Author: C.

My Favourite Productivity & Studying Apps

Hi guys! Today, I’ll just be sharing some of my favourite apps for studying and productivity. 1. FocusTimer This app tracks the amount of time for which you are ‘focusing’ i.e. have your phone faced down. I love it because it deters me from using my phone when I’m meant to be doing work. You can also customise the number of reminders to take breaks and the notifications between intervals of using the app. I find that this app really motivates me as it allows me to set goals for how many hours I want to study per week, and I always end up trying my best (in most cases) to meet that goal. Using my phone during a session also interrupts the app and it actually makes me feel guilty for using my phone, so I’m able to keep phone usage during a study session to a minimum. Pros: You can create different “themes” or categories to separate your activities. For example, you can have a studying theme and a reading theme. It keeps track …

New Zealand; Middle-Earth

One of the perks of living in Australia and being so isolated from the world is our proximity to New Zealand. Despite living here for over half of my life, I never got the chance to visit New Zealand until my summer holidays. We spent a little under a week in the North Island, but what I saw there was enough to entice me for a return trip sometime soon. Day 1: Auckland → Rotorua We landed at around 4 p.m. in the afternoon. I am honestly still baffled as to why there was so much traffic on the way out of the airport, but it took us around an hour in total to get onto the highways and officially leave the vicinity of the airport. It took a little over 3 hours to get to Rotorua. Sulphur Point It smelt like rotten eggs and there were little flies everywhere, but the view over the lake was stunning as the sun set and turned the sky into pastel purples and oranges. I’m pretty sure that there …

Cafe Causeries: Flower Child, Chatswood

Welcome to a new series that I’m starting! Will be posting brief reviews of cafes that I’ve visited in Sydney, but mostly for the food photos 😉 Flower Child, Chatswood It was a 1-hour train trip from one side of Sydney to the other, but I must say, it was definitely worth it! I came across this cafe on Zomato and the aesthetic was so appealing that I decided I would have to visit with my friend. It’s located inside Chatswood Westfield, which was a little bit hard to find as the photos made it look like it was outdoors (beautifully deceptive decorations and placement), but after 10 minutes of wandering, we were able to find it. We only had to wait a few minutes for seats, probably as we visited on a Saturday at around 11am.

On burning out;

I think all students have been there. A school afternoon, sat at our desks and nothing is going into our head. A Saturday morning, when getting an extra few hours of sleep makes us feel guilty yet when we finally drag ourselves out of bed, there is no motivation to get anything done. Any time of day or night, exhausted. You’re probably burned out. That was me in 2016. The perceived need and expectation from both myself and others to do well in my preliminary courses that, ultimately, have no weighting on my final ATAR or what university courses I can get into or anything except people’s perceptions of me resulted in 4 or 5 hours of sleep, constant stress, lack of exercise and probably a bunch of negative impacts that accumulated into, in hindsight, serious burnout. In retrospect, I know that I was burned out at the time. But I was stuck in a perpetual cycle of internalizing other people’s expectations (which were based on previous academic achievements) and forcing myself to strive for unrealistically high …