My Bullet Journal

Hey my loves,

in today’s entry I am going to talk about my bullet journal. I’ve been doing this for almost six months now and I decided to start a new one, because my old one got too messy and I wanted a different vibe for the inside. My bullet journal is from Cedon, I bought it on Amazon: Cedon Notebook ‘Wiedehopf’

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I’ve decided to keep it somewhat minimalistic and give myself a little bit more space for my weekly spreads. I also decided to cut some pages like my Disney watch list and a couple of others and added some pages like a few pages dedicated to my blog statistics.

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Now, normally a BuJo starts with an Index, but I’ve never used the one in my old one so I decided to skip it. Another change was that I decided to place the yearly overview only on one page and highlight dates that are important just to get a quick overview. Next to it I have my 2018 goals, which are quite private so I covered them up.

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The next few pages are dedicated to movies that are coming out this year (or in some cases are already out) and a list of books I want to read. I barely get time to read the books that I want (student’s life – lol) so the list hasn’t been ticked off as much as I would like.

Following those pages are a list of places I want to visit and my bucket list, as you may noticed, there are two places on the bucket list that I covered up, again, they are more private so I kept them off. And this list is by far not done, I always add new things, same goes for the places I want to visit.

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Alright, I always divided my year into categories of three. So I add a three-month overview and write down all the big events on that page, further more I have a page where I write down blog post ideas. The next few pages are a blog schedule, where I plan out each entry and tick them off and also an overview about my semester.

Then for each month I will have a cover page which just consist of a monthly overview and the month title. As for my weekly spreads, I decided to keep it minimalistic but with enough space. I kicked out my one-page to-do list and now am using the extra space on the page from my weeks for that. It just works better for me!

I got a lot of my inspiration from my Pinterest and I also created a board, you can check it out here if you like: Bullet Journal Inspiration!

I hope you enjoyed today’s entry! Do you have a bullet journal? Tell me in the comments.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

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Spring Cleaning – What I Did & Why

Hey my loves,

it’s finally Spring, you have no idea how long I’ve been excited for warmer weather. Normally, I love fall and winter, but I do not know, lately all I could think about was spring and summer. And as I am writing this I am looking out of a window and it’s a beautiful sunny and slightly warm day.

Now as many of you might know, I’m a student and we do get some free time after our terms are done, but this spring break I had to finish a term paper and also start a new one, which led to the fact that I haven’t been doing anything else. But as of a couple of days ago I’m done and finished, which leaves me with exactly a week to spare and enjoy before Uni starts again.

And let me tell you, there has been so much left undone and just been left laying around that even I (not the neatest person) found that I had to do a huge spring clean. I just felt like I had so much clutter in my life and that I could start by cleaning and organizing my apartment.

I started in late February, early March by adding a new shelf into my kitchen to organize that mess. I still need some bits, but for now what I have is alright. Then, after I finished all my assignments for Uni, I decided to tackle my bedroom.

I took half a day, and cleaned out my closets, which exists of three IKEA clothes rack and a big MALM chest of drawers. I threw out old clothes that I would not wear anymore, kind of color coordinated the racks and also coordinate them after seasons. And then I went ahead and organized my chest of drawers, which let me tell you, looking through all your sock is a pain in the a**. But I did, I hovered and dust cleaned, and now my bedroom is looking so good again.

Lastly, I organized my desk. After each term, I organize my papers and all the books I’ve read for Uni, and since I’m doing my makeup on there as well, I switch out my old daily makeup with my new one and I also give it a good clean. This just helps me with feeling prepared and organized for the new term and also gives me a lot of room on my desk again.

After I had everything finished I felt so much lighter in my head and my spirit felt lifted, because I had accomplished a lot in a couple of days. I can highly recommend to do a spring cleaning.

Do you spring clean? What else do you do? Tell me in the comments, I would love to know and chat about different perspectives.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

How to stay organized for an assignment

Hey my loves,

so as you may know I am a college student and am currently writing a term paper for one of my English classes and I thought it would be a good time to share my guideline on how to write a paper and stay organized while doing it.

Just a quick preface, this is a method that works for me and my writing style and for the style of my Uni. Please make sure that you follow the guidelines given by your University if you have any and use this entry to however it can be applied to you.

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1) Think about your topic. – What do you want your term paper to be about? Have you been given a topic? Write down anything in regards to a rough idea of what your paper should be about.

2) Write a to-do list. – What do you have to do and in what order? For example: Have you read the primary literature? Do you have any idea what secondary literature you could use? Write a rough time outline, when you want to have what finished.

3) Start researching. – Research secondary literature. Has your professor given you any tips? Do you remember literature that has been talked about in class that could be applied to your topic?

4) Class material – Go through your class material: Can you use anything from it? Write it down.

5) Write a time schedule! – Now that you gathered all your secondary literature, write down when you want to do the work. For example, by what date do you want to be through the secondary sources? Think carefully about how much time you can and need to spend.

6) Read secondary literature! – Normally I would read my text twice, but since reading for a term paper requires a lot of different texts that would just take too much time, so I make sure I read thoroughly the first time. I mark everything that seems important. If I have more than one topic I want to cover I use different highlighter pens. I also like to write down my own thoughts right beside the text or on post-its. This helps me not only to remember why I thought it was important, but also gives me an overview of the topics at first glance.

7) Write an outline. – Now that you’ve read all the secondary literature, you can think about an order to your term paper. What is the best order for your topic? How should you divide your different topics?

8) Write out citations! – Writing out your citations with page numbers, author and title into Office is really helpful for when you write later on. Bring the file into the format you are writing your term paper in and make sure that the citations are correct. I also like to organize them to the different topics, so that when I am writing later on I know where to look.

9) Go through primary literature! – Now for me that would be a book. At this point I am going lightly through the entire book again and make sure to find passages I can use together with the citations from the secondary literature. Write down your own thoughts on post-its or into Word, but make sure to write down the page number, so that you can cite it correctly later on.

10) Start writing! – Now I always like to start with the main part rather than the introduction, because while working through my main part I may notice that my original thought will not work out. By starting with the main part I can make sure that my introduction isn’t bound to anything or that I have to rewrite it, which would take up more time than necessary. I also like to start writing down just my own thoughts without any citations of the secondary literature.

11) Add citations from secondary literature. – When I’m finished writing each section of my main part I go in with my secondary source citations and add them where I feel like they do the best job. I then add why I picked this citation or why I think it’s necessary to point it out or even disagree with it, if necessary. But remember to cite them correctly!

12) Write your introduction and conclusion! – When I am finished with my main part I like to go straight into the introduction and then the conclusion. Between intro and conclusion I like to read my main part again just to make sure that my “train of thought” is “en route”!

13) Proofread! – I always read it in stages. First stage is right after finishing the main part, then I proofread my intro and conclusion and after some time I go back in and read it again. What I also think that helps a lot is letting friends or family proofread it, sometimes you cannot find all the mistakes, so it’s good to have some extra pair of eyes to look over your work. They can also tell you, if what you wrote makes somewhat sense.

14) Final Changes – After proofreading, I like to read it again, just to make sure I do not want to add or change anything. If I do want to change some things I will do that at this point.

15) Check citations and the entire work! – Now it’s time to check if all your citations are correct, that the format is correct and that you checked everything off of your to-do list and the restrictions you’ve been given.

Now, that is all I do to stay organized before and during an assignment. What are your ways to stay organized? Let me know in the comments. I would love to know.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

10 Things you can do to relax

Hey my loves,

in today’s post I will talk about ten ways you can relax whether it’s after work or University. I love doing all ten of these things and they help me to unwind after a busy day or week of Uni.

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10 Things I do to relax:

  1. Read a book – I’m currently still reading ‘The Night Circus’, because I’m still working on some things for Uni so I barely want to read anything else besides that.
  2. Take a bath – I love having a bath, it relaxes me and my muscles. And it takes care of my body without any work!
  3. Pamper yourself – as with taking a bath, I also love taking care of my face and with that comes face masks. Here are two I currently love: L’Oréal Paris Pure Clay Masks Review.
  4. Treat yourself – whether it’s some chocolate or those boots you wanted, if you can afford get it.
  5. Watch Netflix  – or any streaming service! I’m currently loving ‘The Bold Type’ and started to re-watch ‘Criminal Minds’.
  6. Turn off your phone – sometimes you need to take yourself offline and in today’s world the best way to that is by turning off your phone.
  7. Go for a walk – leave your phone at home and take some me-time on a walk.
  8. Turn on some music and dance – if you are super stressed out I can highly recommend doing this. You will feel so much better!
  9. Do some Yoga, a workout or meditate – taking care of your body can be done in many different ways and one way is to train it and that you can do with your brain as well.
  10. Have a laugh with your friends – spending time with my friends relaxes me the most, I tend to just laugh about everything and I forget about my problems!

What do you do to relax? Share them with me and the others in the comments. I would love to know.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

How to Set Yourself Up For a Productive Week

Hey my loves,

In today’s blog post I am going to share with you some of my tips with you on how to set yourself up for a productive week.

Make a list

Making to-do list is of one the biggest tips I can give you. Writing down everything you need to do in a day, or in the week is super helpful, especially because you can add things along the way and tip-off anything when you’re finished with it.

I do have two systems for my to-do list: For university I actually like to write them down in my diary and sort them for the individual courses I have and I also sort them after priority. I also write down when they have to be finished. This is particular helpful when you have to migrate some of your to-do’s.

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For my apartment and life to-do’s I usually just write down my list on my phone in the notes app. Only if they are small things I have to do I write them down on my monthly to-do spread in my Bullet Journal.

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Start Small & Prioritize

Don’t overpower on the to-do’s, start with a small list. You can add more things to do later on. And if you can’t start small, choose the priority for each task you have to do and write them down in that order.

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Also: Don’t put yourself down if you can’t finish all of your to-do’s, if you use my priority system, you will get things down that have to be finished. I usually have like 3-4 priority categories. Priority 4 has to be done immediately on that day, Priority 3 has to be done on that day, but can be migrated to another day, if necessary, Priority 2 are things like doing the washing or cleaning, things you can do in between other chores. I for myself always have a wash of clothing running when I study for Uni, so that I remember to get up in between and move a little bit. And last but not least, Priority 1 are to-do’s that have to get done in this week, but can migrate, if necessary, to the next week.

Find a calm spot to work

We are all different especially when it comes to places to work, I for myself prefer to work at a desk, with a lot of natural light and a lot of space, because I usually have a lot of extra material besides my MacBook. I also love to have music in the background, although it has to be music, that I won’t sing to (which happens a lot, even if I pick songs I don’t hear that often). I sometimes even listen to instrumental Soundtracks or piano songs. Would you guys be interested in a playlist? Let me know in the comments.

Find your spot, where you aren’t distracted and can work concentrated, but also stay motivated. I also love to make myself a tea and have some snacks on hand – like fruit, veggies and if I feel like it, sometimes even a little bit of chocolate or cookies. It helps me to keep going.

Take breaks

I for myself, like to take 10 to 15 minutes in between chores to recharge and move a little bit. Especially when I’ve been working at my desk, I like to get up a bit and stretch or just walk around a little bit – and to be fair, quite often, I do have a longer break where I watch a 20-minute episode of something or a dance session. You have to find out what works for you, I know some people, if they start watching something, they start to procrastinate. I would lie, if id said that didn’t happen to me, but sometimes, we all have motivational problems.

What do you do to make sure that you have a productive week? I would love to know, maybe you even have some tips for me, that I could try.

I wish you all a wonderful and productive day!

XoXo, Jasmin

10 Things I do to destress

Hey my loves,

today I am sharing with you 10 of my destress methods, when I feel tense and stressed. Stress isn’t good for your mind, nor your body, so I try not to let it get it in my head too much, but you know, sometimes the world doesn’t move like you want  or you just have to much on your plate. So here are 10 things I do when I’m stressed and need a timeout:

Read a book

I’m a book sucker. I love reading and it’s one of the things I love most doing to destress. Other than watching a movie I really feel involved in the story line and my imagination just runs wild when I read. Simply put, you just don’t have time to think about your life, because you’re imagining this world created by an author. Here are 5 books I would recommend for you, that I absolutely loved:

At the beginning of this year I also took some time to write down book titles that I wanted to read. I thought I would share them with you! Have you read any of them? Let me know in the comments and tell me what you thought about them! Here are my Top 5 “Want to Read” books:

Listen to music

Music can just be as addicting as a good book. So of course this is on my list of things to destress. A good song can change your mood in seconds. Sometimes when I feel extremely stressed I pick one song (whatever one comes to my mind) and dance to it, you can literally feel the stress fading away. My playlist changes monthly, so here is what I’ve been listening to these past couple of weeks:

Coloring

If you’ve seen my January Favorites 2016 you know that a Coloring Book for Adults has been a favorite of mine. And it is a great way to destress! There are so many great options out there so everyone can find something they’re going to like. Here are 5 options of a coloring book:

Take a bath

I love a good hot bath! I usually go bathing once a week, mostly on Sundays! It’s so relaxing and you get to just lay there and do nothing or read a book! When I get the chance I use my favorite Lush bath bomb (Pink Bath Bomb) but anything that makes bubbles I love, there are even relaxing scents in the bath section in a drugstore near by! I love it!

Do Yoga

So, this has been added quite recently to be honest, but I’ve been doing Yoga for about 2 weeks now, and it’s strangely very calming. I follow the instructions of Adrienne, she has her own YouTube Channel called Yoga with Adrienne and I love her, she has a very calm voice and her Yoga for Beginners Video is the one I’m doing most of the time, but when I’m stressed I follow the instructions of this video:

Turn my phone off

Yes, that’s a thing! You can actually turn your phone off and trust me when I say it’s the most relaxing thing EVER! We’re so used to be connected with the outside world, that we don’t actually experience it anymore, so to turn your phone off, whether it’s for an hour or a whole day, changes a lot! I don’t do this regularly, but when I feel anxious and stressed, I turn my phone off and don’t use any device that connects to the internet! I just take a book, or a coloring book, and read or color in. It’s super de-stressing and the urge to look at your phone every 5 minutes is gone very soon! Trust me.

Go on a walk

Fresh air and exercise is probably one of the best things you can do when you feel claustrophobic and stressed! It clears your mind so much and I absolutely love to go on walks! Sometimes I go alone and sometimes I ring a friend up and walk with her. Nature is a very calming thing and to see something else than just the screen of a computer or whatever it is you do daily is a good way to destress!

Watch YouTube Videos

Now this might seems to be a bit out there, but it works for me. I love watching videos, my favorite kind are Vlogs or funny compilation videos. To have a sneak in somebody else’s life, especially when they are productive and positive turns my mood around in an instance and I want to do stuff. And to watch a funny compilation videos I mean who doesn’t do that, right? Laughing is, and always has been, the best medicine for everything. Who do you like to watch? I’m always on the look for new YouTubers to watch. Tell me in the comments.

Baking

I love baking more than cooking. Not just because I think I am a better baker than cook, but mostly because the result is much prettier. I love trying new things and explore the world of sweets and healthier options of my favorite things and I find it very relaxing to put together the ingredients and create something with my hands. Over the last couple of months I created a lot of new things and shared them with you, so if you want to give baking a go as a destress method, here are three of my baking recipes:

Hanging out with friends

Last but not least, hanging out with my friends. I love my friends, hence why they are my friends, but when I’m with them I always feel better and forget the world a bit, while we’re goofing around. This is probably THE BEST WAY to destress, hanging out with your friends, talking with them, laughing until you’re crying, watching a movie or try out the fun filters on SnapChat (by the way if you want to follow me there, my username is: xoxojasmin91).

I hope I could give you a good overview on the things I do when I need to destress! Let me know in the comments, what your ideas are!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.