Hi everyone!

I hope the new year/semester/quarter is going well for all of you. I’ve been super busy getting adjusted to new courses, a TA position, and continuing with my internship, so I’ve decided to change how this blog works. Instead of me coming up with the topics for each post and posting on a weekly basis, I will be posting on an as-needed basis — if there’s a general topic or question that you’d like me to address, send it to tipstricksandtea@gmail.com and mention that you’d like to see a blog post about it, and I’ll write about it (or refer you to an existing post if I’ve already covered it)! This way, I’ll cover the topics YOU, my audience, really want to learn about and save us all some time and energy. Life is all about making changes as you learn and as you grow, so this is one of many that I’m sure are to come.

Have a great weekend & stay safe!

Hi everyone!

 

Now that we’re all back to school from winter break, it’s time to get organized again. One tool I’ve found myself using a TON, especially in college, is the Calendar app on my phone and computer. Between classes, extracurriculars, jobs, family responsibilities, and everything else life is throwing at us nowadays, students are BUSY! Using a virtual calendar is an easy way to manage your time and make sure you don’t miss anything important.

 

I’d recommend setting up your calendar at the beginning of a new semester/quarter, but it’s never too late! First, choose the calendar platform you’d like to use. Most devices have Calendar apps built in, but there are also others available for use online or as downloadable apps. Choose one that you’d like to do and stick to it!

 

Next, you have to enter all of your commitments into your calendar. When I make my calendars, I do it by “type” of commitment. First, I’ll enter all my classes, then my work meetings, then extracurriculars. Of course, you can add new time commitments as they arise. In fact, meeting invitations often come with ways to automatically add them to your calendar! Be sure you get the time and date of your activities right in your calendar and use the daily/weekly/monthly scheduling functions when applicable to ensure there aren’t any mix-ups.

 

Finally, keep up with your calendar! I check my calendar often throughout the day to check how much time I have before a meeting or plan out what I’ll accomplish and when. Add new meetings or activities as soon as you find out about them to ensure you don’t forget or create scheduling conflicts. Overall, while a good calendar takes some work upfront, it can really simplify your life and boost your time management!

Happy New Year everyone! 2020 was a tough year, and I’m sure we’re all ready for the changes that 2021 may bring.

 

I took a few weeks off from writing blog posts over the holiday break – I was busy spending time with my family and working on side projects, and I realized all of you were likely just as busy. But now, it’s a new year and I’m so excited to see what 2021 brings!

 

In 2021, Fridays will continue to be my weekly blog post publishing day. I’ve also decided to launch TWO new services in 2021: 30-minute one-on-one consultations AND asynchronous consultations! Only THREE slots will be available each week for each type of consultation, so be sure to make your reservation in advance. You can find more information about them here, including suggested topics, pricing, and how to make a reservation.

 

As always, I would love to hear from you guys about what you want to see in my blog posts and services. If there’s a particular question or need you have, please email me at tipstricksandtea@gmail.com, I’ll be more than happy to help!

 

I hope you all have a wonderful start to the new year!