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Wasting your life away

Lately, I’ve been thinking worlda lot about time. This is probably because I feel like I haven’t been having lots of time to do what I like to do, such as playing/listening to music, sports, and hanging out with my friends (yes I have friends thank you very much). This led me to think a lot about the time that people, especially us teens, waste doing unproductive. So without further ado, I shall end my prologue here and begin my next blog now.

I hear so many people complain that they are so stresseddownload out about school and homework. This is something that I personally cannot understand. I am taking advanced classes at school, involved in my church a lot (I go to church about five times a week), and take extra-curricular music classes that require me to practice even more on my own time. Then I hear someone who I know takes the average classes and isn’t involved in anything complain about being too busy. What??? How??? Upon further investigation of their lives, I was able to come up with some reasons that I see in my younger generation for our “busyness”. I will share 3 ways to have a more productive day.

The first is to put your phone away while doing homework or something productive. Take it out of your room. Don’t be anywhere near it. This has two main benefits: work quality and speed. When you have your phone in your room, you will find yourself texting people, looking at people’s stories on Snapchat, and browsing your Instagram feed—I guarantee it. This is obviously going to make doing your homework take a lot longer. But reguworldlarly checking your phone while doing assignments will also cause your end product to lack the preeminence that it could potentially have. This is because you kept your mind from getting completely submerged into the assignment. Instead the assignment was done half-heartedly and you will have forgotten everything that you di
d. Plus, if there’s a quiz in your class the next day on the assignment, you will not do too great if you didn’t pay attention to the homework 🙂 . Now I’m not saying not to take breaks as you do your homework, because that is also bad for you. In fact, I highly recommend that you take short breaks during your homework periods, just don’t take the break(s) in the middle of an assignment. I personally do it after I complete my homework for a certain class (i.e. between Spanish and Math)

The second tip I have is to sleep with your cell phone outside of your room and to do so at a reasonable hour. Having a lack of sleep is extremely stressful the next day. You go through every class miserable and retaining little to no jjinformation. Lack of sleep has also been proved to be bad for you when you have to take a test or quiz. Having a phone in your room is an easy temptation to lose lots of sleep—not to mention the other risks of having your phone with you while you sleep. Also, it is recommended that teens need to have between 9 to 9 ½ hours of sleep per night, while the average sleep time for a teen is 7 to 7 ¼ hours of sleep. For school, I wake up at 6:30. This means that I should be sleeping by 9:30 (which I must admit happens very rarely). My school ends at 2:50. Almost 7 hours is a lot of time to finish my homework, all of my responsibilities, and still have fun 😉

Finally, the last tip I have is to be careful what you do in your free time. Instagram, Snapchat, and texting all have their place, but there’s more to you than that. What do youdownload ENJOY doing? Personally, I love playing instruments and talking to people. Those are the things that
I enjoy in life. So when it comes to free time, be careful what you go to. Is it something
that although relaxing, can be productive? For example, music can be productive for me because I can use it to play in my church and even to make money in the future through gigs and private lessons. Is what you use to “escape” from stress productive, or is it just purely a waste of time, like watching TV or playing video games? Think about what you do when you have nothing to do.

Thank you for actually reading all of this. I hope that what I said would truly make you think
about how to be a lot less stressed out and not waste the time that you have each day. After all, time is the most precious thing in the world, for it cannot be bought, gained over time, stolen. Time is time, and ours is limited. Be careful what you do every minute, for that is a minute that we can never get back.iPhone-7-control-center-Bluetooth

 

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Cheap or nah?

This is one of the most difficult challenges in my life. Those who know me can surely vouch for me when I say that I’m cheap. I just really don’t like paying more when I can pay so much less.

SOMETIMES.

Although what I said can be a good trait, it can also be very bad when you find yourself in those moments wheusare you don’t have a choice. Here’s an example: I
went to a trampoline park where they made you pay for a cup of water. Now, its not like I didn’t have the money (it was somewhere around 50 cents), but for me the problem was that I was PAYING FOR A CUP OF WATER. How could I in my right mind pay for something that I seem to have too much of at home?! Such a thing was unthinkable. So, obviously, I just bid my time and once I got home, I downed a good 4 cups of cold water from my fridge—FOR FREE.

I had almost the same experience when I went hiking once. In order to get to the trail, you had to take a bus. At the end of the hike, you had to wait for the busses to come back so that they can take you back to your car. No joke, the line to the

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bus was somewhere around 2 hours long. After you finish a hike, of course you’ll be thirsty, no? Well, a bottle of water was somewhere around $5—and they had no drinking fountains! Those geniuses got SO many people to pay like 10x the cost that a water bottle should be just because they knew that the people had no other choice! (I said geniuses because although it sucks to be the recipient of that injustice, they made so much money off of everyone that bought water :D)

Moral of the stories? I am VERY cheap.

But not always.

Here’s an example. I was trying to get some in-ear headphones recently that were of usadecent quality and still sounded nice. The obvious choice were the Apple EarPods. Look at the picture. Can you tell which one is fake if I was wearing them at school or something? No you wouldn’t be able to. Yet I would know that they were fake because I bought them AND (most importantly) because the sound quality would not even be close to the level that they should be. In this case, I would’ve bought original headphones.

Of course, I wouldn’t get them right from the Apple Store because they would be crazy expensive. I would get them somewhere else for a lot cheaper, probably Amazon :D.

Point is, sometimes you should pay more and get more out of it and be super cheap and get your money’s worth on it.

Here’s another area that is very important to me: my cell phone. I always try to upgrade to the newest phone, even if there’s not much different from its predecessor. For example, I paid about $100 more than an iPhone 6S to get the iPhone 7. Why? I knew that the iPhone 6S will go way down in price next year and when I sell my 7, I will be saving a lot more money for the amount of cash I save because of the 6S price drop. Here’s what I’m trying to say: iphone-7-control-center-bluetoothit is better to dish out another $100 every year (along with the money you make from selling your old phone) and upgrade to the newest phone instead of having to come up with $1000+ (judging by phone rates these days) to buy a brand new phone once your super old junkie phone is worth nothing anymore.

These are just my opinions about how much money to dish out on stuff. Hope you enjoyed J

I conformed to society?!

The day has come. Two years ago I never would’ve thought it a possibility. Most of my friends are still in shock.

I GOT AN iPHONE.

In order for you to understand this, you must know the backstory of my “beef” with Apple.

You see, I’ve been at it with Apple ever since I knew about them. I’ve been an Android user since my first phone. I probably inherited this “anti-Apple” gene from my father, who hates the company as much as I do — or did.

I had many arguments against iPhones (some of which I still stand by). For example, I hate the fact that iPhones don’t have back buttons.SONY DSC The back button is an amazing feature that Androids have had since their day one. It basically functions as an “undo” button that is super easy to access because it is right next to the home button. The other button you see is called the menu button, which is almost as handy as the back button. Since on Android app settings are found within the apps themselves and not the settings app (which is a pain to always go to, for the record), that button will open up the settings of that app so that you can tweak whatever you need to without closing the application. Another one of my many arguments against Apple is the fact that it is less customisable — so much so that people jailbreak their iPhones just to unlock features that Android has had for a long time (i.e. home screen scrolling effects). I love the fact that Android has its own app

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drawer where you can see every single app on your device and then has a home screen where you can put really nice widgets (iOS widgets suck) and all the apps that you want to focus on. I acually really enjoyed the fact that if you didn’t like how the widgets looked or you wanted to expand your selection, you could easily go to the Google Play Store and download more. Speaking of the Google Play Store, I still think that it is so much better than the App Store on Apple devices. There are so many paid apps on the App Store that are free on android, such as Alto’s Adventure. There are also many ways to get apps that aren’t even on the Google Play Store using the likes of .apk files. The Ringtones are also super easy to create and download–especially with some neat apps such as Zedge. The notification drawer was so much more incorporated into daily use of an android device, too. You would pull it down to find one place where you can see all of your notifications, a lot of quick settings such as WiFi and Bluetooth, and a quick button to open the settings app. Also, probably one of the greatest features out there right now is that all of android’s flagship devices have a headphone jack 🙂

The above paragraph was what I argued against iOS devices, yet my friends all around me fought against that point of view with leaning toward’s Apple’s take on cell phones. One of their arguments was the fact that androids used their resources very inefficiently. For example, watch this speed test video between the two top-tier phones of each OS. Although the iPhone 7 has half of the GB of RAM that the S7 does, iphone-7-control-center-bluetoothsome could still argue that it out-preformed the S7 in speed. Another argument that they used against me was the lack of the ultra-handy control center. As you can see from the picture on the right, there are many shortcuts native to iOS devices that androids don’t have, such as camera and calculator shortcuts. Lastly, the most prominent argument for the iPhone was the lack of bloatware. The only way to remove bloatware on an android device is to root your deveice (which voids your warranty), while you can delete just about all of it on Apple devices.

So then what is the point of arguing, you may ask? Well, much like some people have certain sports teams that they support, and I do too (a blog for another time), I also identified with android as my own “team” and my friends did the same with Apple. Personally, I wanted to get the “opposition” to convert to my team so that they could see the true features that androids have, because many people just choose iPhones because everyone else has them and they don’t take the time to see what else was out there (I call them iSheep :D). Here’s a chart about phones in the USA:usa

You see, in the US, my team was losing! I couldn’t let that happen! Yet I had one benefit, though. Here’s a chart about worldwide sales:world.png

So yeah, that was the reason for arguments. I wanted my team to win EVERYWHERE!

So who won? usaWe resolved that nobody won, it was just a matter of personal preference. Some prefer the iOS look as opposed to the Android OS feel. Some prefer the LG and Samsung and other major Android designers to Apple’s take on cell phone design–and there’s nothing wrong with any of those things. The difference between the preferences would also mean the size of your wallet (Apple  Samsung) –just throwing that out there because I’m not a 100% fan either way B)

So how did this affect me?
It got me to think. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been an android loyalist my whole life. The only expeusarience of iOS that I got was via YouTube, friends’ phones, and old iPads. I decided that I needed to try these devices out on my own before I could make a real decision on my preference. I posted my old Samsung Galaxy S7 edge on Craigslist, found a killer deal for an iPhone 7 ($525 for the 128G model with a bunch of other accessories) online, and now I’m using it as my daily driver. I don’t want to say what my preferences are as of a week later, but if you want I’ll post a blog about it later on. let me know down in the comments and give my blog a good ole’ follow and then we’ll talk 😀