February Favorites: Supplies, Apps, Books & More

Hello, March! A month is over and I decide to make regular monthly favorites at the beginning of every month to share things that I found helpful and inspiring for me and other students. February was a pretty busy month for me and I didn’t have much time to read; I mostly just listened to podcasts while I was going to school. Hence, I didn’t have a lot of book favorites this month but I did pick a few very thought-provoking podcasts to share with you all!


School Supplies

Midori-style Traveler’s Notebook

I recently purchased a traveler’s notebook in a local store, and I have been using it a lot as my planner.

I am never the kind of person who likes carrying a huge and heavy planner around (which explains why I don’t particularly find commercial planners appealing). I used the Moleskine notebook as my bullet journal for a while, but I still felt that it wasn’t as organized as I wanted it to be. It also couldn’t hold my pen or didn’t have compartments to hold some of my loose papers and cards.


Using this traveler’s notebook, however, I can have two separate thin notebooks in it. I used a dotted notebook for my bullet journal, and a lined notebook for work, wishlists, inspirations and more. With the plastic organizer, I can easily bring post-it notes and flags along with me. It’s also great to use that to personalize your planner by putting a polaroid picture in it. The greatest thing about using a Midori-style traveler’s notebook as a planner is that it is very flexible and you won’t be afraid of screwing it up because you can just easily change the thin notebook to another one. If you are not a bullet journal person, you can also buy printed monthly/weekly/daily planners in the size of a traveler’s notebook and put it in your midori.

Staedtler Gel Highlighter Textsurfer Gel 5 Color Set (264 PB5)

It always annoys me when the ink smudges when I use highlighters on it. Mildliners used to be my favorite, but one downside of it is that it smudges. Then I found this. It is inkjet safe, so I use it on all the documents printed from an inkjet printer and also on all my ink pens. I have had some similar gel highlighters but the quality is not as good as this because they are not as bright. This is the perfect one since it is very eye-catching and it doesn’t smudge at all.



Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 8.00.44 pmWhen I was writing the posts on How to Give a Good Presentation, I came across this awesome website that provides great and detailed information on giving a good presentation. It covers a wide range of things from basics to body language, and it even provides printables for readers. I am particularly intrigued by the checklist it offers on its presentation checklist printable, which lists out a bunch questions regarding your presentation to ensure you have sufficient preparation.


Goal Streaks (Free)

goals-mainIn my morning routine post, I mentioned two apps/sites that help me a lot for checking off my everyday to-dos. One downside of both of the apps is that they do not provide a visual representation of how well I stick to my goals. Then I found this app on app store and I really love its layout. There are a lot of habit-tracking apps out there but the free version of most of those apps usually restrict the number of habits you can have, but this doesn’t.


To:day (Free)

Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 6.28.40 pmI have been searching for a long time for an app that has a countdown function as well as a to-do list fo the events. Then I found this perfect app for me. It is great whether I want to plan out things to do for tests, social events, or any other deadlines. It has a countdown function for each event, and at the same time, it allows you to have a checklist of what you should do for that event. It also has a widget for iPhonewg. And of course, you can set reminders for all your tasks and events.


Scribd (2-Month Free Trial)

ScribdWhen it comes to online platforms for reading books, Scribd is always my favorite. I lost my iPad (unfortunately) months ago but I finally purchased one this month, and I decided to subscribe to Scribd again. To me, Scribd is the best deal considering that it has a wide range of books and it has a combination of normal e-books and audiobooks. With $8.99/month, I can read unlimited books (it’s usually 2-3 for me) and listen to 1 audiobook, which is amazing compared to a lot of alternatives out there.


Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

I might be a little bit slow to jump on the bandwagon but I just started listening to this audiobook on Scribd and I really like it. Knowing that we humans operate in two systems when thinking explains a lot of things and phenomenon when we are learning, studying, thinking and more. It also puts an explanation on some human irrationality and things that are out of our conscious. If you are interested in human behaviors and thought processes, this book will definitely be a great read for you.



Tim Ferriss on Suicide, Fear of Failure, And the Secret to Success

Tim Ferriss, the author of The 4-Hour Workweek, opened up about his experience of thinking about killing himself on this podcast. It is very inspiring for me because a lot of people always expect others, especially successful people, to always have things easy. Tim here told the audience that this is definitely not the case, and these “successful” people may have had their tough times too. His words on overcoming depression and failure are very inspiring to me, and I agree with a lot of things he said. In this podcast, he gave a lot of advice out of his personal experience of overcoming depression, and I am sure you can benefit from those words whether you are going through a tough phase, feeling depressed, or just need some positive inspiration.

The College Info Geek Podcast: Morning Routines (ep. 81)

I remember I did set up a morning routine myself at the very beginning of college (that’s like more than 1.5 years ago), but I failed very soon. Listening to this podcast made me realized that you can’t just demand yourself to wake at 5:30 am and accomplish a bunch of things right from the start. This inspired me to build up my morning routine step-by-step and try to live a healthier and more productive lifestyle. Click here if you want to know more about how to build up a morning routine and my personal perfect morning routine !

Angela Duckworth on Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Angela in this podcast gave an overview of the idea of grit, self-control, and its relationship with success. I agree with most of her view – especially that talent does not always lead to success. The podcast inspired me to reflect on my past experiences and to think about what should be a successful mindset. Her book “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” is now on my reading list for next month!

What do you think about these? Do you have anything you find inspirational or helpful during the past month? Please share them in the comment!


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