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A Guide to Planning Systems
It's important to have a system of getting things done, whether it's tackling tasks as the day progresses or having a carefully planned schedule for every single hour of the week. How can you create an effective personal planning system that suits your needs and preferences?
Mentioned in this post:
Attention Management: How to Take Control and Live Intentionally
Energy Management: A Human-Based Organization Method
Flexible Time-Blocking: A More Breathable Way to Get Things Done
The ABCDE Method: Accomplish Tasks More Efficiently
My other posts
N.B. some categories include a few examples but they are no means limited to the ones listed here, e.g. there may be methods of organizing tasks other than the five listed here.
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ALL-IN-ONE NOTION: “TRANSCRIPTS”
a highly customizable, simplistic but fancy notion template for writers. perfect for organizing notes while keeping it aesthetically-pleasing to look at. guaranteed higher muse and motivation to finish works-in-progress. to download / copy, click “duplicate” top-right to copy it to your notion.
overview / introductory section (including a detailed synopsis section)
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in-depth notes section including a side dedicated for excerpts
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Oddly Satisfying #NASAMoonKits 🌙
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Volkswagen Golf, Deconstructed
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Coffin Jewelry Boxes from mMURMURES
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every minute spent on planning saves you ten minutes spent on execution. short essays probably don't require that much preparation beforehand, but if you're writing something longer you should probably spend some time planning first. this is the process i go through when planning my essays, and i find it works really well!
essay preparation: a guide by apricitystudies
(section one) the planning stage: getting ready to write
1. understand the requirements: all the things you need to know before you start doing anything else. what’s the word count? how many and what types of sources do you need to use? what’s the required referencing style? what criteria will you be graded on?
2. dissect the question by examining three types of terms. key words, or terms that dictate the topic and focus of your essay. instructional words like ‘how’, ‘why’, ‘discuss’, ‘compare and contrast’, and ‘explain’, which tell you how you should answer the question. scope words, which determine the scope of your essay through location, time period, or people.
(next are two examples which i annotated by hand, so i’ll try my best to express them in text form! sorry if the meaning is unclear.)
example 1: breaking down an easy question. what effect does economic hardship have on the rise of totalitarianism? discuss this relationship using examples from the 20th and 21st centuries. here, ‘what’ is an instructional word and ‘effect’ is a key term -- the question is asking you to identify the types of effects. ‘economic hardship’ and ‘the rise of totalitarianism’ are key terms, and this is the relationship the question is focusing on. ‘discuss’ and ‘using examples’ are instructional words telling you how to got about identifying the effects in this relationship. the ‘20th and 21st centuries’ are scope words.
example 2: breaking down a vague question. was the cold war a real or imagined conflict? ‘was’ is an instructional word telling you that this is a yes-or-no question. ‘cold war’ is a key term and the focus of the question. (end of examples)
3. creating an essay plan, which comprises three parts. a working thesis, or how you will answer the question, the main points of your essay, or how you will prove your thesis is true, and the order of those points, or how you will organise your answer.
an example essay plan based on the earlier question: was the cold war a real or imagined conflict? working thesis: the cold war was a real conflict because it had real, unquestionable, and lasting impacts. main points in order: the impact off the arms race on modern nuclear arsenals, the impact of the korean and vietnam wars, and the impact of the ideological division of europe. this is a highly oversimplified plan! (end of example and planning section)
(section 2) the research stage: gathering information
1. determine what you need to know using these three questions to help narrow the scope of your research. what types of sources do you need? (e.g. journal articles, primary sources, books, etc.) what information are you looking for? what evidence do you need to back up your main points?
2. make a research log: a single document that contains all the information you need to write your essay. below is a screenshot of a table. the top row is a colour-coding system to split evidence by body paragraph. below, the left column is for in-text citations or footnotes for each source. the next column is for the page numbers of each quote. the final and largest column is for the quotes or evidence themselves.
final note: make sure to create your bibliography as you go!
final slide: thanks for reading! i hope this was helpful. from, apricitystudies
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how did people already start uni?? i still need to get my life together and finish setting up my journal
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another spread feat the gentle light in my room
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September 5, 2021 // Starting a new journal. I always put tabs and sticky notes on the inside cover for easy access.
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As another work from home week draws to a close, another page from my do to list is ticked off to entice my feeling of productivity! Happy Friday
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/// Sept 21, 1:32 pm ///
Being able to go to the library between classes has honestly been one of my favorite things about returning to campus. I’ve missed the library so much, so I’m soaking up all the calm academic vibes
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my new fav coffee shop 🥺🤍
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What I learned during one year of online school, and what another year may look like
Just some raw facts
first and foremost, pay attention in class, or at least try to. I spent the majority of my classes browsing through meaningless memes on Pinterest or chatting with my friends, and I regretted it as soon as exams came around.
try doing something physical doing your class, as this reduces the chances of you drifting off and/or losing focus (I personally chose to doodle mindlessly, nothing that involved too much brain power and focus)
all your organization systems fail you
and finding a planning system takes months, but once you find it, STICK TO IT. mine was a hybrid weekly and daily planner with absolutely no other spreads (except a separate calendar). efficient and less time-consuming to make.
you feel motivated in random bursts and will plan out the entirety of your remaining year and then forget about that plan the next day
routines seem appealing as you try to get your life together from the ever-increasing slumps but then your realize they just make everything even more monotonous that they already are
sticky notes are the shit. like seriously. I had sticky notes in my textbooks, past papers, study notes, and even other sticky notes. they’re versatile and a great way to jot down information quickly and right on top of where you want it (a paragraph on your textbook, for examples)
do not rely on just your textbooks, especially since it’s 10 times harder to ask for help (and by the time you get around to meeting your teacher, you might actually forget about it). ask anyone around you for help – friends, family – and use all the resources you have.
online learning resources are astronomically underrated. while I was struggling in multiple subjects all by myself, I decided to expand the resources I used for studying. My favourites through my senior year were:
OpenStax (FREE textbooks on a variety of subjects groups, by Rice University)
Khan Academy (need I say more?)
Crash Course on youtube, especially for AP Exams (I’m not a part of the US education system btw, and the resources I’m mentioning are applicable to everything)
online pdf versions of textbooks
tons of youtube channels (too many to list here,)
use your phone/computer’s night light. trust me it works wonders. plus, it’s cheaper than blue light glasses if you already own a phone/computer (most have it built in). also known as a blue light filter/yellow light.
a little bit of gratitude each week will help you keep your sanity (coming from a former skeptic)
sleepless nights will be common, especially with all the screen time, but you’ll learn to live with that.
and mental health will just go down the drain
but it will all be okay
you get both your grades and confidence high
i speak from experience
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oh it’s been a while but now i’m mainly active on instagram
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ALL-IN-ONE CHARACTER PAGE NOTION: “THE QUILL” *
a highly customizable, simplistic but detailed notion template for writing and creating characters based on the best curated writer advice and how-tos. perfect for exploring and creating a character while keeping their information aesthetically-pleasing to look at. use this both as a template and a guide to develop your characters while working on your wips! to download / copy, click “duplicate” top-right to copy it to your notion.
* perfect as an extension of the "transcripts" notion template.
overview / introductory section (including the lie, the want, the ghost, etc.)
history section including a side for excerpts
interactive and simple overview of character arcs to choose from (including development questions based on the arc chosen)
magic section (if applicable)
personality and appearance section
interactive and simple overview of relationships
tags system for relationships (e.g. relationship dynamic, character role)
note-taking section with a simple to-do list
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How I'm managing to organise my life and achieve my goals
A year and a half ago, I was a mess. I didn't have any hobbies or anything I was passionate about, not even my degree excited me. I failed 6 courses out of 10.
This year, I managed to pass all of my courses, achive an A1 level in japanese, start reading, painting and writing, learn programming in LaTeX and Python, and do a research project in astrophysics. I am nowhere near being brilliant or smart, but this system has helped me a lot:
1. First of all, I write all of my life goals. Everything I'd like to achive or do, from writing a book to buying a house. I write every little thing, as unrealistic as they sound.
2. From those life goals, I make a list of yearly goals. Not all of your life goals might be realistic at the time (maybe you don't plan on buying a house until you finish your degree, for example), so just write the ones that are doable for your next year. This goals have to be a bit more especific and they have to take you closer to your life goals in the long term. For example, if you plan on publishing a book, your yearly goal might be to write your first draft, or take a writing course.
3. Then, having my goals for the year, I break them down into monthly goals. Some of them might be reserved for the summer, or for a specific month. I only plan in more detail the following month. From the book example, a monthly goal could be to write a certain number of pages or write the outline of the novel.
4. Now, I write my daily and weekly goals for that next month. These ones have to be VERY specific. I first make a weekly routine, where I put everything I need to get done each day: on mondays and wednesdays I workout for an hour, on tuesdays I practice piano for 20 minutes, everyday I read for half an hour, etc. I try to make each day of the week balanced and also write quantifiable goals.
5. When you have organised your entire life, there comes the easier part: to-do lists. I use a calendar where I write for each day some other stuff I need to get done. Appoinments, uni stuff, trips, etc. For instance, I usually have a lot to do for my uni courses and I have to study daily. What I do is organise all the work in my calendar, making sure each day is not packed with stuff (if I have homework for different classes, I try to do each in a different day of the week). Now, each day you check your schedule for that day of the week AND also your calendar, and make a to-do list for the day. This way, on each day you only have to check the things you already wrote and foccus on DOING THEM, and not thinking about what you should do (which takes a lot of energy). With this small daily effort, you will get ahead on many things. Also, when I have to do lots of stuff (in exams season for example), I sometimes write my to-do's down by the hour, so that I can't even get distracted.
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☆HOW TO PROPERLY PREPARE 4 AN EXAM☆
Studying for exams is something essential in students lives. We all spend most of our time preparing for those sheets of paper that we are so afraid of and, sometimes, we do it in the wrong way without even noticing it.
Some of us use study-to-pass methods, which aren't effective because you will end up forgetting everything that you studied!!
That's why we all should learn how to study in a way that we don't only pass the exam, but also remember everything (or most part of it).
So, here, I'm going to show you not only how to properly prepare for an exam, but also how to keep those things that you studied in your long-term memory, so you don't forget them!!
A little disclaimer: this is how I prepare for exams, but that doesn't mean that you have to prepare for exams like this too, and that's ok <333 Everyone is different, so our study and organization methods are. Just try this method and, if it doesn't work, you can try another one or even make your own!!
For being able to prepare properly, you will have to start studying from four to two weeks before the exam, it depends on how difficult you find the subject and how easy it is for you to study.
The steps to prepare for an exam are:
1.- Plan your study sessions
Planning our study sessions ahead is very important if we want to stay organized. But, how do we do that??
First, write a list of all the things that you will have to study for the exam.
In a calendar (it can be weekly or monthly) write which day you are going to study each of the things that are on the list.
Leave two or three days before the exam for revision, which means that you won't study, only review what you have already studied.
2.- Eliminate distractions
Before we start studying for an exam, we have to declutter our workspace. Put away the things that may distract you and leave only the stuff that you will need for your study sessions, such as your stationery, your laptop, etc.
Once you have ended with physical distractions, it's time to end with the virtual ones. Set time limits on your phone or delete some apps, and install website blockers on your computer.
Since we won't have anything that distracts us, it will be easier for us to stay focused.
3.- Start studying!!
Once you have done those steps, it's time to sit down, open your books and start studying.
Make sure that you follow your study plan correctly and that you don't procrastinate.
Each time that you finish studying and understanding very well a certain topic, cross it out on the list, so you know that you won’t have to put a lot of effort into it when you review it.
And when there's a topic that it's more difficult for you, mark it with a circle or something like that, so you know that you will have to review it more.
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Now, you just need to know how to properly study and review.
• Active studying vs passive studying
Usually, students that study actively tend to have better results than students that don’t.
By studying actively, you don’t only make sure that you understand a certain topic, but you also retain that information in your brain for more time, or in other words, in your long term memory.
So, you have to avoid passive study methods, such as only reading your notes, textbooks, etc.
You have to avoid the easy and effortless methods because they’re not the more effective.
Some active study methods are:
The 60 seconds review
After every class, take 1 min to write the two or three main ideas by memory.
Rewrite your notes
Write them in your own words, using keywords and simple definitions that are easy to memorise.
Before studying something, write some questions about the most important things and, after studying, answer them
Don’t memorise, learn
Try to explain a topic in your own words to make sure that you understand it. Once you do so, study it (if you do it in your own words too it’s better).
You can find more active study methods on YouTube by searching “Active recall”, but these ones are the ones that I use!!
All these methods force your brain to think about what you have studied or what you are about to start studying. This helps to keep that information in your long term memory.
As I said before, you have to leave some days before your exam to review all that you have studied.
By reviewing all the information, your brain remembers it and slowly starts to keep it in your long term memory (because reviewing is an active study method too!!).
The steps for reviewing in a proper way are pretty easy:
1.- Take a paper
Divide a paper into 5 sections:
Title of the topic
Keywords and their definitions
Things you forgot
Put away your notes and books and complete each section by memory except the ones of things you forgot and corrections.
3.- What went wrong?
Take your textbooks and notes and compare what you wrote with what it’s written.
Write the corrections in the “correction” section
Write the things you forgot in the “things you forgot” section
Just review what you didn’t remember or what you were wrong at.
Do the whole process again until you get it all correct.
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While you are studying for an exam, you have to consider some things that don’t have anything to do with studying, but that will help you to prepare properly and to succeed:
• Take breaks
Studying is very important, but resting is too.
When we study a lot of time, we end up feeling exhausted and overwhelmed, that's why we have to take breaks during our study sessions. They shouldn't be only breaks of ten minutes but of half an hour or so. Remember to don't use your phone or any technology on the breaks, because if you do so, you won't relax at all. Do a chill activity, such as reading, writing, drawing, painting, etc.
Also, by resting for a long period of time, your brain will be able to retain the stuff that you studied before more easily.
• Sleep enough time
We need to sleep because it gives us the energy that we need for the day.
You should sleep from 8 to 10 hours per day if you want to be fully rested, so stop sleeping just because you have to study isn't a good idea.
• Have water and snacks near you
Staying hydrated and eating is something VERY important for everyone.
It's normal to feel thirsty or hungry while you are studying, that's why I recommend having a water bottle and some healthy snacks always on your workspace to avoid standing up, going to the kitchen and, as a consequence, stop being focused on what you were doing.
(omg this is so long- I’m sorry lol)
I hope that you find this guide helpful!!!
Act like the person you want to become~
Take care!! ♡
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