Idea Café is an email newsletter from Mistral Spirit sent straight to your inbox (mostly) every second Sunday. If you love it, consider checking out the Mistral Spirit YouTube channel for more organization strategies, joining the book club, and sharing this newsletter with a friend. ♥ Read this edition's Idea Café feature on the blog here: Read "Writing is… Continue reading ☕ #2: Writing is an act of ego
This post first featured in my bi-weekly Sunday newsletter, Idea Café on January 24, 2022. Find out more about Idea Café and read the archives here. I'll be discontinuing the classic WordPress blog updates today, so please make sure you're subscribed to my new list if you want to stay in touch! Writing is an… Continue reading Writing is an act of ego: the problem with Atomic Habits and why I’m giving it 2 stars
My completely DIGITAL organization system for the final semester of my undergraduate university degree (Commerce at Queen's University) combines all the studying strategies I've learned since my first year! The organization tools I use are: OneNote for note-taking, Google Calendar which synchronizes with Todoist for time & task management, and a plain notebook for those… Continue reading a complete digital system for uni organization: OneNote + Todoist + notebook | get organized with me
The Idea Café Newsletter, birthday edition 🎂 Happy Sunday! ☀ It’s Ioana from Mistral Spirit writing to you from my university apartment, the day before starting the Very Final Semester™ of undergrad. There are so many things I’m excited to share with you… first and foremost that this newsletter, Idea Café, is launching today! 1.… Continue reading ☕ #1: Welcome to the first Mistral Spirit Newsletter!
Our first Mistral Spirit Book Club virtual meetup! Join us with a warm cup of coffee or tea to get to know each other and chat about all things books. I solemnly swear to bring a warmer cup of tea than the one in this picture. Date and Time The time is this Friday, December… Continue reading join us for our first virtual book club meetup this Friday at 2 pm EST!
I woke up this Monday morning and headed to my computer to write my very last online, open-book, 24-hour exam of the semester - more of a time slog than anything truly difficult. After which, this would be my week to decompress, get back into a routine, and enjoy some holiday prep. But I logged… Continue reading ideas || woke up to a cancelled online exam… am I getting older and more irritable or is the world just going crazier?
What's something you're currently working towards that will take TIME? Last week I shared an Instagram reel about assembling a shelf, paired with a caption about the biggest productivity myth. I wanted to turn it into a blog post to make it a bit more permanent. Sometimes when there are so many things going on,… Continue reading lifestyle || the single biggest productivity myth
Are you in? On December 2nd, we kicked off a new DAILY challenge in our Vibely virtual community for us to complete together this month! I've been working through the EPIC 3 series by @carolinegirvan since the start of September, and much like when I did NaNoWrimo (a challenge to write a book in a month), I… Continue reading lifestyle || join our ongoing 30 days of movement challenge in December 2021!
It's the final month of the year and almost time for Christmas & New Year's! One of my favourite months of the year for the creativity, relaxation, and celebration (but let's be honest... major minus points for the cold). ❄ So let's dive into the bullet journal spread for December... In this photo post I'm… Continue reading creativity || december 2021 set up & reindeer watercolour drawing
Another month has come and gone and we're heading into what's scarily beginning to feel a bit like... winter (at least here in Canada). Happy November! 🍂 In this photo post I'm sharing: My "after the pen" finished October bullet journal spreadHow I set up for November in my bullet journal, including the colour palette… Continue reading creativity || november 2021 bullet journal spread: browns & pinks
In which I talk about a goal I've been putting off, ask for your advice, and make myself accountable by telling you about it. Oh, and invite you to do the same on our new Vibely challenge. I've been toying with the idea of starting a newsletter for almost a year now. It's one of… Continue reading lifestyle || the one goal I’ve been putting off | join me in getting accountable & setting milestones
I had fun taking out the washi tapes for my October bullet journal set up and wanted to share the results before the month was up! In this post, I'm sharing: Close-ups of the spread I madeA review of how I'm using my bullet journal despite moving digital with my main task management systemMy top… Continue reading creativity || my october bullet journal setup & tips for decorating yours!
OneNote is a fantastic application for digital studying, textbook reading and note-taking. If you're not currently using it, maybe you relate to some of these scenarios: You're printing materials over and over to have physical copies just so you can annotate them.You might be struggling to read long articles in a restrictive PDF reader because… Continue reading organization || digital study tip | doing readings directly in OneNote
As I mentioned in my recent blog post about 3 Todoist tips for students, I've started using a combination of Notion, Todoist and Google Calendar to organize my ongoing and upcoming projects... which has replaced the need for my usual monthly bullet journal calendars (like the one below). Digital tools are more practical for the… Continue reading organization || bullet journal plus digital system | things I’ll do differently next month
https://www.instagram.com/p/CTzXixTLNFf/ Managing multiple projects in Todoist has been fantastic so far - it's flexible, it integrates with Google calendar which I can't live without, and it's got well-thought-out features that help with categorizing, grouping and prioritizing tasks. If you're a student, I recently shared a 1-minute video with 3 Todoist workflow tips that have helped… Continue reading organization || two things I’m still figuring out in Todoist