Student Life

I know that my studies are almost done (and I don’t know if I will go on to further my studies) it could be interesting to see what I have learned from school and what I wish I would have learned in school etc.

What to do during quarantine?

Quarantine is a hard time for all of us. Some of us are lucky, because we are healthy and we have homes, food etc. Some of us are less lucky. I personally believe that we should use this time for our advantage, and no this is not this #hustle post. Tho it deff has those elements too. But please don’t let yourself be bored now, just be more active in coming up with ideas, don’t wait till someone else plans things for you.

5. Mental health/spiritual things to do during quarantine:

  1. Meditate
  2. Go on a walk (this is if you are aloud outside, we are in Finland. Please do this alone and keep your distance to those walking at the same time. We have forests, so that helps 😉 )
  3. Sleep well. Now that you don’t have to commute you have extra 30 min – 1h to sleep.
  4. Journal your feelings
  5. If you have other spiritual practices then do them now.

5. “Fitnessy” things to do during quarantine:

  1. Go on a walk (refer to the point in the section above)
  2. Do some type of a challenge. YouTube has a lot of different 7 days challenge for example
  3. Yoga, a simple form of exercise to do at home, again YouTube has great resources
  4. Eat healthy. It is so easy to order in now. Challenge yourself not to eat junk now. Esp if you move less than usual.
  5. Drink water. Especially if you are working/studying at home, you don’t really have an excuse not to drink water

5. Things to learn/do during quarantine

  1. New languages; any one you fancy. You can even use online chat services to have a study partner
  2. Crafting skills, make cute cards, write pretty letter. Now with social distancing these methods are a great way to still stay connected
  3. Write the book, blog, song etc that you have been planning on for ages
  4. Start watching videos on the topic that you are supposed to study currently but don’t understand when your professor explains it in online class.
  5. Read books you wanted to read but “never have time”

5 Fun things to do

  1. Watch a movie; have themes for movies; movies with history basis, sci-fi, romantic etc. Make it so you watch something you usually wouldn’t.
  2. Have a series marathon; use the same methods as with movies
  3. Have a personal dance party, either with family, on your own, with your partner. Have fun!
  4. Have a pamper routine, shower or bath.
  5. Play a game online with friends, like trivial pursuit over skype or even an online game

Please add your own ideas in the comments below! Stay safe and healthy and remember to call the friend/family member once in a while.

Thanks for reading, until next week!

-Alisa

How and why make quarantine your bitch!?

We are in quarantine yes, it sucks BUT: Let’s make quarantine our bitch Here is how:

We have extra time, now that we aren’t commuting, that we don’t have to drive, that we don’t have to prep for going out/seeing friends, going to hobbies. We have it and we can use it, to innovate solutions for our business’, to improve ourselves, to learn skills that will be useful after this pandemic is over. We can’t just sit and wait and once its done be like oh wait I’m not prepared, I didn’t know we would move forwards from this?!

Morning routine tips by yours truly

We can always use our circumstance as an excuse or as a motivator, which will you chose? I chose to make quarantine my bitch 😀

I chose to learn during my free time. I use books on Scribd; an audiobook service and Skillshare that is a learning platform. You can use Youtube, documentaries, book extra work your teachers gave you. Anything that works for you.

Don’t get me wrong I still have my work. BUT I don’t have to drive to work now, I can concentrate on tasks at hand so I get things done faster. I can use my lunch break to listen to an audiobook or a skillshare class. And since I don’t see people in the evenings I can use that time for learning too. (Study tips by me 😉 )

Here are some tips and ideas on how to make quarantine our bitch. It doesn’t matter if you spend the extra time learning new skills, exercising or even just innovating how to keep your kids busy during the day ;D

  1. Don’t wait for motivation. This will only lead to disappointment and stress. You wait and you wait, till finally, you end up realizing it isn’t coming and you need to cram shit right away. (or you realize quarantine is over and you gained 10 pounds instead of losing them) I get it. With quarantine school is different/work is different and it may seem like you have more time, and you do in away. But even this time can be wasted.
  2. Rewards tasks that are automatic. E.g. cleaning your room, making your bed, going for a walk. Not tasks that require creativity. If you are expecting a reward, you won’t think outside the box as you will want to see the fastest solution to your problem, not the effective one.
  3. Just because everyone is home now (unless you live home alone like me) doesn’t mean you can’t have boundaries. Tell your siblings you will be studying from 9-12 and from 1 pm-5 pm or however ever your timetable is organized. If you work from home, tell your kids to concentrate on their tasks and once you all are done you can play a game/watch movie, etc. (Or innovate other ways to keep them busy… I know kids don’t just listen simply because you said so :D)
  4. Do extra things that you couldn’t normally do. (ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIVE ALONE), sleep in a bit longer so you can have a more productive day since you have no commute. Drink coffee on the balcony because you have time. Go out on a walk/jog in the morning. Read a book. Listen to an audiobook while doing work that doesn’t require much concentration.
  5. Set a goal to learn the thing you wanted to learn in a week. Set a goal to start at home yoga. Set a goal to be able to do 100 pushups because you have the time to practice. Whatever it is that you wanted to do before but said you couldn’t because you were so busy…. well you don’t have that excuse. And if you are a parent, incorporate kids into this goal. For example, if your goal is push-ups, make your kids work out with you in their own way. Or do the pushups while you watch a movie with the kids.

If you have a hard time focusing read this blog post by James Clear on Focus. It’s a mind-opening read.

Motivation comes from action, so don’t think you will be more effective and become a super productive person by waiting. You can either whine about this Corona thing, and how it is ruining your social life or you can take what it offers you. Time and a chance to concentrate without distractions of parties or hobbies etc. Chose 3- 5 extra things you want to spend your time on, mark them in the calendar. Stick to them. You can make these family goals if it is hard to find time all alone to do them.

Hope this quarantine time isn’t driving you crazy, and since most people while that they have nothing to do; here are some links to different resources that will give you something to do Let’s make quarantine our bitch 😉 :

Skillshare No I am not sponsored, I do however get a free month if you end up purchasing the recourse. (This is their way of spreading their platform ;))

Scribd – Also not sponserd, by I find most of the books I search for from here and it only costs 9 bucks per month for unlimited audiobooks, books and journals as well as some extra perks that you get to use for free for as long as you are paying for scribd.

Youtube- You can find great recourses here, not just Pink Panther, but things you learn from… shocking I know.

People, use this time to learn from your parents, watch interviews, read books and so much more. You have an hour or two of extra time. You can fit so much into those that you can’t even imagine! Good luck and stay healthy 😉

I am not asking you to be delusional in these scary times, but please keep the positivity and hope in your hearts. Let’s show corona who the boss is<3

– Alisa

Kim Kardashian won’t make you successful

Kim Kardashians success doesn’t equal yours. Here is why I felt I needed to point this out:

I just checked the Google trends and I picked 5 search terms that I compared to each other. Entrepreneurship, studying, self-help books, personal development and Kim Kardashian. Which one was most searched by far? Our beloved Kim K. I actually have nothing against Kim K and her gang. To be honest they are resourceful as fuck and considering where it all started at they smart AF. They might not seems so, but they have so much money and they have been able to follow and build trends like no else. I can’t help but feel a bit jelly. So if you search them to learn how to build an empire go ahead! However there is a reason why I am worried.

I will insert the picture of the stats here:

So what makes this worrisome? The fact that I am willing to bet quite a bit of money that most of these people search for Kim K. for one of these reasons; body goals, make up, fashion, comparison, juicy scandals.

Now if this is just once a year to see how their business is doing or what they do to keep their bodies like they are (apart for operations, let’s be honest here….) then fine. However a lot of people look up to them and not all of these people see the big picture. And I feel like we could spend our time way better.

Kim K is just one example. We could change the name to any other celebrity. So instead of spending time on studying, self-help or figuring out how to be entrepreneurial or building a career, we check out what the person who is tooootally on their own journey is doing? Here is a post of mine that explains why attention seeking is so toxic; check it out!: Attention the second most lethal drug in the world

“We must take time to define our own path. Too quickly we can find the world defining it for us.”

Anonymous

I know everyone says that we shouldn’t compare ourselves to others. I believe we can learn a lot from others. For example it motivates me to compare myself to someone who’s past is way darker and harder, seeing them succeed makes me see how stupidly many excuses I have. My example is: Lisa Nichols . It makes me realize that chances are I will have it easier to succeed. This doesn’t come from an ego place. This comes from the realization that I have better circumstances that those who I look up to. Poverty isn’t an issue for me. We are an average family. Not rich per say, but definitely privileged. But even with me looking up to these people I want to build my own journey. Meaning I will research everything for myself. Sure I can read their bio or watch an interview. But I am not blinded and so concentrate on their story that I forget to live my own story.

Kim K is a beautiful woman and so is her gang. But we will never be her. Like I said before: Kim Kardashians success doesn’t equal yours . We will never look like her. Nor will our success be the same as hers. And we don’t have to be the same. We don’t need to see her day to day life. She can still be a role model (Thought I would argue there are better ones out there).

Kim Kardashians success doesn't equal yours. Work on your own success. What ever it is. Even if it would be beauty line and fashion. You can do it your own!
Search for your own success! Not Kim. K; We have so much other potential!

I would love for young people to research all of the possibilities they have now. It doesn’t matter what the dream is. Own beauty line? Go ahead! Becoming a doctor? Yes! Being an influencer? Go ahead! But don’t think that all of this is going to be easy. Nothing in life is actually easy. We think if we would be millionaires all would be simple? All the screaming fans and haters and crazy people after us? Getting all we want at the snap of our fingers but always having to wonder if we actually deserve what we get or do we get it due to our name? It isn’t a coincidence that a lot of big, rich, famous stars lose it. Get on drugs or/and kill themselves.

Even the same path walked by two different people will sound totally different in their recollections. Even if they walk it a the same time.

– Me

Search for your own journey! Money is great, being famous enough to make sure you can help people in a bigger way etc is a great goal. There is nothing wrong with that. However, don’t romanticize anything. Being rich and famous because you acted dumb, isn’t a great place to be. Here is a bit more about the topic of successful people: Stars sentenced to death. Building a career and an empire on being a good person, now that is a GOAL.

My point writing this is that I want youngsters (I am 23 myself so I count myself into it) to concentrate on their own journeys. On writing their own stories. Reading about a scandal and laughing/crying at how the world is fucked up right now it fine. Once in a while. But being obsessed with peoples lives won’t help us live our own.

So to anyone who is searching for some life advice here is mine ;

Live YOUR life to the fullest and make it so great that when you are on your death bed, you won’t be afraid to die, because you know you actually lived!

– Me

Kim Kardashians success doesn’t equal yours!

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-Alisa

How to successfully study (even if you aren’t at school)

The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice”

Brian Herbert

So; I had a blog post poll and twitter and 2 post ideas got the same votes; the one I am writing about right now and “How to have conversations”. So I will make the post about conversations for next Monday. But today we will talk about how to study. While the title mentions that it isn’t for school, it can be applied to school as well. I just feel like even after we are done with school, we should still continue learning and this we need to know how to study; so here we go! (I will link bellow my own posts on similar topics and other resources to help you learn! )

Tip N.1; Choose one thing (Maybe two if they are different enough)

I feel like the most important part is to figure out what you want to study. I don’t think there is a good thing and a mad thing to study. You can study languages, math, culture, history, self development. What ever feels like your own.

However this poses a problem. You aren’t at school, so no one is going to give you a limit to what to study. It isn’t realistic to study all sub parts of all of the topics listed about (plus there is like 1000’s of more of them, that I just don’t have time to list). So as my tip suggest don’t choose too many things to study. Even if it seems very tempting.

You could study a language and history. That way they are different enough. If you study Spanish you might want to learn about Spanish history, because you might understand the culture better. But don’t choose too many things, just so you don’t feel overwhelmed. I am sure we all remember how stressful it was to learn everything for our finals, why would you do that to yourself on purpose, right?

Once you stop learning you start dying.

Albert Einstein

Tip 2; How do you learn best?

Now that teachers aren’t thrusting a book into your had and telling you to read and learn 500 pages by heart. You can actually listen to yourself and figure out how you learn best. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t use multiple methods, it means you should see what works the best and after that using the other methods to bring variety into your studies. Just because you like pasta the most doesn’t mean you can never eat anything else…right? So Figure out your tastes and start planning

Tip 3; Plan your learning

Learning can be a great way to pass time and relaxing without having to check your phone
Learning can be fun!

This doesn’t have to be as hardcore as at schools. You don’t have to know that by the end of tomorrow you have read chapters 1-5 from a book. But making sure you have some kind of a picture is important. If you work, are a stay at home mother or go to school and want to learn things outside of school, you should make sure you have time for the thing you want to study.

So check your calendar. Is 30 minutes a day realistic? How about 1 hour every other day? Maybe study what you want for couple of hours during the weekend. Or make it a part of your morning routine. You can easily wake up 15 minutes earlier and decide to study a little bit of vocabulary before getting up. Or do that during night time, this way your brain will process the info while you sleep. Either way, make sure you have time for what you want to learn. Trust me when I say it doesn’t work if you just plan on studying “when you feel like it” it didn’t work in school and it sure as hell won’t work now, because you won’t even have you finals to force you to study…

Tip 4; Figure out a why

Just being curious is a good thing, but it won’t last you for a long time and it won’t be something constant. Obviously there is nothing wrong about once in a while reading a fascinating article. However, if you want to seriously learn something, you should have a strong why. For example; I want to learn Spanish, because I have studied it for ages and I like the sound of it. The idea that I could one day have a conversation with a Spanish person seems fantastic and I think it will help me understand their culture. Since culture and languages are often closely linked. A while a go I learned, because I had family members in France. Just thinking the languages if fun, isn’t a bad reason. But it rarely is strong enough. However if it is good enough for you, great!


Here were my 4 tips for studying even if you aren’t at school. All of these however work even if you are. Leave a comment if I forgot something and I hope this helps! Bellow I linked my own posts on similar topics and other resources to help you learn!

My posts; Growth VS. Fixed mindset , Be taught and teach, 5 life changing challenges

Other helpful sources; AsapSCIENCE, Charisma On Command, Fastcompany, How to learn books

Xoxo, Alisa

Gamify your success

When you play Super Mario, despite sometimes killing him of, you usually try again, and again…. and again. Sometimes this lasts for so long, you end up losing track of time, causing you to fail at doing something actually productive. But you can actually learn a lot from your games. There are numerous studies done, showing how gaming (a reasonable amount) is actually healthy and good for development. It helps with problem solving, motor skills and improves creativity. But today I am not talking about those benefits. I am however very open to write about that, if you are interested.

My topic today is about turning your actual life into a game. This is not originally my idea, a lot of people on YouTube and on their blogs, do challenges and use apps to make their life into a game. Some examples are Thomas Frank, The Goal Guys and Max Hertan.

What does it mean in practice? It means first of all that you have a goal. It could be writing a 10 page essay, or learning to do a split in 30 days. What ever your goal is, it can be gamefied. How to do it? I will break it down bellow, just like a real life video game, everyone will have their own approach, so feel free to tweak anything that you feel necessary.

  1. Have a goal. In a video game like Super Mario, it could be getting through a level or defeating Bowser. If it is defeating Bowser, you use the levels as your steps, until you are at the final showdown. If it is getting through a level your steps will be on a shorter scale, like jumping in the right place and killing the right enemy at the write time. So just like in a game, with a goal you have to come up with steps to win.
  2. Track your progress in a visible way. It wouldn’t be fun to play Mario or any other game, if you could never see how many enemies you have killed, or if you would never level up. That is the same in a real life goal. If you want to learn splits, make sure you document your progress. Even if you aren’t as close as you want to be to a split, at least you can see how far you have come, if you for example take pictures. Or you could mark in your calendar daily how many minutes you have stretched etc.
  3. Reward yourself. This is slightly controversial. There are a lot of people who are super successful, that think this is not helpful. And if you only do things because of a treat, instead of feeling the pride for getting healthier or for getting the project done. I can understand the concern. However I assume, that people don’t want to do things that seem big and daunting without some kind of small wins in between. So stretch while you watch a series you love. It’s two birds with one stone and it is more fun that way as well. Or after each page you have written of the essay you can go scratch your puppy. Make sure it is something that you don’t over do the rewarding tho. You don’t deserve to binge watch youtube for stretching your hamstrings for 2 seconds.
  4. Keep it real. if you start too many goals, too many projects and you try to make everything into a game, you might lose. You can’t play Mario, Call of Duty and solve the Rubik’s Cube all at the same time. The same thing with goals. Don’t beat yourself up for falling down or not getting through a level. Only beat yourself up, if you didn’t get back up to try again.

Here are some apps to helps you gamify your goals/tasks:

  • Habitica: Gamify Your tasks
  • Forest: Stay Focused
  • Fitness RPG- Gamify your Pedometer
  • Do it Now- RPG To Do List/ Task List

These are some of the apps you will get on an android device. I am sure there are many for the Apple phones as well.

Thanks for reading! This post was really fun to write, as this is something I want to incorporate more into my life, to get more exciting and interesting things done (as well as the mandatory ones). What are some of your goals you would like to turn into a game?

Thanks for reading 😉 Untill next time

Xoxo