12 Practical Tips for Creating Better Habits

 

We all talk about ‘de cluttering’ our life. De cluttering doesn’t really refer to the physical things, rather try de clutter toxins by eating healthy, de clutter your life by being organized, de clutter your mind by staying positive and reading, start exercising to de clutter your body. Many of us start these all things and even succeed in sticking to them for few days. But then we tend to get lazy and we start to sway back to normal routines.

Have you ever wished that there was software that you could download into your system and your system would automatically follow the instructions blindly?  Well, here is a software for you to stick to create habits and then stick to them for long!

 

Start Small

Most of us want to start from four gym sessions, and getting from size 12 to 8 overnight. It is practically impossible to manage 5 extra minute of exercise the next day. Keep small achievable targets to keep motivation alive!  

 

Make it Daily

Whatever your goal is make sure that you do it every day. Make it a part of your routine. Exercise, eating healthy can be done daily. Organizing on the other hand, can go tricky. Divide seven days of the week to organize seven nooks of your house. So that each place gets a time once a week!

 

Self – Reminder

Initial two weeks into the routine and then you may forget about the new regime. To keep yourself reminding, set reminders on your phone and check mark the everyday list to feel accomplished!

 

Get a Partner

This will help greatly. Having a buddy on the same regime can help you check each other’s targets. You may also find a person to talk about the same stuff to and share relevant experiences. 

 

Replace Needs

Do something positive in the empty time. For example if you are giving up on watching a series, utilize that time in book reading or go on a walk. Don’t allow yourself empty time slots. It will make you long the old habit back. 

 

Write it Down

Writing down the goals will help you clear your intentions. It will also help you to refer back and see where the problem lied and how far you have come to overcome it.

 

Know the Benefits

Know the benefits of making the respective change. Research on internet or read a book regarding it. This could also motivate you further.

 

Plan Smarter

Make use of project management software such as Trello, to better plan your workflow for each goal.

 

The Art of Goal Setting 

Learn how to set realizable goals, for example, set SMART goals. A SMART goal is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-sensitive, meaning you have a clear way to measure success and a time-line to do so in.

 

Know the Harm

Know the downsides of the habit that you are giving up. While doing so, remember its never too late to revert.

 

Do it for Yourself

Be firm on doing it for you solely. Weak guilt and empty resolutions don’t work.

 

Stay Consistent

If you are trying to take up on a habit it is advisable to do it at the same time every day. Doing this for continuous 30 days will make you miss it on the 31st day.

 

Celebrate

Celebrate your small wins. Treat yourself on achieving little milestones. It will be greatly helpful.

 

Befriend Supporters

Surround yourself with supporters who will talk positive to boost your motivation. Negative people and negative remarks will bring your morale down! 

 

So if you are on the brink to start some positive habits, give this a read to get amazing tips before you begin. If you have something more to add, leave it in the comments box or follow us at insta @stcathys to add to our follower community!

12 PRACTICAL TIPS TO SELF IMPROVEMENT

Getting better all the time.

“When you stop chasing perfection, you mind as well be dead” – Ryan Murphy 

 

As midterms approach, many students are quickly realizing it’s time to step their game up for the second half of the semester. Self-improvement, although often desired, can be incredibly hard to achieve. To facilitate the beginning steps of this process, we’ve crafted a list of 12 simple ways to begin the process of self-improvement – no matter the area you’re looking to ameliorate:

 

Organize by priority not urgency.

 

Take care of your body: maintain a solid sleep schedule and try to eat healthily and exercise regularly.

 

Set long-term and short-term specific goals.

 

Be able to walk away from a poisonous situation – and have the power to de-escalate when you\re angry.

 

Think of the bigger picture- and change your mindset if needed (it’s okay to decide you like a paradigm better than the one previously subscribed to).

 

Figure out what makes you happy in life, and act from there.

 

Don’t make excuses for yourself- own up to your mistakes and issues, and ask yourself the important questions corresponding to the mistakes such as figuring out why you decided to act a certain way.

 

Learn to create a monthly, bi-weekly, or yearly budget: creating this habit now will only do positive in the future and aid in feeling like you have control over your life and finances (even when you’re on the student life).

 

Take good care of yourself and your personal hygiene– this will make you feel not only good but also give you a boost of confidence (even if it’s just getting someone to do your eyebrows and sitting through a white strip session).

 

Keep a Ta-da list of things you’ve accomplished- this will motivate you to add more accomplishments, and can even lead to building your portfolio (of any sort).

 

Don’t compare yourself to others– this will only bring out negative emotions such as jealousy.

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Most importantly, stay positive and remember you are in control of you, your thoughts, and your paradigm!

APPS TO BETTER YOUR LIFE

Join us in the 21st century. 

We’re all familiar with Instagram, Airbnb, Uber, Twitter, Maps, Snapchat, and the various usual smartphone culprits, but some less widely popular apps exist that are ridiculously useful. We composed a list of apps that will facilitate your daily life and increasingly all-around efficiency:

 

Transit App

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I’ve personally been using this App for 3 years now and trust me when I say- it really is for all of your transit needs. Transit App does everything shy of literally transporting you through the phone. Bus? Metro? Uber? Transit App has you covered.

 

Waze

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Calling all drivers! Waze is what you’ve been waiting for; this App will literally keep you out of traffic, as it’s constantly updated by traffic reports from other users, will warn you when a cop is near or waiting ahead, give all possible routes to your destination, and works surprisingly well/accurately as you’re driving. If you’re a driver without Waze, you’re seriously missing out.  

 

Just Eat or Uber Eats

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Depending on your location, Just Eat or Uber Eats is sure to be your BFF. It’s food delivery made even easier, and with driver tracking and cashless orders- it’s not just easier, but it’s food delivery for the 21st century.

 

Kuoto

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Canada’s version of Task Rabbit, this App allows you to pick up tasks that tend to be worth a little bit more than the popular task app Fiverr ($5). The app allows people searching for work or random jobs to run others’ errands, stand in line for them, babysit, dog walk, bake a cake, or really any other random task, and again, is completely cashless!  

 

Fitbrain

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Keep your brain fit, especially during your summer months off, with Fitbrain. Featuring sections to improve various parts of your brain health, analytics to review your stats, and various entertaining game series as your brain tests, this is the only gaming app you need (well that and Pokemon Go!).

 

Fitness pal

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Keep your body fit with the help of Fitness Pal. Another personal favorite, Fitness Pal does everything from counting calories and analyzing your micros and macros, to keeping track the various nutrients you’ve taken in and setting the best plan for your fitness goals regarding your specific height, weight, and activity level. This app is everything for a fitness-lover, someone trying to lose weight or gain muscle, or anyone leading/trying to lead a healthy lifestyle.

 

IBotta

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Because as a student, Lil Dicky hits close to home when he said “we gotta save dat money”.

IBotta will facilitate exactly that- this app lets you know where the various discounts are in your city: retail, grocery, restaurants, and more. This can be extremely helpful when trying to find grocery steals or cheap drinks/apps around the city.

 

Goodbudget Planner

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Budgeting seems to be the one important life skill often not learnt in school-  lucky for us, there’s an app for that! Goodbudget planner takes away the stress of planning a budget by facilitating the process to ensure the most efficient use of your parents’ money.

 

Rescuetime

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Ever wonder how much time you waste during the day? Do you dare see how many hours you’re spending on social media daily? Rescuetime will analyze how you or your team have been spending your time, how long you’re spending on certain apps,  and will customize to your personal time management goals. This is a god-given gift when finals comes around.

 

Buddhify

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Not necessarily making life easier, but definitely bettering it and lowering your stress level; Buddhify is a meditation and mindfulness app completely customized to your lifestyle-. From an insomniac, to a city-slicker, to a world traveler, Buddhify has your meditation needs covered.

 

Shazam

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When you hear a song and are wondering what it is, Shazam is to the rescue! This app will listen to a passage of a song and automatically ID (name, artist, album) the track for you. Never miss a new classic again.

 

SleepCycle

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Because as a uni student, every moment of sleep is PRECIOUS. And so, you may as well sleep as effectively and efficiently as possible.

 

Data Tracker

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Do yourself a favor, avoid the trouble and manage that data, with the help of Data Tracker!

 

Evernote

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It’s the agenda app of all agenda apps. Organize notes, tasks, exams, project dates, to-do lists, and literally everything else- all from 1 app! Evernote is bound to help you avoid that 5% first-day late deduction.

 

Refme

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Do you know what the worst part about writing a long paper is? Spending the entire following hour sourcing it. Let’s never do that again… Refme will scan and automatically create various different source citations in the options of APA, MLA, Chicago, and ASA citation styles.  

 

YikYak

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Okay so again, not making life easier, but for sure keeping it entertaining. To keep up on campus and get some good laughs, download YikYak. It’s essentially an anonymous version of twitter based on your location, allowing “peeks’ at the posts in other locations. It’s especially popular among university students, and is absolutely hot in Montreal (no matter your uni)- Mcgill being the only Canadian university with a “peek” section among the Ivy League schools in the U.S..