According to a study done by TheLadders, that’s how much time a recruiter or hiring manager is going to give your resume.
I know, I know. That’s sad and discouraging to hear, especially if you’ve just spent hours and hours painstakingly crafting every word and tweaking margins and font sizes to achieve god-like resume status.
(At least you’re not a professional speed stacker, whose career depends on how quickly you can build a cup-pyramid and tear it down in much less than 6 seconds. But that’s beside the point.)
I’m not a coffee snob, but I like making and drinking coffee.
- I have a regular subscription to Toronto’s Pilot Coffee Roasters who send me two different bags of freshly-roasted beans every few months
- I have a little digital scale where I measure out exactly 18g of coffee beans, just enough for that morning’s cup
- I also hand-grind the beans on demand (I never grind in bulk ahead of time – sacrilege!)
Most of all, I enjoy having that warm drink to keep me company in the early morning hours as I ease into my day. Read More…
If you’re like me, you’ve probably tried to make a radical change in your life in the past….And failed miserably again and again.
Maybe you’ve tried to lose weight, wake up earlier, or read more, and in the first few days, you feel great. You feel motivated, and you nail your goals: you wake up at 6:00 AM; you eat grilled chicken breasts and broccoli every night, and you finish reading 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less) in one sitting. You go!
But by Day 4, you don’t even want to get out of bed. Thinking about all the stuff you have to do makes you want to hit snooze for the 4th time in a row, burrow deeper into your bedsheets, and snuggle up warm and cozy next to your Tickle-Me Elmo doll from when you were 10.
I see you nodding along.
So here’s the question I’ll try to answer in this blog post: How do you stay consistent and crushing it, day in and day out, whether you feel like it or not?
You might have seen montages of vloggers who get paid to document their travels in exotic places, or daily photos of Instagram bloggers who always seem to be somewhere gorgeous (though all those images might just come from the one trip they went on a few months ago, just saying.).
Don’t these make you want to drop out of school and get on a plane? I know I do.
So how do they do it?!
Every time I skip a workout, procrastinate on an assignment until the last minute, or succumb to the temptation of that pint of ice cream in the freezer, the same thought goes through my head:
“Man, I wish I had more self-discipline…”
You’ve probably been in the same boat before. As students, we always say that we lack self-discipline, and that we want more of it… but what, exactly, is self-discipline?
When I was in the 6th grade, back when the Sony PSP was still the bomb, my mom promised me that she would buy me one if I made the honour roll for my grade.
This meant that I had to have a 95% overall average in all my classes for an entire school year.
Well, I worked hard enough and was on track… Until I hit the mid-term mark.
By this time, I was tired of studying all the time and not having enough time to play… And that Sony PSP seemed like a distant prize.
So I started spending less time studying, and more time on things that mattered more at the moment – like playing Digimon World 2 on my Playstation One.
Needless to say, I never got that Sony PSP.
You’ve probably experienced something similar.
I was a competitive swimmer as a freshman in university.
I would get up at 4:30 am for practice at 5:30 AM. Then I’d bike to the station and take the 1.5-hour train to school, try to stay awake in class, then bus back to the pool in the afternoon for evening practice.
I would clock in about 20 hours of training in total every week.
Somewhere along the way I found the time to study and I ended up finishing my freshman year with a 3.8 GPA.
By my sophomore and junior years, I had retired from swimming so although it would seem like I had more time on my hands, they were disasters by comparison.