win race

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:

  1. i’m super motivated and want to continue studying
  2. 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? 

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lyrics from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love”

(my idea was to show that both homophobia and racism are equally important issues we have to stand up against, and it would be the best to fight for both of them and not exclude anyone) + I’m white if that changes anything (I think it shouldn’t)

Ok, so, Shaggy needs to win a big road race against monsters driving individually-themed cars to win a bet in order for Dracula to turn him back into a human after a combination of moonlight and hiccups werewolf’d him while on a date at a drive-in.

No, seriously. I’m not making this up.

Were-Shaggy has the fastest car by far, but Dracula is doing all he can to prevent him from winning.

He’s well in the lead, but– oh, what’s this?

All the other cars got stuck and flung backwards by a giant spiderweb!

What luck! Shaggy speeds ahead.

The competition has all sustained major damages, and aren’t even seen in their vehicles… it’ll be ages before they can even get unstuck, assuming their cars are able to driv–

…oh, no, never mind, they’re all right back behind him instantly like nothing ever happened.

A little later, however, they all get stuck inside a massive snowball, and roll backwards a looooong way.

Once again, completely trapped! Phew, looks like Shaggy’s gonna win after al–

…oh, no, never mind, they’re all right back behind him instantly like nothing ever happened.

Next, quick-dry cement. 

The cars lose their wheels. 

Physically have nothing to drive on anymore.

Oh, no, never mind, they’re all right back behind him instantly like nothing ever happened.

The race is going normally, when… uh… wait, what are they freaking out about?

….um… ok? 

This just happened for some reason, I guess?

The movie doesn’t even bother to show us what occurred, nor does it give a reason for it, nor tie it into the plot at all, but… dang, those cars are trashed.

They even bothered to show all the parts that broke off, and everything is a smoking mess… they’re out of commission for go–

OH, NO, NEVER MIND, THEY’RE ALL RIGHT BACK BEHIND HIM INSTANTLY LIKE NOTHING EVER HAPPENED

BECAUSE CAUSE AND EFFECT DOESN’T EXIST IN THIS TWISTED TWILIGHT ZONE OF A MONSTER ROAD RACE

There are so many historic wins coming out of Election Day 2017. Black women (both cis and trans) winning mayoral races, legislative seats, and Lt. Governor seats, a trans woman ousting a known transphobe, a Sikh man winning his mayoral race. Wow.

When I go to the bookstore, I’ll grab books and read the last few pages. I want to know how it ends. I want to know where we end up.  Hollywood executives always read the first and last page of a screenplay, and if the characters don’t change, they toss the script.  We inherently want a landing, a safe conclusion, a final punctuation on the sentence of life.  

When I first read the Bible for myself, I started at Revelation.  I wanted to know if everything was going to be okay.  I heard about the Fall of Man and all the ugly things that happened in Genesis; I knew about the flood and the tower of Babel and the incest and the wars.  In Revelation, I was overwhelmed. Everything was getting put right again.  Justice was unrolling from Heaven, angels speaking with mere men, evil squashed to pieces, healing was all over the place.  Since then, I read the Bible very differently.  I know that the first page doesn’t get to say everything about us, and we get a landing, a final sentence of victory.  We get to win, because God does.

 — J.S.

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“The finest knight I ever saw was Ser Arthur Dayne, who fought with a blade called Dawn, forged from the heart of a fallen star.”

“…though compared to Ashara Dayne, the Dornish princess was a kitchen drab.”