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How to Curb Negative Thinking and Retrain Your Brain

How to Curb Negative Thinking and Retrain Your Brain

Although it is normal to have negative thoughts, regularly engaging in negative thinking patterns can be problematic. Negative thinking patterns, also known as cognitive distortions, can have a negative impact on mental health, and although it may be challenging to always remain positive, it is important to work on viewing life through a more positive lens. This post will further explain what cognitive distortions are and provide actionable tips for curbing negative thinking patterns.What Are Cognitive Distortions? Cognitive distortions are thoughts that cause individuals to inaccurately view reality and can lead to worsening negative emotions, anxiety, and depression. The way you communicate with yourself can have a significant impact on your mental health.In his 1980 book Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, David D. Burns identified the following 10 common cognitive distortions:Personalization and Blame: You feel responsible for everything and even blame oneself for events that you h…

How to Set Financial and Career Goals

How to Set Financial and Career Goals

Finding financial and career success is easier said than done. For a lot of us, knowing what to aim for is already a major challenge. In that case, you need a plan — a plan for making plans. Here’s how you can get started:1. Write down SMART goalsSweeping declarations like “I’m going to be rich!” don’t often lead to fruitful action. That’s why you should opt for goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound — or SMART. Ambition is empowering, but remember to stick to goals that are realistic and achievable within a working timeline to keep the drive and passion going. Here are some examples: I will pay off 50% of my student loans five years after graduating.I will save $500 on eating out for this month.By this time next year, I will be working one rank higher than my current position.2. Break down big goals into small goalsYour Passion Planner can be your reliable sidekick when you set goals. Write down your bigger objectives in the Passion Roadma…

42 Remote Classes and Resources for Students and Lifelong Learners

42 Remote Classes and Resources for Students and Lifelong Learners

In today’s world, everyone is a student. These harrowing times force us to navigate a new way of living, especially for those who are still in school or have become full-time teachers unexpectedly. Whether you’re a student, a parent teaching your child at home, or a simply a lifelong learner, we have a list of 42 remote classes and resources for both students and students of life alike. 1. Free online AP classes and info for students to earn college credit and placement2. Time for Kids digital library keep children informed while having fun3. Use Get It Guide, a math resource for students and families at zero cost4. McGraw Hill provides support for distance learning5. Take over 400 Ivy League courses ranging in a variety of subjects6. Respond to Daily Writing Prompts as provided by the New York Times7. High school students and teachers receive free digital access to the New York Times8. The New Teacher Project shares resources to learn from home9. Take a virtual college visit10. Go fo…

KonMari Your Passion Planner: How to Create a Schedule that Sparks Joy (Inspired by Marie Kondo)

KonMari Your Passion Planner: How to Create a Schedule that Sparks Joy (Inspired by Marie Kondo)

For my Passion Week last year, I tidied and decluttered my room. I had just moved out on my own and was craving a reset. Together with my organizing and sustainability coach, Jacqui Chiari of Tidy for Good, we used the KonMari method to detox my space. She helped me create my own definition of joy to choose the items that would remain in my home. With all the extra time on my hands, I decided to apply the same principles to my Passion Planner. As I thumbed through its pages, I arrived at an inner reckoning. My Year in Pixels page indicated that I spent the majority of my 2020 feeling anxious and angry. Relief swept over me when I erased canceled outings from my planner, astonished at the absence of my disappointment. Relationships I had prioritized fell into silence while I forged friendships with people I least expected. All this social distancing has taught me one thing: when everything falls away, what emerges is what matters most. Inspired by the example of Mari…

100 Things to Do at Home from a Professional Homebody

100 Things to Do at Home from a Professional Homebody

As measures to stay home begin to tighten, so does our need to be creative in finding productive and fun things to do indoors. Although I am having my own experiences of anxiety and challenging emotions amidst the coronavirus outbreak, I have to admit that I feel a bit more well equipped for all of this solitude as an introvert. That said, even us introverts can feel uninspired after a while, much like Squidward below.One of the great things about the Passion Planner is that it can keep you as busy or as free as you’d like. You can create spreads, experiment with new planning styles, and build a routine. Or, you don’t need to do anything at all. There’s no need to be productive during a pandemic. That said, if you’re craving activity and want to keep things fresh, we have a list a la Spongebob of 50 things to do in your Passion Planner, and 50 more things for you to do at home. Whether you identify as an introvert, extrovert, or a little bit of both, there’s something on…

Millennial Money 101: Develop a Budgeting Routine

Millennial Money 101: Develop a Budgeting Routine

The beginning of a new year is a great opportunity to self-reflect, set new goals, and create actionable steps to achieve a new desired way of life. Most of us can easily identify areas of our lives we wish to improve, yet struggle when we begin to lose that initial motivation from the start of a new year. Rather than focusing on changing our attitudes and behaviors, we find every excuse to fall back into old patterns during times of stress. Many of us find ourselves in a state of financial strain, especially early on in our careers. This is often a result of a lack of routine surrounding our spending habits. Following a budget, like many other habits, can be difficult to stick with if you don’t create a plan that works for your lifestyle. If you’re a millennial struggling with money management and want to reach your financial goals this year, check out these steps!Know Your “Why”The first and most important step of making a lifestyle change is understanding the reason why you want to…

4 Ways to Dream Big and Overcome the Pressure of Goal Setting in Your Passion Roadmap

4 Ways to Dream Big and Overcome the Pressure of Goal Setting in Your Passion Roadmap

My friends and I had a Passion Planning party the other night, bright-eyed and bushy tailed as we mused about the possibilities of the New Year. Inspired, we shuffled through the pages of our freshly opened 2020 Passion Planners, excited about the prospect of stickers, washi tape, and color coding. As we turned to the Passion Roadmap, the glow of promise on my friends’ faces fizzled to gray. With an exasperated sigh, my friend lamented, “The Passion RoadMap stresses me out.” Stunned by the sudden shift in atmosphere, I was forced to ask myself, “What is it about the Passion RoadMap that paralyzes us?”The Passion Roadmap is one of the signature features of the Passion Planner, crafted with the intention to deep dive into goals centered around your dreams and desires. Within the first few pages of the Passion Planner, you are posed with two questions: “If I could be anything, do anything, or have anything, what would it be?” “What goal is going to make the most positive impact…

6 Steps to Beat a Funk

6 Steps to Beat a Funk

Funks are the worst. A tell-tale sign to know you’re in one is when you haven’t filled out your Passion Planner in a while, resulting in planner guilt. Whether it’s analysis paralysis or another challenge weighing you down, you have the power to reclaim productivity. Here are six steps to help you beat a funk.1. NAME IT.One of my soul sisters, Rikka, shared this advice with me when I was in a month-long funk, seemingly without any explanation. “Give your funk a name,” she said. “A name?” I thought to myself. What does that even mean? Her words began to make sense over time. Because a funk feels like an elusive fog, calling it something gives you ownership over it, instead of it owning you. Profess it: This is my break-up funk! Or my I-can’t-find-a-job funk, or even my I-don’t-know-what-I’m-doing-with-my-life funk! No matter what you name it, when you claim it, you begin to release its power over you.2. FEEL IT. For me, funks feel like apathy at first. After some digging, it’s usua…

5 Habits to Drastically Improve Your Life

5 Habits to Drastically Improve Your Life

Like most people, making and breaking habits has always been a challenge for me. I have a tendency to over-invest by attempting to completely overhaul my life, taking everything on at once. I convince myself that I can change my life in the short span of a week as long as I commit to myself. Inevitably, I become discouraged because I cannot keep up with the near impossible benchmarks that I have laid out for myself.I am learning that commitment is just as much about consistency as it is about discipline. Using the free Habit Tracker PDF has been my saving grace to stay on track despite the setbacks. I shared in a recent Passion Planner video that I have weeks where I am killing the game, and others where I struggle to keep up with the basics, resulting in a nearly blank Habit Tracker. Becoming familiar with failure and inviting it into my day-to-day continues to be a critical part of my personal growth, especially as it relates to building habits. In this post, I share with you fi…

3 Tips to Achieve Academic Success with the Passion Planner

3 Tips to Achieve Academic Success with the Passion Planner

For many of us, the school year brings the stress of new classes and meeting new people. These feelings are completely normal, and you’re not alone. I definitely felt anxious before the start of the semester. That said, we can reframe our mindset to see these experiences as opportunities to challenge ourselves and get to know others.It wasn’t long ago that I was a student myself. My Academic Passion Planner truly helped me balance all of the responsibilities on my plate, from juggling homework assignments to off-campus obligations. The best part was that I didn’t need to give up my social life and my hobbies to do well in school, and I don’t think that you do either. Since I’ve graduated, Passion Planner has provided so many more tools and resources to help students succeed both on and off-campus that I wish I could have used. Here are some strategies to help you move past survival mode and break into thriving mode this school year. 1. Align Goals: Passion RoadmapOf all the advice and…

How to Build a Routine with Passion Planner

How to Build a Routine with Passion Planner

My routine is a critical part of my day-to-day. Structure and consistency give me the peace of mind I need to remain motivated and keep going. I believe it is not only the foundation for success but also the cornerstone of establishing a healthy self-care practice. During hectic times, I know I can recalibrate by coming back to a reliable day-to-day.In this article, I’ll share different strategies you can use to build a routine with your Passion Planner. 1. Compile inspiration in the back pages of your Passion Planner.Pinterest and YouTube are gold mines for routine ideas. It can be difficult to know where to start in creating one, so it can be helpful to glean from others for inspiration. I compile ideas on Pinterest to discover creative ways to track habits and build a healthy lifestyle. YouTube influencers like Rowena Tsai and Lavendaire provide thoughtful guidance in routine building and taking care of yourself. As you gather ideas that resonate with you, write them down in th…

5 Realistic Ways to Save Money for Travel in 2019

5 Realistic Ways to Save Money for Travel in 2019

Saving money, in general, is difficult. But, saving for travel is a whole different ball game. The amount you save directly affects how comfortable your trip can be, how far away you can go, and which restaurants you can visit during your stay. Since all of these things are important, I’m going to help you save for travel in the simplest ways possible. A note for the weary: the blog post that follows isn’t going to tell you to stop eating take out and start eating Top Ramen. I won’t tell you to drink less coffee as a means of saving money because that isn’t something I would ever actually implement in my own life. My goal is to provide you with realistic ways you can save money for travel while also maintaining contentment and joy in your day-to-day life. I don’t believe the two have to be mutually exclusive. We’ll call it saving without sacrifice. Well, there might be a little sacrifice, but it won’t be too bad - I promise. Please note: Passion Planner is not sponsored by any of the c…