As a teenager I eagerly watched Avatar – The Last Airbender as soon as new episodes came out. The magic system, the world building, the character growth, everything about it was special and still holds a dear place within my heart.
This March I watched the entirety of the show with my significant other (and of The Legend of Korra) and I realized how unique and special the series still is. When I figured out that a novel about earth Avatar Kyoshi does exist, I was hyped. And let me tell you, the book does not let you down.
The premise is that the earth kingdom fails to find the next incarnation of the Avatar for seven years. And when they do, it’s Yun (not Kyoshi = not the Avatar). Kyoshi in the meanwhile escapes the struggle she felt since the day her parents abandoned her when she was five years old, when air nomad Kelsang and earth-bending master Jiantzu give her a job as a servant within the mansion of the “Avatar”.
The story that unfolds from here is thrilling, unexpected in a lot of ways and offers lovely characters and a new glance into a fictional world I believed I knew every corner of.
Well, here I am, within a disastrous event which nobody could have imagined. And the worst part is, it is not even as exciting as books, tv shows and comics told it to be. We are in a global health crisis and it is tremendously boring.
It‘s not that I don‘t have enough things to do. My semester at my University started online. But the real struggle of this pandemic is adjusting oneself to a new lifestyle.
I struggle really hard with this. I basically pacified myself with loads of news, which made my mood significantly worse. Which is why I stopped watching so much news and started reading prose. But my back started hurting.
I‘m not quite sure what I really want to tell you. These are the most random thoughts I‘ve put together for a blog post. But I think a lot of you out there have similar issues right now.
To not leave you with this mess of a thought process, I will share some things I want to do in the upcoming week that might make my life more structured:
Taking a walk twice a day (morning and afternoon
Taking a walk twice a day
Doing five keystone habits for at least 10 minutes per day (e.g. guitar practice)
Writing down some thoughts (maybe even as a blog post? Who knows…)
Digital Detox is a buzz word that is supposed to help you get your habits checked in place. Problem with it is that after you’re done, you go back to the service and slowly the algorithms and notifications creep back into your life until it is necessary to do it all over again. It almost feels like the German title of “Edge of Tomorrow”: Live, Die, Repeat. I’m fed up with it. So I thought really hard (about half a minute) and turned that buzzing vibrating piece of glass on do-not-disturb mode. And gone is everything evil. Continue reading →
Ambitions and motivation are the fuel that start our engines of progress. Initially, we set course to new destinations and aspire to become the person we always wanted to be – or at least a better version. But life doesn’t work linear. Over time our excitement decreases. And often, life throws stuff at us to block our path. Doesn’t matter if it is about the death or illness of a close friend or family member, falling in love, breaking up, being stressed out by work/college/people/things. The result is still the same. We lose focus.
I used to work hard to not use my phone by any means. But last Monday I started a challenge which was contradictory to my ambitions. Why should I not use the most brilliant idea of the 21st century: A pocket computer which is always with you. I asked myself: Do I need anything besides the phone in my life? Here’s what I learned:
I can still remember when Jessica and I met for the first time back in 7th grade. She was just as shy as I was and our classmates tried to pick on us. She was the helping hand I needed and I did everything I could to give back accordingly. During our school career we were like peanut butter and jelly, Spongebob and Patrick, Ash and Pikachu; no one could stop us. Jessica and Joanne, the Double-J’s. I was in love with photography and Jessica was the perfect model. People didn’t like her because not only was she humble, sweet and innocent but also the most beautiful girl out there. We always dreamt of our own little advertisement agency. She was supposed to hire models or model herself and I was the artist who gave our creations the life and depth.
Hi everyone. I made some subtle changes to the blog by changing the theme to something a little more colourful. I also want to experiment with the type of content I publish on this blog. Hope you’ll enjoy it! Today I want to start one of these experiments. I want to give some regular updates on things I learned in the past week(s). Sometimes I stumble upon amazing thoughts and ideas but they don’t end up filling the pages for a huge blog post. So I never tell anyone. But they still remain useful. That’s the idea, sharing small productivity/minimalism hacks.
Here’s a small list of things I changed and/or learned in January:
Logging your progress within your digital notebooks is a pretty great tool to not forget half of the things you’re supposed to do (see here for further info)
Reading is more fun than watching YouTube
Algorithms (like the YouTube algorithm) don’t improve the quality of content, just the quantity
Bryan Lunduke (62,000 subscribers on YouTube) stated, that most promotions on social media were a waste of energy and time since his videos with thousands (to Millions) of views will only have about +10 clicks if he promotes them on social media. “Why would anyone stop scrolling through Twitter to watch a video on YouTube?”
10 minutes a day for cleaning will end up saving you hours of extensive work on the weekend (at least if you have a small apartment)
Have you ever forgotten something important about a project? Write it down in a log and put updates about your project in there. You will never forget something important again.
Wrote an article about digital note-taking
Found some helpful examples
Made a silly meta-joke
2. Link Pages for Reference
(This might only work in OneNote.) Wouldn’t it be great to create your own little Wikipedia for your projects and notes? Well, if you link certain words within a page to another page in another notebook, you can easily re-create this experience in OneNote yourself. This will solve the struggle of searching for something, since you cross-reference to it anyway.
3. Keep It Simple!
If you take notes in lectures, you might end up with a wall of text that is discouraging to read. Keep it simple. Just write down the essentials and try to focus more on the lecturer itself. As long as you understand your notes (only YOU have to), you’re fine.
4. Create Sources-lists
Sometimes you find something interesting on the internet which might even be related to your studies. Put a link to these sources in a single page. It will save you a lot of time, especially if you have to write a paper.
5. Don’t Waste Time on Fancy Designs
You want to write down stuff, not win a designer competition. Just write those thoughts down. You’ll likely write summaries, flash cards or create other forms of learning material anyway. In the end, it doesn’t even matter *sings along Linkin Park song* *feels embarrased to use an asterisk within an article*
For thousands of years the human species woke up to the light cycle of our sun. Then we invented clocks and finally ended up with the alarm clock – a device designed to help us wake up whenever we wanted to. Cut. 21st century. We are surrounded by artifical lights that emit blue light and thus hinder our body to enter a state of relaxation. We spend longer hours awake at night, trying the best we can to fall asleep. After we finally entered the realms of our dreams, we don’t recharge as much. A phone alarm slaps our resting body out of its relaxed state back into the cold reality. Fed up with our “red alert”-like morning routine, we set the alarm half an hour before we need to leave the bed to hit the snooze button multiple times. These are desperate and depressing times. How should this misery end? Of course, with buying the latest greatest product: Wake-Up-Lights. Just kidding.