Tips for Staying Focused when Revising for Exams

I find it ridiculously difficult to get into the zone for the kind of intense study required for finals preparation, maybe more so than a couple of my friends here (@studytillblurrr @wannabeproductive). So I’ve compiled a couple of tips that really help me stay focused that I haven’t seen on studyblr yet: 

1. Use parental control apps on your own phone: Regardless of the physical location of my phone, I will always find a way to spend the whole day on social media. If you’re like me, the best way to not get distracted is to download a child control app (I use OurPact and it schedules hours where you cannot access ANYTHING: literally everything except the most basic functions disappears, including camera and safari).

2. Write the heading of your next section when you finish: When working through practice questions/making notes, I always write the heading and a line’s worth of text for the following section. the next time you open up your book, it’s less intimidating to start - kind of like lowering the barriers to entry (for econ nerds)! 

3. Break up your to-do list: I study in three/four blocks per day, so I write my to-do list in three or four segments with spacing. This also makes tasks seem more manageable than a scary looking 10+ item list. 

4. Sleep whenever you’re tired, but use a HIIT timer: So this might only be useful for polyphasic sleepers, but what I like to do is set the first timer for 20 minutes, and then do a recurring timer every 5 minutes. I guess this probably will only work for light sleepers, but it’s so good!! I can go back to sleep for “five more minutes” as many times as I like without feeling guilty, and its basically impossible to sleep for more than an hour because the noise becomes annoying.  

You slept with me last night,
In my bed for the first time,
Covered in my blankets,
Pressed against my pillows,
Wrapped around my body.

You surrounded me
And everything in my bed,
Imbuing my mattress
And my very soul
With your scent and presence.

It was a cold night
But you were wonderfully warm,
Pressed close to me as we slept,
Arm around my waist
And my hand resting on yours.

I smiled as I slept,
Feeling safe and secure
In your arms,
Feeling happy for once,
And hoped the night would last forever.

But you got too warm,
I guess.
My cold room was too warm
And you slipped out of my bed
To sleep on the floor.

I spent the rest of the night shivering,
Clinging to the blankets
That still carried your warmth,
That still felt like you,
In a desperate attempt to sleep.

I couldn’t fall back asleep,
And my eyes were open when you left,
Staring at the ceiling
As you closed my door
Without a parting word.

My eyes burn now,
My head is pounding,
My throat is dry,
I am alone in my bed
And beyond just tired.

I want you to come back,
To curl around me again
And keep me safe and warm
As we sleep,
As we dream together.

—  just please come back to me, for I am tired and miss you already

anonymous asked:

I have trouble sleeping at night after workouts and I want to try progenex caccoon but idk because ive never taken stuff like that any recommendations?

Looking at progenex caccoon nutritional value, it’s a simple casein protein powder. This won’t help you get a better sleep. More info on protein powders:

If you have trouble sleeping, you should see a specialist. Or try having your workout at a different time of the day. Also, I recommend you to try to consume magnesium, it will help you get a better sleep.

Hope it helps ;)

More motivation:

Exercise Increases Levels of Hunger Promoting Endocannabinnoids, Even When You’re Sleep Deprived

A research group at Uppsala University has investigated how levels of endocannabinoids – which target the same receptors as cannabis – are affected by short sleep duration, and whether acute exercise can modulate this effect.

The research is in Psychoneuroendocrinology. (full open access)


mondays exhausting even for ferret frends. 

see ? i wish i would escape to dreamland like this furry frend! 

chasing mice ! sleeping in flowers! hope all humans seeing have good dreams as well!

whistling bedposts,
a black tinnitus to the scratching lick of ante meridiem,
aren’t fazed by the ghosts with tooth pick eyelids
but I can feel them
in the cold of distraction.

Seconds catch in sighs
teasing to the sunrise

and dreams are hid
behind the lie of the night -
an attraction of the finger-tapping plight
I’m in bed with.

Feet dragged to creased sheets
moonlight ceased in a concerto of promised relief

but I’m still tense to tick to the track
playing the morning horn

I’ll adjourn
once more.

To be shared:  

It is nighttime, and the pines smell spicy and secret.  

You are snug inside a sleeping bag, suspended on an old folding cot that’s just wide enough.  You are warm and comfortable; the night air is chilly but not cold.  

And above you is the universe–a pool of sky hemmed by treetops, and containing a thousand thousand stars, silent and infinite and glorious.  You don’t know their names; you don’t need to.  They are a chorus in your head, music you can never describe but know all the same; their endless glitter makes you tiny, but secure, a mote in exactly the right place.  They are the most enduring beauty you have ever seen, and you watch them as long as you can keep your eyes open.  

And when you must sleep at last, you know they are there still, serene and real and sending you messages of light.  Always and always.  

Free to take, as many times as there are stars.