Category Archives: Self-Improvement

How to Get Over those February Blues

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Yikes! It’s the third week of February already and I’m sure some of you are feeling it. You know what I’m talking about. The blues. The sad-that-you-just-can’t-shake. Maybe it’s a fleeting feeling; maybe you’ve had it all along. Now, I’m no doctor, so if you’re experiencing depression or debilitating sadness, you may want to go to a doctor. I’m hoping to help those who are experiencing the February blues.
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Why You Should Read More and What to Read

Happy February! I know you are all reading this post on a computer, but I think you should reconsider how you absorb information.

I teach college-level English and about once every five seconds, a student is texting or tweeting or snapping or Facebooking. It’s only a problem in my class because, when they are on their phones, they aren’t doing anything else. We’ve all heard that it’s just not possible to multitask—our brains weren’t made for that, but what I want to know is why are my students so addicted to their phones and how does this influence their reading ability?

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How to Spend Less, Stay Happy, Keep Your Resolutions

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Spending Less

I love talking about spending. I recently spent the weekend organizing my boyfriend’s spending—well, helping him organize his spending and finances. Now, don’t get me wrong—I’m not a financial professional and I don’t necessarily have all the answers, but I do think that when we think about our spending, we are able to spend less.

To ring in the new year, why don’t you make a spending plan? Well, first, you have to think of all of your expenses. Take out a sheet of paper and write down your monthly income. Then list all of your expenses.
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Setting Goals, Getting Fit, Staying Warm

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Goal setting can be difficult, but even if we don’t keep our goals, they can still help us stay focused. To prepare for your resolutions, take a look at some ways to create and stick to your goals.

Choose a goal that matters. Don’t choose randomly. Choosing a goal will take time. You may need to contemplate your goals for a while. One way to do this is to first create a list of issues in your life. What are you hoping for? What have you been meaning to do but haven’t been able to? What types of things do you attempt each year? Write these down and then spend some time reflecting on each of them. After a week or two, choose the one goal that you want to work with. Make sure your goal is realistic (i.e. “only eat dessert on Friday” instead of “lose 50 pounds”).
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Lifehacks for a Better Year

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Sometimes, we all need new ideas for staying fit, fixing up our homes, and tuning out. Welcoming the new year grants us the opportunity to improve our lives and make them a little easier.

Hacking the morning

You know the scenario: the alarm goes off. You press snooze. Alarm goes off again fifteen minutes later. You press snooze. Fifteen minutes later, you jump out of bed, throw on your clothes, check your e-mail, start the car, find your kids’ shoes, help them pack their bags, and barely have enough time to eat half a bagel.

It may seem like this is the most efficient way to “do” mornings, but it’s not. Trust me. If you want to have a more relaxed morning, look at the tips below. Continue reading