1. Have a bedtime. Like you did when you were five years old.
  2. Kick the caffeine habit. Or don’t get into the habit in the first place. Is it too late for that?
  3. Work smarter, not harder. There’s usually a faster or more efficient way to do something. Unless that thing is creating. Then there is no fast way.
  4. Get stuff done earlier. Basically, don’t procrastinate.
  5. Don’t use electronics right before going to bed. The world isn’t going to end if you aren’t plugged in. And you’re probably not missing out on much.  
  6. Establish a relaxing routine. Take a bath, listen to music, read a book.
  7. Turn lights and screens off. It’s for your own good.
  8. Don’t give in to peer pressure. Say no to everyone. But yourself.
Productivity

A Survival Guide To Losing An Hour

A Survival Guide To Losing An Hour

Are you suffering from the effects of Daylight Saving Time? While you can’t exactly get back an hour, you can try to adapt accordingly.

Check your clocks.

Make sure you set your clocks ahead an hour. And if you’re really keen, set them an hour and a few minutes ahead. That way you can trick yourself into thinking you have less time when you actually have a few extra minutes to get ready and out the door.

Follow a routine.

Eat your meals the same time you normally would. Even if you aren’t hungry. Even if you don’t feel like it. If you waited until you wanted or felt like writing, how many words would you write? Exactly. Don’t mess with your body’s internal clock.

Make gradual changes.

Now’s as good a time as any to change what you don’t like. Cut out bad habits. Want to consume less coffee? Hope to exercise more? Do both gradually. Go from three cups to two to one. Start with 20 minutes of exercise 2 days a week to 30 minutes every 3 days to 50 minutes 5 days.

Listen to yourself.

Your body knows best. Tired eyes? Sleep. Dry throat? Drink. Empty stomach? Eat.

Prioritize your priorities.

You have one less hour to do what you normally would. So do what’s urgent first. Then save the not so urgent stuff for another day. Don’t worry, that YouTube video won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

Take tiny breaks.

You’re already in a pinch for time, but you still need breaks to recharge. You’ll more efficient if your energy levels are high.

Make small sacrifices.

It won’t kill you to miss out on a little TV time. Netflix will wait. Time won’t.

You have many hours ahead of you to be productive and present!

(Totally unrelated side note: Let’s see how long I can keep up with the blog graphic. Bet away.)

Productivity

How To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

I want 2016 to be the year you follow through with your goals.

Here’s what I recommend:

Build a routine.

If you sleep around the same time every night, why don’t you write at the same time every day? This won’t always work out, but when it does, you’re golden.

Build a support system.

It’s enough to have just one person believe in you and support you. Never let that person go. Don’t give them a reason to stop believing and supporting you either.

Build in rewards.

Reward yourself well. Reward yourself often. Don’t feel guilty or bad.

Build in possible punishments.

They can be as extreme as you’d like. Just don’t hurt yourself, your sanity, and your bank account too much.

Keep building!