This month has rushed so much, am I the only one feeling that way? It literally feels like I've been sitting in a shell, just letting time pass by. And although I've been working, writing, planning a lot, I feel as if I just laid in bed all month.

Maybe it's because I'm at my Mum's house this week and she's been spoiling me since I haven't been back here for a month.

Anyway, I hope you all had a wonderful February, great travel memories and maybe even a really cute Valentine's Day date (mine was a girl friend from work, we sat and ate some Gamberetti e spinaci and talked till it got late)!

I did neglect the monthly letters the past few months and I've got to say that I totally ditched the term and am just going with Monthly Favourites now. Just for side information.

Travel


So I'm thinking the traveling has began for many of you out there! I heard some of you were going to Greece in the spring time, some were planning on visiting Italy. Lu and myself are currently planning our trip to London as well and the excitement has officially set in. Now it doesn't come to a surprise that I did look up some stuff to find a few hacks or great advice from travel blogs out there that could come in handy.
  • Useful and inspirational travel books here.


Lifestyle



Creativity



YouTube


  • This look book video is the most aesthetically pleasing video I've ever watched.


Films


Someone suggested that I'd watch the film "An Education" and I was so intrigued, I decided to watch it. It is amazing.


TV-Shows


  • Binge watching Orphan Black from the start because why the hell haven't I watched it before?
  • Freaking out watching How To Get Away With Murder
  • Teen Wolf, you're too good to me this time


Books


Although I didn't have much time to read books, I absolutely enjoyed re-reading Me Before You which is out in theatres soon, and Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. So thrilling!

What did you enjoy this month? Let me know in the comments! 

Until then – stay awesome,
Arden

February Favourites

2/29/2016


This month has rushed so much, am I the only one feeling that way? It literally feels like I've been sitting in a shell, just letting time pass by. And although I've been working, writing, planning a lot, I feel as if I just laid in bed all month.

Maybe it's because I'm at my Mum's house this week and she's been spoiling me since I haven't been back here for a month.

Anyway, I hope you all had a wonderful February, great travel memories and maybe even a really cute Valentine's Day date (mine was a girl friend from work, we sat and ate some Gamberetti e spinaci and talked till it got late)!

I did neglect the monthly letters the past few months and I've got to say that I totally ditched the term and am just going with Monthly Favourites now. Just for side information.

Travel


So I'm thinking the traveling has began for many of you out there! I heard some of you were going to Greece in the spring time, some were planning on visiting Italy. Lu and myself are currently planning our trip to London as well and the excitement has officially set in. Now it doesn't come to a surprise that I did look up some stuff to find a few hacks or great advice from travel blogs out there that could come in handy.
  • Useful and inspirational travel books here.


Lifestyle



Creativity



YouTube


  • This look book video is the most aesthetically pleasing video I've ever watched.


Films


Someone suggested that I'd watch the film "An Education" and I was so intrigued, I decided to watch it. It is amazing.


TV-Shows


  • Binge watching Orphan Black from the start because why the hell haven't I watched it before?
  • Freaking out watching How To Get Away With Murder
  • Teen Wolf, you're too good to me this time


Books


Although I didn't have much time to read books, I absolutely enjoyed re-reading Me Before You which is out in theatres soon, and Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. So thrilling!

What did you enjoy this month? Let me know in the comments! 

Until then – stay awesome,
Arden

You're going on a few-days-long or weekly trip? There's no need for much baggage. There's a few things you can do to keep your packing as light as possible, and maybe even fit it into the 10kg carry-on baggage for your flight!

First of all, here's an app that I recommend for making packing lists on your phone or tablet: PackPoint. But I also like to use my favourite of all time: Wunderlist!

Packing light isn't that hard (really!) – the secret is to be more minimalistic and only pack what you really need!

For my upcoming five-day-trip to London with my best friend and ultimate travel companion Lucy, I've taken care of following things:

The bare necessities


What you will definitely need:
  • a luggage tag or ribbon to identify your stuff easier
  • your travel documents
  • copies of your travel documents
  • print-outs of your travel details (or just pictures will work, too) 
  • noise blockers such as ear plugs, earphones
  • a day bag or backpack
  • medication, pills, vitamins (whatever you need at home you will need away!)
  • bandaids, plasters just in case
  • empty water bottle to fill up at water fountains after passing security

Toiletries


  • face cleanser / make up remover
  • towel
  • hand creme (small)
  • toothpaste (small), toothbrush
  • lady stuff for that time of month
  • mini hand sanitiser
  • shower gel, shampoo (small or use freebies at the hotel)
  • deodorant


Make-up


  • moisturizer
  • BB-cream
  • concealer
  • eyeliner
  • mascara
  • lip balm, lip stick
  • make up remover / face cleanser

Clothing


  • 1x pair of comfortable shoes
  • 1x pair of fancy shoes for fancy events
  • a hat or beanie
  • a scarf
  • 5x undies (wash them in the sink on rotation)
  • 5x pair of socks (same as undies)
  • 1x bra
  • 2x different trousers 
  • 1x shorts or skirt
  • 1x singlet top (can be layered)
  • 2x shirts / different tops
  • 1x sweater
  • 1x jacket or coat

Accessoiries


  • pair of shades
  • glasses

Technology


  • your phone, duh
  • phone charger
  • film camera or digital camera
  • camera charger
  • tablet or laptop if necessary 
  • tablet or laptop charger
  • adapter if necessary 
  • power bank 

Now to the packing technique + hacks


  • travel documents, personal documents, money purse, maps, laptop, camera, necessary cosmetics in your handbag 
  • rolling your clothes saves space and reduces wrinkles
  • using the inside of shoes as storage space for undies and socks 
  • all chargers in a glass case or pouch
  • dirty shoes in a shower cap 
  • if you bring a razor: binder clips protect the head of the razor
  • keep hair clips in tic tac containers
  • use pen spring to protect chargers from bending and breaking

What do you pack for short-term trips? Let me know in the comments! 

Until then – stay safe,
Arden.

My Packing List For A 2-10 Day Long Trip (Light packing, Carry–On Only)

2/27/2016


You're going on a few-days-long or weekly trip? There's no need for much baggage. There's a few things you can do to keep your packing as light as possible, and maybe even fit it into the 10kg carry-on baggage for your flight!

First of all, here's an app that I recommend for making packing lists on your phone or tablet: PackPoint. But I also like to use my favourite of all time: Wunderlist!

Packing light isn't that hard (really!) – the secret is to be more minimalistic and only pack what you really need!

For my upcoming five-day-trip to London with my best friend and ultimate travel companion Lucy, I've taken care of following things:

The bare necessities


What you will definitely need:
  • a luggage tag or ribbon to identify your stuff easier
  • your travel documents
  • copies of your travel documents
  • print-outs of your travel details (or just pictures will work, too) 
  • noise blockers such as ear plugs, earphones
  • a day bag or backpack
  • medication, pills, vitamins (whatever you need at home you will need away!)
  • bandaids, plasters just in case
  • empty water bottle to fill up at water fountains after passing security

Toiletries


  • face cleanser / make up remover
  • towel
  • hand creme (small)
  • toothpaste (small), toothbrush
  • lady stuff for that time of month
  • mini hand sanitiser
  • shower gel, shampoo (small or use freebies at the hotel)
  • deodorant


Make-up


  • moisturizer
  • BB-cream
  • concealer
  • eyeliner
  • mascara
  • lip balm, lip stick
  • make up remover / face cleanser

Clothing


  • 1x pair of comfortable shoes
  • 1x pair of fancy shoes for fancy events
  • a hat or beanie
  • a scarf
  • 5x undies (wash them in the sink on rotation)
  • 5x pair of socks (same as undies)
  • 1x bra
  • 2x different trousers 
  • 1x shorts or skirt
  • 1x singlet top (can be layered)
  • 2x shirts / different tops
  • 1x sweater
  • 1x jacket or coat

Accessoiries


  • pair of shades
  • glasses

Technology


  • your phone, duh
  • phone charger
  • film camera or digital camera
  • camera charger
  • tablet or laptop if necessary 
  • tablet or laptop charger
  • adapter if necessary 
  • power bank 

Now to the packing technique + hacks


  • travel documents, personal documents, money purse, maps, laptop, camera, necessary cosmetics in your handbag 
  • rolling your clothes saves space and reduces wrinkles
  • using the inside of shoes as storage space for undies and socks 
  • all chargers in a glass case or pouch
  • dirty shoes in a shower cap 
  • if you bring a razor: binder clips protect the head of the razor
  • keep hair clips in tic tac containers
  • use pen spring to protect chargers from bending and breaking

What do you pack for short-term trips? Let me know in the comments! 

Until then – stay safe,
Arden.

Starting this year, I'm planning on going on trips quite often. Mostly travel to other countries, like London next month. To make that happen, I have to have a budget because as the poor college undergrad that I am with all the student loans to pay, it can be quite hard. Here's a few things to think about when budgeting for your next big trip!

1. Browse through the countries and see travel costs around the world! View average daily expenses and sample costs all in one page. If you scroll down the page, you'll get to some local travel tips. Very helpful!

2. Categorise your trip into parts like transportation, accommodation, entertainment/events, nightlife, air fair + baggage and parking, meals + tips, souvenirs/shopping to have an overview on what to save towards.

3. Consider your lodging expenses. Compare the costs of hotels, hostels, local accommodations. And consider alternatives, like couchsurfing.

4. Check the travel budget calculator.

5. Think of the pre-travel costs, which would include visas, travel insurance, immunisations, quality luggage, clothes, footwear and all that jazz.

6. Take into consideration currency conversion when you travel internationally.

7. Allow for an occasional splurge! Sure it's good to stay on the 'safe side' but you're on a journey and nothing should stop you if you could go skydiving at Lake Taupo right now.

8. Set your goal and look at it every day. Write it down and hang it on the door, set the number as your screensaver, however you do it, just keep it in mind. Especially when you're about to purchase something.

9. Open a savings account. Or a savings jar. Putting money away day by day is so helpful because it physically and therefore mentally puts aside an amount of money that you cannot touch for your daily expenses. It restricts you and makes you go more conscious about your spending. Even better: have money automatically deducted from your checking account each month!

10. Tuck that credit card of yours away. A credit card can create the illusion of having more than there actually is. Seeing money physically helps you make better decisions.

11. Saving is tough, but there are some apps to help you with that. The best ones that work for me are Spendee (iOS, Android), Wally (iOS, Android) and Mint (iOS, Android). It gives me the overview on what I'm actually spending and the apps themselves help me figure out where I could cut down some expenses to save more money.

What do you do when budgeting for your travel plans? Let me know in the comments and it might help out fellow travellers! And do tell me about your next trips, I'd love to know.

Until then – keep saving,
Arden.

How to budget for your travel plans

2/24/2016


Starting this year, I'm planning on going on trips quite often. Mostly travel to other countries, like London next month. To make that happen, I have to have a budget because as the poor college undergrad that I am with all the student loans to pay, it can be quite hard. Here's a few things to think about when budgeting for your next big trip!

1. Browse through the countries and see travel costs around the world! View average daily expenses and sample costs all in one page. If you scroll down the page, you'll get to some local travel tips. Very helpful!

2. Categorise your trip into parts like transportation, accommodation, entertainment/events, nightlife, air fair + baggage and parking, meals + tips, souvenirs/shopping to have an overview on what to save towards.

3. Consider your lodging expenses. Compare the costs of hotels, hostels, local accommodations. And consider alternatives, like couchsurfing.

4. Check the travel budget calculator.

5. Think of the pre-travel costs, which would include visas, travel insurance, immunisations, quality luggage, clothes, footwear and all that jazz.

6. Take into consideration currency conversion when you travel internationally.

7. Allow for an occasional splurge! Sure it's good to stay on the 'safe side' but you're on a journey and nothing should stop you if you could go skydiving at Lake Taupo right now.

8. Set your goal and look at it every day. Write it down and hang it on the door, set the number as your screensaver, however you do it, just keep it in mind. Especially when you're about to purchase something.

9. Open a savings account. Or a savings jar. Putting money away day by day is so helpful because it physically and therefore mentally puts aside an amount of money that you cannot touch for your daily expenses. It restricts you and makes you go more conscious about your spending. Even better: have money automatically deducted from your checking account each month!

10. Tuck that credit card of yours away. A credit card can create the illusion of having more than there actually is. Seeing money physically helps you make better decisions.

11. Saving is tough, but there are some apps to help you with that. The best ones that work for me are Spendee (iOS, Android), Wally (iOS, Android) and Mint (iOS, Android). It gives me the overview on what I'm actually spending and the apps themselves help me figure out where I could cut down some expenses to save more money.

What do you do when budgeting for your travel plans? Let me know in the comments and it might help out fellow travellers! And do tell me about your next trips, I'd love to know.

Until then – keep saving,
Arden.

Before I start with how I practice Buddhism in my daily life, there's a book I'd love to recommend to anyone interested in Buddhism or even practicing it. It's called "Sit Happens" and was written by Timber Hawkeye, who's the head of the Buddhist Boot Camp.

1. I don't let my fears hinder me. 


Every time I feel fearful or panicky about something, I would go deeply inside of me and try to find the roots of my fear. Finding the reason and thinking it through helps me work on my fear and live with it and possibly find compromise or a solution so it won't stop me from living my life anymore.

I know living fearlessly isn't possible. But taking restrictions from my life is. I'm just trying to make it work.

2. I take control over my decisions. 


I am way too quick when it comes to decisions – whether it's the shopping urge or other little decisions in my daily life – I now know to give myself time before acting on whatever I'm deciding on. So whenever an offer is right in front of me, I go through pros and cons and rational consequences in my head, and then decide. I should probably buy this camera later on and save for an upcoming trip instead. I should wait until the sales come around before purchasing this item. I should find cheaper alternatives before going for this one. Do I really need this tablet?  

Bigger decisions take longer and it's okay. I don't let others or myself rush me into decision making because my decision could be crucial. I make the decisions. I pay for the consequences.

3. I stop and clap for myself. 


Once in a while, in the midst of life's craziness, I remind myself to stop and breathe for a few minutes to appreciate life itself and recognise my own success and good doings. We all know we'll never be "done" or at a "finish line" where we will eventually dissociate into eternal bliss. So it's even more important to embrace the steps that we take along the way. 

4. I do not wish for more good things but for less bad things.


Imagine your life was a cake and you were the one baking it. Putting more sugar on it doesn't necessarily make it better, it might even ruin it. I just think that if I'm not content with my life, I don't necessarily need to get myself more good things to make it better, but rather than that, I just need to subtract the negative things or people from it. 


5. I learn from my mistakes. 


Making mistakes is okay and nobody should beat themselves up for one over and over again. It's what makes us human and it's what makes us become wiser. And that tumblr quote that says "Everyone deserves second chances, just not for the same mistakes" is true to me. I want to learn from my mistakes and never make them again. Making a mistake for the second time isn't a mistake anymore, it's a decision. 

6. Kindness. Always.


I am making it a habit to be kind to myself and others and love my neighbours unconditionally, even if they don't live according to my personal preferences and attitude in life. 

7. Communicate.


It's a no-brainer probably but communication is the key to a human relationship. You don't know 100% unless you manage to get the lid off of other people's hearts. Understanding one another and being open and honest is the most important connection. And so incredibly healthy. 

8. I don't wait for the 31st December to change my ways.


You see, I don't need to wait at all. If I want to be a better person, I can start working on myself anytime. Life is short after all. 

9. I see everyone as my teacher.


Every person that comes into my life brings a new lesson, either positive or negative. Or just a confirmation. And I don't want to push people away who don't share my view. The horizon should be so wide.

10. No Golden Rule for me. 


Rather than that I will treat others as if they were about to die. I know how it feels like to have regrets towards a loved person who suddenly leaves. 

I'm excited to share more Buddhism related posts with you guys in the future (I know you've been requesting this since I first told you I was a Buddhist). 

Until then – stay kind,
Arden.

How I practice Buddhism in my daily life

2/19/2016 Dresden, Germany


Before I start with how I practice Buddhism in my daily life, there's a book I'd love to recommend to anyone interested in Buddhism or even practicing it. It's called "Sit Happens" and was written by Timber Hawkeye, who's the head of the Buddhist Boot Camp.

1. I don't let my fears hinder me. 


Every time I feel fearful or panicky about something, I would go deeply inside of me and try to find the roots of my fear. Finding the reason and thinking it through helps me work on my fear and live with it and possibly find compromise or a solution so it won't stop me from living my life anymore.

I know living fearlessly isn't possible. But taking restrictions from my life is. I'm just trying to make it work.

2. I take control over my decisions. 


I am way too quick when it comes to decisions – whether it's the shopping urge or other little decisions in my daily life – I now know to give myself time before acting on whatever I'm deciding on. So whenever an offer is right in front of me, I go through pros and cons and rational consequences in my head, and then decide. I should probably buy this camera later on and save for an upcoming trip instead. I should wait until the sales come around before purchasing this item. I should find cheaper alternatives before going for this one. Do I really need this tablet?  

Bigger decisions take longer and it's okay. I don't let others or myself rush me into decision making because my decision could be crucial. I make the decisions. I pay for the consequences.

3. I stop and clap for myself. 


Once in a while, in the midst of life's craziness, I remind myself to stop and breathe for a few minutes to appreciate life itself and recognise my own success and good doings. We all know we'll never be "done" or at a "finish line" where we will eventually dissociate into eternal bliss. So it's even more important to embrace the steps that we take along the way. 

4. I do not wish for more good things but for less bad things.


Imagine your life was a cake and you were the one baking it. Putting more sugar on it doesn't necessarily make it better, it might even ruin it. I just think that if I'm not content with my life, I don't necessarily need to get myself more good things to make it better, but rather than that, I just need to subtract the negative things or people from it. 


5. I learn from my mistakes. 


Making mistakes is okay and nobody should beat themselves up for one over and over again. It's what makes us human and it's what makes us become wiser. And that tumblr quote that says "Everyone deserves second chances, just not for the same mistakes" is true to me. I want to learn from my mistakes and never make them again. Making a mistake for the second time isn't a mistake anymore, it's a decision. 

6. Kindness. Always.


I am making it a habit to be kind to myself and others and love my neighbours unconditionally, even if they don't live according to my personal preferences and attitude in life. 

7. Communicate.


It's a no-brainer probably but communication is the key to a human relationship. You don't know 100% unless you manage to get the lid off of other people's hearts. Understanding one another and being open and honest is the most important connection. And so incredibly healthy. 

8. I don't wait for the 31st December to change my ways.


You see, I don't need to wait at all. If I want to be a better person, I can start working on myself anytime. Life is short after all. 

9. I see everyone as my teacher.


Every person that comes into my life brings a new lesson, either positive or negative. Or just a confirmation. And I don't want to push people away who don't share my view. The horizon should be so wide.

10. No Golden Rule for me. 


Rather than that I will treat others as if they were about to die. I know how it feels like to have regrets towards a loved person who suddenly leaves. 

I'm excited to share more Buddhism related posts with you guys in the future (I know you've been requesting this since I first told you I was a Buddhist). 

Until then – stay kind,
Arden.

The day has only got twenty-four hours and those can be an anxiety awakening number because how the beep are you going to get all that stuff done?

We don't always feel motivated to take actions and I personally catch myself procrastinating until there is not enough time left anymore. I don't really know why I do that to myself. Over the years I've picked some habits, over the past few weeks filled with exams I've learned a few more – to stay productive and get more stuff done than I thought I could fit into my daily schedule.


1. Stop procrastinating!


This is especially hard for many people because it is just so easy to believe the illusion that there is still enough time to get everything done and gosh, I can just lay back and watch TV and do nothing for now. And whoop, where did the last 6 hours go? There's still a bulk of sh-t to do. What now? Stress out!

Preventing this exhausting and frustrating procedure might be easier than you think. James Clear has got me taken aback with this mind-blowing article about the 2-Minute rule:

Tell yourself:"If it takes less than two minutes, then do it now."

If you're dreading studying or writing, just push yourself to at least read or write for two minutes. Once you've started, you'll keep going. Oftentimes you just need the slightest push.


2. Keep your tasks in one place!


There are planners, journals, calendar and to-do-list apps – it is best to keep all of your tasks in one place and add tasks as soon as you get them. If you are forgetful, add minor tasks as well. Ticking off To Do's is so satisfying – you will want to be productive.


3. Tackle bigger projects first!


Bigger projects are dreaded the most usually. That is probably because the thought of it weighs on your mind with a fair amount of anxiety. You just think it's too much to deal with but it's not. You just have to get started. Divide the tasks into smaller tasks, sort them, organise them into your daily schedule and stick to the schedule to stay in track with the time before the deadline. The project is much easier to deal with if you tackle it step by step.



4. Relax when you're finished!


Treat yourself after your busy schedule. Switching off is super important and increases productivity the next time you need it. Forgetting about your assignments by going out with friends will of course help as well. 

5. Your work space is important as beep!


De-clutter your workspace from time to time. Keep it tidy – seeing organisation will keep your mind organised. Personally I cannot start studying if my desk isn't tidy yet. Plus, there's some advice that I need to give to everyone: Don't let your bed and your desk merge. I am serious. I used to stay in bed to study, though various studies have shown that your brain gets used to studying mode whilst you're in bed and make it harder to go to sleep. And nothing should get in-between you and a good night's sleep. 

6. Prioritise!


Set goals and work accordingly. Have everything you need ready and concentrate on one task at a time. Remember to work, not try to run with your project. Plan to do lists for every and each day. Stick. To. Them. 


7. Block distraction!


Meaning your phones, laptops, tablets should be kept far away from you until you're done with your assignments. If you have to work with your laptop, get Cold Turkey (a program that blocks websites). Forest works well with phones. 


8. Start your day early!


This sounds problematic, at least for those who like to sleep in, but personally I would resist the urge to stay in bed if I have to get a lot done. Once you're up and working, it doesn't feel that draining anymore. I realized that I am never as productive as I am in the morning, I'm also a morning study bee rather than a night owl. 

9. Don't overwork yourself!


If you're doing an assignment late at night, this app called F.lux automatically adjusts the colour of the screen (you won't really notice it) so it is easier on the eyes. It also makes it easier for you to go to sleep because the colour tells your brain that it's time to go to bed, according to this study

How do you stay productive?

From a girl who still stresses after exams,
Arden. 

How I get more stuff done

2/04/2016


The day has only got twenty-four hours and those can be an anxiety awakening number because how the beep are you going to get all that stuff done?

We don't always feel motivated to take actions and I personally catch myself procrastinating until there is not enough time left anymore. I don't really know why I do that to myself. Over the years I've picked some habits, over the past few weeks filled with exams I've learned a few more – to stay productive and get more stuff done than I thought I could fit into my daily schedule.


1. Stop procrastinating!


This is especially hard for many people because it is just so easy to believe the illusion that there is still enough time to get everything done and gosh, I can just lay back and watch TV and do nothing for now. And whoop, where did the last 6 hours go? There's still a bulk of sh-t to do. What now? Stress out!

Preventing this exhausting and frustrating procedure might be easier than you think. James Clear has got me taken aback with this mind-blowing article about the 2-Minute rule:

Tell yourself:"If it takes less than two minutes, then do it now."

If you're dreading studying or writing, just push yourself to at least read or write for two minutes. Once you've started, you'll keep going. Oftentimes you just need the slightest push.


2. Keep your tasks in one place!


There are planners, journals, calendar and to-do-list apps – it is best to keep all of your tasks in one place and add tasks as soon as you get them. If you are forgetful, add minor tasks as well. Ticking off To Do's is so satisfying – you will want to be productive.


3. Tackle bigger projects first!


Bigger projects are dreaded the most usually. That is probably because the thought of it weighs on your mind with a fair amount of anxiety. You just think it's too much to deal with but it's not. You just have to get started. Divide the tasks into smaller tasks, sort them, organise them into your daily schedule and stick to the schedule to stay in track with the time before the deadline. The project is much easier to deal with if you tackle it step by step.



4. Relax when you're finished!


Treat yourself after your busy schedule. Switching off is super important and increases productivity the next time you need it. Forgetting about your assignments by going out with friends will of course help as well. 

5. Your work space is important as beep!


De-clutter your workspace from time to time. Keep it tidy – seeing organisation will keep your mind organised. Personally I cannot start studying if my desk isn't tidy yet. Plus, there's some advice that I need to give to everyone: Don't let your bed and your desk merge. I am serious. I used to stay in bed to study, though various studies have shown that your brain gets used to studying mode whilst you're in bed and make it harder to go to sleep. And nothing should get in-between you and a good night's sleep. 

6. Prioritise!


Set goals and work accordingly. Have everything you need ready and concentrate on one task at a time. Remember to work, not try to run with your project. Plan to do lists for every and each day. Stick. To. Them. 


7. Block distraction!


Meaning your phones, laptops, tablets should be kept far away from you until you're done with your assignments. If you have to work with your laptop, get Cold Turkey (a program that blocks websites). Forest works well with phones. 


8. Start your day early!


This sounds problematic, at least for those who like to sleep in, but personally I would resist the urge to stay in bed if I have to get a lot done. Once you're up and working, it doesn't feel that draining anymore. I realized that I am never as productive as I am in the morning, I'm also a morning study bee rather than a night owl. 

9. Don't overwork yourself!


If you're doing an assignment late at night, this app called F.lux automatically adjusts the colour of the screen (you won't really notice it) so it is easier on the eyes. It also makes it easier for you to go to sleep because the colour tells your brain that it's time to go to bed, according to this study

How do you stay productive?

From a girl who still stresses after exams,
Arden. 

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