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How to ACTUALLY Break Your Bad Habits

Two years ago, I decided to change my sleeping habits. I spent the majority of my high school and college years staying up until five in the morning. I’d then sleep in as late as I possibly could, guzzling coffee into the wee hours of the night and regularly proclaiming my hatred for the early morning.

Then, when I hit my twenties, began freelancing, and moved in with roommates who had vastly different schedules and weren’t very good at staying quiet in the morning, everything changed. I found myself woken up bright and early most days when my roommates crashed around the house to get ready for their 9-5 jobs.

With a wake-up call like that, I’d spend most of my day in a terrible mood, and that grumpiness would last well into the evening. By then, I would finally muster the motivation to write, but would often be too tired to get anything substantial done. My writing career suffered, my health suffered, and my mood suffered…and I still hated mornings.

Something had to change.
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50 of the Best Personal Website and Portfolio Examples in 2018

If you’re a student (or anyone, really) you need a website. It’s your chance to establish an online home base, impress recruiters, and provide something that will set you apart from the stacks of static resumes that everyone else is submitting for job applications.

But creating your own website can be overwhelming. Even if you’ve got the basic technical details down, the possibilities for design, layout, and text are nearly endless.

Because of this, it can be helpful to see some examples of what other people are doing. That way, when you create (or even update) your website, you’ll have some ideas of what to do to ensure that your website doesn’t look (or sound) like it’s from 1995.

That’s why we created this post. It’s a compilation of 50 of our favorite personal website examples from around the internet. In addition to showcasing the site, each example also includes an explanation of what the example can teach you about creating your own website. Read More…

Why Multitasking Makes You Less Productive (Except When It Doesn’t)

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…

How To Take Notes In College: The 6 Best Systems

Heading off to college is kind of like leveling up in a video game. In high school, the tests and courses were smaller bosses that you could take down with low-level equipment. Now that you’re in college, you’re going to need to upgrade some of those items you’re taking with you if you want to succeed. This is a whole new adventure, my dude.

One of the tools you have at your disposal is your notes. Maybe in high school you were pretty good at taking notes, and now you just need to upgrade them a little bit. Maybe you’re feeling like I did in college, and you’ve realized you’ve never properly learned how to take notes.

Never fear! Your guide to taking awesome, effective notes is finally here. Your days of looking back at what you scribbled down in class and trying to decipher useful information from them before a test are over.

In this guide, we’ll talk about how to prepare yourself to take good notes in class, introduce some popular techniques for taking notes, and cover the best ways to get the most out of your notes after class. Read More…

How to Study with INTENSE Focus: 6 Essential Tips

In The War of ArtStephen 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.
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The Ultimate Guide to LinkedIn for Students

If you’re reading this article, then you’re likely familiar with all the regular social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Snapchat. You probably even have an account with a few of these, and maybe you spend time on one of these platforms instead of studying.

But what if there were a way you could be on social media and advance your future career prospects? That’s exactly what we’ll cover in today’s post, which is all about LinkedIn. You know, the social network you thought was just for your dad.

We’ll explore why LinkedIn matters as a student, how to create your LinkedIn profile (including some LinkedIn summary examples for students), how to use LinkedIn to network, and how to use LinkedIn to find jobs and internships.
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The Flow State: How to Enter Your Brain’s Most Productive State

Have you ever experienced a time when you felt like you were “in the zone”? Where you were so involved in what you were doing that everything else around you melted away, and time stood still?

Psychologists call this experience “flow”, and it’s essential to doing meaningful deep work. It’s such a powerful concept that all the productivity blogs and business websites have taken the concept and run away with it, offering tips to achieving flow in order to be more productive.

But many of these bloggers have missed the point of the original book that started it all: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. As the book’s subtitle implies, flow is about so much more than being more productive. Increased productivity is a side effect of flow, but achieving flow is ultimately about leading a more enjoyable, happier life.

In today’s post, I’ll explore the truth of flow, straight from the source. I’ll explain what it is, why it matters, and how you can cultivate flow in situations you encounter as a student.
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7 Resume Mistakes You Need to Avoid

6 seconds.

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.)
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