a productive day working from home.

Start planning with Notion today for FREE: https://bit.ly/notionjulymariana I’ve published a video two or three months ago where I described how I organized my work during the day and what was the type of software I used to plan everything and work properly, but I wanted to show you something that describes my routine a little bit more in depth. I know that a lot of you think that YouTube is my job but I actually work full time in legal services and YouTube is something I have to do during my spare time, like my lunch break, the weekends, or something I have to incorporate in my morning and evening routine. I’m still in lockdown actually so I have been working from home since March and my routine is now pretty solid. So, just like I said in a past video, I sit down to work at 9 am and I avoid getting online for at least 30 minutes so I can get prepared for the day – this means checking my Outlook calendar and taking note of any meetings or deadlines due that day, I check progress on current projects and finally I check and organize my to-do list for the day. I feel like I’ve finally reached planner peace lately – I use a digital planner to do all of my daily and weekly planning and I use Notion for long-term projects and static organization systems. You can find all about that in my past two videos, which I will link down below. After going online I check my inbox and organize any incoming mail using the three-pronged method I mentioned in that video and after that is taken care of, it’s time to do some work. Because I’m a huge morning person I prefer to start the day off by completing any tasks that take 5 minutes or less and then start tackling the hardest projects. For me, one of the hardest projects I can have at work is a long meeting. If any of you consider yourselves introverted then you know that a 2 hour meeting is the hardest task you’ll face during your workday. Whenever I have one of those coming up on my calendar I make sure to prepare myself well, both regarding anything I want to say in particular, or in regards to studying thoroughly any kind of document that will be discussed during the meeting. I also make sure to check off any tasks as I complete them. At eleven am or so I take Chester out for a short walk. My fiancé has gone back to work so since it’s not advisable to send our puppy back to daycare he stays only with me during the workday, which means I have to always remember his schedule, even if I’m working on something important. After getting back home I conctrate on doing one more hour of really focused work before I go for my lunch break. And going for my lunch break in this case means closing my laptop and trying to make space for my lunch at my working desk. My biggest pet peeve while working from home is having to prepare lunch from scratch during my break so I make sure that I prepare one or two meals the day before. Before eating I make sure I feed Chester and then i’m off to my one hour lunch break. I usually use this time for the not-so-glamorous task of cleaning the dishes after lunch and I use my spare time to read or watch something on Netflix. I advise everyone who works at home to use their lunch break to really get some me-time and enjoy the break as much as possible because that makes going back to work much easier. In case you’re terrible about staying accountable regarding your leisure time, just schedule a daily alarm that lets you remember when you should go back to work after lunch. I like to spend my morning in silence because I feel that’s when I do my best work but during the afternoon I like to pick some soft music to listen to while I work. And I’m not gonna lie, most days I’ll listen to really random stuff like Legend of Zelda or Final Fantasy soundtracks and, today, a 2 hour playlist of Animal Crossing music with rain ambience sounds. It just reminds me of that time in college where I spent so much time studying in libraries and coffeeshops and because I can’t have that back, at least I try to recover that old feeling. Around 3 pm I take Chester on a potty break and then I do another focused burst of work until around 5 to 6 pm. By then, it’s time to **wrap up my day.** I check progress on current projects and start typing down the tasks I’ll have to do for the following day, incuding e-mails I have to sent, people I have to talk to or meetings I have to prepare. This allows me to quickly jump right back into work the following morning without spending too much time wondering what I have to do. By that time, if everything’s prepped and if my goals were completed by that time, I call it a day. FTC: This video is sponsored by Notion.

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Packing for Sweden: the essentials

Are you checking the monthly weather averages of Swedish cities? Are you browsing Swedish supermarket and pharmacy websites? Are you googling what kind of plugs and sockets is Sweden using? If so… then this blog post is definitely for YOU! I have been there, I have done that. I googled, I packed, I conquered, and […]

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Student Deals (July 2020): The Ultimate Guide to Student Discounts in Canada

A list of the best student deals and discounts that you can get right now in Canada. No one needs to tell you how expensive it is being a student. Tuition, textbooks, rent, entertainment, food—it adds up and it adds up fast. So, every opportunity you have to save money is one you should take. […]

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How to Analyse Shakespeare: ‘King Henry IV’ used as example [HSC English Lit Program #7]

In Episode #7 of our HSC English Lit Program, Rowan and Brooklyn are going to show you how to effectively analyse Shakespeare! The skills they teach are applicable to ALL of his works. However, they will use ‘King Henry IV’ as an example throughout. Find a sample paragraph for ‘King Henry IV’ and a further break down of Shakespeare here ► https://artofsmart.com.au/king-henry-iv-part-1-analysis/ Need more support for HSC English ► https://www.artofsmart.com.au/year-12… In Episode #7 we discuss: – What is King Henry IV Part 1 about?
– Context of King Henry IV Part 1
– Key Ideas in King Henry IV Part 1
– Using Critical Quotes in Module B
– How to Analyse King Henry IV Part 1 in 4 Steps – Have any suggestions for further videos about HSC English? Leave them in the comments – we’d love to hear from you! So take a second and say ‘Hey’ and ask a question 😉 — FOLLOW ART OF SMART FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/artofsmart/ HSC RESOURCES: http://www.artofsmart.com.au/hsc-reso…
Subscribe for more vids ► http://www.youtube.com/c/ArtofSmartTV — ABOUT #AOSTV At Art of Smart we’re on a mission to help you answer the difficult question, “What am I going to do with my life when I finish school, and how do I get there?” We provide world-class K-12 tutoring and mentoring to help you get options for life after school, career and leadership mentoring to help you develop the skills needed when you finish school, and help you road test your dream careers. Everything we do is based on over 8 years of research with Australia’s top students, and work with over 10,000 students around Australia. Find out more here: http://www.artofsmart.com.au

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5 Tips for Learning a New Language as a Busy Student

Learning a new language? Who even has time for that? Turns out, it might not be as hard as you thought. You don’t need to be taking Russian Literature in university or working your way through an Old English translation of Beowulf to understand the value of learning a new language. For me, language learning has always […]

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Stress Management Tips for Students: How to Combat This Hidden Enemy

The stresses of being a student are no joke. If you’re feeling the heat, consider one of these stress management tips. The start of an academic year is a time buzzing with nervous excitement and chaos. But as the school year progresses, anxiety slowly begins to pile on in the form of heavy parcels, all […]

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Why It’s Not Too Late: How to Catch Up For Your HSC Trials (Live Webinar)

Feel like your marks are so bad you can’t improve in time for your Trial exams? In this recording of Art of Smart CEO Rowan Kunz’s recent live webinar, he’s going to explain why this couldn’t be further from the truth and what steps you can implement to catch up! Subscribe for more vids ► http://www.youtube.com/c/ArtofSmartTV Find more HSC resources here ► https://artofsmart.com.au/hsc-resources/ Have more questions about studying for Trials? Leave them in the comments below. So take a second and say ‘Hey’ and ask a question 😉 — FOLLOW ART OF SMART FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/artofsmart/ HSC RESOURCES: http://www.artofsmart.com.au/hsc-reso… — ABOUT #AOSTV At Art of Smart we’re on a mission to help you answer the difficult question, “What am I going to do with my life when I finish school, and how do I get there?” We provide world-class K-12 tutoring and mentoring to help you get options for life after school, career and leadership mentoring to help you develop the skills needed when you finish school, and help you road test your dream careers. Everything we do is based on over 8 years of research with Australia’s top students, and work with over 10,000 students around Australia. Find out more here: http://www.artofsmart.com.au/

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this productivity system changed everything // how to build a second brain

Sign up for CuriosityStream & Nebula and start learning today: https://curiositystream.com/mariana Building A Second Brain (https://www.buildingasecondbrain.com/) is a **methodology for saving and remembering everything you’ve gained through your experience** by using tools that are now available to most people and that can enhance that experience – technology and networks. If you did save that valuable information, you would have an ongoing record of discoveries and lessons that would allow you to take “actionable insights for any situation”. The more scattered your information is, the more likely you are to fail in remembering or going back to any of it. Tiago uses two words to achieve a second brain: **CODE** and **PARA**. Let’s start with Code. Code stands for Collect — Organize — Distill and — Express. Your second brain needs a place to **COLLECT** the various snippets of information you encounter during the day. The way you record this information is up to you. You can use a note taking app, a web clipper, a app that manages to-do lists or even a properly formatted document. I’m a fan of Notion, especially for this purpose because it’s ridiculously flexible and powerful and I have a lot of fun working with it. Then, you need to **ORGANIZE** that information, and that’s when the system called **PARA** comes in. **P -** Projects which are series of tasks linked to a goal**.** A project can be something like developing a plan, attending a course, writing a report or planning for a party. These are actionable tasks. **A -** Areas of activities that you want to maintain over time. Examples include health, finances, travel, house maintenance, work or school. You maintain areas, which are comprise of less-actionable or non-actionable information, so you can achieve projects.
**R -** Resources for topics of themes of ongoing interest such as videography, gardening, architecture or surfing;
**A -** Archives for inactive items from the other categories. After you organize the information according to the PARA method it’s time to **DISTILL -** summarize your information progressively and deleting everything that is not relevant. This is crucial in the long run when you find you have collected a large amount of information that is difficult to navigate through. And once you’ve collected and organized everything, there comes the best part – **EXPRESS.** You share what you’ve learned with the world because hoarding information has no purpose if you aren’t sharing with the world, either via a raw format or a more structured way. So, going back to the PARA system. Areas mean responsibility and have a standard that has to be maintained indefinitely, or at least until you stop being interested in that area. The continuous attention that it requests of you makes it harder to keep on track with new information and new values, but it also allows you to create different projects. Tiago actually gives a few examples: – Publishing a book is a project, whereas Writing is an area.
– Saving 3 months worth of expenses is a project, whereas Finances is an area.
– A vacation to Thailand is a project, whereas Travel is an area. Projects have completion dates that amount to a goal that has to be achieved. By completing these projects, your success on that area increases as a general rule. **But how ?** While Tiago is a fan of using the best software for each project or area and then replicate it across different platform, I prefer Notion because I literally can’t find anything that Notion can’t organize correctly. So in Notion, my own personal planner is in a single workspace and has four main folders – One for Projects, other for Areas, other for Resources and other for Archive. Inside my Project Folder is my Project List – the sum of all the projects I’m currently working on, independently of their phase of production. Each project can be subdivided into different subprojects, according to their level of complexity. Each project has a main page and will link any Resources or Areas Pages that can be useful for the completion of that project. The idea here is to have a variety of projects – some of them can be completed over a span of years, others over a span of weeks, or days. Adding some novelty to your work while you feel like you are progressing in your knowledge of each area of interest will help motivate you. The Resources folder is where you should compile everything related to your research. It’s supposed to be full of valuable information that can be accessed any time. The Archive will be the folder where any completed or discarded projects or areas of interest are stored, just in case. **Here are some interesting resources for you to find more about the Second Brain:** https://fortelabs.co/blog/para/ https://fortelabs.co/blog/basboverview/ https://www.keepproductive.com/blog/how-to-build-a-second-brain FTC: This video is sponsored by CuriosityStream.

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A day in my life ⛅️ 🍓 quarantine vlog

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I hope you enjoyed this day in my life in quarantine vlog / productive day in my life! In this video I do a study with me, make some recipes, paint at my desk + do an unboxing, and more! My family is still in self-quarantine for now, so these are all just typical moments of my life at home 🙂 Stay healthy and safe! Use this 10% OFF coupon code: ARTEZA EU Site: https://arteza.co.uk?utm_source=postaffiliatepro&utm_medium=affiliate&a_aid=Youtube_StudyToSuccess Watercolors: https://arteza.com/collections/paint/products/watercolor-paint-set-of-60-colors-x-12-ml?utm_source=postaffiliatepro&utm_medium=affiliate&a_aid=Youtube_StudyToSuccess&a_bid=4efa7bfa Watercolor pencils: https://arteza.com/products/professional-watercolor-pencils-set-of-120?utm_source=postaffiliatepro&utm_medium=affiliate&a_aid=Youtube_StudyToSuccess&a_bid=1e58bcff Metallic gouache: https://arteza.com/collections/paint/products/metallic-gouache-paints-set-12-colors-12-x-12ml-0-4-us-fl-oz?utm_source=postaffiliatepro&utm_medium=affiliate&a_aid=Youtube_StudyToSuccess&a_bid=8446ab59 Hardcover watercolor books: https://arteza.com/products/8-3×11-7-watercolor-book-pack-of-2?utm_source=postaffiliatepro&utm_medium=affiliate&a_aid=Youtube_StudyToSuccess&a_bid=08b3f521 ARTEZA US Site: http://arteza.com?utm_source=postaffiliatepro&utm_medium=affiliate&a_aid=Youtube_StudyToSuccess links & inspo:
smoothie bowl recipe: Naturally Jo on YouTube “6 Smoothie Bowl Recipes” video
art tutorials: strawberry bookmark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwD56GbsDFA
galaxy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5IL3fM_Kwo
IPad mint green keyboard: https://amzn.to/2TzzaRY
Apple Pencil Sleeve: https://amzn.to/2S8zFBD
Paperlike screen protector: https://www.paperlike.com/studytosuccess
code: studytosuccess Subscribe to ARTEZA YouTube channel for inspiration: https://www.youtube.com/arteza The art products were sent to me by Arteza! The links above are affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission on sales at no extra cost to you! Music:
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My Grad Letter to the Class of 2020

For the class of 2020… An envelope arrives from the University of Toronto. “It’s a big one!” my mom says. I run up the stairs to open the package.   “Oh, it’s just my certificate of graduation,” I say, disappointed. Not a package of money or a letter of acceptance to grad school. Just a fancy […]

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