How To Have A Productive Day

Being more productive is something that almost everyone strives for in their lives. Being more productive means that you’ll not only get more work done but you’ll also have more time for fun and things that you want to do! I am always looking for new ways to be more productive and to have more productive days in general.

If you want to learn some new tips on how to have a productive day then keep reading!

How To Have A Productive Day

  1. Wake Up Early: 

The earlier that you wake up, the more time that you’ll have in your day; the more time you have in your day, the more stuff that you can get done! So if you want to have a productive day try getting up earlier and getting a head start on your to-do list.

2. Meditate:

I like to meditate right when I wake up so that I can start my day with a clear and relaxed mind. This helps me to be in the present and it helps me refocus my breathing. I think that this is key to having a productive and good day in general!

3. Make a to-do list:

I find that making a to-do list the night before is the best way to increase your chances of having a productive day. When you wake up you will already have a plan of what you want to get done in your day. I think that planning and writing out your daily goals will help you have a more productive day because you won’t waste time thinking about what you should be doing.

4. Get the hardest tasks done first:

Whenever I have lots of work to do in a day, I try getting the hardest things done first. This goes with the saying “eat the frog” which means get your biggest task done first. I find that if I don’t do this, I end up spending the majority of my day thinking about when I am going to do the task. So its best just to eat the frog!

5. Take breaks:

Make sure that you stay hydrated and that you give yourself time to eat lunch and snacks. If you don’t do this, you will burn out and you won’t be able to complete your work to the best of your ability. So make sure that you take breaks!

6. Analyze your productivity:

During your workday, analyze how much work you have gotten done. If you feel like you haven’t gotten a lot done, try to regain your focus and think about what you could get done in the next hour that would be productive. Sometimes I like to use a timer to time how long it takes me to complete a task to keep myself motivated.

Ask yourself, “what could i do in the next hour, that will bring me closer to my goals or dreams?”

7. Say no or delegate:

Sometimes we overextend ourselves and say yes too often. If you feel like you always have too much to get done then maybe you need to start delegating some of your work or saying no to certain things (this may even apply to social functions). If you want to spend your night relaxing but said yes to go see your friends sons elementary school play, just say that you can’t make it. It’s not worth it to overextend yourself and spread yourself thin. Saying no will help save you more time in your day!

8. Take advantage of your commute time:

Instead of just sleeping on the subway or train every morning and night to and/from work, try listening to a podcast or reading a book. Take advantage of the fact that you have to drive an hour to and from work every day by listening to a book or podcast. Instead of wasting your commute time, use it to your advantage and get something done!

9. Put away your phone:

Phones and social media can be a huge distraction for many people so try putting your phone away for at least a couple of hours during your work day. This will help you stay more focused on your work and less distracted by what your friends did on the weekend.

10. Stay Motivated:

My last tip is to stay motivated daily! Remind yourself why you want to be more productive in the first place. Have a vision board or a list of all your big goals/dreams that you want to accomplish and read it daily. This will remind you why you are working so hard!

That’s the end of my “How To Have Productive Day” blog post. I hope that you enjoyed it. Let me know what you do to stay motivated in the comments.



7 Ways To Deal With Anxiety

Anxiety is something that many people I personally know, deal with. The degree of anxiety ranges from person to person; some people deal with daily anxiety and some people just get anxious once in a while. Nonetheless, it is important to deal with your anxiety, no matter the degree.

I am going to share some of my favourite ways that I deal with anxiety on a daily and weekly basis.

I could be having a great day and all of a sudden my mind starts fixating on things and my anxiety starts to take over. Anxiety is something that could ruin the happiness of your daily life if you let it.

I have researched and practiced different exercises to relieve my anxiety and these are things that worked best for me.

If you suffer from anxiety, it is important to note that it is not a one-time cure. You cannot just do these things one day and get rid of anxiety forever. These are things that you should practice daily so that you can reduce the amount of anxiety that you have.

Anxiety may not go away for good but you can significantly reduce the amount of anxiety that you have and stop it from controlling your life.

So do you want to hear my tips?

7 Ways To Deal With Anxiety

1. Meditation

This is my #1 solution to dealing with anxiety. Meditation is key to calming your mind/thoughts and refocusing on breathing and the present moment. If you take one tip away from this blog post, please let it be this one!

I practice meditation every morning and sometimes at night too. I recommend starting with meditating for 5 minutes every single day and slowly adding more time. I now meditate for 20 minutes at a time, but I initially started with just 5 minutes.

I like to use a free app called “Insight Timer” which has thousands of free meditations. I like to use guided meditations but eventually, I want to transition to just using music. On this app, you can select how long you want to meditate for and you can choose a focus such as “stress & anxiety, recovery & healing, sleep, creativity & performance, and happiness”. If I can’t fall asleep I like to use a meditation called “Yoga Nidra for Sleep” it’s amazing!

Another meditation app that I have used is called “Head Space” which is also great. They offer 10 free meditations and then you have to pay if you want more.

Try out meditation & stick with it! Don’t worry if your thoughts keep coming up, you will get better with practice. Keep refocusing on the present and your breath. This will help out your anxiety after just one week of practice (trust me)!

2. Yoga

Yoga is very similar to Meditation in the sense that you are focusing on your breath and the present moment. I use to go to yoga classes, but now I just use free videos on youtube. Just type in on youtube what type of yoga video you are looking for and you will find thousands of videos. If you are a beginner type in “yoga for beginners”.

I must say that I rather attend a yoga class and its something that I want to start doing again this year. You can also get a free class or two at most yoga studios if you want to give it a try first.

I like that yoga quiets my mind and helps me focus on living in the present. Yoga is a great way to deal with anxiety and stress.

3. Exercise

Another great way to deal with anxiety is by exercising in general! If I am having a bad day and I exercise, I instantly feel better.

Science has “provided some evidence that physically active people have lower rates of anxiety and depression than sedentary people. Exercise may improve mental health by helping the brain cope better with stress. In one study, researchers found that those who got regular vigorous exercise were 25 percent less likely to develop depression or an anxiety disorder over the next five years”.

That’s pretty convincing to me, so start exercising! It’s good for so many parts of your body including your mind.

4. Think of your thoughts differently

Through meditation videos and researching anxiety I came upon this: Visualize yourself sitting on a park bench. People and dogs are walking past you. Instead of chasing those people/dogs, you just let them keep walking. You don’t overanalyze them.Now imagine that those people/dogs were your thoughts.

When my anxiety starts kicking in, I acknowledge my thoughts but I don’t give them any meaning. I just let them “walk away” and I refocus my attention on the present.

This is something that I have started doing for a few weeks and although it might be hard at first, it gets easier! Thoughts still come up but I am quicker at letting them just flow away.

Your thoughts are just stories that your brain is making up. Don’t believe every thought that you think. Imagine taking a step back when a thought comes up and let it flow away.

Try this!

5. Gratitude & Affirmations

Another thing that I practice every morning is gratitude & positive affirmations. I wake up and say 5 things that I am grateful for and I list positive affirmations that I have written down. A positive affirmation could be “today is going to be amazing. I am happy. I am safe. I am love” and so on. Whatever evokes feeling when you say it, is best.

Although this is a great practice, I notice that I still have some anxious thoughts throughout the day so it’s important to continue practicing gratitude & affirmations.

For example, if one afternoon I start feeling anxious I will stop and list 5 things that I am grateful for and then I might say things like “I am okay. I am calm. I am relaxed”. I find that changing my focus from anxiety to gratitude/affirmations can relieve my anxiety instantly.

6. Use A Diffuser

For Christmas this year I got a Saje Diffuser which is my very first diffuser. I have become obsessed with diffusing every single day. I specifically love using the lavender oil and the Saje “happiness” oil.

I am not sure what it is but when I have my diffuser on I feel more calm and happy in general. I honestly didn’t know if diffusing was for me but I am glad that I tried it.

7. Calm Music

While I am working I like listening to “Yoga & Meditation” playlists on Spotify (I am listening to one while I write this!) This music makes me feel like I am at a spa and helps me relieve my anxiety and it also prevents it.

So although you might not be meditating or practicing yoga, you can still use calm music to help you feel relaxed.

So those are 7 of my favourite ways to deal with anxiety. And remember that these are practices that you should perform daily to minimize and alleviate your anxiety in general.

I hope that you guys enjoyed this post & let me know what you do to deal with anxiety!




How To Wake Up Earlier & Be More Productive

For years I have been reading about successful people who wake up at 4:30 or 5:00 am; they read, meditate, work out, and get tons of stuff done before the average person even wakes up. I have always wanted to be one of those people.

One of the biggest complaints that people have is not having enough “time” in a day;  not having enough time to eat healthy, work out, start a business, or spend time with their friends or loved ones. People make goals and resolutions that they would love to fulfil year after year, but typically don’t accomplish them because of the “time constraint” that they think they have.

See the thing is… we all have the same amount of time in a day. We all have 24 hours or 1440 minutes. Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and you all have the same amount of time in a day. The only difference between people and their success is how they choose to spend that precious time.

One of my biggest goals this year is to finally conquer waking up early & being more productive overall. And that’s the first step… wanting to make a change in your life! If you are like me and are sick of not accomplishing all your dreams then let’s promise to make this change together.

How To Wake Up Earlier & Be More Productive

1. Decide on why you want to wake up earlier:

This is an important step to think about because if you don’t have strong enough reasons to wake up earlier, then you won’t. Personally, I want to wake up earlier so that I can get more stuff done in a day and so that I can feel less stressed out. I also want to wake up earlier so that I can enjoy my morning routine which consists of daily affirmations, meditating, and reading.  To me, waking up earlier means that I will be able to spend more time on fulfilling my big goals and dreams in life. So decide why you want to wake up earlier; maybe its because you don’t have enough time to work out, read, or do your favourite hobby at night so you want to start doing it in the morning.

2. Decide what time you need to wake up:

So after you have decided why you want to wake up earlier, decide on how much time you need to accomplish all your goals and dreams. This could be waking up two hours earlier, one hour, or it might even be just 30 minutes. Decide on whats right for you. I want to wake up at 6 am daily because I think that this will give me the extra time that I am looking for in my day. I will be able to accomplish a lot more and I will be able to work on my bigger goals in life; ultimately I will feel better about myself, more accomplished, and less stressed.

3. Decide what time you need to go to sleep:

Everybody is different and only you know your body best. If you reflect on the days where you were most energetic, how long did you sleep those nights? Then think about the days when you were most exhausted, how long did you sleep those nights? I realized that for my body, I need about 7 hours of sleep every night. So now do the math: if you want to wake up at 6 am daily and you need 7 hours of sleep every night, that means that you should go to bed at 11 pm. So figure out what time works for you.

4. Take small steps to get to your dream wake up & sleep time:

Instead of just starting to wake up 2 hours earlier than you normally do, try taking small steps to get there. So again if your goal is to wake up at 6 am daily and you typically wake up at 7:30 am then first start off by waking up at 7 am for two weeks and then work your way up to 6 am. If your goal is to go to bed at 11 pm daily and you usually go to bed at 12 pm, then again start going to bed at 11:30 and work your way backwards. You can even do this in smaller intervals of 15 minutes; whatever works best for you.

5. Be reminded of your goals & dreams:

There will be many mornings where you don’t want to get up and you’ll lay there convincing yourself that your dreams don’t really matter. It might be really dark or cold so you’ll hit snooze and roll over. Once you wake up later, you will feel disappointed in yourself and you will feel like you can’t accomplish your bigger goals in life because you can’t even get out of bed! (I know the feeling)

This is why it is so important to constantly surround yourself with reminders of what your goals and dreams are. I recommend making a vision board or simply hanging pictures up, near your bed. These can be pictures of money that you want to make, your dream body, or any specific goals that you have. When you are tempted to sleep in, you can look at these pictures and realize why it is so much more worth it to get up and chase your dreams, rather than click the snooze button and go back to your dreams.

6. Put your phone across the room before you go to bed:

This is a good trick that has helped me wake up earlier. When my alarm goes off, I physically have to stand up to get my phone to turn off the alarm; which makes it easier for me to get out of bed. I can’t just roll over and click the snooze button. So try this simple trick out. (This also helps to prevent you from staying up texting on your phone because your phone is out of reach)

7. Download an app:

One of the sleeping apps that I bought months ago is called “Sleep Cycle” ($2.79 Canadian). It is an alarm clock that analyzes your sleep and wakes you up in the lightest sleep phase, which helps you to feel more relaxed. This has worked for a lot of people so it may be worth investing a couple of dollars in.

Another sleeping app that I have just purchased is called “Step Out! Smart Alarm Clock” ($2.79 Canadian). This alarm clock app only turns off once you physically step out of bed. It uses advanced image recognition and step tracking technologies to check whether you’re far away from your bed. This is a great app to try if you have a problem getting out of bed like I do. There are also other similar apps, such as “Alarmy” and “Wake N Shake”.


Life is too short to snooze it away. You may be tired for the first 15 minutes of being awake but once you start working on your dreams you will be grateful that you didn’t hit the snooze button.

The little things that you do daily, affect your entire life (weekly, monthly, and yearly). So if you always have excuses for not having enough “time” to work out, read, meditate, eat healthy, or start a business then try waking up earlier so that you can accomplish all your goals (before you even head to work).

You can finally stop being one of those people who snooze their lives & dreams away, year after year. In 2018, make a promise to finally start living your dream life and that starts with the daily habits that you do.

I hope that you guys enjoyed my 7 tips on waking up earlier & being more productive. Let me know what time you wake up and go to sleep in the comments down below.



My Letter To Money

My Letter To Money

Dear Money,

Our relationship has changed a lot throughout the years… I remember being so excited to receive you when I was just a little kid. I would eagerly collect every penny & nickel that I could find or ask my mom if I could do chores around the house in exchange for you. I watched my parents work extremely hard to earn you so that we could live the way we did. I always loved you money. I dreamt of you and I thought of you a lot (especially for my young age). I made a goal when I was young, that I would have a lot of you when I was older. I envisioned a big house and being able to buy all the toys & clothes that I wanted.

When the holidays came around, I would sit on the floor and count through all the coins that I collected that year. I would then beg my dad to take me to the local Shopper’s Drug Mart so that I could buy my little brother a Christmas gift. I would eagerly run through the store choosing my favourite gifts for him; this usually consisted of toy trucks, stuffed animals, and sugar. I placed my carefully selected choices on the conveyor belt and I emptied my wallet of all the coins that I had. I bought as many gifts as my little yearly salary of coins allowed me to. I then went home and happily wrapped my gifts. On Christmas morning, I proudly presented my brother with the gifts that I bought him. No one would understand that joy that I felt giving my brother those gifts. I was proud of myself for saving money and I loved you for existing. I never felt guilty or upset that I had just spent a years worth of savings. After Christmas, I started from zero and I worked hard to make you and to spend you all over again.

Fast forward to when I turned 15 and got my first part-time job as a cashier at a grocery store. I was ready to make more of you so I applied for jobs and surprisingly it wasn’t that hard for me to charm my way into getting a job pretty fast. I thought it was so cool that I was working at such a young age. At this time, most of my friends didn’t have a job yet so I felt like I was stepping into unknown territory, which excited & scared me. I finally understood the hard work that it took to make money. I worked 20-25 hours a week at a job that I slowly started to hate. I hated how long and hard it was to make barely any money at all. I remember being angry at how much taxes the government took off my cheques and I started having a love-hate relationship with you. I started thinking that maybe this is what life was… working hard at a job that you hate in order to make money. I never liked the concept of exchanging time for money, I wished there was an easier way to get you. I worked there for a year and I proudly saved most of my money that I had made. I then went from job to job, at about 6-month intervals. I liked some better than others, but overall I dreaded going to work every single shift. I saved a lot of you and by the age of 18, I had $15,000 saved in my bank account.

Rewind back to when I turned 16 years old and my parents asked me if I wanted to have a birthday party. They said that they would pay for me and my friends to go to Toronto in a limo. I asked them if I could receive the money instead of the party; they weren’t shocked because they knew how much I loved you so they said yes. At this age, I felt invincible about money. I felt like I could gather up as much as I wanted… and I wanted lots!!! At the age of 17, I decided to go on a trip to Italy with my high school friends as part of a study abroad program. My parents said that I would have to pay for half of my trip and so I did. My parents taught me that you need to work for what you want in life and I am thankful for this. I remember telling my friends that I was paying for half of my trip and hearing that their parents were paying for theirs. I felt a mix of feelings about this; I was kind of proud that I was going on this trip with my hard earned money, but I also felt a little bit upset wondering if maybe I shouldn’t have saved so much money. I thought that if I hadn’t worked all those years, maybe my parents would have paid for my whole trip.

When I was 18, I moved away for University with no intention of getting a part-time job during the school year.  I started going through my money fairly quickly and I decided that I would have to work a lot when I came home for the summer break. So that’s what I did for 4 years… I took the school year off and I only worked during the summers. I also started spending my money a lot faster. I loved going out for food, buying wine, and going to clubs. Ever since my trip to Italy at 17 years old, I thought about traveling a lot. I decided that I would go on my first solo trip to Italy when I was 20 years old. I went to Italy alone, for two months and again burnt through a lot of you. During my last two weeks of being in Italy, I remember nervously checking my bank account and wondering if I was going to run out of money. There were so many more places in Italy that I wanted to visit but I realized I had a lack of you. Although this trip was life-changing I think that this was the point that I started having a fear of losing you.

Fast forward to me currently, at the age of 24; I think about money differently now. I believe that the universe is abundant & that I can have lots of you if I work hard enough. I no longer believe that I have to work a 9-5 job that I hate in order to make more of you. However, being self-employed I realized that I have to work even harder to make you, but its something that I am willing to do because I rather do something that I am passionate at than live a life that I hate. I am willing to work for you and to work really hard.

I am so grateful for you; for giving me this amazing life, house, car, and food. I am grateful that I can exchange you for invaluable experiences like travel.  Now when I purchase something, I hand you over feeling proud. I am no longer in fear of losing you or having a lack of you. I know that you are always there for me when I am ready to receive you and I am ready to receive you!

So thank you money for all that you’ve done and will continue to do in my life.

I love you.



Planning For 2018: 5 Lists To Write

Continuing on with my New Years series of motivational & goal setting posts, this post will be all about planning for 2018 and 5 lists that you should write today!

Theres nothing like a good list to get you inspired to get off your ass & get excited for the future! So lets get started.

Planning For 2018: 5 Lists To Write

1. 2018 Bucket List:

This is a list of all of the things that you want to do in 2018. You can always add to this list whenever you want throughout the year. But, start off by listing any trips, movies, concerts, festivals, or specific activities that you know you want to do in 2018.

Some examples are:

  • Travel to Europe
  • Go to a specific music festival
  • Go on a road trip
  • Explore a new town
  • Have a beautiful picnic
  • Take a wine class

You can also make this list with your friends or your significant others!

2. Reading List:

If you want to read more in 2018 then write a list of all of the books that you want to read. I made a reading list for 2018 and now I feel more inspired to read and to read more! You can do research on sites like to read reviews on books and to find new books to read by searching under specific genres.

I personally enjoy reading self-improvement books and here are some of the books on my 2018 reading list:

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*CK by Mark Manson
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  • The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  • Loving What Is by Byron Katie
  • 4 Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss

3. Your Values:

What are your values in 2018? What is most important to you? What makes you happy? It is important to identify which values you have so that you can make sure that you are prioritizing those values, this year. If you say that your value is “health and wellness” but you don’t make time to exercise, eat healthy, or meditate then clearly this isn’t your value. So identify what your values are and make sure that they are treated as the most important things on your to-do list.

Some of my values are:

  • Growth: Personal & Business
  • Success
  • Health & Wellness: Exercise, Eating Healthy, Meditation
  • Creativity: Inspiring Others
  • Positive Energy: Motivating Others
  • Balance: Work/Play
  • My Relationships

What are yours?

4. Things To Do When You’re Bored (that are still productive):

There will be days where you feel bored and want to do something productive but don’t know what to do. And then there will be days where you are so busy & overwhelmed that you wish you were more productive during your less busy times. I recommend making a list of things to do when you’re bored, so that you don’t have to waste time thinking of things when those days come.

Here are some of the things on my list:

  • Do a hair mask or paint my nails (self-love)
  • Plan youtube videos & blog posts
  • Make a pinterest board to get inspired
  • Write a gratitude list
  • Think of gifts to buy for upcoming birthdays/anniversaries
  • Declutter room & closet
  • Review goals
  • Learn more about my passions: photography & wine
  • Back up memory space (my future-self will thank me)

5. Things To Do When You’re In A Bad Mood

There will be days when you’re in a bad mood and feel like doing absolutely nothing (other than complaining about how everything sucks). As much as you may want to pity yourself its best to get out of a bad mood as fast as possible. Again, I recommend writing a list of things that you can do when you get in a bad mood. If you don’t have a list thats easily accessible then trust me you aren’t going to want to think of things to do when you’re in a bad mood.

So here are some of my ideas:

  • Exercise: I know that you probably won’t want to do this, but try to force yourself to do some sort of exercise (even if its just going for a walk). This will make you feel better, trust me.
  • Force yourself to smile for 30 seconds (this may feel weird but after 30 seconds your body releases chemicals that will make you feel happier).
  • Meditate: This is my favourite thing to do when I am stressed or in a bad mood. It helps me focus on my breathing and it makes me happier.
  • Name 5 things that you are grateful for: I like to do this throughout the day to remind myself of all the amazing things/people that I have surrounded with.

So those are 5 lists that you can write today to have a great 2018! Let me know some of the things on your lists in the comments down below. Also, leave me any blog post requests.