24/11/2017 My desk pictures always look very neat, but I have to admit that it is an (organized) mess outside of the pictures… Working hard to finish my readings for next week, so I can enjoy some well-deserved rest after that!
24/11/2017Even though it was an extremely busy day, it was very inspiring as well. It’s one of those days where I am really aware of how thankful I am to have good education. I have the opportunity to learn so much and develop myself in many ways. That’s something beautiful.
did you get an assignment notification? break it into small chunks, schedule these chunks and make a start on it.
do you have an exam tomorrow? do some light revision. or if you’ve left it until the last, turn off your phone, put it in your desk drawer and revise until you’re done. make sure you get at least 4 hours of sleep if you’re cramming, 8 if you’re not.
do you have a quiz tomorrow? do some v light revision, and redo some homework problems or handouts on the topic.
how much tea/coffee/general caffeine have you had today? how much water have you had? switch your next coffee refill to water.
have you brushed your hair? tame that mane.
have you showered? have a warm shower right before you go to bed so you feel sleepy when you come out.
are your feet cold? put on socks.
are you working your hardest? push a little harder.
when was the last time you allocated relaxing time? pick a cutoff point for your work, whether it’s 9pm or 1am, and spend 15-30 minutes (depending on the time) to wind down by reading a book, talking to family or friends, taking a shower and generally doing whatever you want.
Today I talked with my professor, a truly wise woman with decades of experience in theatre.
She’s told me that she noticed that when I perform I try to please her and other professors. She told me it’s bullshit and I must stop doing that if I want to make progress.
Time of education - she said- whether you pay for it or not, is your laboratory. This is the time and space for you to find out things - what you can and can’t do, what you want, who you are.You may and you WILL fuck up, but that’s ok. You’re still learning, you’re growing, and you have to communicate with the world to do so.
She’s said she’s 70, and she’s still learning. Sometimes she stays at home all day eating chocolate, falling asleep, eating more chocolate, calling her friends who don’t pick up bc they’re too busy. Sometimes she fucks up too. And that’s fine. You have to get bad things, to learn what is good
You must eat junk food to know it’s better to get veggies. You must stay at home to go out. You must be alone to feel a difference when you’re with people.
I for example, did an utterly shit project last week and the cringe is real. But she said - girl, it was shit. But now you know what to correct. And if you don’t want to - screw it. Start a new project. With new rules, new world, new mind. Every day you can reinvent yourself.
anyway, I’m only repeating what she said. she knows her stuff tho. real inspo. will throw in some more later.
if you realize you’ve been studying for hours: grab a snack to refuel your body and watch a sitcom to refuel your brain. then back to the books.
if you’re feeling stressed out: take some deep breaths, text your friends, maybe stare at a wall for a few minutes. gather yourself.
if you can’t seem to focus: get moving and get outside. take out the garbage, check your mail box, maybe walk your dog. just get moving and get fresh air. it’ll help bring you back.
if there’s something else going on in your life and you can’t get it off your mind: write down what’s going through your head, sort of like a diary entry. it’ll help you work things out.
if you’re just mentally and physically exhausted: set a timer for 25-30 minutes and take a nap. any longer and you’ll hit REM and you’ll wake up feeling just as tired. once you wake up, get some caffeine in you.
if the material is boring as hell: find another way to study. see if there’s a crash course video online about it or draw out what you’re trying to learn in diagrams and pictures to make it fun.
if people around you won’t shut up: listen to some music. soundtrack and classical music is always good because they won’t absorb you as much as music with lyrics. white noise (like ocean waves, rain sounds, etc.) also works.
if you only half understand a concept: call/message a friend who’s not in the class and try to teach the material to them. this will help you mentally work through the material and will help you remember it as well.
Literally do your work as soon as you know it exists. If you get homework, do it during your free or when you get home or on the train if you really want to, on the day you get it. Just got set an assignment? Get the draft done that weekend. It doesn’t have to be amazing and absolutely ready to send in, it just needs to exist. Just got sent an email? Reply when you see it. If you’re not sure how to response to it, write Dear (), leave a gap and then write Regards () and keep that in your drafts. Set a reminder on your computer or write the reminder on a sticky note that you’ve got that sitting in your drafts and you need to send it off in the next 24 hours. Need to clean your room? Don’t spend time thinking or planning how you’re going to clean it or how you’re going to change up the space in the process, just pick stuff up and put it where it should be until everything’s in order. Done. Seriously dude, when a task arises as an issue, tackle it as soon as you realise it exists. Remember, it doesn’t need to be amazing it just needs to be done. So, when the due date of the task creeps closer, you can go back, work with what you have and make it the quality you want it to be.
Ways to ensure you’ll have a productive study session
1. Turn off your phone, and either put it in your desk drawer or in an old pencil case and put that in a different room. Don’t just leave it face down next to you, or turn off do not disturb, just bloody do it I promise you’re not missing out on anything.
2. If you’re revising for a long time, studying without some sort of background music or ambience tends to make you antsy. So if you’re into music, check out the Imitation Game soundtrack on both youtube and spotify, the Theory of Everything Soundtrack, the Harry Potter Soundtrack, Electronic Concentration on Spotify and on Youtube. If you’re not into music, head to ambientmixer.com and find your hogwarts house common room one, and
3. If you’re using your laptop, grab a sticky note and scribble down the main three things you absolutely need to get done during that study session and stick it next to your keyboard so you’re constantly reminded of the fact that you should be doing work.
4. Strongly separate your work time and your chill out time. Figure out how long you can stay focused, and take a break that is lowkey productive and most importantly has its own cutoff point. For example, working out for 15 minutes is a good break because not only are you taking care of your body but the workout will end at some point, especially if you follow along a workout on YouTube or something. And once it’s ended, you’re more likely to actually go back to work.