Want to Be Successful? Cultivate the Growth Mindset

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Inspiration, Productivity | 2 comments

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Today, I am sharing another excerpt from my recently released eBook Study Smarter (if you haven’t read it yet, make sure to snag a free copy at the end of this post!). In the book, I have compiled all of the methods, tips, tricks, and strategies that helped me maintain high grades in college, beat procrastination, organize my time efficiently, and work productively. All of the strategies in this book can be adapted to suit any learning style as long you have a mindset of success.

This mindset is rooted in a single concept: we have the capability to improve ourselves for the better if we are willing to put in the hard work. With perseverance and determination, we can make ourselves smarter and develop skills we never knew we had. Carol Dweck (a researcher at Stanford University) coined the term “growth mindset” to describe this way of thinking. It is essential to long-term success.

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5 Steps to Creating a Powerful Daily To-Do List

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Productivity, Time Management | 4 comments

list-372766_1280There are lots of ways you can record your to-do lists. You can write down your deadlines and appointments in a physical planner and remind yourself with post-it notes. Or you can keep everything on the computer with a helpful app.

Choosing which program to use, however, is not nearly as important as knowing how to keep a to-do list that will not sabotage your productivity. Yes, that’s right. Even though to-do lists are supposed to help us work more efficiently, if they are written up in the wrong way, they can actually end up doing more harm than good. In today’s post, I’m sharing five steps to follow to create a powerful to-do list that will supercharge your productivity. 

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Get your free copy of the Study Smarter eBook!

Posted by on Aug 9, 2015 in Books, Education, Productivity, Study Tips, Time Management | 0 comments

eBook Mock-upYes, scholars!! It’s officially here. I’ve just put the finishing touches on a brand-new eBook, Study Smarter: How to Maximize Your Study Time and Master Any Subject.

You probably noticed that the blog was unusually quiet this past July. That’s because I was busy working on this exciting project, and I can’t wait for you all to read it.

If you enjoy the posts on the blog, you’re going to love this eBook. In this step-by-step 40+ page guide, I have compiled all of the methods, tips, tricks, and strategies that helped me maintain high grades in college, beat procrastination, organize my time efficiently, and work productively.

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The 10-Step Guide to Reading More

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Books, Productivity | 6 comments

The 10-Step Guide to Reading More

I have always been an avid reader. When I was a kid, my parents joked that my books and I were inseparable. It was true – I carried a book with me everywhere I went and read whenever and wherever possible.

As I grew older, I found it more and more difficult to find time to read for pleasure. However, by following a few simple steps, I have managed to average about thirty books a year. This year I have decided to push myself even further, challenging myself to read forty books.

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Is Sleep Deprivation Sabotaging Your Grades?

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Health, Productivity, Time Management | 8 comments

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It’s easy to think that you are invincible in high school and college, that you can go hours upon hours without sleep, that you can effectually push your brain to its breaking point without suffering any negative consequences. The truth, however, is that sleep deprivation not only saps your health and energy, but also harms your brain.

I have always been a night owl so it was only a matter of time before I pulled my first all-nighter in college. I put every minute of that night to good use (at least, I thought so) as I hammered away at my keyboard, racing to finish a very important term paper. But in retrospect, those all-nighters and other nights of little sleep were far from wise decisions. I ended up barely able to stay awake in class, exhausted as I tried to finish my other homework projects.

Ultimately, I learned the hard way that being a night owl doesn’t make you smarter, and sleepless nights are not something to brag about. The myth of the successful and productive genius who only needs four hours of sleep at night is just that: a myth. In today’s post, I’ll be looking at the importance of prioritizing sleep and how to make sure you are well rested especially on those days when you have a crucial exam.

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5 Free Apps to Supercharge Your Productivity

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Productivity, Technology, Time Management | 6 comments

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When I sit down to work on a blog post, one of the first things I do is log off of Facebook and email. This is because every time I stop to check a notification, I will undoubtedly fall into the procrastination wormhole that leads me meandering across the Internet and reading things that have nothing to do with my original blog post. According to this Wall Street Journal article, “It takes more than 25 minutes, on average, to resume a task after being interrupted.” Even worse, “It takes an additional 15 minutes to regain the same intense focus or ‘flow’ as before the interruption.” That’s forty entire minutes. And that doesn’t even take into consideration multiple interruptions.

Of course, interruptions are an unavoidable part of daily life. But we can limit them! And we can also find ways to make ourselves more organized and more productive so we will have a little more time left over once we finally find our way out of that wormhole. Today, I’ve put together a list of five of my favorite apps that help me work smarter and faster. All of these are absolutely free and some you can download right onto your computer.

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