Time Management

Have you ever stopped and thought about how much time goes unaccounted for daily? I know I have.

It’s amazing how time flies by when you get caught in the scrolling web, I used to open Instagram or Pinterest with the intention of looking for just a few minutes and with just one blink an hour would be gone. Or when I say I’m “wrapping up a conversation with my best friends” those can go on forever.

If you’re like me noticing that you’ve wasted half the day makes you uneasy and tends to make the whole day more difficult. You realize you procrastinated starting your paper, you didn’t complete your errands, you were suppose to read before going to class or even forgot about an appointment and the rest of the day is spent trying to make up for lost time.

Here are a few tips that make my days more productive

Set goals for the day

You may do this at the beginning of the day or the night before. When I wake up, I spend a few minutes thinking about the things I need to do and the things I want to do. I make to do lists because I get to ✔️ the things I accomplish.

Be realistic

You have to be real with yourself, I believe that as humans we are limitless, however we are not perfect. So for example if your goal is to start exercising and you’ve never been to the gym or worked out 💪 just know it is impossible for you to lift 70 lbs and kill 100 ab crunches that day. Keeping this in mind will prevent disappointment at the end of the day.

Allot time for each task

Some tasks take a lot more time than others, reading for a paper may take up to three hours while a making the bed may take only five minutes. I try to get as many smaller tasks done as possible in order to maximize the time I have to get my school work done (it all depends on your lifestyle).

Take breaks

I need breaks, I cannot focus on one thing for hours (funny how I don’t say this about Instagram or YouTube) for example when I’m studying I can read for like four hours after that I need to walk around, eat, watch a video; something. Make these breaks no longer than twenty minutes

Be patient with yourself

You can do everything stated above and still not accomplish all the goals you set for the day. The point is to get as many things done in the day. You won’t always get it right, however,as long as you’re learning and improving daily you’re not failing.

Try to do this everyday

– Dani

Background Noise

It is so easy to become distracted by the noise around you. When I say noise I am referring to the noise of other people’s opinions, their thoughts about what you should do with your life, also the noise of the media that at times drives some to think they are not where they should be.

I’ve been a victim of these noises, I judge myself so hard which has led to me struggling with anxiety and at times a lack of trust in God. Now more than ever we have quick access to the lives of others through social media , well the part they choose to show.

For this reason I encourage anyone whose trapped in the circle of comparing yourself to others or judging yourself based on their accomplishments to stop right now. Set your goals and set plans to accomplish them you’ll be fine 🤗

Choose you!

          Choices, we all have them, and whether we admit it or not , we all want to be somebody’s choice. 

Do you desire to be the guy or girl’s number one?

Do you want to be the favorite child ?

If you have answered yes to these ….. you are guilty !

          What if you aren’t chosen? You see, we all have to be cognizant of the fact that the action of others are completely out of our control. As humans we have the ability and the right to take charge of our lives, this includes but is not limited to our happiness and the people we want to be on our journey. For this reason, it is important to recognize that the ‘choice’ may not be you.

You probably won’t be number one.

You most definitely may not be the favorite child.

      What do you do? …….. Choose you!

Choose your happiness and endeavor to make it independent of the actions and feelings of others. Once you are comfortable with yourself , and you are facing each situation with grace and positivity then you will be better equipped to handle the choice of others.

You should always be your first choice, true validation comes from within.

How do you handle rejection? let me know in the comments.

Dani

Quotes that make you go hmmm…..

Maybe you’re stuck because you’re pushing on a door that says pull.

                                                                                                    -Unknown

                                                                                                                                        Imagination is everything, it is the preview of life’s coming attractions.

                                                                                                    -Albert Einstein

 Make your anger so expensive, no one can afford it; let your happiness be so cheap, most can get it free.

                                                                                                    -Unknown

 Work hard in silence, and let your achievements make all the noise.

                                                                                                   -Unknown

Which one is your fave? leave a comment below

Dani

When the love of Biology becomes microscopic…

Biology had always been the easiest science to me , mostly because it entailed reading and understanding concepts. The only part I had difficulty digesting was plant biology; way too complicated for me. The xylem, phloem, blah, blah… too much.

My first semester of college, I had registered for chemistry, Linear Algebra, Caribbean Civilization and Biology. The biology was chosen to make my life “easy”. 

I was so wrong !

My lab classes were scheduled for Fridays, they were six hours long. 

I would read for the labs and look at diagrams of the drawings to be made prior to carrying out the experiment. I would enter the lab hoping the time would decide to do a 100 m dash, glance around at the enthusiastic faces, pull on  my lab coat and sit attempting to listen to the instructor.

He was a nice guy, helpful and fun to be around. He’d point to the board and i would begin to think about all the things I had to do and the things I hadn’t completed. I forgot to eat before this six hour nose dive into the Atlantic, Math tutorial sheet was due. 

“OK class, begin” He ended.

Everyone would start looking into the microscope, so I would too. Sometimes they see things I could not see. I was seeing bubbles and noodles. After observing the slides, we were told to do biological drawings. I would google a picture of what I should be seeing, draw, annotate and submit.

I did not fail the course, thank God ! However I did not enjoy it, I was only doing it because I was use to doing only science. There was a part two for that course in the same semester, I dropped it as if my life depended on it and never looked back.

Lesson: If you find that you are forcing yourself to like something, its not for you. It is not your thing , do not be afraid to let go of what you know is not yours, because once you release it , you make room for your passion.

xoxo 

Dani

A Doctor ? Heck no lol

I cannot pinpoint a specific point in time where my appreciation for the sciences was born. What I do recall however, is that I had excelled at the sciences from as early as primary school. (I’m from the Caribbean, so there is Kindergarten, Primary /Preparatory School, High School and University/College respectively). So, in my young mind I had always said I would become a paediatrician.

Teacher:” Students, what would you like to become in the future?”

Me: A paediatrician!

I loved visiting my paediatrician; I loved her office, the toys, her vehicle, everything. She became my role model.

            When I got to high school, I was introduced to a plethora of subjects. In my first year I can remember doing about sixteen this continued until my third year of high school. At the end of the third year, we were given a sheet of paper which had on it all the possible subjects we could sit in the C.S.E.C (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate) examinations. I remember how I frowned upon students who were choosing subjects that fell under the social sciences umbrella, because I couldn’t see solid career paths attached to those subjects. I never thought one’s interest was necessary when choosing a career. I had my extracurricular activities separate and apart from my career choices. All the years I spent in the choir, girls guide, red cross, music club, I never once thought my career could lie on that side of the box.

      I mean, I should have known medicine was not for me. I hated blood, didn’t care for the hospital or any thing that had to do with illnesses – ugh the thought! I remember when recruiters from universities came to the school, I collected a brochure that outlined the courses and requirements for the MBBS  (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) program, saw that the length of study was five years and I think an additional two or three to specialize (wooow). I spoke to to friends of mine, who at the time were studying medicine and that’s when I saw the part of the program I dreaded – Anatomy. They told me about the lab classes, the bodies they saw; I was mortified (I don’t even like funerals). Then my grandmother passed away, that was difficult for my family, I couldn’t even look at her in the coffin, my dream of pursuing medicine died with her.

            I stuck with the sciences though! Engineering was up next, applied to the University, got an offer and didn’t take it. Went to my dream university instead and was enrolled to study Environmental Chemistry.

Things I learnt up to the point of starting university

  • Be open to change

Love Dani