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#1: Tame your Frenzy. All that stress/negative emotions and thoughts in your head – try to get a grip on it. Manage it well. Sleep well, meditate, whatever works for you best.
#2: Sustain your Focus. One thing at a time. Do not multi-task. Turn off all distractions – phone, email, notifications etc.
#3: Apply the brakes. “Distractions are inevitable if you are human. Rather than mindlessly succumb to a distraction while in the midst of an important task (including health-giving activities such as exercising, cooking a healthy meal or relaxing), stop, breathe and consider whether the distraction is urgent enough to trump the current priority.If not, bring your attention back to the important task until it is time to take a brain break to recharge your brain’s batteries, or move to a new task.”
#4: Access your working memory. The same strategies that work for #1 will work here too, helping to clear your mind.
#5: Shift sets. “Now it’s time to move your focus to a new task. Move all of your attention fully to the next task and give it your undivided attention. This brain skill, called “set-shifting,” allows you to leave behind one task and leap to a new one with a fresh and productive focus.” (This is how people who in very high-task, high-stress environments cope. ie: Country Presidents, CEOs etc. Do what you need to regardless of how you feel).
How to organize your mind – CNN.com
Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.
Perform a random act of kindness every day of this week. Give someone a genuine compliment, pay for their meal, or donate some of your time to a nonprofit organization.
Things to take note of:
- How to talk to people much more senior than you
- How to respond to critical feedback
- How to negotiate salary when you get a job offer
- How to figure out the market rate for your work
- How to run a meeting
- How to have a difficult conversation
- How to stand up for yourself politely and professionally
- What you’re good at and what you’re not so good at
- What to do when you make a mistake
- Your reputation matters
That conversations of a more substantial
nature as opposed to “small talk” were correlated with greater happiness.
– Mehl et al (2010).
Perhaps I should do up a “did you know” section where I post interesting pieces of research from journals I read everyday (as part of my job, ha)?
No pressure. No diamonds.
The various experiences we face throughout our lives make us unique and valuable. Think about a time when you faced difficult circumstances and reflect on how they made you grow as a person.
If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.
ideas for summer activities
i’ve been planning my summer lately, mainly because i am going to really try and be productive. while doing research about different jobs and programs, i thought i’d compile a list of suggestions for activities that i found 🙂
- get a job
- write a book
- learn a new language
- watch ted talks
- take an online course
- preview your classes for the upcoming year
- go on some college visits
- learn to code
- set goals for the academic year
- learn a new instrument
- consider job shadowing
- get CPR certified
- do a reading challenge
- or join a book club
- do a charity challenge
- save up for something
- donate old clothes/toys
- prepare for standardized tests
- take a cooking class
- try some new recipes
- figure out how you de-stress best
- do an exercise challenge
- maybe train for a race?
- go on a hike
- try meditation
- go to a yoga class
- try gardening
- start recycling/composting
- do an exercise challenge
- try some new smoothie recipes
- stick to an exercise routine
- drink more water
- visit some museums
- go stargazing
- get up early & watch the sunrise
- try having a pen pal
- go see a summer blockbuster
- picnic with friends
- learn how to do the perfect manicure
- have a movie marathon
- go to a ballgame
- learn how to sew
- keep a journal
- go camping
- visit the zoo
- go to a concert
- have a family game night
- become a master at braiding
- go cloud-watching
- go see an outdoor movie
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading today.
Avoid the unnecessary stress that comes with procrastination. Assign time frames for each of your tasks. Focus on one at a time and eliminate distractions.
It doesn’t matter where you are, you are nowhere compared to where you can go.