Self Care for Busy People

Whether you are busy with college classes, a job or both, you still need to make time for self care. Taking time to do something for you is a nice way to boost your health-mentally and even physically. Self care does not need to be difficult or time consuming, but it is a necessary part of our lives.

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In this post, I am going to talk about how people with busy schedules can still maintain good self care. While it is harder when you have less free time, you also should not use that as an excuse for not practicing self care.

Here are some ways of practicing self care for busy people.

1. Schedule it.

If you are already super busy, putting self care in your weekly (or daily) schedule will help you to make time for it. Having a lot to do means that it can be easy to forget the small stuff. So write down in your planner the self care you plan to do.

Scheduling in self care can also help you get in the habit of it when you are starting out. It’s almost impossible to go full force into something, so having it written down can help you actually follow through.

2. Start with Something Easy.

If you have never given any self care before, it can be daunting. There are so many different ways to pamper yourself that you will probably be overwhelmed. Don’t let that deter you. Start by doing something small. Pick something that you know you will enjoy and that won’t take much time or effort.

That could mean ordering a small dessert with your meal or opting for a special solo date night. You could take a nice, relaxing bath or cook your favorite meal. There are loads of options for basic self care.

3. Do Something You Enjoy.

Self care does not need to be overly fancy or expensive. It doesn’t have to take a long time. So find something that you really enjoy and make it a point to do that thing regularly. It could be as simple as reading a book before bed or as complicated as a spa day. The point of self care is to do something that will make you feel better, whatever that may be.

4. You Don’t Have to Choose One Thing.

if multiple methods of self care interest you, then do all of them. some might be a daily activity while others would be better saved for once a week or once a month. You can do something small each day and save some of the bigger self care activities for the weekend or for when you have the time.

Self care is different for everyone, and it can vary from one week to the next for a single person. If something stops working, you can switch things up. As you have different stressors, different activities will calm that stress. Your first choice might not always work. So evaluation is important.

5. Listen to Yourself.

If you find that what you are doing to practice self care is no longer working, change it. Your body and its response to self care can tell you a lot about what you need to do to improve. If you have lost interest in reading every day, take a break. Find something else (an audiobook, perhaps?) to fill that time.

Also, if your first self care session doesn’t yield great results, keep at it. Figure out what worked and what didn’t so that you can have more success in the future.

6. Be Accountable.

You can set an alarm on your phone, write in your planner or have an accountability buddy to keep you on track. Self care is important to do more than just once or once every so often. It should be done regularly to get results.

Being accountable to yourself or a friend will motivate you to actually do what you say you are going to do. If you have a method of staying accountable, it will be much easier to not get off track.

7. You might Fail.

In the beginning, you might not know what kind of self care you need. That’s okay. Just know that you can do whatever you set your mind to. If self care is important to you, you will keep up with it.

There might be a day when you forget to read or a week where you don’t have the time to cook a nice meal. Don’t beat yourself up about it. But also, come back with a bigger desire to keep going.

8. It Can Fit Your Schedule.

Self care doesn’t have to take all day. You can treat yourself in less than thirty minutes, depending on what you choose to do. Being busy and leading an “on the go” life doesn’t mean that your needs come second to what else you have going on.

If you don’t take enough time for yourself, it could compromise your work. I know that’s the case for me. If I am constantly going and going, I will burn out. I will have to take a break, so I might as well make time for those breaks before they become urgent.

So…

Those are some of my tips for self care for busy people. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Do you take time to do something for you? What are your favorite ways to treat yo self? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter (@HannahHaefele)!

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Writing on an iPad

Welcome to the second installment of my “On an iPad” series where I talk about how to be productive on an iPad. I currently use an iPad mini 2 as my main computer and while that may surprise you, there are a lot of benefits. That is another post, though.

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Writing (or typing) on an iPad is not as hard as my might think. I have completed class assignments, posted social media updates and even written full blog posts (like this one) using my iPad.

Now for the good stuff!

Apps

I write with a lot of apps. I write short pieces that are only a sentence or so to post on social media, and I have also written blog posts and even college papers. The apps I use to write the most include Microsoft Word and OneNote as well as Google Drive/Docs.

There are also a lot of writing apps that will create a simple place to just write. I haven’t used these, but I have heard great reviews. There are tons of apps to choose from to make writing on an iPad much easier.

I also write using Safari if it is something quick, like editing a typo for a blog post. Typing is involved in a lot of iPad apps, even if it is short. You have to type to search on Google or YouTube. And the on screen keyboard is actually pretty good.

If you do a lot of typing on an iPad, it is recommended to get an external keyboard to make typing easier. I have not made that leap yet, because I can type fairly quickly with my thumbs. And with keyboard improvements such as autocorrect options and the ability to create shortcuts, typing is really easy.

If you think you might use you iPad for typing a lot, give the on screen keyboard a try. You might want the feel of a real keyboard, but if you like the on screen option, you can save a lot of money.

How I Work

As I said, I do a lot of typing and writing on my iPad. I have even used a stylus and a notebook app to “write” on my tablet. Overall, I love using the on screen keyboard, because it is there when I need it and not when I don’t.

I use my iPad mini in portrait mode and type like I do with my iPhone. If you hold down the keyboard button, you can split or undock the keyboard to make reaching the keys easier. I tend to use the regular docked keyboard.

You can also use Siri and dictate what you want to type, or switch between languages (good if you want to write in multiple languages).

I love being able to type almost as fast as with a real keyboard, because it means I don’t have to lug my laptop around for a lot of work I do.

Does it Work?

Writing on any tablet is certainly not easy, and not everyone will like it. If you do try it and like it, it can make your work much more portable.

You can use an external keyboard if the on screen one is not your speed. The external keyboards will be smaller then normal keyboards, but they can still give you the touch typing experience.

You can get the Apple Bluetooth keyboard or another brand and connect it to your iPad. If you do a lot of typing, a keyboard case is nice. If you don’t type a ton or you want the option to have the keyboard not be there, then an external keyboard is great.

Should you Write (or Type)?

I think it depends on how you like to work. If you are an on the go person, using a more portable computer to write with is smart. If you like to sit at a desk or you need more power than an iPad has, a laptop might be better. Typing is always going to be a little easier with a physical keyboard, but it is doable with an on screen keyboard when you don’t have anything else.

Think of your needs and go from there.

Up Next

Next up in this series, I am going to talk about using social media. You can do a lot and manage social media really well from an iPad. I will explain the apps I use and how I keep up with social media from my iPad.

So…

That is how I write on an iPad. Have you written a lot with a tablet? What did you like or dislike about it? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter (@HannahHaefele)!

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Planning on an iPad

Happy Friday! I hope you have had a good week! In today’s post, I want to start a new series on this blog called “On an iPad” where I am going to talk about different ways I get work done using just an iPad.

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I have been using some sort of iPad for almost four years, and I have had my current iPad mini for about two and a half years. So I have had a lot of experience working on these tablets, and I want to show you how you can get work done on these more portable devices.

This first post is all about planning on an iPad.

Apps

There are dozens if not hundreds of planning apps available for iPad. I have tried a few of them, but I really like the built in calendar, notes and reminders apps.

I use the calendar app for logging appointments and my class schedule. When ever I make an appointment, I put that information in the calendar (usually on my iPhone) and it syncs to my iPad. Before the semester, I like to sit down and look at my class schedule and put those class meetings in, too. That way, I can look at the week and see what I have going on and when I am free.

What I like about using a digital calendar is that I can set different events to different calendars (with different colors) and I don’t have to look like a crazy person by carrying a bunch of stuff everywhere.

I haven’t used the notes app very much, because I tend to use OneNote. That way, I can access notes on my Windows laptop, too. I do want to make the switch to a Mac computer eventually, that way I can keep everything synced. Yes, I know that means shelling out more money, but I think it will be worth it. Hopefully…

For the reminders app, I like to add things to my to do list. I will write down assignments or personal things I need to get done. I also like that I can set it to remind me to do something based on a specific time or even based on a place. Again, I like to sync this with my iPhone.

How I Work

Planning on an iPad is great, because my iPad (especially being a mini) is nice and portable. It can go in my purse, and I can take it anywhere. I do use a paper planner for things that don’t have a scheduled time. I use that planner as my editorial calendar.

Using my iPad for day to day things is great, because I can pull out my iPad or iPhone really quickly to check something or get something done.

I also use my email so that I can communicate with professors and classmates about meeting times or events that are coming up. I will talk more about how I use my email in a future part of this series.

Does it Work?

I think that using an iPad for planning is a great idea. You can cut down on your load but still have a daily planner with you. I love being able to check things on the go and make lists and save them in one place.

I definitely plan to continue using my iPad to plan in the future, because it is such a convenient way to track meetings and to dos.

Should You Plan?

If you are already an Apple fan, an iPad can be a great addition to your set up. It’s a lot easier to open up your iPad and plan than it is to open up a MacBook or even an iPhone.

If you have never used Apple products, you might be better off getting an Android or Windows tablet.

Planning on any sort of tablet is awesome, because you can stick your tablet in your bag, and you can have your planning app out during class or a meeting. If you tried to do that with your phone, you would be considered rude. Don’t be rude.

Up Next

I love using my iPad for just about everything. It’s so light and small, and I can carry it everywhere. I hope this series helps you learn about how you can use an iPad and decide if it is right for you!

I will be doing this series every other Friday, and my next topic will cover writing on an iPad. It’s a little tricky, but I make it work!

Want to get your own iPad? Amazon has a great selection of different models (some are even eligible for two-day shipping)!

So…

That is how I plan on an iPad! I hope you like the idea of this series and that you might think more about getting a more portable computer. Have you used a tablet to be productive? How did it go? Let me know in the comments below!

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Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner 2017 Overview

It’s that time of the year, friends. The new year is just around the corner, and so that means it is time for planners! In the spirit of the planner season, I am giving you guys an overview of the 2017 Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner.

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I have used the EC Life Planner for the past couple of years, and while I love the quality of EC products, I don’t really use the weekly layout as much as I should. This year, I decided to go for the new Deluxe Monthly Planner. It’s cheaper than the Life Planner, but it has almost all of the same features. Let’s take a look, shall we?

The Cover & Intro Pages

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This is the cover of the planner. I went with the larger 8.5 x 11 inch planner, since I wouldn’t have the weeks, and I chose the pattern Ikat. The cover is nice and is laminated, so it will last all year. As with the Life Planners, you can take off the cover and replace it, if you are interested in that.

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When you first open up the planner, you get a white board that you can write on. You can put assignments, test dates or random notes here. You could also stick a notepad there, too.

On the first page of the planner, you have a page with information on the planner as well as a place to write your personal contact info.

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Next, you have a couple of pages with quotes with a nice rainbow background. The cool thing about the Erin Condren planners is that they all have cute quotes to inspire you. The colors are also nice and make planning more fun.

Calendar Pages

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The first calendar page is an overview of 2017 with some space to write down big picture goals or whatever you want. I will probably write some of my big year long goals in that space so that I don’t forget them. I don’t really use the year long calendar, but I’m sure there are tons of ways to use it.

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This isn’t really a calendar page, but the next layout has twelve boxes where you can write down some goals you have for each month or maybe goals for different parts of your life. Again, customization is one of the best things about the Erin Condren brand.

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Another not-really-a-calendar-page, before each month, you get a dot grid page. You can’t really see it in the picture, though. These pages could be used for monthly goals, notes, or budgeting. I will probably use these pages to track my income and expenses. I want to start off with a good budget since I will be working graduating in May.

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Also before each month, is a different quote page, with a different background color for each month. I think this quote is pretty perfect for January. Note: if you get the neutral version, you will have all black and white pages throughout your planner.

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Next up, we have the monthly layout. Since I got the larger planner, the boxes have a ton of room to write in, which is awesome. I will be using the monthly calendars to plan out my blogging editorial calendar as well as other important dates.

The right hand side of this page is also nice, because it has a lined section for goals and to dos for the month. This is a great way to remind yourself of your goals and items on your to do list. I will probably use this section for the more time sensitive/important things I need to do.

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The next spread has one page with five boxes so that you can categorize things or break big projects into steps. I haven’t thought too much about how I would use this section. I might have a box for my blog, school, client/job work, personal and other. That might change.

The other page has some lines as well as lines with check boxes on the right. This is probably where I will do the most intense planning, since I can write out ideas and plan details for different projects.

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This last planning page is for 2018. If I think of plans for the following year, I can write them down and then transfer them to a new planner later. I can write a few things for each month as well as yearly goals.

Other Pages

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In the back of the planner, you have a bunch of blank lined note pages. The planner comes with forty pages, or you can add an extra forty (80 total) for five dollars.

I decided to add the extra pages, because I would be using them more since I would not have weekly pages. I will use these pages for things like big to do lists, random notes and possibly ideas for my blog and biz.

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After the note pages, you have two full sheets of stickers. I’m guessing you probably would not get as many stickers with a 7 x 9 planner, because there would not enough space. You would still get some, though.

I will also be using stickers that I didn’t use in my previous planners, because, why not?

In the very back of the planner, you also get a nice big pocket to hold random things like stickers or loose sheets of paper. Since you can take the covers off, you can even move the folder to the front, if you like. You could also move the stickers with it.

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The last thing in the planner is the back of the pocket, with a shallower folder, and a dry erase board on the back cover. Again, you can use the dry erase board for just about anything. I do think that I will not use this side of the pocket just because it is so short. I’m worried that things might fall out, but at least it’s there in case I do need it.

So…

That is a look inside my new Erin Condren Planner for 2017. I really love their products. The paper in the planners is just amazing, the covers are super sturdy and they’re really cute. That’s a total plus. If you would like to get a planner for yourself or as a late holiday gift, you can use my referral link for ten dollars off your purchase (I get ten dollars off, too!).

Have you bought your planner for this year? Are you excited to use it? Let me know in the comments! Also, be sure to read some of my other posts and follow me on Twitter (@HannahHaefele) so you don’t miss future updates!

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How to Prepare for the Spring Semester Now

I know finals just ended for the fall semester, but in just a few short weeks, the spring semester will begin. You have a new schedule, new classes and might need to get some new supplies.

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Winter break, especially after the holidays, is a great time to get organized for the upcoming semester. It’s cold out, and you don’t have too much to do, so why not get everything together. Here are a few ideas for how to prepare for the spring semester now.

1. Clear out your backpack.

After finals, you probably didn’t want to think about school or your backpack. It’s still full of your old books and binders, right? No shame, but you don’t want to wait until the night before classes to clean it out.

Take out all of your old books and supplies that you no longer need. Get rid of any trash that inevitably collected in the bottom of your bag. Set things you don’t need aside and in a safe place. Make sure your backpack is all ready for the new semester.

2. Re-evaluate your organization strategies.

With your new set of classes, it’s the perfect time to evaluate what worked, what didn’t and what you should do next semester. If you had a semester of lecture classes but next time will be more labs or discussions, you might need to organize your stuff a little differently.

This is also a good time to reorganize your planner. If you buy your planner with the calendar year, you will have a new planner to work with. If you bought a planner in August, you can look back at your previous semester and see what changes you can make.

I know I tend to neglect my planner as the semester goes on, so do something to spruce up your planner and make it more interesting. It’s a lot easier to use something that you like and makes you want to get organized.

3. Get your books.

Order your textbooks as soon as you can. Even if you have that dreaded book that you can only get at your school’s bookstore, order it. You don’t want to get back to campus only to be put on a wait list for your books.

Look in Facebook groups for textbook exchanges and set up something, if you can. Order available book store online, or order ahead from the bookstore.

4. Organize your supplies.

Figure out what you need to buy and what you can reuse. Once you have your supplies, put them all in one place so you don’t forget them when you go back to school.

Make sure you know where all of your pens and pencils are and whether you need to buy more. If you like colored pens, make sure they all have enough ink or buy some backups.

5. Relax.

Lastly, take advantage of your extra time off and relax. The fall semester can be hard, especially after a summer off. With the stress of the holidays, it can be hard to stay relaxed, but it’s important. You won’t have as much time to relax once classes start.

So…

Those are five of my best tips for preparing for the spring semester over winter break. Classes are never fun to think about, but getting organized over the break can make your first week back that much easier.

What do you do to prepare for classes over break? Let me know in the comments. Also, be sure to follow me on Twitter (@HannahHaefele) and catch up on my recent blog posts!

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