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  • Writer's pictureDaphne Dator

Where Productivity Meets Self-Care

For most, the concepts of productivity and self-care fall under the polar opposites of the spectrum. However, finding the sweet spot between the two could be exactly what you just need after a tiring online semester.

With the time that us CTM majors have over the break, here are a couple ideas to start your Christmas vacation on the right foot and to help set you up for a better-prepared 2022.

1. Filling in the Silence With Podcasts

Now that academics and org work are temporarily no longer at the forefront of our schedules, this makes way for forms of media that can be either insightful or downright comforting. One of the most underrated ways to pass time is definitely queueing up a podcast while going about your day. Whether you're an extrovert that needs company for the time-being or an introvert that wants background noise without draining your social battery, you can never go wrong with discovering podcast genres. Here are a couple of free-flowing podcasts that will have an episode no matter what vibe you’re feeling:

  • Anything Goes by Emma Chamberlain

"Thoughts, conversations, and advice on topics from relationships, dealing with failure, to the trials and tribulations of being a cat mom, and ridiculous stories with friends we can all relate to."

"Welcome to ACTM's vey own podcast where you get to meet personalities taking up BS Communications Technology Management Majors from the Ateneo and get a glimpse of the lives."

2. Tweaking Your Digital Space

With the online shift, our digital workspaces have become our homebase when it comes to academics and extracurriculars. With that in mind, the smallest actions to keep our file organization in check makes all the difference when hell week comes around again.

  • Decluttering files, screenshots, and your desktop

  • Revamping your Notion template

  • Getting creative with Google Sheets/Excel

3. Picking Up Old and/or New Hobbies

Given the holiday season, there's no better time to pick up an old hobby to re-spark nostalgic joy. Be it embroidering, painting, or even an old video game, having a familiar activity can uphold a sense of routine and opportunity to reminisce on the little things in life.

  • Minecraft, Plants vs. Zombies, Stardew Valley

  • Journalling: ponder on different prompts and insights that you've picked up from the past year, and even set intentions for the coming one!


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