digital organization, organization, productivity

blog || two things I’m still figuring out in Todoist

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 blog || two things I’m still figuring out in Todoist

bullet journal, digital organization, organization, productivity, videos

video || 3 Todoist workflow tips for students | digital task management

I'VE GONE DIGITAL 😲💻 This past month I've used a combination of Notion, Todoist, and Google Calendar to organize my ongoing and upcoming projects. Here's a glimpse at how I'm using Todoist for task management, and 3 tips I'll be incorporating into my student workflow specifically! https://youtu.be/sqqu43Azirs I started using Todoist relatively recently, but in… Continue reading video || 3 Todoist workflow tips for students | digital task management

lifestyle, organization

join our new Mistral Spirit virtual Vibely community: a place to connect & continue the conversation!

Hello, is this thing on? If you saw my stories yesterday, thank you for helping me brainstorm for … what?! Let me explain… Hey I'm Ioana! Mistral Spirit started as a space for bullet journal systems, organization strategies, creativity, and my journey towards a balanced, fulfilling and healthy lifestyle. It's a blog, YouTube channel, Instagram… Continue reading join our new Mistral Spirit virtual Vibely community: a place to connect & continue the conversation!

books, ideas & perspectives

QUESTION: would you join a book club?

EDITED 05-17-21: Our Facebook book club now exists! You can join it here: Join the book club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mistralspiritbookclub Original Post: Would you join a Facebook book club? Let me know… because I really, really want to start one for us! Some of my favourite moments from this past year have been chatting about a book… Continue reading QUESTION: would you join a book club?

books, Literary Commentary, Philosophy

books || When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

As thought-provoking as this book was, I am GLAD to be done reading, discussing, and thinking about it. "When Breath Becomes Air" was written by Paul Kalanithi after he was diagnosed with cancer at 36. He was in his last year of neurosurgery residency (read: he had his whole career ahead of him) at the time. The book is interesting in many ways. First, he's both the doctor and the patient, and he shares that perspective. Second, his writing is unique in that he was a huge literature lover and just all-around a very well-read person! Third, it puts the onus of answering some of the book's big questions on you: the reader. The odds of getting cancer in a lifetime are something around 1 in 3 right now. So it reads like a simple, universal story: this is his story, but it’s just as much your story, my story, everyone’s story. Really heavy stuff. I recommend it, but be mentally ready when you read it!

fitness, lifestyle, organization, snapshot, videos

video || the reality of work-life balance | a student’s transition to the 9 to 5

https://youtu.be/fPIkTBkm8AY Listen to this video as a podcast: https://anchor.fm/mistralspirit OK, let's be honest. A *full-time job*, great relationships, crushing your goals, maintaining your side-hustle AND dealing with administrative tasks like laundry, cooking, and surprise repairs ... you can't have time for everything. It's impossible, isn't it?! (AND I didn't even include a commute 😲) I'm… Continue reading video || the reality of work-life balance | a student’s transition to the 9 to 5

academia, bullet journal, organization, things i learned

writing || hard truths on organization and productivity

Feeling behind? Stressed? Anxious? Overwhelmed? Too much going on at once? ⁠ See that long list of "ongoing projects"? Yeah. This was a heck of a week back in November 2020. I went back in to decorate it and was thinking about how I managed to get all that stuff done in one week.⁠ I… Continue reading writing || hard truths on organization and productivity

ideas & perspectives, lifestyle, things i learned

writing || my new habit, journaling every day in Scrivener

I've started journaling again. In the past, I've journaled whenever I felt like it, which always translated to "when I'm feeling sad". Who wants to spend their happy time writing about how happy they are? Pssh. That's the time for living instead, isn't it? I have a few half-started notebooks filled with a few fun… Continue reading writing || my new habit, journaling every day in Scrivener

academia, organization, videos

video || highlight for revision at school & work | my colour-coding review system

How to highlight SMART! This system is simple, adaptable, and super-flexible for school studying and work notes organization. I use it across the board for ALL the notes I take - whether I'm learning, at university, or in a meeting. All you really need are 3 colours to replicate a system that will efficiently help… Continue reading video || highlight for revision at school & work | my colour-coding review system

academia, ideas & perspectives, snapshot, videos

video || the keys to writing successful uni + scholarship essay applications | my 5-step process

I'm a Queen's University Commerce (business) student in 3rd year, specializing in marketing, with my full tuition covered by 2 major scholarships and 5 GPA merit-based awards. Here is how I structured my application essays for Queen's, the 5 steps to get started & write winning scholarship essays yourself, and my advice to anyone going… Continue reading video || the keys to writing successful uni + scholarship essay applications | my 5-step process