BOOK REVIEW: “Do Less, Get More” by Shaa Wasmund

 

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Do Less, Get More by Shaa Wasmund (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Do Less, Get More is a great match for overwhelmed, busybody readers. You’ll learn how to make room for what’s truly important in your life and map out your goals. Sometimes I feel like twenty-four hours isn’t enough time in a day to accomplish my personal projects. I’ve read Do Less, Get More to expand my limited beliefs. I can’t stand staring at the ceiling at night when I should be sleeping thinking about all the things I wish I’ve done.

First of all, priority is important. What matters the most to you should be first on your to-do list. Shaa Wasmund points out that people tend to mix the important tasks with the trivial. Think watching the latest recorded season of Scandal in the morning is more important than that 5k training? You’ll thank yourself if you start running first.

Your goals should always be your highest priorities. Maintaining focus is key to making your goals come true. Let’s say you want to read more books in a monthly basis. Cut out all the distractions and set your reading goals on paper immediately!

Mind maps come in handy for setting goals. These maps are used to plan step-by-step action towards your goals. Here’s an example of a mind map:

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and other one on time management:

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There’s an entire site full of these visual planners on mindmapping.com where you can create your own mind map and gain inspiration from others (with a 30-day free trial).

Without having to pay fancy mindmap software, I’ve created my own with basic Microsoft paint. The topic: “Writing More”.

Mind Map

Here’s how it’s broken down:

Mind Map: “Writing More!”

  • Blogging
    • WordPress
      • 500+ word content: I noticed I’ve been writing blog posts ranging around 250-300 words so I’m changing the habit to writing content at least 500 words. Sure, short content is good but bigger content with more quality is better.
      • Post schedule: Creating a post schedule can be a great for any consistent blogger posting content on time. This habit helps keep me on track of my posts I’ve created like the “Manga Mondays”.
      • Write new content ninety minutes a day: Creating post drafts non-stop for ninety minutes without any distractions has certainly taken me farther than before as a blogger.
  • Scripts
    • Plays
    • TV
    • Movies
    • “Fan-Based”:  Fanfiction in screenwriting form.
  • Time
    • Mornings: As soon as I wake up!
    • Weekends
    • Free time before & after work
  • Journal Time
    • Carry everywhere: To make sure I have done some form of writing, I take my journal with me everywhere just in case I haven’t done so at home.
    • Dream journaling: So far, I’ve written over a thousand dream entries figuring out the dream symbolisms I’ve encountered in my dreamworld.
    • Pour out feels:  Whenever I’m feeling ecstatic or upset about something, pouring these feelings out on paper is best.

Overall, the lesson I’ve picked up from Wassmund’s book is keeping my eyes on the prize. Focus equals tremendous progress! Since reading this book, I’ve made a week trial starting the day with my top three priorities: exercise, writing, and reading. I always do these first before going on Tumblr or checking my e-mail. My habits have changed since I’ve switched my routine.

Thanks, Wasmund!

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Have you read this book?

Which productivity books have changed your daily routine?

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Manga Monday #19: “My Hero Academia” by Kohei Horikoshi

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My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi (Amazon) (Goodreads)

My Hero Academia is an unexpected, action-packed adventure! This manga series is filled with memorable scenes and awesome characters.

Izuku  Midoriya is a middle schooler with a dream of being a superhero. In a world where the majority of the world population has some form of a superpower, Izuku was born with none. These powers are called “quirks”.  At school, Izuku is taunted for being “Quirkless” and given the name “Deku” meaning he can’t do anything.

However, being quirkless didn’t stop Izuku from catching the eye of the most popular superhero in town: All-Might! All-Might takes Midoriya under his wing, trains him, and offers him his “One for All” quirk. This quirk gives a host superhuman strength, speed, and agility. Izuku promises All-Might he can’t tell anyone he was given this quirk.

Eventually, Izuku begins his hero training at U.A High. Everyday, Izuku’s abilities are tested. Not only he has to focus on mastering his skills, he has to face Katsuki Bakugou,  his ol’ school bully (and former friend). Plus, villains keep popping up at Izuku’s school! Izuku can’t take a darn break.

Here’s a couple of the characters and their quirks you’ll find in this series:

1. Katsuki Bakugou- “Explosion”

Izuku’s rival/friend. Katsuki has the ability to cause explosions using his sweat which produces a nitroglycerin-like substance. His quirk works great during the summer but sucks during the winter.

2. Shouto Todoroki – “Half-Hot/Half-Cold”

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Shouto inherited the fire quirk from his father and ice from his mother. He can get frostbite if he uses his ice quirk too much so his fire quirk comes in handy to keep himself balanced.

3. Ochako Uraraka – “Zero Gravity”

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Ochako is the first girl Izuku has “talked” to. Ochako can make anything weightless with her fingertips. Constant usage of her quirk can lead to dizziness. Even making herself weightless for too long can lead to nausea.

3. Tsuyu Asui – “Frog”

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Tsuyu’s bascially a frog. She makes it cool though and I find her adorable. ^_^

4. Mina Ashido – “Acid”

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This chick secretes acid! Mina’s super cute despite her dangerous ability. Best to think twice before giving her a handshake or a hug.

5. Tenya Iida – “Engine”

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Tenya is the class president of U.A. High. He gains tremendous speed by transforming his calves into engines. Drinking sugary drinks can cause his engines to stall but orange juice works just fine.

If I lived in the My Hero Academia universe, my quirk would either be telekinesis, healing, talking to animals, super speed, or super strength.

Read this series if you love super hero manga! I remember seeing the first volume a few years ago and thought it was only a series targeted towards middle school boys. I finally gave it a try after hearing the hype from my friends who were waiting for the anime’s season two coming out this April:

 

 

I better start watching the first season! I’ve already finished reading the seventh volume of My Hero Academia and the next one doesn’t come out until May.

 

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Me waiting for new My Hero Academia manga

 

 

Images From: Amino Apps, Tumblr

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Have you read My Hero Academia?

1,000 Manga Volumes Update: February 2017

Just Four More Volumes…

My 1,000 manga volume journey is almost complete! What I like about the new year is  the surge of new manga volumes on the library bookshelves. Keep it coming, libraries!

For those who are reading Attack on Titan, you will finally know what happened to Marco on volume 19. Be prepared to be utterly frustrated.

Here’s what I read last month:

Updated Volumes

  • Attack on Titan
  • Black Clover
  • A Certain Magical Index
  • A Certain Scientific Accelerator
  • Kamisama Kiss
  • My Love Story
  • One Piece
  • One Punch Man

You can check the fully  updated manga journey list here. ^_^

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Manga Monday #18: “Fairy Tail Blue Mistral” by Hiro Mashima

 

Fairy Tail Blue Mistral by Hiro Mashima (Amazon) (Goodreads)

If Fairy Tail was a massive cake, full of detailed decorations and layers, Fairy Tail Blue Mistral would be the small, simple cupcake. Blue Mistral is the spinoff series of Fairy Tail starring Wendy Marvell and her feline sidekick Clara. Together, they’re off in their own adventures without their fellow Fairy Tail guild members. That’s right, no Natsu, Lucy, Gray, or Erza (at least for now). Wendy’s first quest is to find a local village’s missing inhabitants and the “ghost dragon” rumored to haunt the area. What Wendy uncovers isn’t what is all cracked up to be.

For Fairy Tail fans, Blue Mistral is the light read when you want to take a break from the original Fairy Tail story line. For me, Blue Mistral is decent but mildly disappointing. Wendy’s one of my favorite female Fairy Tail characters! I felt like reading a lowkey G-rated fanfiction. I’d stick to the original Fairy Tail. Besides, Wendy’s more badass in that one.

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Badass Wendy (via Daily Anime Heart)

 

Have you read Fairy Tail Blue Mistral?

March 2017 Book Haul: “Star Fever”

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Do you carry these following symptoms: starry eyes, abrupt outbursts of excitement, sudden urges to shop for expensive dresses, and sleepless nights writing your Oscars speech? My friend, I’m afraid you have a case of “Star Fever”.   I tend to catch this every Academy awards season. Here are the books I’ve picked up after watching the Oscars last month:

1. Bringing Up Oscar by Debra Ann Pawlak

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Bringing up Oscar by Debra Ann Pawlak (Amazon) (Goodreads)

I watch the Oscars every year yet I barely have a clue of its origins. All I know about this awards show is that a group of Hollywood folks in the late 1920’s decided to give rewards to people for doing cool movie stuff. Boom, the Oscars were born! Bringing Up Oscar will definitely expand my knowledge on this prestigious ceremony’s history. I have a strong feeling this will be an awesome book!

2. The Hollywood MBA by Tom Reilly

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The Hollywood MBA by Tom Reilly (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Film production manager Tom Reilly shares his wild stories working in the film industry for over thirty years. When I say “wild”, I’m talking about circumstances that involve alligators roaming around the workplace and managing over a hundred people in one day. Reilly promises a dish of motivational business tips in this engaging book.

3. Writing Movies for Fun and Profit by Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant

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Writing Movies for Fun and Profit by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Okay, I read this book before and I’m doing it again so I can write a review about it! Garant and Lennon share their hilarious journey writing movies for Hollywood. They’re widely known for their acting roles in Reno 911! but they were also the writers behind Night at the Museum (2006), Balls of Fury (2007), and Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005). This writing duo managed to have successful careers despite their ups and downs.

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Besides having “Star Fever”,  reading these books keep me involved with the entertainment industry. I enjoy watching movies, TV, and I write scripts (went to grad school for it). Indulging myself in this atmosphere keeps me in the flow. I love it!

Have you read any of this books? 

Do you have any Hollywood related books you recommend?