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Living minimalist lifestyle

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On everyday basis we tend to lose sight of our real priorities. The main benefit behind this lifestyle is that you create room for whats important and you give less focus on materialistic possessions.

Some Ways to Sample Living With Less

1. Clothes. According to statistics, we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. The simple exercise of going through your closet and removing all unused clothing leaves your closet lighter, your mornings less stressful, and your wardrobe full of things you love.

2. Decorations. Many of the decorations in our homes hold no personal value to our lives. Take a moment to walk through your home with a discerning eye. Leave only the decorations that are the most meaningful and the most beautiful.

7. Furniture. It may require some heavy-lifting, but if you’re up for the challenge, removing excess furniture from your rooms will immediately open up significant space and airflow in your home. The rarely-used pieces of furniture in your home are quickly recognizable and taking up more space than you realize.

source: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/sample-living-with-less/

 

Study tips

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  • Start tracking time

keep a journal and track every hour of studying so that you can see how productive you were the whole day. Plan your study schedule in the morning within 5 mins.

 

  • Exercise or meditate

Exercising and meditation can increase you energy and focus. they make you more relaxed. Eating healthy food is also a must. Stay away from sugary or processed food.

  • Spaced repetition

To maximize your learning, study short but often. Your concentration is high at the start and at the end of a study session. Revise the content first after 1/2 days, then 1 week and then after 1 month. 30% read 70% recite

  • Use cornell notes

https://itashiy.wordpress.com/2017/07/26/cornell-note-taking/

  • Teach it

Study and understand the contents as if you are going to teach somebody. Or you can actually teach it.

  • First principle method

Musk says that  with first principles, “you boil things down to the most fundamental truths … and then reason up from there .”

  • Change your study material

Sometimes we feel bored or we can’t understand a topic, in that case use a different material.

  • Pomodoro technique

It involves 25 mins of studying and then a short break. Plan your breaks using 45% rule if you can’t focus.

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Ways to sleep better!

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when an activity becomes a habit, it takes a lot less willpower.

Bedtime routine

prepare yourself for a good nights sleep. Routine like brushing your teeth, flossing, reading, meditation, aromatherapy or a warm bath with candles, just anything which produces a calming effect. Limit your exposure to blue light at night by using apps like f.lux or twilight. It is recommended powering down your devices atleast half an hour before bed. Avoid late night eating or alcohol consumption.

Stop from hitting the snooze button

It results in us feeling more tired. Just set the alarm and wake up at that time. There are some apps in which you can customize to remove the snooze option like alarm clock xtreme. Waking up during rem sleep and then hitting the snooze button causes grogginess as you return to deep sleep mode. In the next point i will show you how to set the alarm. 

Rem sleep 

Invest in smart alarms, they monitor your sleep cycle and wake you up at lighter stages of sleep. This results in you feeling less groggy, they are paid apps. Or you can use apps like sleepytime, etc which calculates and suggests when to wake up so that you wont wake up during on of the rem cycles, they are free. Each rem cycle lasts for about 90 minutes. So that means its better to wake up 7.5 hours than 8 hours after sleeping.

Consistent sleep

Set your body clock by sleeping and waking up at the same time everyday. This helps you feeling more refreshed after waking up and you wont hit the snooze button. And if you do it for a long time, you will see yourself waking up without the alarm. That is done by our biological alarm.

Mentally stimulate your brain first thing in the morning

Activities like checking emails/social media or anything which keeps you interested and engaged. Do this for 5 – 10 minutes and when you are done , your mind will stop you from sleeping again.

Have a reason to get up early

Reasons like gym, some class, etc. Having a deadline makes the whole process of waking up easier. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BULLET JOURNAL

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A personal bullet journal is a quick and flexible system that helps you track short and long term goals. You set up your journal into sections by month, week, and year. From there, you track what needs to get done. You also track significant events and milestones.

Once you start, there is no going back.

Assembling the Basics

1. The Index Page

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This part is integral to your journal — it makes it easier to navigate. Open to the first blank pages of your book and write “Index” at the top of each.

You will be writing numbers on each page of your journal. Your index will help you track which sections fall on which pages.

2. Set Up Your Future Log

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Flip to the next blank spread in your journal. This will be your future log. Your future log is a way of getting a bird’s eye view of tasks you need to complete within the next six months.

Before moving on, add these pages in your index.

3. Create Your Monthly Log

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Flip to the next blank spread in your journal. This will be your monthly log. It gives you an overview of a given month. Start with the current month and write the name of this month on the top of both pages.
Write down all the dates of the month. Next to each, add the first letter of the day of the week it corresponds to.
On the right page, jot down your task list for the month. Using bullet points, make a list of all the goals you hope to complete, any bills you have to pay, and any deadlines you need to meet.

4. Set Up Your Daily/Weekly Log

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Flip to the next blank spread and write today’s date on the top of the page. Use small bullet points to write down things you need to do that day, tasks you completed, and anything else of interest that occurred that day. Use as many lines as you need to log your daily activities. When the day ends, make a new entry the line below for the next day.

Personalizing Your System

5. Use bullet points

You can break down events into categories, such as work, school, bills, personal, creative projects, etc. Every type of event should have a different bullet point signifying its type. It’s best to use as few categories as possible to keep things from getting confusing. Tasks- indicated by a dot bullet, events- indicated by circle bullet and notes- by dash bullet.

Using Your Journal Regularly

6. Cross off items as you complete them.

Each time you complete a task, flip back to your monthly log. Cross off the task on your broad to-do lists. This can help you track what you have accomplished and what you still need to accomplish for a given month.

Personalize your bullet journal so that it works for you. If it helps organize your day, then you’re doing it right. Happy journaling!

Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Bullet-Journal

Cornell Note Taking

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It will help you keep your notes organized and make reviewing course material much easier.

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While listening to a lecture, or reading a text, take notes only in the right-hand section of the page.

Focus on getting just the key words and points down so that you can keep up with the lecture or reading—you will have time later to review and fill in the gaps.

Rather than writing out complete sentences, use bullet points, shortcuts (like “&” instead of “and”), abbreviations, and any personal note-taking symbols you have.

 

Cue column


Working from your notes on the right, think about questions that might appear on an exam, and write these on the left. Later on, these can be used as a study tool.

Summaries


Use this space at the bottom of each page to summarize the notes on that page. Putting the gist of the material in your own words is a good way to check your comprehension. If you can summarize the page of notes, it means you are well on your way to understanding the material. You might ask yourself, “How would I explain this information to someone else?”

Using Your Notes to Study


Read your notes. Concentrate on the cue column and summary at the bottom. These contain the most important points you will need for your assignment or exam.
 
Use your notes to test your knowledge. Cover the right side of the page (the note-taking area) with your hand or another sheet of paper. Quiz yourself by giving answers to the potential questions that you included in the cue column. Then uncover the right side and check your comprehension.
 
Review your notes as often as possible. Reviewing frequently over a longer period of time, rather than cramming before a test, will greatly increase your retention and deepen your understanding of course material. With your effective notes made using the Cornell system, you will be able to study efficiently and with minimal stress.

10 WAYS TO BEAT PROCRASTINATION

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AS SIR ISAAC NEWTON TAUGHT US A LONG TIME AGO, OBJECTS AT REST TEND TO STAY AT REST.
  1. 5-Minute Miracle


    This is one of the best techniques for people who struggle with procrastination. The Five Minute Miracle involves asking yourself; “Hmm, what action can I take in less than five minutes TODAY that moves this forward even the tiniest bit?” Once you’ve identified a small action, set a timer for five minutes and spend five minutes working on the task. Research shows that once you start something, you’re much more likely to finish it. 

  2. Kill It With Kindness.


    Research shows that the more you can forgive yourself for past procrastination, the more likely you are to overcome your current procrastination and take action. Practice self-compassion when thinking of your past experience procrastinating.

  3. Ask yourself why?


    Sometimes, it can be helpful to understand exactly why you’ve been procrastinating a specific task. Are you afraid of something? Maybe you feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. Fill in the sentence; “I’m avoiding this task because…” or “I’m avoiding this task because I’m afraid that….” And see what shows up. Identifying your fears can help you realize the monsters in the closet aren’t as bad as you think.

  4. Work in the right environment. 


    Even if you do everything else right, working in the wrong environment can make you succumb to procrastination. This means keeping yourself away from television, electronics, friends, and loud places. This isn’t what works for everyone, but you need to exercise discipline by working in the environment that’s right for you.

  5. Take control of your self-talk. 


    Saying to yourself, “I’m not going to procrastinate. I will not procrastinate,” virtually ensures that you will procrastinate. There’s a classic study where participants were told to not think about a white bear. It turns out it’s nearly impossible to avoid thinking about something that you tell yourself not to, as your mind gravitates towards the thing you’re trying to avoid. The trick is to shift your attention to something completely different (and positive). Instead of telling yourself not to procrastinate, think about what you will do and how great it’s going to feel to have it done. This way, your mind fixates on the action you want to take instead of the behavior you’re trying to avoid.

  6.  Use productivity apps


    Apps like aCalender for scheduling tasks beforehand, loop habit tracker to make sure that you maintain your everyday essential work, My Effectiveness Pro for time management (Eisenhower’s matrix).

  7.  Create something everyday


    No matter what it is. Artwork, photos, videos, a journal, some code, anything that gets you into a creative mood and gets you working.

  8. Set “goals” for the day


    Procrastinators love planning, quite simply because planning does not involve doing, and doing is the procrastinator’s Kryptonite.  At the beginning of each day identify a handful of things that you want to accomplish. Some say three things. It depends on how large the tasks are. Set a limit for yourself and work on each of them until they are done.

  9. Watch Tim Urban: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | TED talk.


    you can watch many other YouTube videos or blogs to help you overcome this faster. Please don’t start to procrastinate by watching those videos and reading those blogs for hours on a loop and not working on it

  10. Pre-commit, publicly.


    Research has found that it matters greatly to us whether we’re respected by others—even by strangers. Most of us don’t want to look foolish or lazy to other people. So by daring to say “I’ll send you the report by the end of the day” we add social benefits to following through on our promise—which can be just enough to nudge us to bite the bullet.

    *Bonus – Making planners can be  a form of procrastination as you feel that you have accomplished tasks without actually doing them. So, don’t spend more than 5 minutes on a planner.

10 Life Tips for INFPs ( “The Visionary” )

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INFP, you are kind, loving, gentle, sensitive and all of those sweet things. You are only 2% of the population, but I wish there were so many more of you. I just wish you would learn to love and accept yourself the way you love and accept the rest of us.
So here are some tips which will make your life easier.

  1. Work on not taking everything so personally.

    Sometimes criticism, while hard to hear, is helpful; it’s how we grow. It rarely means anything about who you are as a person. When you feel criticized or hurt, think through what the person meant by it, what their intentions were, whether it’s something to be upset about. Think about whether they might actually have a point, and then use the feedback to make some changes.

  2. You are incredibly imaginative. Which is a good thing, except when it’s not.

    Sometimes you have a tendency to make stories up in your head, so sometimes you maybe don’t ask questions because you’ve already filled in the gaps and written your own version of what the person is telling you. In order to really get close to someone, you need to stop making up stories about them and actually ask/listen instead.

  3. Being who you are is totally okay.

    You may feel like you have no defenses in this cruel, cold world, but don’t hide who you are. You may feel almost like there’s something fundamentally wrong with you; you’re so sensitive and have so many feelings. It can be overwhelming and you may want to hide it, but I would argue that we really need people like you, so let us see you. The world needs people who are soft and tender-hearted and gentle and who accept others in all their quirky ways. Hold that kind of space for people; that’s your gift. I know you aren’t going to be able to let everyone in indiscriminately, but trust that there is value in exposing your truest self to the ones who matter.

  4. Completely despise being told what to do.

    This is honestly their biggest problem. If you tell them to go left, they instantly are tempted to go right. They usually take instruction as a challenge to their freedom, so most INFPs need a workplace that essentially doesn’t tell them what to do, which, unfortunately, doesn’t exist.

  5. Photoshop your Self-Image.

    Self-esteem comes from having a positive self-image. One trick, borrowed from the psychology of stress management, is to use the power of imagination. Picture yourself as the self-assured person you aspire to become. How do you feel when you allow your inner flame to burn so brightly? How do you look, stand, move, talk? How will it affect your work, health, relationships? See these things clearly in your mind’s eye and repeat the exercise whenever you need to fold away those self-doubts and stash them in a padlocked chest.This exercise is good for INFPs because it serves as both an affirmation and an action plan. On the one hand, visualization will help you purify your self-image and give you some additional internal resources to help you cope more effectively. On the other, it shows the gap between where you are now and where you would like to be. The photoshopped visual is the destination, and it will guide you as you take steps along your self-confidence journey.

  6. When INFPs feel passionate about something, watch out!

    INFPs may see themselves as reluctant heroes. One minute they’re strolling through life, the next minute their passion has been awakened because they’ve stumbled across a person who needs their help. With their idealism driving them on, INFPs can be truly unstoppable. That’s why this type has accomplished great things—think Joan of Arc, who, as a teenager with no military training, led the French army to victory over the British during the Hundred Years’ War. Other famous INFPs include Princess Diana, Johnny Depp, Audrey Hepburn, Fred Rogers, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Tori Amos, William Shakespeare, Helen Keller, and Isabel Briggs Myers (creator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator). INFPs are often found helping people who are sick, disabled, or in need. INFPs love rescuing the helpless. On the other hand, if INFPs don’t feel a sense of conviction, they tend to shut themselves off from the world. For INFPs, “when it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter. But when it matters…it matters big,”.

  7. INFPs can grow by having new experiences.

    The INFP’s secondary function, Extroverted Intuition, is a learning process that “sees behind the curtain,” so to speak. It perceives patterns in the INFP’s experiences and makes connections that aren’t necessarily obvious or inherent by definition. It asks, “What if?” and sees possibilities. The way INFPs can grow on a personal level is by using this process to explore, make connections, and learn new things. For INFPs, this may mean traveling to new places, taking classes to learn new skills, joining groups or clubs to meet new people, or feeding their appetite for new information by reading or exploring the arts. The more INFPs have new experiences, the more they will add to their deep understanding of emotions and the human condition.

  8. Try to be a little less reserved.

    I don’t mean go against your very nature and force yourself to be an extrovert, which is just stupid. I just mean that maybe next time, when you are deciding whether to talk to a person, talk to them. Next time a teacher asks a question (if you’re still in school), raise your hand. Make a new friend. Step out of your social boundaries just a little and you might find it better and easier than you expected. It could also be a great confidence booster!

  9. Stop being so hard on yourself                                                                                         

    You are never going to be perfect. Perfection isn’t even a thing. You’re going to make mistakes (plenty of them) and accidentally hurt people’s feelings and do the wrong thing and generally make a mess sometimes, and it’s okay. You don’t need to hide in the corner and self-flagellate when you do. You don’t need to spiral into a pit of despair. It is entirely possible – and much healthier – to address whatever happened, apologize or clean it up, and move on. You’re never going to be perfect, but you’re good enough.

  10. A broken heart at any point in life can make you quite reticent to open back up to anyone (ever again).

    Most of you have had your heart broken at least once, and while that’s true of most people, it can be particularly hard on an INFP.  But remember that you love connecting. You love being in love. You love deep conversation and intimacy. You love shedding your protective layers and just being yourself in all your tender glory. It just scares the living shit out of you because it requires you to open up more than you feel safe opening up. Vulnerability is absolutely required. Sorry, I know you don’t want to hear it, but you are going to have to take risks. Every.single.time. Love is always a risk. It’s worth it.