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5 Ways Students Can Stay Productive During the Summer

5 Ways Students Can Stay Productive During the Summer

Three months break from classes and deadlines may sound like heaven, but all that free time can be counter-productive. While there's a lot to be said for spending your summer partying and catching some rays poolside, your summer time off can be a great time to get more intentional about your productivity and your relaxation. Your summer to-do list can give you a boost in your career, teach you new life skills, or just help you relax so you can face the upcoming year ready to tackle the world.Add to Your SkillsHave you always wanted to learn how to play the guitar? Do you wish you knew how to get all fancy-shmancy with spreadsheets and charts? Maybe you've got dreams of creating your own video game, but don't even know where to start. You'll find online classes in everything from crocheting to pole dancing at sites like Udemy — and you can't beat the prices. You can even pick up skills that will be handy on your career path — just check out your Passion Planner RoadMap and figure out wh…

5 Reasons You Should Buy an Undated Planner

5 Reasons You Should Buy an Undated Planner

Have you ever felt boxed in by planners with months and dates printed in permanent ink, and with finite amounts of space for all your thoughts and to-dos? Or maybe you’ve neglected keeping track of your days for a week or even a month, thus leaving those pages wasted. If you’ve been in these situations, you might consider trying a design-a-day planner, which leaves the months and dates open for your needs. An undated planner is freedom at your fingertips.Stop and Start Whenever You WantWhen you’re looking to buy a planner in the middle of the year (hey, now is a good time as any to get organized!), you don’t want to pick up a planner where half the pages are now obsolete. Instead, check out Passion Planner’s undated planners, which leave spaces open for you to write in the month and dates. You can plan a week and skip the next two, or pick it up whenever you need. With an undated planner, there’s no wasted pages and the space is open for the next time you need to get organized.Look at…

​Adjusting to Life After College: 5 Tips for Success

​Adjusting to Life After College: 5 Tips for Success

After the elation of having a diploma in hand, many (former) college students are left with the question, “What now?” Suddenly you’re thrust into the “real world,” and you’re left to make important choices about money, where to live and how to find the right job. The trick is that the things that kept you afloat in your college environment are the same skills you need for making the transition from college to work.Organize Your New LifeThe planner you used throughout your college career can also be your lifeline outside of school. And, if you didn’t use a Passion Planner in college, now is a good a time as any to get started. You might have thought college was busy, but between a new job, possibly a strange city, making new friends and keeping up with old ones, you might find you need to schedule time to do laundry or prep food for the week. Use your planner to write these things down so they don’t get pushed aside. Use the monthly and weekly layouts to set up a daily routine for yours…

How to Land a Great Job After College Graduation

How to Land a Great Job After College Graduation

Your plans for life after graduation probably include an awesome job — but getting one is not a given. Finding a job after college graduation is a full-time job in and of itself. The trick to finding the perfect job after college is planning and organization. Before you send out a single resume, pull out your Passion Planner and get to work on your job search plan.Fit Your Job Search to Your Life PlanYour first job as a college graduate can put you on the path to achieving your biggest goals, but only if you know where you're heading. Even Glassdoor, one of the biggest job and career sites online, notes that working out your career goals is one of the most important steps you can take in your career path. If you've already filled out your Passion Planner Roadmap, you've got a head start on the process. If you haven't, this is the ideal time to figure it out. Pull back and look at the big picture — where you want to be in 3 years — and then start working backwards to figure out the ste…

 5 Things to Do When Applying to Summer Internships

5 Things to Do When Applying to Summer Internships

Internships are more than just summer jobs for college students. A well-chosen internship can open doors for you, now and in the future. Before you start sending out resumes for summer jobs, however, take some time to plan your strategy for finding an internship that will help you get a leg up on your future career — and provide you with a summer of learning and fun. Of course, standard tips for finding summer internships are everywhere. You know the traditional drill: buff up your resume, reach out to professors and contacts for letters of recommendation and apply early.These five tips aren't on the usual menu, but they'll help you land a summer internship that's tailor-made for your career path.Look for an Internship In Your Chosen FieldQuick sidetrack here — have you checked out Passion Planner's new Game Changer videos? If you haven't, start with this video — 10 Tips After You Graduate, featuring Passion Planner CEO Angelia Trinidad sharing her top 10 tips for life after college. I…

What to Do If You Haven’t Started Applying to Summer Internships

What to Do If You Haven’t Started Applying to Summer Internships

Spring break is over, finals are looming and your best friend just told you about the awesome summer internship he lined up, so you might feel the unavoidable panic spreading. You may think everyone around you is put together, but don’t let them fool you into thinking you’re too late. While many large or high-profile companies begin their search for a summer intern in the fall (they obviously have their planners in order), it’s not impossible to find summer internships or jobs, even if you think it’s too late.Expand Your OptionsAccept that you might not get an internship at a well-known corporation, so you’ll need a new list of companies. If your dream internship closed applications in the fall, write a reminder in your Passion Planner for those deadlines for the next summer and move on for this one; in fact, don’t forget to add your dream internship to your Passion Roadmap. In the meantime, check out startups, nonprofit organizations or smaller-sized companies that would love, and may…

The Fallacy of Being Busy. How to Simplify Your Attention and Focus on What is Truly Valuable

The Fallacy of Being Busy. How to Simplify Your Attention and Focus on What is Truly Valuable

We all have that one friend we never see at social outings because the friend is “too busy.” Or, maybe we’ve caught ourselves saying, “Sorry, I can’t. I’m too busy.” We have all probably been caught up in a crazy, hectic schedule, and just when we think we can take a breath, we fall back into that cycle of “too busy.”What if we can change that stress into “good busy” by accepting that life is full of things that need to get done, but giving ourselves permission to focus on our goals and dreams?Make a List of PrioritiesYou just can’t care about everyone and everything all the time. If you have a to-do list a million miles long and every item is fighting to be at the top of that list, you’ll be busy and not very efficient. You need to learn how to focus your mind on what you value. Take a moment to whittle down those priorities to things you care the most about. If you want to make a relationship a priority, then you must carve out time to make it a part of your day; then it will be the…

Why Simplifying Your Work Day Leads to More Productivity

Why Simplifying Your Work Day Leads to More Productivity

Living a simple lifestyle shouldn't end when you walk out your front door. When you bring simplicity to work with you, you'll reap the benefits in the form of less stress and more productivity. When you plan ahead and prioritize your tasks, you'll find it easier to reach your goals and spend more time doing the things that are really important to you.Think Small to Get Big ResultsWhen you want to make big changes, it pays off to start small. Mega job search site Monster.com notes that simple changes can bring sanity to your life, and that each small step brings you closer to getting rid of clutter, whether it's in your inbox or in your mind. The fact is that almost everything you do is made up of multiple, small tasks. When you break down your big goals into navigable chunks, you reduce stress and make it easier to focus on the most important tasks. Plan of Attack: You know the Passion Planner Roadmap? The process works for other things, too. Take each major project, figure out your fi…

Mastering the Art of Minimalism in Everyday Life

Mastering the Art of Minimalism in Everyday Life

Marie Kondo didn’t invent minimalism, but her best-selling books and Netflix series have definitely put her face and unmistakable stamp on the concept. Who couldn’t be behind a lifestyle in which everything you own is meant to spark joy, Kondo’s signature phrase. Honestly, though, there’s so much more to minimalism than just getting rid of your old junk, and the benefits are much broader than a tidier house. Simplifying your life—starting with your daily routine—can help you clarify your goals, reduce stress and anxiety and save both money and time. These daily habits can help you get started on the journey to a simpler, more fulfilling life—and stay on the path once you get there.What Is Minimalism?Minimalism conjures visions of spare, bare apartments and clean, uncluttered lines and spaces, but it goes deeper than that, and you don’t have to adopt minimalist home decor to live a minimalist life. One of the best definitions of minimalism is this one from Becoming Minimalist:minimalism…

Why Self-Reflection Is An Important Part of Personal Growth

Why Self-Reflection Is An Important Part of Personal Growth

Self-reflection may feel like the latest new thing, but the concept is nearly as old as time itself. Way back in Ancient Greece, Socrates told his executioners that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” While that statement may be a bit extreme—life is life, after all, and always worth living—examining your beliefs, your attitudes and your actions, is a vital part of personal change and growth. What exactly is self-reflection and how does it help you achieve your goals for personal growth?Let’s look at why self-reflection is one of the most important of all personal development skills.Those Who Forget the Past...You know the rest of that saying, right? Remembering the past—and more importantly, analyzing it for patterns—is the way that we learn. When a football coach sits his players down to watch last week’s game, he’s not doing it for entertainment. He uses it as an opportunity to point out how each player’s actions and patterns contributed to a win or a loss, and to recommend c…

The Power of Slow Change and Personal Wins

The Power of Slow Change and Personal Wins

True story. My absolute favorite song is Veruca Salt’s ditty from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Yes, I want the whole world—and I want it now. If I could wave a magic wand and heal the whole world, or at least the problems in my personal world, I’d do it in a heartbeat. But we all know that change doesn’t work that way in the real world.Change takes time, especially if you want lasting personal change. Patience, and learning how to measure, recognize and celebrate small wins, is probably one of the most important personal development skills you’ll ever learn. These tips can help you cultivate the mindset that leads to real personal growth and change.Accept That Real Change Takes TimeHey, I get it. Once you decide on a personal goal, you expect it to happen—yesterday. And sometimes, it feels like it should happen that way. Have you ever put in a whirlwind of energy to clean your house for a party and thought to yourself, “Now that I’ve got it clean, it will be easy to keep it that…

5 Ways to Cultivate Personal Growth

5 Ways to Cultivate Personal Growth

When you’re a kid, you can’t wait to “grow up” and, in theory, have all the answers to life; kids have this weird idea that adults somehow have it all together. But then, when you reach adulthood, you realize that you still have lots of growing left to do. Self-growth doesn’t happen overnight, and it won’t happen without a strategy, so check out these tips and turn your personal development plan into action.Be Honest Before you begin work on yourself, you need to figure out what areas could use a little TLC. To do that, you have to be completely transparent and honest with yourself; if you don’t trust yourself to be direct, ask a friend you trust for help. Make notes about where you are at in life and where you see yourself in the future. Accept where you are now, even if it’s in a bit of a rough patch. What are your strengths and weaknesses? What are your goals? Jot these ideas down in your Passion Roadmap to get started on a personal development plan.Stay Curious People can ea…