I’ve had the window of this post open for days, and as the hours tick past I’ve been going back and forth and jotting down ideas and realizations about high achievement, focus and miscellaneous ideas that are big enough to be useful, but not big enough for their own post. Most of these are just for entertainment value- I hope they make you think and/or smile!
- Every minute you spend doing one thing is one minute that you can never spend doing something else. If you can pull future tasks into the present, you can free up time in the future. What you do with free time is all up to you. I personally, will be using this free time that I’m creating for myself to take over the world! (And maybe apply for a scholarship or two.)
- Writing an outline before beginning an essay actually helps. Doing research first helps even more. As in don’t research and essay while writing it. The outline should be proportionate to the size of the essay.
- Editing you iTunes while doing anything serious is a time waster. So is popping virtual bubble wrap.
- When essay writing, keep a running list of all the sources you use. As in, make the bibliography as you go along, instead of being horrified by the realization that you forgot to change the “date accessed” part of your Bibme automatic citation just as you press print on your 20 page essay.
- Working in your dorm room is a bad idea, but sometimes the library reveals itself to be the grey soul sucking place that it really is. OK, not really. But for days when you need to do your work in a place quieter than your dorm, but not as quiet as a library, use Wi-Fi Free Spotto find a restaurant or cafe in your city that has free wi-fi, and go to your work! I copied down the list of all the free wi-fi spots in my city into my planner, as well as the hours and addresses of those places so I can always find the closet one that’s still open.
- There is always at least one bus route that runs from one end of a city to another, stopping in major central locations. Always have it’s map/schedule pamphlet in your wallet- it will come in handy at least half a dozen times, especially on weekends when you need a safe way to get home after one too many drinks.
- On the back of that pamphlet, copy down the number of the local taxi company, in case the bus driver won’t let you get on. (Hey, it’s happened!)
- When you have a course in which your grade is comprised entirely of two or three essays, no exams, it can be difficult to get yourself to class. But go anyway. Because it’s in the lecture that the significant of the readings will be discussed, and it is this understanding of the bigger picture that will take your essay to the next level, and really set it apart from the others. I like to keep a running mind map of my course that I add to during lectures. When essay time rolls around then, I’ll have an outline of it ready to go, with the big picture laid out for me.
- When feeding yourself on a budget farmers markets are almost always cheaper than the grocery store, and planning out a weekly menu ahead of time can help you make sure you buy all the ingredients you need during that one trip.
- Come to think of it, a good mindset to have about grocery shopping is that you’re “ingredient buying”. Think about the food you eat in terms of means to nourish your body and keep you healthy, not a way to just stave off hunger for the time being. Food eating and preparing should be an important part of your day and you should be very conscious of what’s going into your body. It’s the only one you ever get, eh? A large pack of Oreos or a box of Kraft Dinner should not be the highlight of your evening!
- Libraries are awesome, but they really come to life when you ask the librarians for help. They know, like, a lot.
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