Staying up late vs waking up early

Alternatively, night owls vs early birds. I have always felt as though night owls are misunderstood. Some may think they’re lazy or they just don’t take life as seriously but I would like to clear the fog by saying that none of that is true. Here are some perks of being a night owl

  1. Gives you better focus
  2. Allows your creative juices to flow.
  3. It’s meditative because the rest of the world is asleep.
  4. Scientific research from a university in Alberta showed that people who are essentially night owls have higher IQs.
  5. You can solve problems better at night.
  6. Allows you to have a more flexible sleep schedule.

On the other hand there are benefits to being an early bird.

  1. You get more done
  2. Some say it increases productivity but years I spent in boarding school beg to differ.
  3. Gives you time to plan out your day
  4. Better quality of sleep

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And so on and so forth. Personally I do some of my finest work at night. Its way more quiet and I can actually think so I am for the night owls but this is not a tag of war kind of thing. There isn’t any one side that’s better than the other, in my opinion. It all depends on the kind of person you are. People are built very differently and you have to think about when you are most productive and if your work is creativity dependent ask yourself when your creativity is at its peak and use that to your advantage. This isn’t the 14th century, you can have a very flexible work cycle, it all depends on what’s good for you.

Take advantage of the thing you are good at. If you’re an early bird, good for you and if you’re a night owl, use that to your highest gain.

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How to have a high GPA and still enjoy a healthy social life.

First of all, let’s agree that this is in fact possible. Second, let’s agree that there is more than one catch. As a student who’s had both highly performed and poorly performed semesters, I feel like I have some authority on the matter. Now before we go too far in let’s agree that a social life isn’t just friends and family, a social life is essentially everything outside your academic life you know smoking up, playing video games, watching movies and series, all that stuff, we shan’t be taking working into account because I have a separate post in the works for that.

Now that that’s out of the way I have a couple more disclaimers;

  1. If your GPA is not a priority, this blog post will make very little or no sense at all.
  2. There are those of us who have to try harder than others in school, myself included otherwise I would have no need for such a post, but there are some who can party Monday to Sunday, have a thirty minute cramming session and still get an A. if that’s you, you also won’t get this post.

So who is this post meant for? Who indeed. Its meant for those of us who know that school is not for the lecturer or our parents. Most of our parents have undergraduate diplomas and postgraduate too. Please first understand that whether or not you get skills from school is your business and your business alone. Your parent would have done their job and diligently I might add. They have paid your fees and put you through school, now whether or not you actually got any skills will be entirely up to you. For those of us who already understand all this please keep reading.

I like to think of myself as a scholar, I intend to go as far as my life will allow me in terms of school and as such, I find that school has always meant a great deal to me and I am certain I am not alone in this. Regardless of our love for school, there is something called work-life balance. Of course for our case its school and social life balance but for the sake of catchiness let’s go with the former.

So, how do we achieve this seemingly daunting task? Good, I’m glad you asked that.

  1. Prioritise prioritize prioritize!!! There doesn’t exist better advice friends. Prioritise. Write a list of the most important things in order of their importance to you. Of course, good health and a sky-high GPA fighting for #1 but everything else is below that. I know first-hand what a nightmare it is to have your GPA drop and I assure you pulling it up is almost impossible so if you can simply have it high and keep it there then why the hell not? Prioritising keeps us from second-guessing ourselves and that why you must write it down so that when you forget you have a point of reference at your convenience.
  2. Make study dates with your friends. If you miss your friends a lot then make study dates and make them as frequent as possible. That way you get to see your friends and while you take study break you get time to catch up and gossip then go right back to maintaining or improving your GPA. Make sure you have friends who are up for this kind of thing. Which brings me to my next point.
  3. Friends who study together get high GPAs together. You must have likeminded friends otherwise your dreams of having a high GPA are pipe dreams and will never bear fruit. You must have friends with the same priorities as you. It’s not optional or up for debate. This is a statement of fact. Show me your friends and I will tell you your character. Birds of a feather flock together. You get my point. You want a high GPA and a healthy social life then get friends with the same priorities.
  4. The GPA must win must always win. As I have mentioned previously pulling up a sunken GPA is nigh impossible. Don’t allow yourself struggle for something that won’t matter in three years. Unless it’s an emergency situation that dictates you abandon your school work but otherwise your GPA is king.

As long as you understand that, all will be well. It’s not impossible, it’s very possible in fact. Just remember the four commandments I have given you and you will thrive. I promise you that much.

 

The mental health day

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what is a mental health day?

Looking through the internet has revealed several definitions but I found the best one to be; Definition of mental health day – A day taken off work or school for rest or recuperation.

This has been one of the hardest semesters I have had to sit and it didn’t help that my support system, my academic support system that is [which for school is the most important] was lacking. Because of this, I had been having a very hard time. I don’t know how many of you feel like when your school life seems to be going up in flames then your life in general is going up in flames even when other things in your life seem relatively successful. Well, perhaps its overreacting but I don’t think so ofcourse. I’m a scholar, school has always been and will always be the most important aspect of my life.

Okay, where was I going with this, right… so I was having a really hard time and everything seemed to be moving too fast for me to catch my breath and come up with a plan and I feel like this happens to us all the time. Sometimes our lives feel like this crazy rollercoaster ride that we just can’t get off of. Well, that’s where we are wrong.

A lot of the time I have heard girls crying in the bathroom and some of those times I’m the girl crying in the bathroom because sometimes it’s all too much. Especially when we have set extremely high standards for ourselves. This is in no way to say that the standards should be lowered, the standards must remain sky high if we are to grow as individuals have any chance at all at achieving excellence. So here is my point;

  1. It’s okay to be the girl crying in the bathroom because sometimes life is a lot and we have to take time to process. Sometimes we do that through crying and that’s ok.
  2. You can get off the ride. And that’s my main point today. Turns out that’s all I needed to stop feeling the way I was. I felt like screaming all the time because it felt like someone was telling me that I couldn’t take time to process it all, it felt like someone was preventing me from catching my breath and being someone who thrives off planning I was losing my mind. All that brought me to the greatest thing thus far; THE MENTAL HEALTH DAY.

I have hence decided that the mental health day is a day for you to catch your breath and get your shit together. It’s a day for you to look at your situation whatever that may be, agree that it’s f**ked up and that it’s okay to have f**ked up situations every now and then and that everything will be ok. Then you come up with a kick-ass plan and get back into the ring. And when it all gets to be too much again, take a timeout, after all no one is counting. Just keep in mind that you don’t have to stay on the ride until you pass out. There are no prices for those who stay on the longest.

You don’t have to wait until you can’t breathe. I shouldn’t be talking you into taking a mental health day, this should be something you want for yourself. A mental health day is a way to take care of yourself it’s a way to be kind to yourself, but if you need further convincing then here are a couple more reasons why you should take a mental health day;

  • It helps with stress
  • It gives you time to strategize
  • Allows you time to process the situation
  • Increase your productivity
  • It helps you prioritize
  • Allows you time to relax and take care of yourself
  • It rejuvenates your brain and general outlook on the situation/life
  • Allows us to get out of our heads and look at the situation objectively
  • It provides fresh perspective

 

 

The gratitude jar concept

 

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What is a gratitude jar?

Good question, I’m glad you asked that. A gratitude jar is essentially a jar in which you store you gratitude notes or cards. Yes, it’s that straightforward.

I first encountered the idea when the year was starting which was perfect timing because my mom told me that the whole idea of having a gratitude jar is so that you can read your cards at the end of the year and see what a wonderful year you’ve had and I thought the idea was just brilliant. Mostly because I feel like we love throwing pity parties for ourselves instead of being grateful for what we have and the gratitude jar exists to remind us that there are in fact good things that happen to us, all the time we just have to pay more attention, open our eyes once in a while and see just how good we have it.

I fell in love with the idea on the spot of course and I think that the best thing to do now is to share this with all of you. I assure you your life will change for the better. It’s a shame I am writing about this so late in the year but better late than never and besides it is never too late to start being grateful, or rather to write what you are grateful for.

I have always felt that there is this power in writing things down. There is a magic behind it that I can’t really explain but I am convinced there is something about writing things down that has a creating quality. When we write things down it makes them more real, more concrete, more lifelike, it sets things in motion, anyway, maybe all that is hokum and its all in my head but for those of you who agree you know just how important is it to write things down so start your gratitude jar today. All you need to start is a jar, a couple of writing card and a pen.

What other benefits do we get from writing down what we are grateful for? Here is what I have learned;

  • Gratitude helps you live in the now.
  • Gratitude reminds you that there is something in your life that’s going right.
  • Gratitude helps you get out of your head.
  • Gratitude attracts more good to you.
  • Gratitude opens the door to more relationships.
  • Gratitude improves physical health
  • Gratitude improves psychological health
  • Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression
  • Grateful people sleep better
  • Gratitude improves self-esteem

 

It’ll change your life I promise you that much.

 

Meet my jar☺.

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