but i put it in my drafts sunday night for monday morning

|4 september 2017|

it’s finally back to school time for most of us and, at least for me, it’s also time to start good habits, crack down on the bad ones, and just begin to prepare for the year ahead. i’ve been in school for a couple of weeks now and, so far, i’m doing pretty good. below, i’ve compiled some simple tips that help me in day to day life that i would love to share. so let’s get cracking:

  1. prepare outfits and pack your backpack on sunday instead of in the morning. i know for a fact you have more time on sunday to prepare your outfits and pack your backpack than on monday morning so planning in advance will most definitely benefit you. instead of running around in circles trying to find that shirt, hang them up in the front of your closet or place them in the top of a drawer on sunday. and instead of throwing random pens in a bag, pack your backpack and put it in front of your door. it’ll save you time to do other things such as eating and washing your face.
  2. prepare and eat a breakfast. whether it’s some cherrios in a bag on the way to class or eggs and bacon cooked that morning, eating will definitely benefit you. you’ll have more focus in class and it’ll get your metabolism going. if it’s easier for you, think about preparing your food the night before and packing it in bags or tupperware.
  3. have a tray by the door to put small things in. oh, how many times have i forgotten my earbuds or keys. keep yourself organized and not calling your roommate to get an extra set of keys by just having a tray on which you can put smaller things you don’t put in your backpack. then, just grab them before you leave and voilà! you aren’t locked out.
  4. on sunday, do your meal preps, weekly spread, and clean your room and workspace. i am such a procrastinator during the weekends and there have been so many days that because of that, i am trudging through knee high messes in my room because i just won’t pick up. i also commonly forget to plan the week and prep my meals and then boom, it’s monday and i’m a mess. so don’t be a mess like me, do it all on sunday.
  5. have a letter tray to put class handouts and old assessments so you can put them in binders later. using a letter tray to collect handouts and assessments can be so beneficial to keeping your desk clean. and without it, i tend to throw out old graded assessments i could study instead of putting them in binders. keeping all those papers in one binder is super helpful, so put them in a binder and finals won’t be your doom.
  6. have a bedtime routine. having a bedtime routine can increase your productivity and sleep time because, one, it can help you stay organized and, two, it helps put you to sleep. the more your brain associates doing certain tasks with sleep, the faster you’ll be able to drift off. so be smart and enjoy an extra hour of sleep.
  7. have one journal for in class notes and one to retake and organize your notes at home. in class you do not have time to keep your thoughts organized. with tangents from your teachers and questionable notes, its best to just use a pencil, pen, and highlighter to make scratch notes in class and then come home and organize it into something that you can study from. this idea has kept me afloat time and time again.
  8. talk to your teachers. do yourself a favor, ask and answer questions in class and go to your teachers’ office hours if they have them. if you do this, your teachers are more likely to recognize you and will be more lenient with your grade (since it shows you’re engaged and involved). you don’t necessarily need to like the teacher, just pretend you care. smile and nod along as you ask about their lives, questions about the content, and for advice that you are never going to take. this is a pretty slytherin thing i’ve been doing for years and it has got me so many half points back, especially in math and science.
  9. use quizzes and tests to study for finals. as i stated earlier, it’s important to save your assessments to study, and that is especially true during finals. teachers commonly use similar questions on the final as unit tests and quizzes. think of how many more points you can score on that final if you just study your tests.
  10. make a study group. find friends and people in your classes that you would like to study with and meet up! they’ll definitely be able to help you understand topics and it’ll be more fun than holing yourself up in your room. also, explaining concepts to others will help you better understand them and answer those questions on your tests.
  11. make a weekly to-do list. some of you may already do this in your weekly spreads, but it’s important to make to-do lists of goals and tasks you need to complete. this isn’t necessarily studying and notes but things such as cleaning your room, watering your plants, or going grocery shopping. make lists, organize yourself, don’t be a mess like me.
  12. reward yourself for doing well. whether it’s talking to your teacher or scoring straight a’s, we all work hard. so why not treat yourself to a nice dinner or relaxing bath? have fun, relax, and don’t let yourself get too stressed. remember to unwind.
  13. sit up front in class. i know, i know, you don’t really want to, but think about it. if you’re up front, you are going to be 100% more engaged and paying more attention. and this will make your teacher remember you, which you now know the benefits of. you will also be able to see the board easier, get your questions answered, and hear what is going on.
  14. talk to the people around you in your classes. jeremy from physics sneezes on you and suddenly, you’ve got the flu and can’t make it to your lit lecture. what are you going to do? text that new friend you made from lit that sits next to in the lecture hall of course. simply talking to people on your first day can help you stay on top of class in case you miss or can help you study before the test. never doubt the benefits of knowing people.
  15. if there’s an opportunity for extra credit, take it. i don’t care how good you are in that class or how perfect your grades are, take the extra credit. those few extra points could be the ones that take you from a b to an a. just do it and don’t question it, you may need them. 
  16. outline all papers and presentations. you have a draft due for your class in a few hours and you open you computer and prepare to type. but where to begin? what are you writing? how do you want to phrase it? well, you could already know that if you had outlined it. take the time to research, write a thesis, and fully understand your prompt before you write. especially if this is a persuasive essay. do this as well for presentations and visual assignments so you say every fact and point you want to.
  17. keep your test dates by you at all times. no matter who you are, you need to know when tests are coming up. and, as someone who tends to leave things at home sometimes, i may not have my planner with those tests dates next to me when i need them. but what do i have? my phone. i use the app My Study Life to keep track of those dates. i explain that beautiful app in this post.
  18. have a ‘school survival kit.’ by now i think you’ve caught on to the fact i can be a bit forgetful. so i like to have a little bag with me that has things i may need that i could have forgotten. this includes a pen, pencil, highlighter, a few pads, some mints, pain medicine, allergy medicine, tissues, band-aids, hand sanitizer, tide-to-go (stain remover), and other such items. i may make a list of these items at another time.
  19. if you have a question, ask. i’ve already gone over the benefits of talking in class but it’s also extremely important to understand your content. it’s better to ask than not know, even if you think the question is dumb. there’s a good chance someone else has that exact question. it’s also better to look stupid than have that count against you during assessments.
  20. if your university, college, or high school has a writing center, use it. i work in a writing center and we are here to help. we do nothing so much of the time and you coming in makes our day. contrary to the popular opinion, we aren’t going to judge your writing or insult you (unless you ask for it). but we also aren’t going to correct your entire paper, we want to help you learn how to edit your papers and make sure you’re fitting the requirements. and this goes for all tutoring centers; if they’re an option, use them. 
Ten Years (Part 10)

Summary: AU. When a major account is on the line at work, reader is forced to revisit some old connections at her ten year high school reunion for a chance at success. Will she let the past consume her, or will she see the future in her grasp?

Pairing: Bucky Barnes x reader

Word Count: 2,786

Warnings: language, fluff, confrontation

A/N: Tags are closed. This part was over 4K words long, so I split it into two. I’m sorry. Reader takes some steps to make everything right again, but Bucky Barnes is nowhere to be found.

Part: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13

Originally posted by jennymagicalheart

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anonymous asked:

Hello dear. I thank you for sharing your advice with us. And i found out that i need it now if you can ofc. I want to graduate next year so bad but my grades aren't good enough, but i have the determination to work hard even though it's impossible to graduate with a good mark. But the problem is that i don't know how to work hard, like how can I guarantee success? Next year will be a tough one for me , I have alot of subject and the thesis, and i don't want to study a 5th year bcuz I'm done:/

Hi! I’ll start by noting that I could give the best advice ever (where is my life philosophy sticker??) but it ultimately comes down to you. You need to put systems in place that are effective and help you get the grades that you really need. I will give you a couple of overarching tips but you have to work for it. Here goes!

Fix your mindset:

This is so important and shouldn’t be underestimated. Use the fact that you might have to stay back another year as motivation to push yourself. You need to learn to discipline yourself to keep going and not become reliant on motivation alone. Believe in yourself! you can do it! This post is all about developing discipline. Here are some other things that might help:

  • mark your progress - the best way to monitor how you are going is to track your daily productivity. Jerry Seinfield emphasises that using a calendar (or habit tracker) is the best way to consistently perform tasks day after day. He says each day he has written something he will put a large red cross through the day on a wall calendar. “After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain.“ This way you can see how well you’re doing and motivate yourself to keep it up!! Here is a habit tracker I made!
  • stay persistent - keep at it! It might be tough and some days you might miss doing a task - but making sure you can recover from those days is what matters! No one has discipline 100 per cent of the time. If you’ve got a friend from school (or even one from Tumblr), share your daily tasks and upcoming to-dos with them. Make them hold you accountable for getting things done. They can message regularly to ask how you’re going, provide some encouragement and praise your work! You should remember that your a new found discipline isn’t going to appear overnight.
  • be positive - you aren’t going to see a radical change from one day to the next. It is a long, arduous process that needs developing. Don’t be discouraged by the initial difficulties. If you miss a day, don’t dwell but think that you’ll try to not let it happen again. Focusing on any negativities isn’t going to help you, so accept them and move on.
  • externalise your goals - your goal is to be more productive and efficient when it comes to your class. By writing this down, you’re more likely to take the steps to complete it. On the same piece of paper, you can write down small things that you could do to achieve it. Keep it somewhere visible so you can remind yourself of what you want to achieve.

Make the effort:

With good grades comes blood, sweat and tears (maybe not so literally but you can’t expect an improvement without trying). here are some tips:

  • write down dates as soon as you get them - this applies for romantic dates and due dates ;-) Once you know when something is coming up, put it in. I’d recommend putting in reminders each week so you don’t forget. Make sure you keep these in view!!!
  • plan as much as you can - for big assessments this is key! I will also spend a few hours drafting up what I want to include in it. Sometimes I’ll spend a day (not a full day, just part of it) planning it out, finding my references, my main points, evidence and then breaking up the structure and word count. Then I’ll go back either the day later or a few days and start working. It makes tackling assessments much less stressful if you’ve prepped before hand. You can watch me doing my assessment (planning/drafting/writing) on my YouTube.
  • create a routine - try to develop a time to do things like work after class, studying, self-care and your hobbies! If you can devise a flexible routine, you’ll improve your disciple and help feel more organised in general.
  • review your notes regularly - like you’ve said, you should be reviewing notes every now and then. Follow the curve of forgetting and reread them after class, 24 hours later, a week and month later. If you’re making a habit of this, you’ll retain more information and need less time to study prior to finals. 
  • contribute in the classroom - I think a lot of education is done in the classroom and participating (even if you aren’t actively contributing but taking notes on what is said) is very important. I have one class this term which I really connect with so, unusually, I contributed a lot to the class. I can recall that particular class much more than the others I took more of a backseat. If you talk in the first few minutes of dicussion, it makes it much easier to continue to raise your hand.


As I mentioned motivation shouldn’t be relied on as your only source of getting through work because eventually you’ll have a day where you’re so unmotivated and fall back into a cycle of unproductiveness. If something keeps you motivated, remember that and use it time after time. here are some ways to stay motivated:

  • use productivity apps - these are so helpful, I cannot stress that enough! I love the app ‘Forest’ for keeping me off my phone and focused. Here are some apps to try.
  • try to study in a productive place - avoid using your bed for proper study. Reviewing notes prior to sleeping is fine but don’t make actual studying a habit. Keep your bed a place of rest and relaxation. You could also use my motivational Monday art printables for some help!
  • keep your notes and laptop organised - date and name everything properly!!! Avoid getting lazy because it just spirals and gets even messier hah! You don’t have to be do it all the time but try on a Friday or Sunday to fix up the week and plan for the next one. I find that starting a week with a fresh mind helps me stay motivated.
  • learn to remove distractions and stop procrastinating - have a read of this post on limiting distractions and this post on dealing with procrastinating. If you can see yourself being productive during a study session and not just wasting 20 minutes on YouTube, you’ll be more motivated to study regular since you’ll see it as purposeful.
  • set up a reward system - positive reinforcement and having gratification for your work is going to really help keep you motivated. Before you study, write down what you’re going to do after - e.g. watch those YouTube clips you’ve been wanting too. Instead of giving in, try working towards them. 
  • use printables - I started using them back in high school and have since started making them for other students on Tumblr and Etsy. I get a lot of awesome feedback from people saying they’re motivating or really helpful. My Etsy shop has loads of printables (from studying packs, to reading logs, or just time planners).

Know yourself and what suits you

It is one thing reading my tips but we are different people! What works for me, might not work as well for you. Testing out different things should help you figure out what suits you best. Some things to do include:

  • try finding out what kind of learner you are. If you can tailor your studying to the way you learn, you’re going to get much better results from your study. Try doing this quiz. This is a really awesome infographic that can provide you with some tips once you know the way you learn. That way your studying is going to be much more effective since it is actually going into your brain!
  • find out when you’re most productive - some people are morning people and others are night owls! You can then learn to tailor your studying and revision to those particular times. For instance, you can do test revision when you’re most productive and prior to class readings when you’re less awake.
  • find out where you’re most productive - this goes into promoting an encouraging workspace but maybe you hate studying alone in your bedroom. You can try studying in the library with other students, your local coffee shop, at your kitchen table or even outside!
  • use a colour code - I find this such a useful tool and I’d recommend it to everyone. It doesn’t have to be super detailed or complicated but just enough to easily pull out the more important information.
  • create a format/layout for your notes - I use the outline method because I find it the easiest and most effective for me. Here is a brief explanation of mine.

Stay organised

The easiest way to manage your studies/education is to be organised at least 80% of the time (or attempt to). My top tips for organisation are:

  • plan and prepare - make sure your planning system is optimal! Your organisation can take whatever form you like, be it a digital calendar, a bullet journal or just weekly agenda. If one isn’t working for you, try out something else. We don’t all work from the same planning methods so it is also good to test out new ones. Every time you get a due date, add it in! Add in additional reminds too. I put them on my phone as well, just in case I completely forget. Being prepared and on top is going to help you feel more in control. You might find some of my printables on Etsy helpful since they’re more student based!
  • make a habit of scheduling your time - use some form of a schedule to map out your monthly, weekly and daily tasks. Make the effort to set times for certain tasks - be it 15 minutes, half an hour or an hour. These tasks could be clean out your school bag every Sunday, check weekend homework on Fridays, do allocated readings the night before your tutorials, etc. With time you won’t need to be reminded of these tasks since you’ll just know to do it. This is building discipline and habits!!
  • keep your notes and laptop organised - date and name everything properly!!! Avoid getting lazy because it just spirals and gets even messier hah! You don’t have to do it all the time but try on a Friday or Sunday to fix up the week and plan for the next one.
  • make study notes/revision notes throughout the semester - as you finish a topic, make some type of study notes. This could be flashcards, proper notes, a mind map or summary powerpoint! With textbooks, summarise each chapter on a flashcard or post-it note once you’ve read it. Then when you come back to review at the end, you’ve got everything in your own terms anyway.
  • learn to prioritise your tasks - this is crucial for students who are balancing numerous things like work, extracurriculars, jobs and a social life. Put the immediate and crucial tasks first. That Facebook notification or group text can wait until you’re done. This printable might really help if you struggle to determine what is and isn’t important. 
  • have a review day - set yourself up for one day to review the previous week and plan for the next. Reflect on what went well, what didn’t, and what you need to change to improve. Critically evaluating and planning ahead should help you keep up with what is coming and stay organised!

I hope this helps! Best of luck with everything :-) xx

It’s Sunday night,
and my bookshelf is a graveyard for trees.
Ineffective martyrs.
I don’t read anything anymore
unless a thousand tiny stars
burn it into my brain.
On my desk, a typewriter,
unfinished drafts—epitaphs—
the only flowers laid at the feet of this tombstone:
I’d send my regards too,
but I’ve run out of pretty things,
between forgetting to put the lid on my multicoloured pens,
squandering my inheritance, my mother’s ribbons,
and oversleeping away all my bad metaphors.
I set my alarm clock on my bedside table,
another wooden corpse.
I wait for Monday morning,
my duvet a welcome shroud.

sleep is for the dead » ecm

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Care for a Sunday evening coffee chat? You do? Excellent.

Firstly, are you as shocked as I am that it’s Sunday night already? And are you as shocked as I am at the Bachelor Canada so far? Because whoa on both those accounts.

This past weekend was filled with nothing, and a whole lot of everything - exactly the way I like it.  I’m ashamed to say I ate out sooooooooo much, but I caught up with lots of friends & family, and as I get ready to embark on 30 straight days of no alcohol, counting calories, & running twice/week (y'all should see the spreadsheets I’ve got set up) I’m pleased I enjoyed this past weekend.

The weekend started with a beer at my desk (feet up for photo purposes only, ha), as I bid farewell to my work, and frolicked to one of my favourite restaurants in this city, Tabule, to meet a friend (my former running coach!), who I hadn’t seen in ages (fo-shame!). It was such a wonderful catchup, as we spoke about all things marathon running (or our current lack of), our summers,’ and life in general. We also spoke about fleeing out east to run a half marathon next spring, as we both need a goal run to work towards. (I won’t like, it was comforting to know this amazing woman (who has run over 10 full marathons(!), had also taken the summer off.)

I woke up late Saturday morning after a snooze that my Sleep Cycle app rated at a quality of 94% - wahoo! as I rarely hit 80%, and although I’m certain this doesn’t mean much, it put a little (well rested) pep in my step for the rest of the day.

The rest of the day included eight (8 hours!) on the most glorious patio in the world. And by that, I mean my favourite patio in Toronto - Origin.  I arrived before friends so I slipped in a chapter (or three) from my current book (Bill Bryson’s Down Under), before eating all the food with two friends.  I know, I know, Origin again! But I was lurking Yelp and BlogTo for lunch and patio recommendations, and knew none of them could live up to Origin’s game.  And you guys, they delivered. My goodness it was divine. You simply must head there, if you ever find yourself in TeeRonto, mmkay?

By the time night fell, and the moon was out (false. It was threatening rain), I
took a stroll through my favourite neighborhood (where I *really* want to move….) and captured this shot, which I love a lot (see below). The building with the green light on top is my old work building… ahhhh, memories!  I once heard that if a photo is a great photo, it needs no editing, and when I enhanced or played with this one, it always looked worst, so… ta-da!

And from the depths of the city, to the far off country, was what happened next.  Or, to say it how it was, a bus to my parents, and way-too-short sleep, before I hopped in my mom’s van (I know, so cool) to head to the barn for my riding lesson.

Usually I ride with three other ladies, but today I had a private lesson, and had a great ride (the last few weeks have been a little blah, so it was so nice to finally click again with the horse).

My happy place. And one of my favourite places to take photos. Actually, I just love taking photos in general.  Even when I’m not taking photos, I’m seeing a billion photos I could be taking.  Ps. Dropbox has literally saved my photo-life, and I’m finally completely caught up on my epic photo organization quest I’ve been on for the past, what? decade.

So yup. There’s a play by play of my weekend. The fun facts, presented with photos for your viewing pleasure.  I’d now ask how your weekend was (remember, we’re on a coffee date), and then let you know that this weekend also involved lots of planning!

A trip out east next Spring to run a half marathon. A weekend up north with my parents for a little kayaking camping adventure with my parents to see the autumn colours of Algonquin’s National Park. A 30th birthday trip to LA in December(!) with my mom. We’re thinking we’ll fly into LA, rent a car and drive the coast to San Fran, but we also want to do Yosemite, and head to an American Saddlebred (horse) barn I want to take a lesson from.  AND, then an offer came my way to head to India for two weeks in January, which I wasn’t thinking of, but now I am… and ohmygosh, I don’t know.  My company (bless its soul) offers “unlimited vacation,” but I’m so busy at work, I know I can’t possibly take more than another week off (I’m at 9 business days off since last Dec so far), so I have to pick n’ choose, and ohmy - I don’t know, but what I do know is I’m heading *somewhere* for my 30th, and I’m super excited.

Also, tomorrow.  Tomorrow is Monday and calorie counting kicks off (with a goal of 1,400cal/day).  My spreadsheets are set up, and I’ve written a crazy personal letter to myself I can’t bring myself to post, so it’ll keep it tucked away in my drafts, but I’m excited, and pumped, and I’m going to be very strict with myself.  I’m allowing myself to eat everything(!), as long as I record the calories, and I’m challenging myself to do it for 30 whole days.  NO CHEATING. I know it sounds crazy, but remember when I did the Paleo Challenge for 30 days, and didn’t cheat ONCE. So yup, miracles do happen. Of course, my friends, you’ll be along for the journey whether you like it, or not, so buckle up, and relax, because it’s going to be an excellent ride.

And with that, I shall leave you with my latest “like” on my Tumblr dashboard, because ohmygawd… SO TRUE. And now to all a good night.

shariden  asked:

What was writing the book like? I guess more specifically what I'm asking is what did it feel like while you were writing it? How do you feel about it now that it's finished and is that different from how you felt about it at the start?

Here are the phases of how we wrote the book. We wrote a 10,000 word proposal/pitch. Basically, these were some teaser chapters that laid out the tone of voice of the book, the major characters, and the beginning of the quest.

Then we separately wrote chapters, ultimately reaching about ½ a book. Then we read each others’ chapters and combined them. We talked about successes and incongruities.

We met several times after that, drank beers and talked about what the story lines would be. We eventually wrote a chapter by chapter outline for the entire novel. This took a few weeks. And we finally had the entire plot and arc. 

Then we gave ourselves a deadline about a month ahead of Harper Perennial’s deadline to write the fucking thing. We divided up the chapters. Since we had a full outline, we felt very comfortable writing chapters separately and simultaneously. 

For about 2-3 weeks, I would go to my office (9-5 Monday through Friday), turn my phone to airplane mode, set a timer for 3 hours and write non-stop until the alarm rang. I would eat lunch. I would write again for 2 hours. Take a break. 2 hours more. Go home. I tried to be as rigorous as possible with my scheduling. One block of time at a time. Trusting our outline. Trusting my abilities. Trusting the process. Never looking at word count (often peeking at word count).

Meetings and life and podcasts and tours got in the way often, so some of my writing time was on like Sunday night or Saturday morning, but we finished (about a week after our personal deadline). We then read and edited and rewrote each others’ chapters (where needed). Then we handed the first draft off to Harper.

Then they sent the fucking thing back with a bunch of notes and questions. And we changed the outline some and tweaked the writing some and declined some of their changes and swept our brows in relief at some of the amazing suggestions made by our editor Maya. This step was hardest for me, as I find it more enjoyable to cook a meal than to plate it. 

We had two rounds of edits with Maya, and the most fun part of it was exchanging chapters. So every chapter Joseph initially wrote, I edited with Maya’s feedback (and vice versa for Joseph). That actually made the editing process easier, because I felt more precious about honoring Joseph’s words and less precious about preserving my own. Familiarity breeds stasis, so having a fresher eye on the story allowed us more freedom to identify and make necessary changes.

Plus, Joseph and I had been building the Night Vale universe and writing style for over 2 years, so we had a pretty full understanding (or fuller than we would have had this been a brand new non-Night Vale novel) of our characters.

But now we’re through all editorial changes, and we’re down to just proofreading. And it feels great. It feels strange to know there’s this 400 page novel you wrote but you can’t put it out there for 6 ½ months. We’ve been so used to writing a thing, recording and producing it and putting it out there in just a few weeks. 

I’m very proud of the book, and like any first-time novelist, nervous about it. Not nervous about it being good, just nervous about doing a big new thing for what will likely be to a lot of brand new people. (those weirdos who like to read)