In my 3rd year of university, I landed a competitive co-op position (a.k.a. paid internship) at one of the Big Four global accounting firms. And although I have decided not to pursue accounting, having this firm on my resume has opened a lot of doors for me in the corporate world, including a short stint as a poster child for my business school: Read More…
Just before I started writing this blog post, I was helping my mom make dinner.
As I was chopping the onions, she told me to sort out my clothes, wash the cucumbers and the blueberries, make six smoothies, wash the strainers, and give her my tax slips afterwards.
Of course, being the goldfish that I am, I promptly forgot about the strainers, left the cucumbers and blueberries sitting in vinegar in the sink (pickled blueberries, anyone?), and started sobbing from the onions.
That’s what I get for trying to do everything at once. Classic multitasking. But the truth is, there’s different kinds of multi-tasking. And in this blog post, we’ll dig deep into what multi-tasking actually is, in addition to some more effective strategies to use, in place of it. Read More…
In The War of Art, Stephen Pressfield introduces a concept he calls Resistance:
“Resistance cannot be seen, touched, heard, or smelled. But it can be felt. We experience it as an energy field radiating from a work-in-potential. It’s a repelling force. It’s negative. Its is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.”
Basically, Resistance is that evil thing that makes us procrastinate and stops us from doing our work. It’s not tangible. We can’t shake it off or fight it physically. And we sure as heck can’t ever be complacent and think we’ve beaten it for good.
In fact, if you don’t read any further than this paragraph, I want you to take away one concept: Have a singular focus.
Research shows that our brains are wired to work on tasks serially, and not in parallel. This means that our brains suck at multitasking…but that we are good at focusing on one thing at a time.
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?