procrastination

Top 3 Must Watch Watched Netflix Shows

I caught you. I know your dirty little secret.  It’s okay that you’re watching Netflix instead of studying like you’re supposed to be. Hey it’s cool, I’m not judging. I, myself have procrastinated for hours with the help of Netflix. So, today I decided to share with you my top 3 most watched Netflix shows.

Netflixwww.google.com

1. New Girl- I love Zooey Deschanel’s quirky charm so it’s natural New Girl is one of my favorite TV shows. New Girl is about a down-on-her-luck school teacher, Jessica Day, who moved in with three male strangers after she caught her boyfriend cheating on her. Each episode focuses on the growing relationship between the 4 roommates and the hilarious situations they somehow manage to get tangled in. If you love quirky and corny jokes then this is the show for you!

New Girlwww.tvrage.com

2.  Mad Men- Okay, I admit it…I am currently counting down the days till the season 7 premier of Mad Men on April 11th. I can’t help it, I’m addicted. Mad Men is an AMC original series about a Top New York advertising company in the 1960′s. It follows the lives of both the men and women who work in the office. This series is filled to the brim with office scandals, heartbreak, 60’s fashion and extraordinary pick up lines. If you love a good love pentagon then make sure you check this show out.

Mad Menwww.epicdash.com

3. Sherlock- If you’re attracted to chiseled cheek bones then you will definitely love starring at Benedict Cumberbatch in BBC’s Sherlock. The modern adaption puts you side by side with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as they scramble to solve mysteries. Each episode is 2 hours long and full of clever, extremely witty and surprising endings. Be careful, you’ll get hooked. Goodbye GPA, Hellloooo Benedict.

Sherlockwww.goolge.com

 

Study Smarter for Your Next Exam

Now that classes are in full swing, midterm exams and essays are back in town, and have brought their sister Procrastination with them.  If you’re anything like me, you’re absolutely dreading your first round of exams.  Luckily though, I have been doing this whole student thing for quite awhile now, (try 16 years, YIKES!) and have perfected the art of studying.  I’m here to offer you my best studying tips and tricks to make your next exam a little less stressful.

Study Tip 1: Flashcards really do help, especially for those classes that are pure memorization (hello, medical terminology!).  Not only will the process of making your flashcards help you memorize your key terms and facts, but they’re the perfect size to keep in your backpack or purse, so you can whip them out anytime you have a few free minutes.

Study Tip 2:  Make a study schedule.  I LOVE being organized.  I look forward to buying a spiffy new academic planner at the start of each semester, and I did in fact ask for a label maker for my 16th birthday (and was gifted not one, but THREE of them).  Making a study schedule is a sure way to stay organized when preparing for your next exam.  Now, I won’t sit here and tell you that you need to start studying for your exams weeks in advance, because God knows I don’t.  Instead, give yourself five days, and study for about one to two hours each day.  Write down exactly what you plan on doing each day, whether it’s rereading a chapter of your text, or reviewing your flashcards for 45 minutes.  Here’s the hardest part… You actually have to stick to your schedule!

Study Tip 3:  Get out of your house.  I know for me, if I try to sit in my living room and study, I won’t go more than 5 minutes without getting distracted by a riveting conversation with my roommates, or the newest episode of The Real Housewives of NYC.  Grab your books and head to the library or nearest coffee shop, and just get it done.  Try to avoid bringing your laptop, because we all know Facebook will be calling your name the second you open that chemistry book.

Kill The Procrastination Beast

There is nothing quite as self defeating as procrastination.  It’s like eating an entire cake–oh so delicious in the moment but hello regretsville ten minutes later when you switch from sweatpants to skinny jeans.  And the worst part is, when you look back on your time spent procrastinating, you didn’t even get to enjoy it!  Your time was tainted by the stress of what you actually needed to do.  Kill the beast.  Here’s how.

Bookmarks
A beefed-up, well organized bookmarks bar can do wonders to crush procrastination.  One of my favorite websites, Cracked.com catches me  in a loop every time I go there.  I’ll click on link after link, each article more relevant and interesting than the next!  (they’re not of course, but as my procrastination desperation grows, discretion goes out the window).  Make yourself a bookmarks folder that says: interesting articles.  It’s so simple, but has multiple advantages: First, it de-clutters the tabs in your browser.  Im sure I’m not alone when I say that it’s annoying as hell to have tons of tabs open that aren’t remotely related to your current task, but nonetheless have to stay open for future reference.  If need be, make another bookmark folder: school.  That way when you switch from Biology to Chemistry homework, you can close out your tabs and have a clutter-free workspace, without worrying that you’re losing track of your other assignment in the process.

Second, it takes away your ability to rationalize your distraction.  If you can’t say, “Oh, I HAVE to read this now or I’ll forget to read it later,” the procrastination monster shuts up just long enough for you to get back to work.

Incentivize Getting Out of Bed
Getting an early start to the day has been SO critical to my success as a student, but procrastinating the inevitable–getting out of bed–has to be in a top 5 list of hardest habits to break.    My solution is incentivizing the wake up with something awesome.  That something used to be a cigarette when I smoked, but lately it’s a handful of Reese’s pieces or a sugary cappuccino and the great thing is, I just woke up so I’m not really hungry.  I can eat a handful and be satisfied, but now my butt’s out of bed and the hardest part is done!  Even if it takes some time to properly wake up, you can still get relatively easy stuff done that would eat up time later, like responding to emails or reading for a class you enjoy.

There’s an App for That
Stay Focused, an app for Google Chrome, blocks distracting websites for a set amount of time.  I love the blurb on their site :

“You sit down at the computer, and you swear you’ll be productive. Next thing you know, it’s twelve hours later. You’ve checked your email, updated your Facebook status, browsed the trending topics on Twitter, read your RSS feeds, looked up your favorite band on Wikipedia, vanity googled yourself, cyber-stalked your ex, looked at all your high-school crushes’ Facebook photos, watered your plants on Farmville, and lost a week’s pay playing online poker.  The one thing you haven’t done is WORK.”

Besides reminding you how embarrassing your old Farmville habit was (how did I ever justify taking 30 minutes to water my cabbage???) this app serves a dual purpose: it keeps you away from your usual procrastination haunts and trains you to stay focused for extended periods on a given task, a MUST for working in an office later.  Your employer might block Facebook and Twitter, but odds are you have plenty of other procrastination sites that kill your productivity.  Learn now to stay focused and make it easier for yourself down the road.  This app single-handedly cured me of a Facebook addiction that got out of control for a couple of weeks.  Get it for free here.

Now stop reading this blog and get back to work.

-Wonderbread

I’m reading Hamlet