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STUDY ABROAD PACKING LIST

One of the big struggles of studying abroad is trying to pack. Lucky for you, I am here to help. Fitting four months worth of clothes, toiletries, and all that other junk that you utilize every day into suitcases that are limited by size and weight isn’t as hard as it seems. If I can do it, you can do it.

 

Like most programs, I’ll be abroad for both colder temperatures as well as warmer temperatures. Because of this, I had to pack cold weather items such as scarves and gloves as well as warmer weather items such as flip-flops and shorts.

 

As forgetful as I am, I figured that packing a few weeks early rather than one week before leaving was my best bet. Packing bit by bit a few weeks early allowed me to minimalize the chance I had of forgetting things.

 

I started three weeks before I left by simply going through the clothes hanging in my closet. From here, I sorted which clothes I needed to take, which clothes I possibly wanted to take, and which clothes I definitely didn’t need to take. Rather than folding up these clothes and packing them so early, I just sorted them to the left of my closet (leaving the clothes that I wasn’t bringing abroad to the right side of my closet).

 

The second week prior to departure I began to sort out the rest of my clothes. This included items in my dresser drawers and closet floor such as pants, shorts, and shoes. I didn’t actually go through the process of physically packing my suitcase until the week before my departure.

 

To keep my suitcase underweight, I packed only travel size bottles of my hair care products. I purchased full-size bottles of these products once I arrived in Prague. I also wore both of my coats, and my heaviest shoes on the plane.

 

To save space, I rolled all of my clothes up and tightly packed them into my suitcase. I also put smaller items like socks and underwear inside of my shoes.

 

Below is a PDF of everything that I packed for my time abroad. Feel free to utilize it if you need some help packing!

 

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COFFEE TALK- STUDY ABROAD WEEK 1

 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN DURING YOUR FIRST WEEK ABROAD- KENZIE NEGRON, SINCERELYKENZLast Sunday (or technically Monday, I guess) I arrived in Prague for a semester abroad. I’ll be studying abroad here for about 4 months. I took a six-hour flight to Dublin and from there, took about a two-hour flight to Prague. It was crazy to finally end up here because I have literally been planning this trip for what feels like forever.

 

After stepping out of the airport I immediately knew that Prague fell nothing short of what I expected. The whole city looks like a fairytale land and leaves no room for complaints at all.

After arriving at the airport we immediately were driven to the dorms that we would be staying in for the semester. I am living in Kolej Komenského, which is one of the two international dormitories. As far as the living spaces go, they are okay. Each room is equipt with a lil’ kitchen that contains a fridge, hotplate, and counter space/cabinets, two bedrooms, and a bathroom. I am living in a single room, and share my “suite” with another person who is in a single room as well. I won’t lie, the outsides of the dorms are a bit dingy, but the bedrooms themselves do the job just fine. I finally purchased a rug, and a plant to make my room feel a bit more “homey” and it helped a ton.

 

The dorms come with bedding and towels but kitchen utensils and pots/pans, etc. can be found in the community room. You can basically take whatever you need from the massive surplus in the “community room”. You just have to return the dishes after you use them. This isn’t a bad deal at all, as I was expecting to purchase all of my own pots and pans when I first arrived to my room.

CHARLES UNIVERSITY, KOLEJ KOMENSKEHO

Our dorm rooms are also extremely close to two different tram stops. Prague is essentially a walking city. However, destinations further along can be easily accessible through the public transportation tram system. I’m still trying to get the hang of the routes for these trams, but so far they have been extremely helpful for navigating the city.

 

Although I have only been in Praha (that’s Czech for Prague by the way) for 1 week, I definitely feel a bit more connected to the city already. Last week Rob and I spent almost every day exploring the “ins and outs” of the city and it has helped a lot. After a night of walking, we found out that our dorm building is a 5-10 minute walk from the Prague Castle, and Charles Bridge. I’m looking forward to warmer weather, so I can run down to the city center every morning and get some good ol’ fresh air!

Last week we also started our intensive Czech language course. Here, we learn the basics of the language and some important cultural aspects that the Czechs follow. What have I learned so far? First of all, Czech is a HARD language. I spent 10 hours (each day of class is 5 hours) in class, and one of the only vocabulary words I retained was Pes (the Czech word for dog). I also learned that Czech people don’t like to smile or make small talk.

 

In other words, you typically don’t ask a Czech person how they are doing, you don’t smile at a Czech person, and you don’t say hello to any Czech person whom you don’t know. I find all of this a bit tough, as I am used to making small talk with strangers in places as simple as the grocery store at home, BUT I guess this is something that I will become accustomed to eventually.

 

Another important aspect of the Czech culture is beer, or Pivo (wow, I’m surprising myself with the remembrance of this vocabulary word). Most Czech people have beer with almost every meal. I’ve noticed that it isn’t uncommon to see a Czech person causally drinking a beer during their lunch break. Beers are sold on the streets, in cafes, in restaurants, and even at McDonalds.

So far, Prague has treated me very nicely. I am looking forward to seeing what the rest of the semester has in store for me! Have you ever been to Prague? What did you think?!

HOW TO STOP STRESS FROM RUNNING YOUR LIFE

 HOW TO STOP STRESS FROM RUNNING YOUR LIFE- sincerelykenzThe inkling of being “stressed” has become an art, or almost something similar to that of a status. To be completely honest, I’m not so sure when this switchover occurred. It is almost as if people brag about being stressed these days. People complain about being so busy, and they permit stress to have such a robust impact on their day-to-day lives.

I can not say I disagree with this, though. I am a full time college student, try to maintain somewhat (lol) of a social life, am a part time blogger, and have a part time job. See? Right there I just started bragging about everything going on in my life right now. Did I mean to? No. Does it happen all the time? Well sort of…. Our society has fallen into such a state that we become victims of stress.

We think that it is okay to let the burden of stress be the reasoning behind every factor of our daily lives. Guess what people?! Stress isn’t what life is all about.

Since when is it okay for stress to run our lives? Since when is it acceptable for stress to be the motive behind our everyday tasks and decisions?

I constantly see so many of my fellow college peers writing endless to-do lists, engulfing themselves with venti, even trenti, sized coffee cups and running around like chickens without heads to get all of their assignments completed.

But, is that really what we aspire to be doing every day? Do we really want caffeine to be our only fuel as we pull all-nighters and head back to work the following day? This whole stress thing needs to end; it’s overwhelmingly taking over people’s every day routines and tasks.

So instead of continuing to stress about everything that you need to get done, and all of the things that you want to achieve in a given amount of time I will leave you with this:

 

STOP ACTING AS IF HAPPINESS IS A “GOAL”:

You should not have to work towards happiness. You are allowed to simply be happy. Maybe this is easier said than done, but think about it: you are alive, you have a purpose, and whether you like it or not you have one life to live- be happy!

TACKLE YOUR TO-DO LIST WITH THE RIGHT MINDSET:

Think about quality over quantity. In other words, think about what you are inputting vs. what you are outputting. Make sure that you are working with the right, positive mindset. Get what you need to get done, done but do it in a way that you can be proud of. Don’t work to work, but work to produce things that you can be grateful of.

MAKE SELF-CARE “NON-NEGOTIABLE”:

Caring for yourself, and your body are two major ways to reduce stress. Instead of making an effort to achieve these two things, make it a non-negotiable part of life that you must work on every day. Quit stressing about the small stuff and spend time on yourself. Go on a shopping spree, take time away from your to-do list and do things that bring you joy. Spend time with family, friends, and most importantly, yourself. Do everything in your power to achieve happiness without even trying at all.

FIGURE OUT HOW TO DE-STRESS:

There are a TON of different ways to limit stress. Relieving stress is different for everyone. For me, this usually calls for eating a whole entire pint of Ben and Jerrys ice cream. I know that this isn’t the healthiest thing on the list, but then again I also love going to the gym when I’m stressed so I feel like the two cancel each other out? Before anyone makes fat jokes about me I would like to defend myself in that I have other ways to relieve stress as well. Here are some of my go to destressers when ben and jerrys isn’t easily accessible:

Watch some Netflix.

Take a walk.

Exercise/Go to the gym.

Eat a whole pint of ice cream.

Scroll through Twitter.

Do some online shopping.

Go to Starbs.

Plan a fake vacation.

Hang out with friends.

Take a nap.

Think about traveling the world.

Go to office hours– THIS HELPS!

Call my parents.

Take a hot shower.

Create a “to-do” list.

Scroll through Bloglovin’.

Catch up on YouTube subscriptions.

Blog about being stressed out… ha.

Write a letter to someone.

Go to the library.

Create a new Spotify playlist.

Order takeout.

Create an inspirational Pinterest board.

Read a book.

Find the perfect Insta picture.

 

 

Do you feel that stress runs parts of your life? What are your go ways to de stress?

The Ultimate Guide To Student Discounts

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Student discounts are like magical little, life savers for college students. So many different stores voucher student ID cards and are willing to give a variety of different types of discounts for students.

 

If you are reading this, you are probably aware that college definitely isn’t cheap. Most, ifi not all, college students are aware of this. However, what most college students aren’t aware of is the money saving power that their college ID’s hold. You wouldn’t believe how many stores feel for us “broke college students” and do their best to save us a pretty penny.

I haven’t tried all of these discounts, but a ton of research concludes that they are valid. Even better, I have friends who have verified that they work.

 

Here’s a list of the best deals you can get with your student ID:

CLOTHING STORES:

J.Crew– student discount of 15% off in store purchases- fun fact, teachers also receive this discount!

Necessary Clothing– student discount of 20% off your purchase of 100 dollars or more.

Top Shop– student discount of 10% off any online purchase.

Toms– student discount of free shipping on all online orders.

Banana Republic– student discount of 15% off on in store purchases.

Charlotte Rousse– student discount of 10% off in store purchases. *Not all stores participate in this, but it’s worth a shot!

Juicy Couture– student discount of 15% off in store purchases.

Made Well Clothing– student discount of 15% off in store purchases.

Kate Spade– student discount of 15% – God bless my bank account after finding out this one!

Vineyard Vines– student discount of 15% off in store purchases.

Loft/Ann Taylor Loft– student discount of 20% off in store purchases.

Steve Madden– student discount of 10% off in store purchases.

Urban Outfitters– student discount of 10% off in store purchases *just like Charlotte Rousse, not all stores participate in this, but it’s worth a shot!

Goodwill– student discount of 10% off in store purchases- does Goodwill even have an online store?!

Alex and Ani– student discount of 10% off in store purchases!

 

Like I said, I haven’t tried all of these discounts, but they all have been verified! You should totally ask about student discounts at other stores that weren’t mentioned in this list and let me know if you find anything! Also, for the online purchases most of the time all you have to do is sign up with your college email (it ususally ends in .edu or something like that) to receive the discount!

 

FOOD:

Subway– student discount of 10% off your purchase.

Burger King– student discount of 10% off your purchase.

Chic-fil-A– student discount of a free drink at participating stores!

Chipotle– student discount of a free drink at participating stores!

Arbys– student discount of 10% off your purchase.

TCBY– student discount of 15% off your purchase.

McDonalds – student discount of 10% off your purchase.

Buffalo Wild Wings– student discount of 10% off your purchase.

 

ENTERTAINMENT:

AMC Theaters– Discounted tickets on Thursdays! * I know a bunch of movie theaters have discounted ticket days as well, so definitely check out your local theater!

Radio Shack– student discount of 10% off in store purchases.

SONY– student discount of 10% off in store purchases.

Spotify– student discount of 50% off premium membership packages!

Apple– student discount of 300 dollars off select MacBook’s and 30 dollars off select iPad’s!

Ski/Snowboarding– Do you go to school upstate? I know a bunch of mountains by my school have pretty big discounts for students! – in fact one mountain I go to actually has a certain day of the week where college students can hit the slopes for free!

Redbox– Get a free movie rental when you create a RedBox account and like them on Facebook!

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum– student discount of 15% off your ticket!

 

ODDS & ENDS:

Pottery Barn Teen– student discount of 10% off your dorm décor purchase!

Amazon– Amazon offers a special discounted price for students who would like to purchase Amazon Prime!

 

Along with Amazon and Pottery Barn, I know that there’s a bunch of other companies out there that have discounted memberships or percentages that can be taken off of a students purchase. Be sure to keep your eyes open for any other student discounts that company’s feature and let me know if you find any, I’d love to add to this list!

 

Hope you all have an awesome Friday and found this post helpful! Embrace those student IDs!

 

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO DO TO PREPARE FOR THE UPCOMING SEMESTER

SINCERELYKENZ- EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO DO TO PREPARE FOR THE UPCOMING SEMESTER

The Spring 2017 (can’t believe it’s actually 2017?!) semester is fast approaching. Are you ready? Although I’ll be in Europe, I still have to put a lot of preparation prior to each semester at school, which I usually start a few weeks before each semester.

 

Here are my top 5 tips on preparing yourself to have the best semester you possibly can:

 

Get Organized:

People will tell you this time and time again, but really, organization is the key to success. I highly recommend investing in a planner as well as a calendar. Being able to have a big picture of every assignment, exam, or paper that is due each day does wonders. Another organization tip I love is color coordinating. Having the same color folder and notebook for certain classes allows me to quickly run out the door with the proper books when I’m rushing to class.

 Fun Fact: color coordination is also an amazing tactic for taking notes; you should definitely invest in highlighters before your next semester if you plan on doing this!

Anyway, organization goes much further than just schoolwork. I don’t know about you, but when I have a messy room or even something as small as a misplaced shirt that I want to wear, I go insane. Having a clean, organized room allows you to enter a calm, relaxed environment before or after class.

FOR MORE ON COLOR CODING: Did You Know This Could Help You Take Better Notes In College? 
FOR MORE ON ORGANIZATION: What Every College Student Needs To Know About Being Organized

Set Goals:

Not gonna’ lie, I feel very strongly about this one. Setting a goal allows you to work to your fullest potential each and every day to achieve it. A goal can be something as small as writing neater notes to something as big as maintaining a 3.6 GPA in the upcoming semester. Whether they are long term or short term I like to write my goals down somewhere that I can constantly see them. This serves as a reminder for me to give that extra push when I really want to achieve something and find myself straying away from my objectives.

FOR MORE ON GOALS: Achieving A Goal A Day 

Learn About Your Professors:

So, you might get stuck with a professor you don’t care for, but ultimately (most of the time) there is nothing you can do about that. Sites such as ratemyprofessor.com allow you to search your professor by his or her name and find out all about them. At least if you’re going to have a bad experience, you can use this as a tool to learn what qualities your professor holds which categorize him or her as an unfavorable professor. Another way to learn about your professor is to shoot them a quick email prior to the start of class. Something as simple as: “Hey! My name is so and so and I am extremely excited to take a class with you next semester!” can go a really long way.

Find Balance:

I’ve always struggled with creating a steady balance between time with my friends, my boyfriend, my schoolwork and myself. I have learned that stress is inevitable if you try to please everyone and constantly try to do everything. You need to set priorities based on what matters most to you and go from there. Going along with this; all school work and no fun isn’t going to get you anywhere. Taking a break from schoolwork is something that you must do every once in a while. If you stay organized and don’t procrastinate, you’ll be able to find down time.

Be Positive:

I am a super nerd and really enjoy learning. However, I know most people aren’t like this at all and actually dread the thought of schoolwork. If you’re one of these types of people it isn’t going to be easy for you to work to your full potential. If you want to achieve something or learn something you have to invest enough time and effort into it. You’re not going to want to invest any time or effort if you’re completely turned off by it as a whole. The best remedy for this is to be positive. I won’t lie, a lot of homework and exams suck but think about how lucky you are to even have the opportunity to learn and go to school. There are many people out there who aren’t lucky enough to have that privilege.

 

I hope these tips inspire you to do the best you possibly can next semester. After executing them for a few years in college I have found that they work wonders for me! Whether it be college or high school, good luck in your up coming semester!

GUIDE TO PLANNING WEEKEND TRIPS WHILE STUDYING ABROAD

GUIDE TO PLANNING WEEKEND TRIPS WHILE STUDYING ABROAD - sincerelykenz

For those of you who don’t know (I feel like I talk about it in every other post), Rob and I will be studying abroad in Prague, in the Czech Republic next semester! We’ll be in Prague from late January to late May. During this time well be taking classes, and hopefully traveling on some weekends as well.

 

It wasn’t until recently when I realized just how soon we will actually be leaving. I got one of those “oh shit” moments, that we are probably all familiar with, and realized that I had to start getting a move on planning our weekend trips.

 

Believe it or not, planning weekend trips can be more tedious than you think. There are a lot of factors that go into traveling, especially to places in foreign countries that you have never been to. Here is a guide that I created which will hopefully aid you in planning your weekend trips (or any trips really) when you are studying abroad:

 

PICK A DATE:

Personally, I think selecting the dates that you would like to travel is the first and foremost important part of your trip. Different areas of the world have different things going on at different times. For example, you may want to visit Amsterdam during tulip season, and you may want to visit Dublin during St. Patrick’s day. Keep in mind traveling during important events like these may lead you to have more trouble finding available rooms, and flights. It’s always a good idea to plan super early if you are looking to visit somewhere at a busy time.

 

PICK A DESTINATION:

This may be kind of obvious, but a major factor of planning a weekend trip is to actually choose where you will be traveling. There are so so many amazing places across the world, and it can be tough to narrow it down to one single place. My best advice would be to check out Pinterest and see where others went and loved.

 

PURCHASE A FLIGHT:

You can’t exactly travel anywhere if you don’t have a flight to get yourself there. Some of the simpler ways to save money on flights include:

  • Booking the earliest or latest flight in the day:
    • The latest and earliest flights during a day are usually the cheapest.
  • Book your flight as far in advance as possible:
    • This is an easy way to save a ton of money. If you know where you would like to travel in advance, book your flight right away! This especially goes for busy time periods (tulip festival, St. Patrick’s day, etc.)
  • Use websites like Skyscanner or STA travel:
    • Skyscanner is a website that does the tedious work of searching for cheap flights for you. Skyscanner sometimes mixes and matches flights, so keep in mind that you could be traveling on two different airlines. I also recently found out about STA travel, a site for students and adults that have crazy cheap airline prices. I was able to book a round-trip ticket to Prague for only $400 on this website.
  • Sign up for rewards credit cards:
    • I have yet to do this, but these rewards programs can hold amazing benefits, especially if you plan to travel frequently. Every mile you spend in the air will add up into points, or essentially money off your future flights.

 

FIGURE OUT WHERE YOU CAN STAY:

When it comes to traveling, there are a variety of different places where you can choose to stay overnight. Some of my favorite websites to use for finding places to stay include Hostelworld.com and Airbnb.com. I have found that AirBnB and Hostels are a lot cheaper than standard hotels. If you click this link you can receive $40 off of your next AirBnB stay! Yep, I just basically handed you an $40 gift card– you’re welcome!

 

CREATE YOUR ITINERARY:

Instead of creating a very specific itinerary, I would just create a few different lists of possible things to do. Some examples of these lists include:

  • Cheap Eats (cafes, street food, etc.)
  • Restaurants
  • Things To Do (that cost money)
  • Things To Do (that are free)
  • Tours
  • Parks/Nature

Obviously, the lists that you decide to create will depend on where exactly you are going, so feel free to adapt them to your destination! I find that Pinterest and Trip Advisor are both awesome sites to check out things to do, places to eat, etc. I also found that companies with weekend trips that are already planned out for you have pre-made itineraries which are usually open to the public. Some of these include Bus2Alps and WSA Travel!

 

 

I hope this post eases at least some of the stress that comes along with planning weekend trips. Are you planning to travel anywhere during 2017? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

What I Hope The New Year Holds For You

 

What I Hope The New Year Holds For You - sincerelykenzWhile entering the New Year, life threw me a few setbacks. Now, I won’t discuss these setbacks because nobody wants to hear about them and I wouldn’t want to get that personal with you all; that’s just not how I roll.

 

I have thought long and hard about some of my new years goals, or resolutions…. heck, let’s call em’ intentions. I spent some time sitting down last week and thought about all of the goals and yes, intentions, that I had for 2017. I revised these intentions a few days later, after life decided to throw a lot at me.

 

With that being said, this is what I wish the New Year holds for you:

 

I hope that you are able to set resolutions for this New Year that you are able to keep, and actually achieve. Stay away from the basic resolutions that most people go for, and think deep and hard about what you are capable of achieving throughout this year. You’re capable of a lot more than you think, you know… you just have to push yourself to see that.

 

I hope that you focus on the positive things in life, and withdraw yourself from the negative. Cut ties with the undesirable aspects of your life and get rid of people and things that bring you down. Life’s too short to be unhappy- learn to stop crossing oceans for people who wouldn’t jump puddles for you.

 

I hope you are able to live each day like it is your last. Take in all of the beauty that life gives you; it’s one of the few amazing things that are free in this world.

 

I hope you smile more, and laugh too. I hope you are able to make an immense effort to be conscious of the good in every situation and work on finding reasons to be happy each and every day. Instead of becoming angry over the small things, think about how blessed you are to actually run into those small things each day. There are much bigger things in the world to worry about.

 

I hope you allow yourself to have down days; days where you don’t leave your bed, days when you have candy for breakfast and Taco Bell for dinner, days when nothing matters but your own happiness and comfort.

 

I hope you are able to find happiness in every situation that you come across. Sing at the top of your lungs while driving to work, belch out your favorite song and dance like no one is watching. Don’t let anyone tell you that your musical talent is horrific (even if it truly is).

 

I hope you make the time each day to look at yourself in the mirror, and feel totally perfect in your own skin. You’ve accomplished so much and come so far in this life and it’s time you start giving yourself some credit for it.

 

I hope you put yourself in situations where you are afraid. Situations where you are so afraid that your stomach drops and your heart hurts. The kind of afraid where you don’t know what to do with yourself, the kind of afraid where at that given moment in time, you’re completely paralyzed. You should learn how to master this deep kind of fear and conquer and accept it. I hope you can learn about what scares you.

 

I hope you start living actively. Your bedroom should be a disastrous mess because you’re too busy gallivanting around doing wonderful things with wonderful people every chance you get. I hope you are able to be so busy enjoying every small detail about how amazing your life is. I hope you have the chance to live your life to the fullest and loose track of time to the beautiful things life entails each and every day.

 

I hope you have everything you need, but lack everything you want. How could life possibly be any good if you have nothing you want to wish or work for?

 

I hope you become happier, braver, less focused on what other people think of you, open minded, and more willing to open your eyes up to the little details in life that make it count. You should tell the ones you love that you love them and make a generous effort to make that noticed. You should battle whatever challenges may come over you and be thankful for whatever blessings that may be brought to you.

 

 

I hope you can disregard your basic resolutions, but instead make an effort to become a better person each day. You should achieve endless goals and be mindful of all the possibilities this wonderful world holds.

 

I hope you are able to do it all.

 

 

Blogger Secret Santa

Hello beautiful human beings of the Internet, I am finally back after dropping off of the face of the Earth for the past few weeks. The last post you probably read from my blog might have been from my “Blogmas” series. Blogmas was the time period from December 1st to December 25th where bloggers post every single day. Blogmas is kind of like a challenge, and it’s a fun way to connect with other bloggers during the holiday season. Buuuuuuut stuff happens, and I ultimately had to prioritize my finals and schoolwork over my blogging goals. Hey there’s always next year, right?

 

After returning home from school on the 21 of December, I headed out of the country, to the Dominican Republic with my family to celebrate Christmas. Thus, I am a tad late on my Secret Santa Post! You probably have no idea what I am referring to, but don’t worry I’ll explain:

 

This year, I took part in the Blogger Secret Santa! Abigail and Cathleen hosted this amazing lil’ gift swap this year!

 

I was fortunate enough to receive a gift from Victoria of OhMissEngineer. Victoria gifted me a ton of different things that I was excited about!

 

One of my favorite things that Victoria gifted me was the cute notebook! You could kind of call me a notebook hoarder I guess, but I seriously love notebooks. I always look forward to using up all of the space in an old notebook so that I can move on to a new notebook.

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I also loved the samples that Victoria gifted me! I love trying new products and samples allow me to determine whether or not I actually want to purchase the full size of the product.

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Overall, I was very happy with the secret santa present that I received from Victoria! It’s always fun to connect with other bloggers and spread some holiday cheer. The one thing I found so funny about this Blogger Secret Santa is that we all are so similar, and have such similar tastes/gift ideas!sincerelykenz- secret santa

I hope you all had a fabulous holiday season and are ready for the new year!

10 Productive Things To Do In Less Than 10 Minutes

10 Productive Things To Do In Less Than 10 Minutes- sincerelykenz

It’s that time of year again where things get stressful… really stressful. For me, doing a ton of small productive things help me when I am feeling completely overwhelmed. There are so many instances throughout the day when I find myself having a gap of a small amount of time. Time like when I am waiting in line at the grocery store, have a 20-minute break between two classes, or am waiting to attend a meeting. These small gaps of time should not just be wasted. Ultimately, these gaps of time add up. Here are ten different things you can do to boost productivity during short periods of time throughout the day:

1. Organize Your Phone Or Computer:

As odd as this might sound, this is actually one of my FAVORITE things to do if I have a bit of free time on my hands. I love going through pictures/apps/documents on my computer and my phone and decluttering a bit. A lot of times, half the stuff I end up with on these two devices are just junk. It’s very refreshing to clean them out, and organize them.

2. Write Out A To Do List:

In my eyes, to do lists are the ultimate key to being productive. Writing out a neat and organized to do list doesn’t take much time at all, but can actually make you feel so much better about yourself after the fact. I love planning out my day hour by hour. This may seem a bit extreme but it keeps me on task throughout the whole day.

3. Clean:

Cleaning something can make any day feel a bit better. Even something quick like wiping down a countertop or organizing a drawer of clothes can go a long way!

4. Drink Coffee:

Coffee is like a giant cup of productivity in itself. If all else fails, grab a hot cup o’ joe and let it ignite your productivity juices. Fun fact: Starbucks Americanos are my new favorite, and I totally recommend them to anyone who is looking for a kick of energy!

5. Work Out:

Working out doesn’t always have to take up a big chunk out of your day. There are a ton of different workouts that you can do in the comfort of your home, that don’t even take long at all! I love heading to YouTube and finding quick workouts on there when I don’t have time to head to the gym.

6. Meal Prep:

Spend some time brainstorming meal ideas for the next couple of days. Make a list of the meals you would like to eat along with the ingredients you will need to prepare them. Pinterest is an awesome place to search for fun meal ideas!

7. Laundry:

Okay, so maybe laundry takes a little bit longer than 10 minutes, BUT the time it takes to put your clothes in the washer/dryer takes less than two minutes. I usually do laundry while I am at the gym, so that I can still do something productive while I am doing my laundry- kind of like killing two birds with one stone if you ask me!

8. Meditate:

I can’t say I have ever tried this myself, but I have heard from SO many people that meditating is amazing for you. There are a ton of different apps out there that “talk you through meditation”. I personally love the last few minutes in yoga classes, where you lay and meditate for 10-15 minutes. Meditating allows your body to come to peace, and definitely minimizes stress.

9. Power Nap:

I’ll admit it; I am a napper. I am a power nap advocate, and think that quick 10-15 minute naps are much more beneficial than elongated 1-2 hour naps. It is actually scientifically proven that power naps make you feel more energized and awake, than long naps.

10. Read:

Read whatever you can get your hands on. The news, blog posts, magazines, anything! It’s important to read as much as possible, and is actually very good for you. Spending 10-15 minutes of free time reading and gaining new knowledge is much more beneficial than spending 10-15 minutes scrolling through social media.

 

Think about it, these are only 10 ideas- I bet you can think of a TON more. There are so many little things to do every day during the small gaps of time that we usually waste away. You will be amazed at how much more you can get done when you start taking advantage of all of the time during the day. What do you do when you have some extra time to be productive? Let me know in the comments below!

GIFT GUIDE FOR THE FITNESS FANATIC IN YOUR LIFE

GUIFT GUIDE FOR THE FITNESS JUNKIE- SINCERELYKENZ

 

I geared this gift guide for those people who just can’t get enough of fitness! These gifts are all relatively cheap, and would be perfect for anyone who eat, sleep, breathes fitness!

  1. Nike Roshes 
  2. Yoga Mat
  3. Gym Bag
  4. Rose Gold Head Phones
  5. Foam Roller
  6. Water Bottle
  7. FitBit
  8. Workout Tank
  9. Jump Rope
  10. Bath Detox
  11. Sports Bra