i wish the stigma of going to community college wasn’t so big. it’s seen as a “lesser” option, when ALL learning is valuable, no matter where you get it from. it’s also a wonderful stepping off point for people who have been very burnt out by high school and want a smaller college and less pressure about acceptance, allowing them to have an extra year or two to decide on a four year college OR just staying at community college
if you’re going to community college this fall (like me), i hope you’re not too hard on yourself. you’re making the decision that’s best for you, and that’s what matters
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How I Use Notion To Organize My Life
I discovered notion last year after falling down a YouTube rabbit hole, and I cannot believe how perfect the tool is for me. I constantly have a million thoughts in my head, and on-going tasks to track. Notion has simplified that process immensely, and made it possible to make a fully customizable portal that suited my preferences.
First, I have my dashboard. Notion is the first app I open on my computer every time I use it, and this page serves as my hub to everything else that I use on a regular basis. (Forgive the alignment since I screenshot this on a tablet - it’s perfectly spaced on desktop!) Everything here is either a link to a website that I need regularly, or linked to a page where I can record / track more information that I need to remember.
I also have pages like this where I keep track of long term goals and larger scope projects. I use the toggle feature to take notes on topics that I want to remember quickly, databases to organize meeting minutes and resources, and to-do buttons for goals I may have. This page in particular tracks the personal projects that I undertook last semester. My favorite part about this is how easy it is to move everything around, and how I can move all of this to its own toggle once I start the new semester. Out of sight, out of mind, and a cleaner overview.
I will also sometimes create pages to break down my revision for exams by topic. When a class is especially difficult, this helps me keep track of how many topics I have left to review, and I can shuffle the order in which I want to study them with ease. I also have separate pages for my reading and watch lists, where I add tags based on the genre. People are constantly recommending content for me to consume, and it’s easy for me to pull out my phone and enter it like this so I don’t forget. The tags allow me to filter my database based on my mood, and make the decision making process much easier.
Lastly, my favorite part about my notion is my to-do list tab. Before you laugh, yes I am a computer science major using a kanban board to track daily tasks. It’s highly effective lmao, don’t come for me. Whenever a new thought about something I want to do crosses my mind, I add it to the not started column. I add the essential tasks for the day (based on my google calendar) to my in progress column. Whenever I start a task, I also move it from not started to in progress. When something is fully complete, I move it to the completed column. I display the date that each task was last updated so that I can keep track of how long it has been since I have seen that entry, which helps with accountability. Lastly, at midnight everyday, the completed column automatically resets, and so I wake up to a blank canvas of tasks waiting to be completed everyday. Tasks completed in the past are stored in the backend, in case I ever need to reference them. I literally love this system so much, and it has increased my productivity immeasurably.
And that’s about it for my notion. I’ve barely made a start to what I really want to do with it, especially with the release of the notion api recently, so this is bound to evolve soon. However, I am super proud of her, and I hope that it inspired you all as well. Love, M :)
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During the start of summer, I told myself to read as many books as I could without specifying how many books exactly. To my surprise while I was about to finish "Being Happy" by Andrew Matthews (which btw, I've read countless times already) I realized that I have already read 4 books! To someone who has a lot of things to do, I am proud of myself for being able to read more books this summer.
I am excited to share with you all the books I've read and the lessons I learned from digging all four of them LOL I can also tell that reading has become a stress reliever to me because whenever I feel occupied and busy with university and internship, I always end up reading a book and find it really relaxing afterwards.
I am proud of myself for this achievement and I am excited to read and learn more. ⭐
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