Technology and social media are so very integrated into our lives these days, especially as students. Working full time, studying and running a blog I need make sure that the technology I use complements my needs. And, just like clutter on your desk or mess in your room, disorganised and messy technology can hold you back from being productive and working with a clear and focused mind. A simple declutter of your technological life is a fast and effective way to eliminate distractions and gain a fresh mindset, allowing you to do your best work.
Decluttering is about getting rid of what you don’t want or need, and simplifying everything that you see. It makes everything you see something that you want to see, something that makes your life brighter or inspires you. The aim today is to apply the same technique to our technology in a kind of “spring clean”. The effect that decluttering technology can have on your life is pretty amazing and, with a few simple tasks, I think that you’ll notice the difference too.
Habit tracking, guys, HABIT TRACKING. I am super in love with this amazing way to build new habits (or break bad ones!). The beginning of the year is a great time to start building a new habit especially if you’ve set yourself some goals that you want to consistently work on. It’s great for productivity and self-development and there are so many benefits for students.
Before I go any further, I’ll give you a rundown of what habit tracking is and how you can start it (with a free printable habit tracker!). Then I have some great ways to use habit tracking as a student.
It’s that wonderful time again – new goals for the new year, am I right? I absolutely adore the beginning of the year. There’s something so crisp and fresh about the 1st of January, like you can just forget all the troubles of the previous year and start afresh.
This is precisely why I use this time to set my goals for the year. I’m not talking about resolutions here (which seem to, once broken, disappear from the mind). I’m talking about goals. Goals are an objective that you can consistently work towards. You might hit obstacles, you might fail a couple of times, but as long as you are steadily working on it, you’re succeeding.
Goal-setting, particularly for students, is something that I find very important. Giving yourself something to work towards is a great way to inspire motivation and give yourself a sense of productivity and purpose. The beginning of the new year isn’t the only time you can set goals. It can be at the beginning of the semester, or in the middle of the week halfway through the year. Deciding to pursue an objective is just the start. To achieve your objective you need to plan it.
It can be intimidating to teach yourself something new if you don’t know where to start, or if you don’t think you have time. But the break between semesters is the perfect time to do it. I constantly find myself getting restless over the Christmas break. Since it’s Summer in Australia, we have a 3 month break between semesters during this time. I love the Summer holidays as much as the next person but it’s a ridiculously long time between two classes. The first time I had three months off it took me a little while to get back into “university mode” when I started the new semester. Whether you have a 3 month or a 3 week break, it’s always good to keep your studying habits strong and your mind active. So, I love committing to some kind of self-study over the break. It’s a useful way to stay in the study zone and teach yourself something new.
It’s that time of the year to start preparing for final exams! After a great response from my last post on reducing exam anxiety, I’m writing this post about all the things you can do to get prepared for your final exams.
Exam anxiety is something that affects many students, and not necessarily in the same way. Anxiety can stem from the panic in the lead up to the exam to panic when actually sitting the exam. A little stress is normal when it comes to Midsems or finals (usually because they have a high weighting on your grade), but if it gets out of hand it can be damaging to your grades and your health.
Since everyone has their own reasons for exam anxiety, it’s important to think about why you are nervous. Once you know and understand this you can address the issue. I’ve looked at some of the most common reasons I’ve heard (and felt) regarding exam anxiety, with some tips on how to reduce the effect of the stress.
Whenever I used to think about writing a study plan, I thought that it had to be this super in-depth schedule about exactly what I was going to study and when. The problem with this was that I was always terrible at sticking to an exact schedule because things always came up that I couldn’t predict. One small deviation and my plan completely fell apart.
Since finals are just around the corner for me, I thought it would be helpful for all you guys to share how I make my study plan now. I even have a printable study planner for you, so you can get right into studying!
Staying productive when I get home after a long day of classes used to be really hard for me. I’m not going to lie. I was usually completely exhausted and I wanted to do nothing but sit in front of the TV or have a nap. It used to be difficult to get motivated to do anything at all. In fact, if I could make a graph of my productivity levels when I got home, it would have looked something like this:
(By the way, negative productivity was when I didn’t have the energy to do things that weren’t related to school. It’s totally a thing.) I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. Because it’s not like once you finish classes you are done for the day. There are always assignments to be done, chapters to summarise or an exam to study for. It’s easy to tell yourself that you’ll get some work done every day but staying productive isn’t always that simple. Sometimes your exhaustion cancels out your motivation and you end up taking a 4 hour nap.
To keep those productivity levels up after your classes are done there are a few changes you can make to your usual routine. Since I started doing these things, I have the energy and focus I need to stay productive in the few hours after I get home. Once I finish what I want to achieve then I have time to unwind and do nothing. It feels so good to have some time in the evening to relax that I now find it super easy to be productive. And I want you guys to feel like that too! So, here are 3 essential tips to staying productive after a long day.
If writing presentations ain’t your jam, don’t be discouraged, I have a guide to help! Presentations can often seem like daunting and large projects. Not only do you have to write the presentation, but you also have to, well, present it. Getting started on writing presentations can be difficult, especially if you have no clue where to start. Leaving the writing stage to the last minute can be detrimental to the mark you receive as you delay (and shorten) the time you have to practice the delivery. There’s usually a good chunk of the marks that are tied into the actual presenting part of the assessment. By getting started and knocking out the writing part, you’ll have more time to build your confidence, practice your speaking and absolutely nail your presentation.
Download my free presentation plan printable and follow this guide to learn how to break down and approach writing presentations, and get the head start that you need!
If you’re feeling like you’ve lost your motivation, I have for you today 6 amazing TED talks to inspire guide and motivate. For those who don’t know, TED talks are short, power talks which cover a variety of topics. They’re very addictive and since I started watching them I have learned so many new things, from scientific information to techniques for everyday life.
The 6 TED talks in this post are some of my favourite short talks, ranging from 3 to 20 minutes, and ones that I think are enriching for the mind, particularly for young women. Whether you are a student, or simply looking for something to inspire you, these short talks will definitely teach you something new.