February is almost over. Are you still in your bag? According to Forbes, traditionally only 30 percent of people keep up with their New Year’s resolutions after 30 days, and 8 percent accomplish them! Believe me, it gets easy to slip up: browsing on your phone for hours instead of reading more, becoming a couch potato in the second wave of quarantine instead of choosing to get moving. Making lazy decisions can keep you from achieving your goals, but don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with life hacks and productivity tools for the rest of 2021.
If you’ve been on TikTok any time in the last month, you’ve definitely heard of Notion. Notion is a free online planning and organizing website that allows users to choose from thousands of templates to customize to their liking! Whether you have to keep up with virtual assignments, chores like walking your dog and running errands, or keeping up with your own business, Notion has something for you.
For other study help and inspiration, try switching up your space. A new semester might be the time to rearrange your desk, get a neat calendar to organize appointments and find the best space to work in. Looking back at my virtual learning experience, I know there are things I would personally do differently if I had the chance to try again. Take this time to make changes now!
Another great habit to bring into the rest of your 2021 is journaling. In the middle of winter and the tail end of a pandemic, the days can begin to run together and get boring at times. Journaling to practice mindfulness and make note of the little things can help you live in the moment, and have something of an artifact to look back on after the year is over. Bullet journaling inspo is all over Pinterest, or a simple spiral notebook will do for daily entries! Try writing down daily affirmations, quotes that inspire you, or things that you’re grateful for.
On the health and wellness front, there are more resources available to teens now than ever. Whether you’ve decided to attempt a New Year’s shred program, or you’re just trying to get your steps in, there’s a video for you. “MadFit” on YouTube, created by Canadian Maddie Lymburner offers many beginner’s workouts and targeted videos to get yourself moving. She also frequently updates a series of workout videos to trending songs and hits on TikTok. Shoot me a message with some ways you’re planning to level up in 2021.
By Leah Ollie, Senior, Whitney Young Magnet High School