If you are using Instagram right, then you’re discovering some great new artists, like I am. The medium is perfect–small squares of colorful beauty with short captions (and of course, links to the artist’s website of work), all personally aggregated to your interest by IG’s powerful algorithm. It’s like a catalog of the world’s art available at your fingertips!
If you haven’t stumbled onto the art wing of the ‘gram, then allow me to point the way. To get you started, here are five of my favorite artists right now (with links to their IG accounts.) Go forth and follow!
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How often do you wash your hair?
Sorry if that question seems a little out of left field…I know there are more pressing issues happening in the world right now (I mean, just look at Rod Rosenstein’s un-blinking dead gaze.) But I’m curious- do you wash your hair every day? Every other day? Once a week?
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When I first got an account on Instagram, I didn’t think about it. I had a friend pressure me into it, telling me it was way better than Facebook. I said, OK, and signed up. And like most things in life, I was slow to the trend. I missed the first wave of blogging, I…
via A Manifesto for Christian Women on Instagram — Abigail Dodds
It’s Friday, and while I may be swamped in research papers and never-ending assignments, that doesn’t mean that I don’t want a 5 min scroll break while studying. Instagram is my favorite of the social apps because it fuses the best parts of entertainment media: beautiful images, interesting conversation, and easy-to-discover good content.
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Somehow, I’ve found myself in yet another season of discipline, but this time more specifically: self-discipline. Because I am pursuing by BA entirely online, it forces me to get serious about a couple of things. Here are a few ways that help me be disciplined and get work done.
- Make a schedule, stick to it. Generally I like to work in a loose schedule -my day has touch points of getting stuff done, but with a lot of room for flexibility. Or, ya know, entirely deviating from those touch points, depending on the day. But because I am now accountable to assignment deadlines, babysitting schedules, etc. it helps to have clear deadlines. Alarm to get up in the a.m. (and actually get up!), alarm to leave the office and head home. Give myself a clear “lunch hour” and “afternoon-coffee-half-hour” to get some fresh air and to get errands done. As much as possible: Respect the schedule.
- Hard stuff first. I was reminded of this recently while listening to Monocycle, one of the Man Repeller podcasts, when Leandra’s husband mentioned that he did this as well…basically you get the hard stuff done first thing. For me that usually means making dreaded phone calls (and by dreaded I mean, any phone calls) in the morning. This also includes writing blog posts or papers…I love to write, but it is hard work!
- The Mighty To-do List. I’ve tried a few to-do lists apps and still haven’t found one that just clicked…so I’m back to OG style, using a small lined yellow pad and pen and numbered lists. At the start of the week I’ll number all of my assignments and deadlines and then relish in the feeling of marking a nice black line through them as they are completed. For things like grocery lists and songs to look up and random thoughts while driving, I’ll just use the unpredictably fun combination of the Evernote app and Siri.
- Task and reward. So simple, but oh so good. I’ll just pair a difficult or dreaded task with some kind of equal reward. As in, finish this chapter of reading and then zone out on Instagram for 2 min. If it is something challenging or brain-draining, I’ll work until a certain time and then “reward” by watching a Lisa Eldridge video and grabbing a snack.
Those are just a few ways that work for me, but please let me know in the comments (or on Instagram, duh) some of your little tricks to get stuff done! And now that this task is done, I’m gonna go see whats up online and probably post a photo of something dumb.