productivity

How to Actually Accomplish Things #4: The Importance of De-Cluttering

Life and Growth

Want to get a quick picture of the state of your life? Look your living space(s). Is it clean and neat and organized? Or is it a mess with clothes, books, and random bits of paper strung everywhere? Would an outsider be able to tell exactly where you’ve been in your car? Or do you regularly throw away the McDonald’s wrappers? I believe that cleaning out your living space is also a way of cleaning out your heart and mind. It puts you in a position to focus on your work, feel at peace, and hear the ideas in your mind and the messages that God wants to give you more clearly....

How to Actually Accomplish Things #3: Show Up Every Day

Life and Growth

Do you have hobbies and projects you’d like to work on, but it seems like there’s not enough time in the day to accomplish them? Or maybe you have a big dream you’d like to see realized, such as writing and publishing a book, starting a business, mastering a foreign language, building a website from scratch, going on the wildest spring break vacation ever, etc. Or maybe you’re just feel like you’re living through your life, going through the motions every day instead of moving towards something significant. If any of the above describes you, take a look at this video by Terri Savelle Foy, one of my favorite ministers...

How to Actually Accomplish Things #2: A Daily Recipe for Sanity

Life and Growth

Sooner or later, the college student finds herself face-to-face with the terrifying realization that she needs to actually plan her day – every day. If this revelation has not dawned upon you, then this, dear reader, is your wake-up call. Here are my three rules for successful daily planning. Rule 1: Keep It Simple… As daunting as it may seem, planning your day doesn’t have to be a long, drawn-out, or complex process. In fact, you really only need two tools: 1. a portable planner that has 8 or so lines to write in for every day and a monthly overview calendar 2. A small notebook, ream of loose-leaf paper, whatever...

How to Actually Accomplish Things #1: The Beauty of the “Forest” App

Life and Growth

If you spend an inexcusable amount of time on social media or playing those addictive little phone games, this post is for you. (By the way, it’s for me, too. I love scrolling down Tumblr ad infinitum and playing Candy Crush. In fact, Candy Crush is the sole reason why back in senior year of high school, my college applications weren’t done by Christmas like I had planned. True story. Ask my friends GracieGrace or Alex Powell the Bundi.) This is the first post in a series titled “How to Actually Accomplish Things,” here to help you (and me) start the new year off right! It will cover my journey...