self organisation

self help tips
  • make your bed - even if you don’t think you can get out of bed you can still feel productive + clean
  • have a bottle of water by you - work on sipping it throughout the day and eventually you’ll get better at drinking the right amount and staying hydrated! if you’re still having troubles you could always have fruit squash rather than water
  • eat yoghurt - yoghurt is a great snack that requires no effort! its tasty and usually pretty healthy
  • baby wipes - these are a life saver for when showering isn’t an option, just wipe down your pits + bits (as my mum says) and around your face to feel refreshed
  • sticky notes - placing little reminders around your space is a good way to stay organised and positive. put them somewhere you’ll see them, or create a small place specifically for reminders and kind words. plus, it gives you a great excuse to go stationery shopping!
  • have a chilled drink - cold drinks are great for waking up and preparing yourself for the day, or rejuvenating yourself after a tough day
  • have a hot drink -  hot drinks like tea or hot chocolate are really good at relaxing you after feeling anxious or if you’re trying to get to sleep; they also make you feel warm + fuzzy when in the colder months. its also fun to try lots of different types of tea and pick a favourite too!! i wouldn’t recommend drinking coffee as it has lots of caffeine and can be bad for you if you drink a lot
  • make playlists - playlists are fun to make and fun to listen to. make playlists for every season, make playlists that remind you of a certain person or make playlists of songs you want a friend to listen to. make playlists for when falling asleep is too difficult, for when everything is too loud, or for when you’re excited. the possibilities are endless
  • try bullet journaling - a bullet journal is a quick and easy way to organise your thoughts and stuff you have to do. just google it!
  • write lists - lists are a great way to stop stressing about something coming up. if youre going shopping write a list of what to buy, alternatively if youre going to an event write a list of what you want to do and times

these are a few of the things that help me, if you have any more tips let me know!!

this a post (complete with links, pictures and other tips) dedicated to all of you struggling through what seems to be a hell they call high school. i get it. i struggled through it, all my friends endured it and you’re probably in the same boat of wanting to throw yourself down each flight of stairs that presents itself. but please don’t do that! i’m here to help, friend!! this is a comprehensive list of all the things i learned from my time in high school. i hope this helps at least one person out there! as always, if you guys have any questions, my ask box is open :)

before we get into it: this is a link to my study routine because some people have been asking for it and don’t have a section in this post to put it under so i’m just going to leave it here.

self-care advice:

okay so, i’m going to be completely upfront with you. high school is hard. it’s especially hard if you want to do well. i can honestly say that senior year took its toll in more ways than one when i didn’t take care of myself or pay attention to my body’s needs. so here are some self-care tips to keep you happy & healthy.

1. eat a lot & stay hydrated

when you’re trying to finish a 2000 word essay, or pretty much all but shoving toothpicks in your eyes to stay up studying for an exam the next day, food is your best friend. food helps your brain work better and you’ll find that your concentration levels increase when you study on a filled stomach. there are lots of brain foods out there like dark chocolate, nuts, vegetable sticks etc. but don’t forget to reward yourself with a food of your choice after you feel like you’ve done a lot of work. couple all of this with lots of water to keep you feeling refreshed.

2. pamper yourself

i am completely aware of the fact that high school students don’t have the time to go to a spa or sauna every other weekend. however, you deserve a nice long bath or a good face scrub every now and then. other things you can indulge in:

  • sheet masks
  • body lotion (especially the nice smelling ones)
  • scented candles
  • hand cream
  • nail polish
  • eye masks
  • a good facial cleanser
  • serums
  • bath bombs

and the list goes on. trust me, being physically relaxed plays a big part in how your brain performs. if you feel a bit gross, take a shower before you start studying. it’s little things like that that’ll make a massive difference.

3. sleep

everyone says it, i know. but it’s so important. if you don’t get sleep the night before because you were cramming for tomorrow morning’s exam, go home and take a nap in the afternoon. get some shuteye in one form or another. pls. 

4. believe in yourself

it sounds so weird, and it’s usually not included in posts like these but in my opinion it’s one of, if not the most, important factor in high school success. think about it. if you’re spending those years of your life doubting whether your answer is correct, whether your science report is as good as the next person’s or whether your friends truly like you, you’re using up a lot of energy that could be used for things that’ll actually benefit you in the long run. that’s why my blog is titled “breathe” - because that’s exactly what you have to do, and sometimes that’s the only thing you can do in order to keep going. chin up. you’re going to be okay. you’re doing great. i believe in you. and you should believe in you too. 

organisational tips:

1. plan everything

i’m telling you now, get some kind of planning system. whether you want to use a bullet journal, a planner, a diary, an app, a computer program or your grandma’s paper napkins, seriously just pick something. when you have seven different classes and you have assessment for each, i highly doubt you’re going to remember every task that goes along with them. so, just take my word for it and plan plan plan.

here’s a link to how i used my planner back in high school. 

i also recommend a whiteboard monthly calendar so you can keep track of all of the important dates you need to remember.

2. post-its

i love love love post-its. i honestly can’t stop myself from buying them - especially the cute animal ones. post-its saved my butt when keeping my books organised and easy to navigate. you can use them to separate different semesters, chapters, lectures, topics etc. i also use post-its to mark any questions, sections or subjects that i’m unsure of so that i can ask my teacher about it the next day. i then write down the answer or explanation on a separate sticky note and stick it next to the question so i can refer back to it when studying for exams.

+ look at all the different kinds of cute post-its you can get!

so you can obviously get all your standard, basic post-its.

buuutttttttt, you can also get all of these fun ones too! they make studying a lot easier and a lot more fun, trust me. 

3. figure out a system that works for you

so in high school, i liked having notebooks for each class and having an accordion folder to hold all my papers. that worked perfectly fine for me but there may be other methods that work better for you. i suggest, especially if you’re just about to start or just started high school, that you experiment with different organisational systems to find which one suits you best.

i’ve got a page dedicated to my favourite supplies and how i use them. i hope you can get some inspiration from it in some way. 

motivational tips:

1. quotes

go on google, tumblr, facebook, instagram, weheartit or whatever tickles your fancy and search up some quotes that inspire you. it sounds really corny, but i’m telling you that it works. i had three quotes above my desk and they always used to motivate me when all i could think about was crashing into the comfort of my blankets. i would pick quotes and write/draw them out myself so i could add my own spin on them. i used:

  • “make hermione proud”
  • “effort only fully releases its rewards to those who refuse to quit”
  • “you have galaxies in your head, don’t let anyone tell you you cannot shine”

ta-da!

2. studyblr

this community! it’s the best motivation in my opinion. whenever i was in a procrastination slump, i would scroll through the studyblr tag or scroll through studyblr blogs and before i knew it i’d be ready to study for another hour. it’s honestly one of the most helpful resources, and if it’s available to you then i definitely recommend that you use it!

3. music

get yourself a study playlist. it’s amazing what music can do for your mood. add a mix of songs that will get you pumped to blitz through that 5-star difficulty chemistry question and songs that will help you concentrate when you need to find the right word for that english essay. studying when it’s dead quiet is weirdly deafening to me and i can’t concentrate if there isn’t some sort of background noise. just add whatever helps you - whether it be panic!, classical or in my case, kpop hehe

i have a playlist suggestion on my blog if you want to try listening to some new songs. :)

that’s all, folks!

in all honesty, high school isn’t going to be a walk in the park if you want to succeed. it takes dedication, a lot of persistence and a consistent work ethic. you need to know what you’re aiming for, and you need to want it just as much, if not more, than the person who wants the same thing. my high school experience was stressful and anxiety inducing, but i can honestly say that the rewards on the flip side are very much worth it. you’ve got this. you’ll do a lot more than survive. you will succeed. 

you can do it! i believe in you! 

stay motivated x

Motivation tips 💖

- Take 5 minutes without distraction to do what you need to do.

- Turn off your phone/ put it on aeroplane mode to eliminate distractions.

- Start with the easiest tasks first.

- Make a to-do list.

- Phone someone, you’ll feel the need to do something while talking on the phone.

- Ask yourself why you need to do the tasks and why they're important. 

- Give yourself an award to look forward to once you finished the tasks.

- Listen to upbeat music.

Illness, Study, and Time Management

No matter whether you’re dealing with mental illness, short term physical illness, or long-term physical illness, it can be really difficult to manage your time for studying when you’re feeling really under the weather. No matter what you’re dealing with, and no matter how many different illnesses impact you daily, if you’re struggling with your focus and time management, your struggles are valid. And your struggles are valid even if you’re healthy! Everyone’s experience is different, and it’s okay to struggle with your time management. So here’s some ideas for helping to manage your time. 

Study Timetable:
Create a schedule detailing which subjects, and what work you are going to do, when you’re going to do it, and how much time you’re going to allow for it. Just remember to be realistic with how much you can do in a day, and how long things take. It can be really helpful to some people to write down exactly what they will do at what times, others, just a general idea is helpful, and for some, this doesn’t work at all.

Daily objectives:
Creating a list of study tasks you want to achieve each day. Break it down (write notes for pages 1-10, chapter 2, psychology), or just be general (chapter 2 psychology notes). This can help you to see exactly what you need to do, rather than feeling overwhelmed trying to remember everything you need to do. You can write this as a to-do list, or use a bullet journal, or whatever you like really. 

Set alarms:
Set alarms to remind you to take breaks, to take your medications, to remind you when to study.

Pomodoro Method:
Setting a timer for 25 minutes, then taking a 5-minute break. There are web applications/extensions like Lanes, and Momentum for this, but using your phone or something works too, and you can edit the time to suit your needs.

Prioritise and Start Early:
List everything in order if it helps, and start on what’s the most important, and start working on assignments, and exam revision as early as you can. But don’t push yourself too hard, be realistic with what you can achieve.

Go to classes:
It can be really hard to go when you’re feeling really unwell, but try to go to as many classes as you can. That way, you don’t have to do as much catch up later. If you find yourself thinking whether or not you should go, take the time to assess whether you really can’t go because of mental/physical illness, or if you just don’t really feel like it. Going to one more class that you just didn’t feel like going too, can really help.

Be reasonable with your time.
Don’t cause yourself stress by trying to write a whole chapter’s worth of notes in an hour. You need to be reasonable with giving yourself enough time, but also cutting yourself off when necessary. Set yourself reasonable time limits if it helps. 

Saying No:
Say no to people who want to try and take your time. If you really don’t feel like that social event is a good idea because you’ve got too much to do, and not enough time, say no. A good friend will understand your illnesses, and your need to take time for yourself and your studies. If they are going to take it out on you, and treat you poorly about it, then they aren’t really a good friend.

Choose your environment:
Don’t study in places, or with people who will distract you, or allow you to potentially procrastinate. Log out of social media sites if you need too, and ignore your messages. But study with someone who motivates you if it helps you, and compromise on your study environment when you’re feeling extra under the weather if you need too.

Have someone else help you with your time management:
If you have a close friend/family member, who you could trust, let them know what you’re dealing with, and what your goals are, and ask them to help you keep track, and check in on you. I have three people who I’ve asked to ask me how my studying is going, and what I’ve managed to get done. My girlfriend knows that when I start freaking out about how much work I have, and how sick I am, I need help breaking down everything into reasonable goals. Give these people a list of your tasks if it helps so they can keep track as well, and encourage/motivate you when you need it.

Skip/drop things if you need too:
I know this is an odd thing to say, but for those of us struggling with any illness, sometimes it’s just necessary. I dropped a class last semester because I just couldn’t do everything with all my depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. If there’s a task that isn’t very critical, just forget about it when things are too much. You can go back to it later if things get better for you. Just be really thoughtful about what tasks you’re skipping/dropping.

Know your learning style:
Honestly, this will help you so much. I’m not an auditory learner. So I don’t waste my time going to lectures, or listening to recordings of them, when I’m really ill. My time, is better spent writing notes, trying to teach others, and making mind maps, flash cards, and reading. So focus on what will help you learn best, and you’ll spend less time trying to learn things, which ultimately means, less stress. If you don’t know your learning style is, just try different study methods, and find something that works better for you.  

Remember Self Care:
Don’t forget to take days off to take care of yourself and do things you enjoy. Eat well, stay hydrated, and get enough sleep, sometimes, study can wait till the morning. Try to remember to take your meds, and exercise, and see friends, and do fun things like go to the beach, or shopping. Take care everyone, and remember, you’re doing great, and doing the best you can. That’s all you can ask of yourself.

taking care of yourself is productive

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anonymous asked:

dear,emma may you please help me with my studying i do not understand how to properly study

Hi there! I’ll list a bit of a step-by-guide to getting started and actually studying. Hopefully that will give you some pointers and you’ll be able to revise!

  1. Firstly, it is important to make the disctination between what you’re studying for. As in are you studying for your finals, an in-class assessment or just a topic quiz in your next class? Obviously, bigger exams require a lot more studying and generally over a longer period of time whereas a topic quiz might just be some quick revision over a couple of days. Understanding the format of your upcoming exam or test can be important for knowing how to study!
  2. Figure out what you have to study. Write down what you need to go through to revise. You could do it on a computer, as a to-do list or as a mindmap - whatever works best for you. When you’re studying for several things at once, separate your subjects and use subheadings for each topic. I always use my syllabus or cirriculum to see what I’ve got to cover. It’s always a good idea to make a point of anything tough topics. For example if there is something you’ve struggled with during class, make that a proirity rather than studying something that you already know.
  3. Make a study plan! Having a schedule is a great way to organise and methodically study prior to your upcoming test. I would recommend using one my study schedule printables which you can download here (under weekly schedule) for free. Plan out your weekly routine - including activities you already have. Then you map out when you can study. You can check out an example of planning it out here.
  4. Get out everything you will need. Tidy your desk, pick out a few pens, a notebook, your laptop. Whatever you think will help!
  5. Have a read through your textbook (if you use one). Highlight or flag anything important. If you want to, summarise each chapter in 5-10 bullet points once you’ve read it.
  6. Figure out how you’re going to take study notes. I will generally do new study notes if I have big exams coming up. For me, I find writing study notes easiest on OneNote. You can see my formatting here. I will read through my in-class notes and textbook to take really brief notes. I will also add any additional information I find useful from the internet. You don’t need to re-do notes if you’ve already got some that are good for studying. I generally won’t re-do my notes properly if I have a smaller test coming up - perhaps just use flashcards or make some rough notes.
  7. Sometimes simple notes aren’t as effective than other revision methods. You could try writing flashcards (for things like vocabulary, definitions, summarises, equations), mindmaps for linked ideas (for things such as facts about a person or subheadings under one topic) or timelines/cause-and-effect maps (for history subjects or seeing connections between events). Figuring out what style works for you will make your study more effective. If you’re unsure what your learning style is, take this quiz! Once you know you can find more precise ways to study.
  8. Once you’ve finished notes, you need to review them! Read over them when you can. Highlight them. Teach your friends or family members!
  9. Read through past papers or sample answers. Depending on what examinatinon system you’re doing, you might be able to access previous years tests and the recommended style of answers. This is a great way to see how you compare and what you can do to improve your answers! It’s always a good way to test yourself if you do timed practices papers. That way you can see if you’re within the time frame and can finish.
  10. Check out YouTube for any educational videos on what you’re learning! Sometimes they’ll be short, descriptive videos about the topics you’re studying. It can be good to watch someone else teach you about it - especially if you’ve had trouble understanding from your teacher.
  11. Whilst studying is important, remember to take regular breaks and not overwhelm yourself. Taking time to destress is very important for your health. Burning out from over-studying isn’t fun.

Here are a few other links that might be useful to you:

I hope this helps! Best of luck with your studying. Remember to stay focused and positive. It is all worth it in the long run xx

A study of anarchism will show that the drive for freedom is not only a central part of our collective experience but responds to a deeply felt human need. Freedom is necessary for original thought and creativity. It is also a natural desire for we can see that no animal likes to be caged and all conscious beings enjoy the free satisfaction of their desires. Anarchism further seeks in social life what appears to operate in nature: the call for self-management in society mirrors self-regulation and self-organization of nature itself.
—  Peter Marshall
"Cusps"
  • Please Note - You only have ONE Sun sign, but being born at a very late or early degree gives you influences of the sign before/after resulting in the "cusp". I'm getting a lot of asks about them so I'm just going to put some mini-descriptions here for all of you.
  • Pisces/Aries: You try your best to be straightforward. You try to make sure that what you say is what you mean. You can be frequently misunderstood. Intuitive - your hunches are usually correct. You find it very difficult to deal with failure. Generous
  • Aries/Taurus: Powerful yet lazy. May be obsessed with personal power. You exert your authority without arousing antagonism. persuasive, when people meet you, you may come across as quiet and unassuming. You’re a fighter and feel an enormous amount of responsibility, but secretly long to just submit to the pleasures of life. You can be extremely giving when you find the other person deserving. Biggest struggle for you is finding the true definition of unconditional love.
  • Taurus/Gemini: Versatile, hasty. May come on too strong but still charming & magnetic. People either love you or don’t. May silently insist on being the centre of attention. Curious & purposeful . Introspection and soul searching is not really your forte but would be great for self development. Organised yet chaotic.
  • Gemini/Cancer: Lives for experience, falls in love with life. Wants to experience to world. Very affectionate. Loves Romance. Inspirational. Seductive and easily seduced. Charming and calm. Must be careful of isolation due to living in a dream world. Escapist. Give their hearts fully.
  • Cancer/Leo: Moody, volatile emotions, unstable. May seek stability but when offered it they want change. Not uncommon for those born on this cusp to travel or even change addresses a lot. Generally men are quite feminine, women more masculine. Compassionate, understanding. Risk taking, has a strong sense of morals. Exciting. Fun.
  • Leo/Virgo: Secretive & unassuming. Very observant and can make good judgers of character. Some seem overly exhibitionistic, others overly quiet (generally those to the Leo side are the former, those to the Virgo side, the latter). Can be emotionally immature. Trust is a very big issue for those born on this cusp. Intuitive and practical.
  • Virgo/Libra: Tend to be sensuous & beauty loving. Unsettled, almost nervous. They like being up-to-date. Biggest challenge is focusing on spiritual matters. May be very humble but still get lost in material matters. Avoids unpleasant matters. Loves having very close friends.
  • Libra/Scorpio: Very magnetic. Prone to jealousy. Charismatic. Addictive tendencies. Dominating. Often at war with their heart and their head. Sharp wit. Insightful and clever. Can be overly critical. Very protective of loved ones. Unpredictable. Sensuous. Passionate.
  • Scorpio/Sagittarius: Freedom loving, but also love their families. If they’re family life wasn’t the best, they love the idea of creating their own - this doesn’t necessarily mean they want children, they want someone to love and to be loved back. Goal oriented. Often thinks about plans for the future. Often tries to solve others problems. Extreme, they are very all or nothing. Laughter is extremely important to their lives, if they aren’t laughing often something is wrong. Strong sense of morals.
  • Sagittarius/Capricorn: Contradictory. On one hand very optimistic on the other realistic. Overly serious but can also be overly joyful. Must find balance between these aspects of their personality. You don’t talk for the sake of talking. You do not need the approval of others and do not actively seek to be liked. This is good because it allows you you to be yourself, but bad because you may be unwilling to take advice. You do best with a best friend, or very close relationships, not large groups.
  • Capricorn/Aquarius: Exciting. Must be careful of burnout. Chaotic. Light-hearted & easy going. Fun-loving. Often have controversial opinions. They definitely aren't all talk. They do what they say (usually they like helping the downtrodden). Wild. Moody. Addictive, they have a dark side. Strong fantasy life. They love humor. Believe people should be hardworking (even over beauty & intelligence). Will judge those that aren't.
  • Aquarius/Pisces: Sensitive, concerned with the universal. Aims high. They must beware of isolation. Very caring. Often insecure. Fighters. They are always pursuing something whether it is outwardly or inwardly. May be overly attached to family, must learn to become their own person. Armoured, must learn to be more vulnerable. Kind. Caring.
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I’m doing a performance of original material as part of my university course! I have been recording songs and I will be performing these at a self-organised album launch! I know that you guys are too far away to attend, but you can still donate to help it to go ahead. Funds need to be raised because this is part of my course! Please donate if you can, and spread this around <3

Types and Functions

ESFJ: accommodating people (Fe) by retrieving and storing data (Si) and provoking possibilities (Ne) for analysis (Ti)

ISFJ: retrieving and storing data (Si) by bettering people (Fe) and analysing (Ti) possibilities (Ne)

ESTJ: organising systems (Te) by retrieving and storing data (Si) and provoking possibilities (Ne) for self-expression (Fi)

ISTJ: retrieving and storing data (Si) by organising systems (Te) and self-evaluate (Fi) possibilities (Ne)

ESFP: interacting with the world (Se) to evaluate (Fi) the organisation of systems (Te) by forming connections (Ni)

ISFP: evaluating (Fi) by interacting with the world (Se) and forming connections (Ni) for system organisation (Te)

ESTP: interacting with the world (Se) by analysing (Ti) and enhancing people (Fe) to form connections (Ni)

ISTP: analyisng (Ti) by interacting with the world (Se) and forming connections (Ni) for people (Fe)

ENFJ: accommodating people (Fe) by making connections (Ni) and interacting with the world (Se) for analysis (Ti)

INFJ: making connections (Ni) by bettering people (Fe) through analysis (Ti) of objective reality (Se)

ENTJ: organising systems (Te) by making connections (Ni) about the world (Se) for self expression (Fi)

INTJ: forming connections (Ni) by organising systems (Te) and self-evaluating (Fi) for objective reality (Se)

ENFP: provoking possibilities (Ne) by self-evaluating (Fi) and organising systems (Te) for storing and retrieving data (Si)

INFP: evaluating (Fi) possibilities (Ne) by retrieving and store data (Si) for organising systems (Te)

ENTP: provoking possibilities (Ne) by analysing (Ti) people (Fe) for storing and retrieving data (Si)

INTP: analysing (Ti) possibilities (Ne) by retrieving and storing data (Si) for people (Fe)

Politics is the process by which people negotiate their diverging interests and most broken ideologies are wishful attempts to believe that this isn’t necessary and that politics can be defined out of existence.

Extreme Libertarianism / Anarchist Capitalism: posit one or two axioms, everything else can be derived from these, all politics can be expressed (in fact must be expressed) as market transactions.

Communism via Dictatorship: the lawful king will arrange everything for the workers and must not be questioned; people attempting politics are imprisoned.

Communism via Democracy: the workers will self-organise in just the right way and somehow avoid doing anything problematic, enforced by meme magic or some other wizardry that ensures that all votes are unanimous.

thetaikamiya  asked:

I just wanted to thank you for not only coordinating Michi Week, but for also sharing my story! I get rather self-conscious about my work, regardless of what it's for. So thank you, for all the work you've put in and will put in. :)

Awww, this is so sweet of you. Thank you so much. :D I really appreciate you taking the time to send me this kind message.

Study Tip!

A session of yoga a day is great to do while studying - it can help energise you and motivate you to work, or to relax you and clear your mind after a long day of studying! It’s also super great if you get a bad back from hunching over a desk all day - This series of yoga videos is fab to help you get to grips with the basics in 30 days. 

There has been an increasing tendency within the pro-breakfast milieu towards theoretical error since the 1960’s. It is our intention to hammer in to the milieu some theoretical nails to halt this slide. To this end we have produced two products in the hope that the trend may be reversed. The first product deals with the decline of home fries into mere chunks of potato. It is our intent to strongly delineate the limits we have observed in mere potato, sans peppers, sans onions, sans spices. The second product deals with the manufacture of pseudo-bacon and how they have been contained within capitalism as elements of its own self-organisation and maintenance (spectacular deals, as McDonalds would say), it also considers the alleged role of bacon fetishism and the consequences of prioritising bacon over sausage within the commercial breakfast