Why You Should Turn Off Your Phone Notifications


In keeping with my minimalist principles, I’m a big proponent of keeping phone notifications to a minimum. I currently only allow notifications from Messages, Mail, and Things for iPhone. I recently turned on Facebook Messenger notifications because I started using that app a lot more, but if that starts getting annoying I’ll probably turn them off. Whenever I install a new app and it asks me to turn on Notifications,… Continue Reading

Tell Siri To Add Reminders to Things for Mac


  Something I’ve been using a lot lately is this handy iOS feature that allows me to tell Siri to add a reminder for something and that reminder gets automatically pulled into my Things for Mac app. In order to do this, you have to first make sure you’ve ticked the “Show reminders…” option in the Preferences section of Things. Then to add a Reminder, all I do is hold down my… Continue Reading

How I Saved Over $300 On Books Completely Legally


  I surpassed my yearly goal of reading 30 books and it’s only June. I definitely sandbagged that challenge. I started realizing how expensive this hobby would be if it hadn’t been for my “secret” to saving hundreds of dollars on ebooks: the public library. Most people know that they can borrow eBooks from their local library, but they don’t actually do it because they think it’s inconvenient. In this… Continue Reading

Monthly Book List: March 2016


Books I Read in March Title Author My Rating Goodreads Rating 1 The Intellectual Toolkit of Geniuses: 40 Principles that Will Make You Smarter and Teach You to Think Like a Genius  Robledo, I.C.  3.68 2 Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?  Kaling, Mindy  3.84 3 The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage John, Daymond  4.28 Book of… Continue Reading

Tackling the Chores You Hate the Most


I’ve always HATED doing laundry. I hated it so much my husband and I have tried out multiple different laundry services over the past years. One of those included a wash-and-fold pick-up and drop-off service and another involved dropping off your laundry in a locker. All the services cost us about $80 a month! A big part of why I hated doing laundry was because we lived in an apartment… Continue Reading

The Single Most Important Thing You Need to Constantly Get Promoted


In a previous post, I talked about how one of my goals for the month of January was to lock in a promotion that my boss had promised me in the summer of last year. I didn’t achieve that goal then, but I’m happy to report that I did accomplish it in February! I got promoted to Senior Technical Program Manager, which came with added responsibility and a nice pay raise.… Continue Reading

A Favorite Analog Tool: Midori Traveler’s Notebooks


 Most of my productivity tools are apps and cloud-based tools that allow me to have everything I need even while on the go. I do still like to use analog tools from time to time just because it’s fun and sometimes putting pen to paper can be really motivating and stimulating. I got really into Midori Traveler’s Notebooks early last year. They are basically pieces of leather with an elastic… Continue Reading

Salary Negotiation Tips

Close-up of a contract and glasses

I am really big on negotiating salaries. I once read that it’s the most money you’ll make in the shortest amount of time, and I strongly stand behind that. A 10-minute conversation can mean an extra ten thousand dollars in your pocket–cheesy but true. My Negotiating Journey I got my first opportunity to test my negotiating skills when I was 21 and first entering the corporate world. I had two job… Continue Reading