i’ve been really productive the past few months, which is actually quite rare for me bc i’m a slave to procrastination i get burnt out v easily. this time was a little different, i managed to keep my productivity levels really high for a whole 2 months all the way until exams ended, studying every single day without fail, around 10 hours a day, when i used to only do an average of 3 or 4. so here’s what worked for me and what didn’t!
what works: schedule your day
what happens when ur a virgo studyblr? u plan. i would write out everything i needed to accomplish for the day, the night before, and be really specific about it. i would then plug in the timings, this works for me, but u can choose to put the time in first and plan what u want to do around the time.
a structured time plan pressures me and i end up getting everything done, especially when i set an alarm on my phone for all the timings!
what does not: cramming a lot of hours into a day
12+ hour work days are ideal, especially when u watch all the ‘study with me: 14 hour work day!’ youtube videos, but they are just tedious and unreasonable.
let’s face it, even if u do complete one or two long study days, ur just gonna get bored and tired and have no mood to continuing this for a week or more. slow and steady wins the race!
what works: tweaking the pomodoro technique
i hate the pomodoro method. at the 25 minute mark, i’m normally on a roll and super focused on the task; and the 5 minute breaks were too short for me to actually take a break.
that’s why i tweaked it to 45-minute study sessions with 10-minute breaks, and after 3 study sessions, a 30-minute break. longer study sessions meant i get a break when i really start to get restless, and longer breaks gave me more time to recharge. i suggest tweaking this to match what works for you.
what does not work; doing too many / too little subjects a day
1. u don’t want to cram all the same topics and subjects into one day. ultimately, it’s a choice of spending 8 hours solely on a subject / topic and not touching it for the next few days / weeks, OR doing just 2 or 3 hours of one subject / topic each day over a few days / week
2. just thinking about doing only one subject for a whole day already tires me out. i have tried it, but normally i get so sick and tired of it that after a few hours, i can’t bring myself to focus on it any longer. on the contrary, if i keep switching between subjects, i get super confused because i have to remember too much of very different info.
what works: leaving the last portion of your day ambiguous
i like to start and end my days early. but in the process, i found a benefit of ending them early: i end up w a chunk of time at the end where there are two scenarios:
i’m super motivated and want to continue studying
i’m rly tired and cannot bring myself to continue bc i need a break !1!!
surprisingly, option 1 does happen a lot. and i think this is a rly good work-life balance. u don’t get burnt out easily, but from time to time, u get a bonus extra few hours of work done!
what does not work: forgoing sleep
sleep is so important omg. 3 hours of studying while sleepy = 1 hour of studying when ur refreshed and ur brain’s working. a tired mind is a slow mind, and an awake mind is a fast mind!
do not worry about that rly hard chapter that u must understand and complete! ur mind continue to works even when ur sleeping, i assume bc it’s rewiring and sorting through new information. after waking up, i find myself being able to better remember and understand information that i struggled on the night before!
what works: finding out ur energy levels and use it to ur advantage
some people work best at 6am and can’t focus after 9pm, some people can’t focus before 11am and work best at midnight. take note of and chart ur energy levels throughout the day for about a week or so, are u particularly refreshed in the morning? do u feel urself always dozing off at 4? are u the most productive at night?
work ur body clock out and work around it! every body functions differently! like in the last point, 3 hours of studying at ur worst energy levels = 1 hour of studying at ur peak energy level! forcing urself to work when ur body refuses to do so will only lead to procrastination.
i sincerely hope these few tips can help u out w being productive! what are some of the things u do to get shit done?
for the past couple months ive been working on a huge playlist to send off my favorite show ever with a smile, but it ended up being so long that i split it into two parts. the first half is more upbeat and optimistic while the second half is more bittersweet.
Hi! do you have any tips on anatomy? i struggle so much at it. your art is so cute btw!!!
hi anon!! thank u so much!! im gonna try my best to offer some tips to u!!!! im still learning with anatomy as well (& im not so good with tutorials…) so bare with me:
SIMPLIFY AND BREAK DOWN EVERYTHING IS MY #1 PIECE OF ADVICE. for example lets start small with a hand. instead of looking at a reference or ur own hand and trying to perfectly capture every detail, look at the basic shape!! its p much a square for ur palm, 4 sticks of varying sizes, and as i have described here the little pouring part of a teapot (idk what its called) for a thumb.
u can apply this anywhere!!! just like the hand, other parts of the body like legs and arms have basic shapes too!! ive seen many artists explain it this way so i picked it up as well, but they have this rhythm where one side is curved and the other is straight (its more subtle in realistic art, but if ur going for cartoony u can exaggerate this too). depending on the drawing or sometimes if my drawing is small i’ll just make straight rectangles for arms or legs but rly it will make things more interesting and technically correct if u show these variations in the appendage shapes.
really the best thing in art ever for me is to simplify simplify simplify, im not great @ anatomy but learning to break things down and represent them in the most minimalistic ways has rly helped me a lot and made my anatomy look better too. to be honest i have not done figure drawings in ages and i rarely use real life references when drawing (IM NOT ADVOCATING FOR DOING SO, I KNOW IT HELPS MANY PEOPLE A LOT BUT I JUST CANT EVER GET INTO IT). whenever i use real life reference, i feel like my art becomes stiff since i tend to replicate the image too closely thus making a cartoony style have the proportion and anatomy of a real person which doesnt really fit the style.. i prefer to study the work of other artists especially animators since they have a great grasp on appealing simplification and stylized anatomy (bc u know its hard to have an animated show thats super detailed). craig mccracken and genndy tartakovsky both have really cool simplistic cartoon styles so i draw a lot of inspiration from their art (and i hope to use varying shapes and exaggerate my anatomy more like theirs as well).
(one little other important thing i didnt rly mention but ill keep it short since everyone says this. of course u have to practice too. i know it sucks to hear “just keep doing it” from everyone when ur frustrated with ur abilities and dont want to keep doing it, but continuing to draw bodies will boost ur abilities so much. u can look at art and read a million tutorials, but actually drawing will continuously build up ur muscle memory for drawing arms, legs, etc and after a while it comes naturally!!)
tldr practice & study not just from real life but look at how other artists break down and simplify shapes of the body. also remember art doesnt have to have flawless realistic anatomy to look good! there are so many incredible artists who bend the rules of anatomy whether its as a stylistic choice or to exaggerate emotion or perspective, etc.
last night i realized that usually the rich-poor relationship is the girl being a rich, elegant and preppy gal full of luxuries and the boy being a humble, poor (or not sooooo wealthy) guy, kinda like in lady and the tramp or the famous ship formed by serena van der woodsen and dan humphrey in gossip girl !! sooooo why not make a plot: where MUSE A is a rlyyy rich boy, always dressing in suits or expensive clothes from famous brands ((even his sweatpants cost lots of $$$)), elegant, with this misterious thing around him and maybe kind of an asshole, (((+++points if he’s a bit of a womanizer, dont mistake it w being a fuckboy they different things ok !!!!))) with high standards when it comes to women, and MUSE B is a humble middle class girl that could work in a not-so-chic place like a cafeteria or some fast food place??? or is just a student and she has to work hard to pay her studies bc her bank is full of - - - and not $$$, her personality could go from being classy, shy and a rly nice girl to ‘i hate u and ur money i dun lyk u!!!’ type of girl, its up to your imagination idc?? ofc they dont know each other so they could meet anywhere. u can do a lot of things w this plot tbh that’s why its so great just let your imagination fly and yeah!!!!
(mun note: i’m so so sorry yusuke. woke up today looked at this and reGRETTED MY ENTIRE EXISTENCE)
(also sorry for the delay (blame tatsujun hell OTL)… on the other hand this is kinda properly rendered bc the blog has reached a follower milestone! O U O O OO OO YOU GUYS ARE GREAT THANK U ALL SO MUCH SOBS)
winnie winnie, my super winnie winnie winnie!!! ~ so happy that you're back :) i have a somewhat angsty question: what are some fights the girls have gotten into w the boys? not like super huge fights but also not something that they just brush off. something that does get rectified though or helps them grow either together or individually.
ooooh this is a good q 🤔💭!!!!!
yoongi & hoseok: i think these both would be a time thing bc i feel like they lose themselves in their work the most n therefore lose track of time often. but the way they handle it is diff like yoongi is a “sh*t, i lost track of time. sorry.” text and hoseok is a “OHHHHHHH MY GOD IM SO SORRY I DIDNT REALIZE WHAT TIME IT WAS I SWEAR I DIDNT FORGET” phone call !!! n the girls react differently too like hoseok’s y/n isn’t afraid of confrontation so she’d vent her frustrations right away & hoseok would just take the scolding bc it was his bad u kno? and yoongi’s y/n would say she’s mad but i feel like there wouldn’t be a conversation but i can see both hoseok & yoongi being rly harsh out of frustration sometimes like a “it’s not my fault that i’m busy/ it’s not like i forgot on purpose/ god why are u so mad?” response that rly turns it into a full blown fight bc both sides are like how can YOU be so insensitive towards ME n i know ppl think opposite bc of their images but i think hoseok would be more irritable than yoongi so he’d be upset longer like it takes more time for him to recollect himself after the fuse goes off & i think since yoongi is pretty rational he’d be quicker to want to reconcile when the fight is big & feelings were srsly hurt like he’d be the first to say “sorry i shouldn’t have said it like that” & explain where he’s coming from while also trying to understand where ur coming from. hoseok would get there too but it would just take more time 2 calm down especially considering that his partner is a lil hot headed too
chokeslam: jeongguk is v attentive so i don’t think they’d fight over things like him not texting her enough or not making time !!! there’s a very tiny barrier separating what u can & cant joke about and i think on some rare occasions one of them will get one of their toes across it & the other will go off like the buzzers @ a bowling alley 🚨❗️🚨❗️🚨❓❗️n it goes from lighthearted teasing to why the hell would u say that to me 😡🤒🤧 ??? but i think the climax of the conflict ends quickly once the other person realizes what they said that was hurtful n apologizes but i think the thought of it lingers for a few days especially if jeongguk is the one that went too far i think he’d feel rly disappointed n guilty bc he kinda prides himself in knowing her super super well so he’d be upset that he didn’t read the situation well or wasn’t able 2 tell that kind of thing would hurt her feelings :( he’d think abt it a lot even after she’s already gotten over it
namjoon: “…………….namjoon are u listening to me?” namjoon, on his phone: was very much not listening. u can see where i’m going with this. joon’s world is v busy n she understands that but i think she would expect him to at least pay attention to her when they’re together ?? even if she’s just complaining abt something or talking abt food she saw on instagram and ESPECIALLY since she listens 2 all of his 3am ramblings after he just had an epiphany about how life & pringles are similar “don’t make ur hand smaller to fit into the can, just like we shouldn’t make ourselves smaller to fit in w the norms of society. if u work hard enough u’ll find another solution *turns the can upside down*” if she can sit through that without losing focus then the least he can do is listen to her talk for 5 mins without letting something else take his attention !!!!! so i think that would rly make her angry 😡😡 & u KNOOOOOOOO namjoon is the type to look up from his phone like “huh ???😴” so that’d make it worse :/ & i think he’d claim that u know it’s not that big of a deal “food on insta isn’t that important anyway. u wanna eat? let’s go eat then” but it’s not the importance of what’s being talked abt but rather the importance of the person talking like ???? he should care he should listen ! especially bc there’s a rly strong emphasis on being equals in their relationship
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@leedonghae : I couldn’t sleep to due to worries after I got hold of the news our beloved fans were waiting in front of the police station in the sweltering heart since a few days ago. I was worried if it was taxing on your health? Or did you guys eat? Also, a lot of people came from overseas so I was really touched and happy consecutively. I will noy let yiu guys be lonely from now on so lets make lots of good time together. Thabk you for waiting 1 year and 9 months. See you at fanmeeting next week ^^ and I will greet yoy with Super Junior album! I’m now extremely happy and sorry! Sleep a lot today since you guys waited overnight ^^ have a good dream I love you. Sincerely, thank you and I love you. -Police Lee Donghae-
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Donghae IG live:
DH: Thank you HJ: We’re out~ DH: Back! HJ: Yeah! DH: We back! HJ: We’re home!!! DH : Ppl were waiting in such hot weather from yesterday early morning, I gained strength,I was really nervous HJ: “nervous” (laughs) DH: I was so excited that I couldn’t sleep, in the morning at like 5:30 or 6 is when i got to sleep, so after sleeping like 30/40 minutes. I got up in the morning &wondered is this is dream,is this real? this, uh, I’m so thankful to the extent where my words wont even come out DH IG live: I’m really happy (Reading comment) You are so cute, English pls. (replying to comment) I’m going home rn HYUKJAE WAS CLUELESS FOR THIS INSTAGRAM LIVE AS WELL LMAO, he was like “are you talking with them? can you hear me?!” HJ: who are you talking to? Can you speak to them too? DH: mhmm HJ: Can you hear me? Can you hear? Pls write in Korean everyone HJ:(reading comment)Mexico Love u! Wow Mexico,we should go to South America once again DH:We should HJ: I want to go there again HJ: Srsly,on my discharge and same on DH’s discharge, so many ppl came, again I feel like we couldnt greet properly so I’m sorry HJ: But there is still out fanmeeting everyone! We have to have fun playing there~ Bye bye~ DH: yes, that… HJ: Speak up, ‘yes that’ what? DH : I came out on such nice weather,to the ppl behind,the right/left/front, I rly wanted to greet u all properly HJ: /Growing Pains/ HJ: Go on, greet now, greet! Greet now! DH: For safety reasons, I couldn’t be there long so I feel really bad, I’m really thankful and sorry DH: I’m really sorry, and for as sorry as I am, I will work as hard in activities and love you just as much! /lip synchs to Growing Pains/ HJ: All tgt! (sings) DH: I’ve been discharged, (cant hear) and returned to you all. Before I enlisted u said to return well and I have returned healthily to everyone so guys, fans, ELF, I will greet you first as Super Junior, with an album, I will return coolly DH IG live: I’m really thankful for today! /waves bye while lip synching to Growing Pains again and Hyukjae is singing along/ Hyukjae was so loud rapping in the back while donghae was speaking