2014 Reflections

It is almost the end of 2014. That means that people have begun to set resolutions for 2015. Most people are focusing on who they want to be in the new year and what they want to change about themselves. But we should also look back at the past year to see, not only what we could do better in the coming year, but also what we accomplished and what we were great at.

These are some of the things I’ve accomplished in 2014:

  • read 30-ish books
  • watched 17-ish TV shows
  • got productive
  • maintained 9-5 study schedule
  • Dean’s list
  • graduated high school
  • started college
  • started this blog
  • learned the importance of personal projects
  • journaling daily in August and December and a couple days in between
  • rekindled interest in space and books and medicine
  • learned HTML
  • learned about MBTI
  • envisioned more goals for myself

I’ve read about 30 books. Not many I know, but I was distracted by Netflix. Speaking of, I’ve watched 17 TV shows in their entirety. Which is way excessive. But I did productive things while I watched Netflix, so I am okay with the large amount of shows that I have watched within a 9 month period of time. I should probably calculate how many hours of my life I spent on Netflix. Netflix has expanded my interests so so much. Namely, Doctor Who and Torchwood have changed my life. I also watched some movies, but I don’t really remember which ones. I should have recorded them somewhere. Most notably, I became productive. Never before, had I though that I could maintain a 9 to 5 study schedule. Oh, and I completed my first semester of college on the Dean’s list. I started journaling regularly, which I never realized was so fulfilling. I started this blog. I started to crave work. I can’t really do nothing for a day anymore. Well, I can, but I hate it. I learned that planning is a passion of mine. I also learned that I need creativity outlets, whether they be in forms of writing or forms of art. I have explored the merits and drawbacks of both digital and analog productivity. I still have not struck the perfect balance between the two, but my current methods are working for me reasonably well. I went through multiple rounds of fitness phases. I have also gone through innumerable amounts of unhealthy phases. I have rediscovered a love for space and space travel. I have started reading avidly again. I have also started to listen to podcasts and watch TED talks regularly. For me, 2014 contained many a momentous occasion: I officially became an adult; I graduated from high school; I started, and finished, my first semester of college; and I began to realize more of the things that I want to do in my life. I have begun to aspire to be one of those people that just does so much. For example, Hank Green, Tina Fey, and the various productivity bloggers that I now follow.

The year of 2014 has brought many changes to my life. My schooling has changed. My habits have changed. My interests have changed. And my mindset has changed.

I started this year as a procrastinator who had completely succumbed to senioritis. And I end this year as a relatively productive college student, who has a colossal amount of goals, for her schooling and for her life.

While 2014 was a year of change, 2015 is going to be a year of maximum productivity.

What have you accomplished in 2014?

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Productivity Report: The Mara Dyer trilogy

The Mara Dyer trilogy is a fantastic YA series by Michelle Hodkin. This trilogy includes: The Unbecoming of Mara DyerThe Evolution of Mara Dyer, and The Retribution of Mara Dyer. Usually, I can predict what is going to happen in most books, especially those of YA genres. But I was genuinely surprised by many of the plot points throughout this entire series. Which is definitely a good thing.

So most of the main characters in this trilogy really know how to get things done. They have to deal with mental illness and hallucinations and mistrust, and they still take care of themselves relatively well. But I think the title of the most productive character goes to Daniel Dyer, Mara’s older brother. He is the perfect student, the perfect  son, the perfect brother, and he plays instruments. Granted, his main goal during much of the story is to get into college. And he does not have to deal with aforementioned mental illness and unknown powers, but he takes care of those who do. One could argue that Noah Shaw has to deal with those problems and still has a perfect GPA and reads libraries of books and plays an instrument. But he has an unfair advantage because of his perfect memory.

What I Read: December 2014

This is what I read in December 2014:what I read-december

P.S. I forgot to add The Evolution of Mara Dyer and The Retribution of Mara Dyer to this list. So the total should be 17.
My favorites of these books include: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, Eleanor and Park, and Ignite Me.

What books did you read this month?

2015 New Year’s Resolution Guide

2014 is coming to a close. That means that it is time for everyone to start setting New Year’s Resolutions. Most people will only get to mid-January, February if they’re lucky. But this year, you are not going to be one of those people! 2015 is going to be a year of growth and productivity. Over the next couple of days, I am going to be teaching you how to set New Year’s Resolutions in a way that it will be easy to maintain them.

How to set new year's resolutions

What is your system for setting New Year’s Resolutions?

1 Christmas Surprise

So…I don’t have an actual surprise I can reveal in honor of the last day of 12 Days of Book Lists. But I can reveal the books I’ve read during these 12 days. Yay. These are the books I have read from December 14, 2014 to December 25, 2014 (in no particular order):

Everwild by Neal Shusterman
Everfound by Neal Shusterman
Champion by Marie Lu
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Yes, I read a lot of YA fiction, but that’s because I needed to catch up on the most popular YA series’. I also read a productivity book (The Power of Habit), which was pretty good. I think I’ve mentioned most of these throughout 12 Days of Book Lists, so if you want to learn more about them you can look through the other days. I enjoyed and would recommend each and every one of them. Currently, I am reading The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin and Eat that Frog! by Brian Tracy.

By taking part in 12 Days of Book Lists, I have been able to revive my interest in books. I think I am going to talk about books some more on this blog. But for now, back to being productive. I am planning on starting a New Year’s Resolutions Guide tomorrow, so look forward to that!

What books have you read this month?

Productivity Report: The Shatter Me trilogy (aka The Juliette Chronicles)

Aaron Warner is by far the most productive main character in the Shatter Me series. He is very put together (routine-wise, not psychologically). He gets things done quickly. He follows a structured daily routine and leads a fairly healthy lifestyle. He does, however, have slightly questionable time-management methods. Warner doesn’t sleep a huge amount, and he often works through the night. He is a member of the 5 am club (waking up at 5 am every day), which is a goal of mine. Warner follows his personal schedule but is still open to new or unexpected events or ideas. To me, this is the prime of productivity.

Obviously, many of the supporting characters from Omega Point are very very productive. Especially Castle. Who, despite being very unorganized, gets a lot done. But this does not mean one should skimp on organization to make more time to get things done, because Castle does not really need to be organized. He can just summon whatever he needs to his fingertips or desk or wherever he want it to be. So carve out time to organize and maintain that organization. This will reduce the amount of time that it will take you to find things, which will give you more time to get things done.

Who do you think is the most productive character in the Shatter Me trilogy?