4:45 pm
Dudes and dudettes, I swear I just died. I am SO tired and brain dead. I’ve been working on checking off some personal and school-related tasks all afternoon. Now it’s time for an early dinner at Red Robin (BURGERS…YAAS) and then my puppy Blair’s first puppy training class.

Point: I am tired as heck but I’m really excited that I got important tasks out of the way.

Get Your Story Straight! Tips to Organize Your Novel.

That great idea you had going into your project is evolving chapter by chapter. By the time you’ve gotten two-thirds through the story, you’ve realized exact what the point of it all was, maybe you can even think of a half-suitable ending, but the point is, the story wasn’t what you were expecting, it’s not consistent and the plot is running straight out of left field - So, what do you do? You need to organize your novel. Here’s how to start:

  • Start a notebook. Paper may not be faster, but it is linear and that’s super important. Put dividers in for 1) plot notes and outlines, 2) characters, 3) settings, and 4) timelines. This is how you keep your thoughts organized. Put the date on the page as you write in it. This way you can see what’s changed and when. 
  • Start with plot notes. I know the story may not be all about plot, but the truth is that if you’re having trouble keeping your story on a logical, straight forward plot line, you need to lay down the law. Decide what the plot is going to be. Say it as simply as possible. Make sure the beginning is relevant to the end. The most satisfying plots generally revolve around one singular goal or wish of the main character and show a progression towards that goal. Whether or not that goal is fully realized by the character is for you to determine, but this very general suggestion will make sure that the story remains consistent no matter what happens. 
  • Because this first tab is so important, read the few sentences you came up with to describe your entire plot out loud. Does it make logical sense? Read it to a friend. Ask them for a response and ways to improve. Is the character’s goal the same thing in the beginning as it is in the end? (If not, it better be a conscious switch!) Is the revelation learned in the end relevant to the beginning of the story? 
  • Now fill out the character section. The more you can know about the character the better. Specifically know their goals, wishes, fears, subconscious feelings and wishes, their backstory, and their outcome. While all of this can change, if consistency is your issue, make sure you get the details down. Learn who your character is. Even try doodling them - even if you are a terrible artist, it’s for you so you have an image reference. 
  • The settings tab is to keep track of places you’ve used in your writing. Write detailed descriptions, pinpoint a couple of recognizable and distinguishable features that would be memorably different if the details were altered. This is also the section to put in self-made maps and world notes. 
  • Last tab, write a timeline with estimated dates. This is your safe-check. Be aware of how time passes! 

anonymous asked:

What phone apps do you recommend for organization and studying?

Hello.

Hmm. First, it depends on what type of phone you have? These are general apps that I can recommend to increase productivity.

Android:

  • Relax Rain
  • ClearFocus
  • Simple Pomodoro
  • Study Checker
  • Quizlet
  • My Study Life
  • Note Everything
  • Noisely

IOS:

  • 30/30
  • Memrise
  • Alarmed
  • Errands
  • PERRLAdoro
  • StudyBlue
  • Rain Sound
  • IBooks (A place to keep your ebook versions of some textbooks?)
  • inClass
  • myHomework Student Planner
  • Flashcards+
  • Inkflow Visual Notebook

Best of Luck.

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HOW TO USE A PERSONAL KANBAN FOR ORGANIZATION

What is Personal Kanban?

Kanban is a system that companies use in the manufacturing process in Japan. It’s easily adaptable to your own life and work. You can find quite a bit of information on it here, and they also sell a book on it, but most people tend to agree that the book doesn’t add much. Personal Kanban allows you to visualise all your tasks and manage everything you need to do.

There are only two rules to Personal Kanban:

  1. Visualise your work
  2. Limit your work-in-progress.

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Productivity Tips

I struggle with being productive, and I know a lot of you guys do too. So I compiled some helpful tips for being more productive - 

  • Ruthlessly block out distractions: Keep distracting items away from you or turned off. Install applications that block distracting sites (StayFocusd is one of my favorites). 
  • Figure out your time drains: This is related to the first tip. If you know what you waste your time on, you can plan to avoid them better. I really like Rescue Time, which allows you to see what websites you’ve been spending the most time on. 
  • Get up earlier: I know, I know. Getting up in the mornings is hard. But many successful people (think CEOs) get up with the sun. Why? You’re less distracted in the mornings, have more willpower (which goes back to #1), and you set the tone for the rest of the day.
  • Mess = Stress: This one’s sort of self explanatory. For most people, a clean environment is less distracting. So clean up your desk and get more done!
  • Write it down: By writing down your to-dos and commitments, you free yourself from having to remember them. Remembering can actually suck up your energy and attention, so avoid having to do it unnecessarily by finding a trusty system to plan.
  • Set time limits: Having a time constraint (“I’m going to finish this worksheet in 40 minutes”, then set a timer) will push you to focus better. This in turn will make you more efficient. 
  • Hardest Task First: Some people like to “ease” into the work groove by doing little tasks first. I prefer to slay the dragon terrorizing my to-do list first because it motivates me throughout the rest of my tasks.
  • Take Breaks: Set a timer, take a break. I like to work 50-10, 50 minutes of work and 10 minutes of break. It adds up to 1 hour, which makes planning easy and it also works with my concentration span. Experiment to find your ideal ratio! 

These are just some of my favorites - Feel free to add on your productivity tips! ^_^  

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anonymous asked:

Hey, just wondering what (if any) apps you use for study help or general organisation?

Apps for studying/productivity

These are apps that I use for college: 



  1. RefMe - really useful referencing tool, you can even use the scanner and scan the barcode on a text book to reference even quicker. You can also search for references or just enter manually. I find that this is quicker to use, instead of going to an internet website.
    About RefMe

  2. Wunderlist - it’s basically a to-do list and a reminder app.You can share with others, and set up conversations (useful for group studying), and you can make notes and save useful links, which you can also print.

  3. Rocket Alarm (sleep if u can) - if you have trouble waking up in the morning, I’d recommend this app. It makes you do different tasks every morning, that get you to wake up. 
    More information here

  4. TED - TED is a conference network, where people from all over the world share ideas, and gain inspiration. There are talks on literally everything, so any subject you’re studying, you can gain extra information here.
    Where to watch TED 

  5. ExamTime - this is cool because you can find any resources or material you need for studying. You can also share your resources with others. Flashcards, mind maps, quizzes, notes, and you can save your scores to track you progress.

  6. CircleOf6 - it’s not exclusively a study related app, but I think it’s an important one. It has built in emergency hotlines, and saves up to six emergency contacts, that you can reach quickly. It will send a direct message to them, in case of emergency. 
    More information

Hope this helps!