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 organization || 3 Todoist workflow tips for students | digital task management
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!
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?
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!
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 lifestyle || the reality of work-life balance | a student’s transition to the 9 to 5
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 lifestyle || hard truths on organization and productivity
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 ideas || my new habit, journaling every day in Scrivener
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 organization || highlight for revision at school & work | my colour-coding review system
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 ideas || the keys to writing successful uni + scholarship essay applications | my 5-step process
A complete round-up of my stationery essentials for bullet journaling, watercolour travel sketching, and note-taking! Sharing EVERYTHING I know about pencil cases, black pens, colour pens, illustration pens, brush pens, watercolours, washi tapes and more! Of course, this wouldn't be a stationery video without lots of pen swatches of every single pen & colour, and… Continue reading creativity || my stationery essentials
It's now easier than ever to create your own podcast for free and - as a result - to find great ones to listen to! In this video, I'm sharing 8 tips to get the most out of every single podcast you hear! P.S. These strategies totally apply to any kind of informational content you… Continue reading ideas || how to learn MORE from every podcast you listen to
In this video, I detail 4 steps to tackle long-term goals with micro habits, incorporated into a journal entry of my own that I'm reading aloud. The first step, you'll find, is establishing priorities that are INDEPENDENTLY your own. Then comes the hard part. Every day, we make little choices to get us an incremental… Continue reading lifestyle || my morning routine | how i use microhabits to accomplish long-term goals
First published on the Pearson Canada Blog on October 22, 2020. In collaboration with Pearson Canada, I created a video with 9 study strategies to help students get through midterms, and a blog post sharing 3 different approaches to exam revision! I also talk a bit about having a healthier, growth-focused mindset when studying. Enjoy!… Continue reading organization || 9 study strategies & 3 approaches to exam revision for maths, humanities and science
I got back into reading a lot more this summer, and from July to September I read these 5 (technically 7) books! Really enjoyed filming short reviews and summaries immediately after each one, so I decided to compile them and make this into a recurring series. As is classic Mistral Spirit style, I'm focusing on… Continue reading ideas || 5 books i read this summer | july – september 2020
Join me as I show you EVERYTHING I did in my bullet journal this week! I decided the best way to teach you HOW to bullet journal was to take you along and SHOW you how I do it every day. A bullet journal can be any blank notebook that you customize with a flexible… Continue reading organization || a week in my bullet journal | plan with me for beginners!