5 Tips To Stop Procrastinating

With a lot of people going through deadlines and exams this month, I know that it can be a difficult and taunting time, and that at some point, you might experience yourself procrastinating. So today I wanted to share some tips that I’ve collected, on how to beat procrastination, and stay on track with your work and revision.

Set Big Goals And Small Quotas

This tip is really useful because you can start implementing it, and it doesn’t even feel like you’re working. Essentially all you have to do is work backwards. Firstly you outline your ultimate goal, i.e. Revise Maths, or, Write 3 Essays. Then you work backwards with what small quotas you can easily achieve within a short time, for example, Select 2 Units To Read, Summarise Those Units In A Paragraph, Write An Essay Plan, etc.

Pre-Commit

This point is quite an obvious one, but it does make a great difference. Instead of leaving any attempts of your work or revision until the last minute, take advantage of the time that you’re allowing to be free time, to just jot down and bookmark things that might help you when it comes down to actually getting the work done. That way you’ll save a lot of precious writing and revising time.

IMG_7748Lists

Written lists help just about everyone. This tip links into the small quotas one, because f you’ve written down small easily-achievable tasks, you’re more likely to achieve them quickly, because you get the quick reward of being able to tick it off of your list.

Redirect Your Procrastination

When you do find yourself procrastinating, try and take advantage of it. This might sound quite confusing, but why I mean is, when you’re mindlessly browsing through the Internet, and not doing what you intended to, or should be doing, redirect your attention onto something else that needs to be done, for example, clean out your emails and respond to whoever you need to. This means that when you’re running out of time on your work tasks, you’ll have eliminated other distracting things to do, so you can identify your procrastination faster, as you’ll only be able to waste time by watching cat videos.

Rewards

This is another obvious tip, but if it has been proven to work, why wouldn’t I include it?! If you are really struggling to get something done, just bargain with yourself, and decide on a reward for when you’ve completed it. You can also set up things to do with your friends after you’ve done your work, and then you have an outside independent motivation to get your work done.


Those are my tips on how to avoid procrastinating, I hope some of these tips can help you guys out! I’d also like to quickly mention that if you are going through a stressful time at the moment due to work and exams, it will all be worth it in the end. You’re working right now, for yourself in the future, and you won’t let yourself down. So keep your head up and don’t let procrastination kill your vibez.

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The Ultimate List Of Blogging Resources

If you run a blog, you can spend hours searching for the right website or plugin to help you with creating, increasing engagement and everything else that comes with running an online space.

So instead of spending all of that time looking through useless sites, I’ve done it for you and compiled this ultimate list of blogging resources!

I’ve alphabetised this list in order to make navigation easier for you, but if you want to find a specific tool quicker, just CRTL+F it!

IMG_2263Ad Management

 WP125 WP125 offers everything from a one or two column ad display, and includes support. You can also show as many ads as you want, and in any order. One of my favourite things about this particular plugin is that you can keep track of how many times an ad is clicked, and it runs ads for as long as you want, and removes them for you, on the end date.

Analytics

Quill Engage This is a free tool that collects all of your Google Analytics data and emails you weekly summaries.

Apps

DWNLD For just £15 a month, you can transform your online content into a sleek app!

Colour Palettes

Adobe Colour This is perfect for creating any type of colour palette. They can be analogous, monochromatic, or customised, it’s even fun to just play and create your own palettes!

Comment System

Disqus I’m sure you would’ve come across this system on many blogs, it’s incredibly easy to sign up for, and it’s said to increase both traffic and engagement for your online content.

Competition Tool

Rafflecopter This tool is the only way I would ever run another giveaway. It takes minutes to input your terms and prize, and the rest of the work is done for you! I think this tool is an incredibly fair and fun way to run giveaways and competitions.

Focus

StayFocusd This plugin helps you stay focussed when you’re actually writing. It does this by limiting the amount of time you can spend on what you input as ‘time-wasting’ sites.

Fonts

Da Font Search by style for the exact font that you want, and download for free.

Group Work

Basecamp We’ve all encountered annoying times when you’re working on a group project and no one is sure where they stand, or what’s being done. Basecamp takes away all of these issues, by not only featuring an interactive working space, but also a real-time chat, for you to voice any concerns and collaborate even easier.

HTML

HTML Dog This site offers beginner, intermediate and advanced tutorials on both HTML and CSS. There is also a handy reference guide for HTML tools.

Image Editor

PicMonkey An insanely easy to use photo editor, collage maker, and graphic design site. Perfect for everyone and it’s free!

Photoshop The most famous photo editing software, it’s very easy to navigate once you’ve got the hang of it, and you get a professional quality service.

Easel.ly This site actually features thousands of free infographic templates which users can customise, and share their visual ideas online.

Inspiration

Uber Suggest Enter a few keywords, and have blog post ideas generated for you!

Day Of The Year Find worldwide events and special occasions to inspire blog posts!

 

Livestreaming

Twitcam Perfect for livestreaming without the cost. Here you can  livestream and talk to your audience in the live chat at the same time.All livestreams are also archived and available after you’ve ended the stream.

Online Safety

Login LockDown This plugin allow you to limit the amount of login attempts allowed from any particular IP address during a space of time.The current default is a 1 hour lock out of an IP block after 3 failed login attempts within 5 minutes.

CheckShortURL If you’ve encountered a shortened URL and you’re not sure where it leads, this site lets you ‘peek’ at the site before you click on it.

Page Annotation

Bounce If you’d like to share a webpage with someone, but you’d also like to annotate or mention a specific section this website does exactly that. It even screenshots the entire loaded page, and not just what you initially see on the screen.

Screen Recorder

Screencast-O-Matic A free and easy to use screen recorder, with no download.

Sharing

Buffer The perfect way to share a post multiple times, to various social media outlets, but with different introductions and images.

MailChimp A free system for sending an email to your entire list of contacts. You can set up automated campaigns, or design them from scratch each time.

Signature

WiseStamp Create your own unique email signature, with an automatic link to your latest blog post.

Skype Capture

Pamela for Skype This is one of the more secure and easy to use Skype recording software. You also have options of a free version, but you are limited to 15 minutes calls.

Stock Images

iStock With this site you can pay per photos, or buy a subscription, to have access to millions of free to use images.

Image.Net Another If you’re a member of the media, this site allows you access to free to use images and videos, with email updates when particular tags are updated.

Twitter Tool

Crowdfire This site is actually perfect for keeping on top of who you’re following, and who is or isn’t following you.

TweetDeck A super slick way to view and interact with Twitter. I particularly find it the perfect way to take part in Twitter chats, as you can tweet, reply and interact with so many people at once.

URL Shortener

Google The quickest way to shorten a URL, foolproof.


I hope you guys found some useful sites to use, be sure to let me know if you will start using one of these!

Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Drop me a comment with what you’re after and I’ll find it for you!

Notebook Obsession

Hi, my name’s Corinne and I have a problem.

WAIT BEFORE YOU LEAVE NO IT’S NOT ABOUT THAT, THIS POST IS ABOUT NOTEBOOKS DIDN’T YOU READ THE DAMN TITLE C’MON.backgrounder (1)It was a lovely day out, when I wandered into TK Maxx, and it was brought to my attention that I may have a slight obsession with notebooks. For every one that I pointed out to my pal, she very kindly reminded my that I already had 4 at home, and 3 in my basket (all of which are still entirely unused, what can I say aren’t we all intimidated by an empty notebook?)

So today I thought I’d show you guys my little collection, as a haul of sorts, with a little run down as to why I love notebooks, and why I will never stop myself from buying more.

At the end of last summer, just before the start of the school year, I decided to pick up some new school supplies to see me through the year, and one of my favourite picks was this (originally) plain lavender notebook, because it’s A5 size, so it easily fits into my backpack, but it’s still big enough for me to make notes in. I chose to decorate it with these adorable pony stickers because no amount of responsibility will make me grow up.IMG_1308This trio is one of the main reasons that I love notebooks so much, because they can be so tiny and easy to slip into any bag. I like using these for writing down advice, and just random quotes and typography that I like.

I also really like that they aren’t lined, so that gives you the little bit more freedom for doodling and just jotting down anything you fancy.IMG_1306This notebook I picked up from TK Maxx, because I didn’t have a notebook with ring binding, and these are usually the easier to write in because you can just rotate all of the pages back, meaning you don’t ruin the spine by bending the notebook. I also love the cover of this one, because I feel like it inspires me to never hold myself back, and to just create.IMG_1315This is one of my older notebooks, I picked it up in a stationery store, primarily because it’s a full A4 sized notebook, but also it’s really satisfying to use. If you’re a notebook entusiast such as myself, you’ll understand why; it’s big, it has a super-soft faux-leather covering, and the pages are thick and lined, so it’s like a good old fashioned classic journal.IMG_1316And finally these 2, both of which I also picked up from TK Maxx, again they are both A5, but the lavender one has another super-soft cover that has “Stay Classy” printed onto it in silver text, and the other is a hard-backed notebook with “Stuff I’m Likely To Forget” (how perfectly apt for a notebook am I right?!) written in a gorgeous gold font.IMG_1314


That’s it for my little notebook haul, I hope you guys enjoyed it! Do you also love a good notebook? Let me know in the comments!

What’s In My Travel Bag? (Featuring LYDC Bags)

what's in my travel bag (1)Hey guys, as some of you may have already seen, about a month ago, I won a bag from LYDC! The competition was comprised of 10 random bags daily, so you don’t know which one exactly you’re winning. So when it arrived, I was so surprised at how big (and pretty) it was!

So since it was this bag that prompted me to write this post, I’ll give you guys a little run down of the bag itself. It is the ‘Hoppen Quilted Shoulder Bag’ in the colour wine by LYDC. It’s also available in navy and black. For me, it’s the perfect travel bag, because it’s got tonnes of space, and can be carried or worn as a shoulder bag!

So here we go with what’s in my travel bag!IMG_0848what's in my travel bag (2)My Makeup | Obviously I’m not going to go particularly far without everything I use to paint my face fabulously on the daily. I also recently got this Ted Baker zip bag that I’m using as my new makeup bag, isn’t it just too beautiful?!what's in my travel bag (5)Tech | My phone and headphones are again, obvious go-tos. But I like to pack both my in-ear headphones and my overhead ones because I like to switch between them during long journeys, and then whenever I’m on my phone or laptop because using one particular pair for an extended amount of time can really hurt my ears.

For longer journeys/stays I also like to bring my tablet, because I like to read and play games on a bigger screen. And my camera (fun fact, I actually pack my Canon Sx610 when I’m going away, but I couldn’t picture it because I haven’t charged my Nikon, so they had to switch places, top job Corinne.)what's in my travel bag (4)Essentials | I always pack makeup remover because just because I’m not at home, doesn’t mean I can leave my makeup on overnight like a crazy person. A roll-on deodorant is my preferred choice of deodorant, I actually really like this one because it’s cucumber and green tea scented, so it smells really clean and fresh. I like to also take a hand cream with me because my hands can get dry during the colder months, and keeping them hydrated is always a good idea. Finally, I also like to keep a pack of gum on me and any kind of hair care treatment, most recently it’s V05’s ‘Smoothly Does It’ because it can be applied to wet hair as a heat protectant, or dry hair to smooth out frizz.


That’s it for what’s in my travel bag, have I missed out anything that would be the first thing you would pack? Let me know in the comments!

What Next?

Fotor0104175542Hey guys! As we’re all getting back into the swing of things with the new year now, I thought I’d take a bit of time to reflect.

I know, one of those posts.

But no, this isn’t going to be about me making some kind of major life change, or setting any ‘goals’ or ‘resolutions’, there’s enough of that floating around at the moment for me to jump onto that bandwagon.

Instead, today’s post is about this, where you are right now, my online creative space. As I explain on my About Page, this blog is a tiny corner of the Internet, where I choose to share and create content that I enjoy and love.

I’ve had this blog for almost a year now (it’s birthday is the 30th of January if you’d like to wish it a happy birthday!) I have been posting here with my schedule of three times every week for 6 months, and then every day for 25 days for the month of December. I can’t believe it’s been that long, but I’m really glad that this blog has developed into what it is today.

But I don’t want it to stop or plateau here, I want this space to continue to grow, and evolve with me. But right now I want to ensure that this blog is truly reflecting what I want, and that I’m creating exactly what I want and envision.

That’s right, we’re talking schedules and content. I know so many people that create content online tend to use the new year as a time to reflect on their schedules, and what they are actually creating, and I’m no different.

I know that I want to create a light and friendly online space, with content that really draws people in, making them want to comment and continually come back.

So you’ve guessed it, in order to really make sure I’m putting out what I want, I’m taking a short break.

It really isn’t going to be long, in fact I plan on being in full swing with (or without) a new schedule and improved content in plenty of time before my blog’s birthday. Essentially I plan on using this time to properly evaluate my content and schedule, because I want to be posting at the best times for me, and for you.


I do want to thank you all again, I know I always thank you, but it’s the the least I can do for you guys for being here and engaging with what I’m creating.

New Years FOMO?

Hey guys! Welcome to the world after blogmas, where we are all about NYE now!

Obviously this time of year quietly creeps in behind Christmas, without giving many of us a chance to properly plan what to do. From staying in with your family, to going to a massive party, our decision in regards to new years eve is usually a very last minute one.

Fotor1228194950With the last minute nature of our decisions, FOMO can sometimes follow.

What the heck is FOMO? Well, FOMO is the ‘Fear of missing out’, it’s a word we’ve created for the emotion we feel, when we feel like we aren’t doing what everyone else is doing. Now obviously, this isn’t always a bad thing, in fact sometimes doing something differently to everyone else can be a really good thing.

So this post isn’t about how to ‘keep up’ with anybody else, or how to ‘properly’ celebrate any occasion to avoid feeling like you’re missing out. Oh no, the purpose of today’s post is to help you in living exactly the way you want to, and how to avoid disappointment in that.

Of course, the biggest piece of advice I can give you guys is to plan. I like to keep a planner on me at all times, on my desk or in my bag. That way I can pop any events or important work I need to do in immediately, and not put it upon myself to try and remember until I have another moment to write it down. I’ll also try to put a small amount of time aside each evening to tick off what I’ve done, and prioritise what I have to do throughout the coming week.IMG_0472But if you’re not old like me, and you prefer to keep your life in the cloud, you can follow these steps, but just use the calendar in your phone!

However, if you’re quite confident with how you stay on top of what you have to do, then I’m very excited to introduce you to Eventbrite!

Eventbrite is an app that you can browse through to see upcoming events near you, or anywhere you might be travelling to in the near future, such as concerts, networking events, training sessions, and talks. You can even create and host your own events on the app or site, for free if the event itself is free!

So with Eventbrite, you can relax in knowing that you’re being kept in the know with exciting events near you, never again will you see a friend post about an awesome concert they’re going to, and find out it’s sold out.

Eventbrite, helping us sleep soundly, knowing FOMO can never strike.


Thank you guys so much for reading, as I always ramble on, it really does mean a lot to me. And thank you to Eventbrite for giving me the inspiration behind this post, check out Eventbrite now for their FOMO Prevention Campaign!

Finally, I just thought I’d let you guys know that I’m currently in a little bit of a limbo with my blog at the moment, so the next 2 posts may go up on the scheduled days, but please don’t worry if they’re not, I might just be taking a little break. I still love this blog very much, but I need some time to evaluate and understand what I want to do.

How To Optimise Your Blog Photos

I think it’s pretty safe to assume that we all start out in the blogging world, because we’re passionate about it. We love to create, and we love it even more when other people love what we have created.

But it can be a little disheartening if you are avidly creating and developing ideas, if your content is never seen. Therefore we all quickly start to learn little tips and tricks for correctly tagging and sharing our posts, in order to get them in front of the right people. So today, I thought I’d share with you guys, my tips for how to optimise your blog images, so that you are using every available tool for showcasing your blog/online space in the best possible way.How To Optimise Your Blog Photos

Starting out with optimising your images can be as simple as correctly naming your file. For example, the image above is related to this post, “How To Optimise Your Blog Photos”, therefore that’s what I named this file after I transferred it onto my computer, and before uploading it to this post. I know this sounds really useless and obvious, but think of just how many images you take directly from your camera and upload to your blog, without thinking about it. It’s as simple as this, I want people to find this post when looking for tips on how to improve optimisation on their blog photos, therefore that’s what I named the image, so when it’s searched for, this post will appear.

No one ever searches for “IMG_567” or “FPEBDWR”. Your file names must be relevant and useful.

Secondly, there is also ‘Alternative Text’. Alternative text is separate from the file name, and it essentially identifies what the picture is. It’s the text that shows up on screen when a picture doesn’t load properly. This essentially tells whoever is searching for a specific keyword, what is in the image. So if you take a picture of a Lush Bubble Bar, you’ll want to add Lush and Bubble Bar to the alternative text tags.

And lastly, keep file sizes small. People don’t like to be waiting 3 minutes for an image to load. Most will wait roughly 15 seconds before getting tired of waiting and moving on, and that’s not what you want. You want people to love your content and want to return regularly, not click on a link once and never return because your image loaded bar by bar.


That’s it! I hope this post helped some of my fellow blogging buddies out, be sure to let me know if it did! Also, if you’re a seasoned professional in the world of blogging, please do leave any tips you’ve acquired on this (or any similar topic) in the comments, as I’m sure we’d all love to share as much advice as possible.

Back To School Supplies & Essentials

Back To School Supplies & EssentialsBack To School Supplies & EssentialsBack To School Supplies & EssentialsBack To School Supplies & EssentialsBack To School Supplies & EssentialsIt’s that time again: Back to school! I know it can be daunting, and not a particularly exciting time, but I find that if you make a day of it, to go out and treat yourself to some nice brand new school supplies, books and stationery. Having cute things to pack in your bag definitely amps up your mood and gets you more excited for back to school, than dreading it.

So today I’m sharing with you guys some things that I picked up recently, with a back to school theme!

DSCN2060Notebooks | I chose a smaller A5 notebook, and a larger A4 notebook, because I like to have plenty of writing paper, but also sometimes I’ll only want to make light notes for a project, but in other classes it’s better to have a larger notebook, where you can go into more depth. I also chose a plain lavender notebook, but I have decorated it myself with these cute stickers!DSCN2062Document Holder | I thought this little folder was not only really cute, but insanely useful. Normally I’ll have a few pieces of paper with important information on them, somewhere. That’s the worst thing, knowing that you’ve got a specific piece of paper that you really need, but you’re not entirely sure just where it is. So I know that this little folder will really help me out, because I can keep all of these stray pieces of paper in one safe place.

Academic Planner | If you’ve gotten to the point in school where you are no longer given a weekly planner, I’d highly recommend getting your hands onto one of these. They follow the academic year as opposed to a regular year, meaning they start in August instead of January, and end in July instead of December!DSCN2056Weekly Planner | I feel that maybe this particular item is a lot more useful for older students who are living on their own for the first time. This handy little magnetic pad can be put on your fridge, and you can write down your plans for the week. Be it classes, events either work-related or social, you can have a visual layout of what the week ahead of you looks like. It’s also available in a meal-planner version, meaning you can plan your meals for the week, combined with a shopping list section so you can shop for the items you’ll need for you planned meals for the week. (Very good for breaking your reliability on microwave and takeaway meals!)DSCN2063Pens, Pencils, Highlighters & Rubbers | These items are probably the most obvious to have. I just thought that these rubbers were insanely cute, so I couldn’t resist them!DSCN2065


And that’s it! I hope this gave you guys some inspiration towards what to get before going back to school. So let’s get excited for seeing friends and a fresh start!

What is/was your favourite subject at school?

Six Small Steps To Happiness

Sometimes it can be quite difficult remaining positive when facing a lot of things that life throws at you. But something we often forget is that how we are feeling, is ultimately determined by us.

That’s right.

Something that has always resonated with me since I heard it is,

“No one can make you feel anything without your permission.”Steps To HappinessYup. At the end of every day, we all have the choice on how we look back on it. We can choose to see only the negatives, or we can choose to see the small acts of understanding and kindness that we witnessed.

But I also understand that some days it can be more difficult than others to simply ‘see the good’. So I’ve compiled a little list of things that you can incorporate into your daily routine to help you find it easier to remain upbeat and positive. 


Sleep | Having a somewhat fixed sleeping schedule does both your body and mind wonders. If you’re well rested, you’re less likely to feel negative, and if you’re getting up earlier in the mornings, you’re leaving yourself more time to get things done and spend a bit of time for yourself, by having a nutritious breakfast or doing your hair/makeup.

Exercise | I know, I know. Reading that word in a list like this can be really annoying and useless. BUT you’ll be surprised with just how much more uplifted you feel during the day if you started out your day by doing some gentle exercise. This can be anything from walking to school/work, doing some light yoga, or simply reaching for the sky and then your toes once you’re out of bed. Just try to keep in touch with your body, listen to how you’re feeling, and don’t overlook anything.Steps To Happiness

Water | You best believe it. Yes, exercise is always followed by water in lists like these, but trust me, it really does you the world of good. Just get into the habit of packing yourself a water bottle in your bag, or having one next to your bed. If it’s there, you’re more likely to drink it, than having to make yourself a drink of anything else. Water is proven to improve your health, hair, skin and mood. No one has ever met an upbeat dehydrated person.

Organise | This will benefit you and your life in endless ways. If you treat yourself to a cute planner, and write down all of your plans, assignments, and appointments, you’ll feel a weight lifted off of your shoulders. Not only will you become more productive because you’ll learn to prioritise your plans, but you’ll find yourself setting time aside for just you, as you can see how hard you’re working.

Steps To Happiness
embrace the tiny cloud, be the tiny happy cloud

Pamper | I know it’s cliché, and it’s not for everyone, but having a night where you don’t do anything but stay in, watch your favourite shows/movies, and pamper yourself in whatever way you deem fit, be it a bath, just doing your nails, or styling your moustache (we can’t forget the boys, they need pampering too) can be so beneficial for your mood after all of the pampering.

Embrace Change | Start out small, nothing too intimidating or useless. Just a tiny act of complimenting someone, or smiling at someone. You’ll quickly find that if you try and make a small effort of thinking kinder thoughts, it’ll affect your actions, and your actions influence how the people around you treat you, it’s one massive cycle. When you think something nice about someone, tell them. You’ll be surprised with how much it’ll mean to them, and it’ll affect your thoughts in the future.


That’s it for my Six Small Steps To Happiness! I hope this post helped you out, even if it’s only a little bit! If you’ve got any life saving tips or advice, be sure to share them below, it could really help someone else out. Thank you guys for reading, see you next time!

My Blogging Space

I always think it’s interesting to get to see the ‘behind the scenes’ of a blog, getting to know the person and the space that content comes from is just as interesting, if not more, than the content itself. So today I thought I’d give you guys a little insight into my blogging space.deskwhole

Now because my room is themed black, silver and orange, I have a black desk to remain in-keeping with my room. I’ve labelled the things in this image to make it clearer just what I am talking about.

1. I have speakers plugged into my laptop (though they can also be connected to my tablet, phone or any other device with an audio jack) because I really like listening to music when writing, and also just listening to music to relax or get ready. I’m also really into discovering new music and rediscovering music because I’m working on something really fun for you guys that you’ll get to see really soon!

2. Then I have these amazing post-it-notes (with a colourful pen), they are orange, so very fitting, but also a great way of jotting down any ideas I may have in a random moment, or just to remind me of something I have to do. I also have a hand sanitiser here just beside my speakers because I like to keep my keyboard and tablet screen clean.

3. Here I have a special yearbook made by one of my best friends, it’s filled with pictures and memories from mine and all of my best friends’ entire school lives together and I love it immensely. It helps me if ever I’m stuck in a rut, just to flick through and reminisce.

4. Of course, I have my tablet handy on my desk for when my mind strays and I spend a little bit of time mindlessly scrolling through social media. It is also handy to have another screen open for images or prompts when I’m writing.

5. The epitome of my blogging space, my laptop. This is where everything is detailed, planned, roughly outlined, edited, and finally created in it’s final form.

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6. I like to have a candle (preferably scented) lit for when I’m sat at my desk for a long time just to keep the atmosphere warm and relaxed. Obviously in this handy little oil burner because it keeps the flame safely tucked away from everything important.

7. I always have either water or tea next to me when I’m writing. Simply because staying hydrated is always important to keep you feeling awake and creative, but also, if you don’t stay hydrated you’ll only end up mindlessly snacking for the entire time you’re sat at your desk.

8. In this little corner I have a picture of my cats when they were kittens, on the very first day I met them, adorable. Fresh flowers whenever I can get them, a cute little book that was given to me by a very loved one, and a little crystal dish for my jewellery, as I’m forever taking rings and bracelets off and on while I’m writing.


That’s everything I usually have in my blogging area, what do you like to have handy for when you’re writing? Let me know in the comments!