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Always feeling low on energy, tired and unable to accomplish things on your to-do list? As a result your productivity and time management is affected? You could be getting your energy levels wrong. Enter the Spoon Theory.

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How many spoons do you have in a day?

In other words, do you know what are the limits to your energy each day?

Do you over-estimate the energy you have available each day?

Are you constantly packing your days full and always feeling worn out?

What has spoons got to do with your energy anyway?

Read on to find out more about the spoon theory and how it can help you manage your energy.  (more…)

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Going on a vacation whilst juggling exams, assignments and readings? Here are 8 Study tips and tricks for adults, college students and high school students who are balancing homework with sightseeing. I write about my 8 top organization and motivation tips, as I reflect on my recent solo trip, lugging around my laptop whilst keeping up with reading assignments and preparing for exams.

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Have you ever had to study, take exams or complete homework whilst on vacation?

I had to do all three recently when I went on a solo adventure recently which I blogged about here (Part 1, Part 2).

I happily booked all my hotels and bought all my train tickets etc before I checked my course schedule. Out of 7 weeks of lessons+exams, 3 of those co-incided with my vacation. GROAN. 

As if it couldn’t get any worse – my final exams co-incided with the last leg of my trip in London. Meaning that I’d have to spend a good two days researching and writing 4 essays and an online MCQ exam. To ace the MCQ you have to know most of the content at your fingertips, which meant I had to spend time doing extra revisions on my trip. (No, I didn’t do that in the end)

Whilst I’d have preferred not having to study AT ALL when I was vacationing, turns out, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be. You just need to figure some things out and make tiny adjustments along the way.

So if you have an upcoming trip where you’d be lugging around textbooks and homework, I’ve got some tips for you.

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Distracted all the time? Can't get anything done? 12 time management strategies to implement. Time management tips to manage your distractions. Grab your free checklist too!

You know how it’s like – You need to get a crap-ton of stuff off your to-do list, but it seems as if there are tons of distractions around you and those items on your to-do list keep getting pushed to the next day…and the next…and the next… ugh

I have been making some changes to my blog over the past month or so and that was the exact problem I experienced. I kept putting off my work. Every single time I needed to sit down and get something down, I managed to find something to distract myself from what needed to be done. And I know many of you have been in similar situations before.

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How to Stop Procrastinating? Regulate your emotions. An interview with Dr Timothy Pychyl. More on how to stop procrastinating tips and ideas in the article.You’ve been through this many times, haven’t you?

You want to finish up that essay, clean up that corner in your room, get through those 5 pesky things on your to-do list…

But you just can’t seem to do it.

Instead, you find yourself scrolling through your Instagram feed, daydreaming or maybe even skimming through this article.

Being an avid procrastinator, I’ve tried tons of time management hacks, downloaded plenty of apps; thinking that there must be a problem with the way I spend my time. But this article by Dr. Timothy Pychyl opened my eyes. It’s not so much about your time management – though that is also important – as it is more about your emotional state when you are about to do something.

Dr. Pychyl has devoted many years of study and research into the area of procrastination, having written a fascinating number of articles and books on it. An Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Dr. Pychyl is also a Director for the Initiatives in Education. I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Pychyl recently and he has shared his insights and tips on tackling procrastination.

Read on to find out more and check out his podcast and website to learn more about procrastination. (more…)

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Need time management strategies, ideas and time management tips for your life? Here are 12 of the best time management blogs you should follow right now. You will be mastering time management in no time!You stare at the clock…ticking away.

3 hours. That’s all you’ve got and the deadline is up.

To your left, a pile of laundry sits in the corner – untouched and unwashed.

And that pile of letters on your desk desperately needs mailing out.

“Oh, if only I had more time to do all these!” You think.

You start to panic, running your hands through your hair, feeling the anxiety build up…but yet here you are, reading my blog scrolling through your Facebook feed for the umpteenth time.

My friend, you can get ALL the above and more done. You need better time management skills.

And to help kickstart your journey to becoming a time management guru, we’ve gathered 12 of the best blogs and online forums dedicated to the subject. These are chock full of tips, tricks, strategies and ideas that will be having you finishing projects way before their deadlines, and balancing that with the unwashed laundry, mails and whatever else life throws at you.

Here we go!

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50+ music playlists from spotify, soundcloud and tumblr for insane focus at workAre you someone who needs to have the radio on while you work?

As someone who grew up with the radio always on in the background, I find it extremely hard to work in an environment that is completely silent (libraries don’t work for me). I focus way better when there’s abit (noisy cafes don’t work for me too!) of noise/stimulation in the background and that’s where music comes in.

Read on for some links to playlists that help keep you focused while you work.

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