✨ summer 2022 goals ✨
Summer has finally arrived (sort of, still have a couple loose ends from this past semester to tie up) and I wanted to lay out some of my goals to maybe hold myself accountable, but also because writing things out usually eases my stress a little, and impending grad school applications are definitely making that stress pique.
Source of the Day
I love this system and highly recommend for folks trying to move on from that initial research phase of collecting potential sources
Every day, read and write an annotated bibliography entry for one source from my thesis project in NoodleTools
This may feel like a daunting pace to keep up with given I do include weekends lol, but I’ve got a lot of blogs and listicles that I can and want to clear out rather quickly so I can move on to the things I know I need to work with more in depth. Also it’s totally okay to skip a day sometimes, it really is of no consequence
Read at least one of the novels I plan to use
At the moment I’ve got two novels of particular interest, both of them things I would honestly pick up if I were just reading for fun, and I know this fall is going to end up being a really reading heavy semester, so I want to be able to devote myself to these things the way they deserve while I can
Take notes while reading, of course
Draft an initial outline of an analysis based in the theory I’m using as my lens. And try to get at least 5-10 pages of a paper that can be expanded into a chapter and writing sample in the fall
Revisit my abstract
Begin drafting personal statements and statements of purpose
This is definitely one of the more daunting parts of the application process to me, so just getting anything, no matter how rough, on paper so it’s not completely ruining my life when we hit November and December would be great
Add to-do list columns to planning spreadsheet
Easy thing I can do and have done and feel accomplished about
Finish looking into potential advisors
Finish filling out notes in planning spreadsheet
Reach out in August
MISC SCHOOL THINGS
Turn in last blog comments for this past semester
This is something that needs to get done this week, hopefully today
Fill out Latin American studies course permission request form
This is actually super cool, I made a whole new course happen just because I asked a question no one ever had before! Big reminder that “you get some of what you ask for and none of what you don’t” will always ring true. But uh... yeah, need to get that form filled out at some point.
Write letter in support of my professor who’s up for promotion
Due July 15th
I’m not going to do any however many days of productivity challenge or anything, given I’ve got a lot of traveling going on this summer and a lot of unpredictability, but I will be posting updates as I go for sure, so come follow along! 🥰
(Also if you are someone who is in grad school for a foreign language atm and you’ve got any tips on the application process, please, I am all ears. Every time I think about the 20 page writing sample one of my applications requires I will admit I do cry, so all advice or words of encouragement are appreciated lol)
Life has been treating me well lately even though I’m having a little trouble keeping up with work. Nonetheless, I feel really blessed :)
January 15 2022 | Happy Saturday! I'm mentally still in March 2020, but physically I've finished my first week of teaching training. Wild.
My to-do's for today:
continue reading the assigned pedagogy papers
take a walk
dye my hair
ADHD TIP!!!!!! hw :,)
1. make timelapses on your phone of u doing your work. this helps so much i cant even BEGIN to explain. it feels like im a little youtube with my life together, and i love the idea/aesthetic of people having video diaries so. it also helps me stay on task because ik that id hate to rewatch my videos and see that i was super unproductive, so it’s almost like performance anxiety but in a good way and it’s satisfying to see !! if u want i will post some of them
2. SEPERATE YOUR BROWSERS! i use opera for my fun stuff (it’s basically just google marketed “for gamers” and it kinda slaps ngl) and ive got a rule that when im on chrome, im not allowed to use any of my time-sucking things (pinterest, tumblr, quora).’
3. when writing an essay, change the font and line spacing consistently. helps my brain by adding variety and avoiding the thing where u gotta reread the sentence 8 times only to forget it and read it again only to forget it and rea
4. when you have a writing assignment (can u tell im doing my english final rn) START IT ON PAPER. u gotta sit down with your notebook and the intent to write the draft of the essay on paper. ive found that pretty quickly, my hyperfocus will kick in and my brain will catch the drift of what we’re doing, which ends up prompting me to switch over to my computer. ive got so many pages in my book rn that are just the first paragraph of a paper that end abruptly as i get into the flow of things
5. when typing, wear fingerless gloves. it helps man, trust me. it feels like all of my typing and writing energy is stored in my hands and the fingerless gloves kinda contain that energy. does that make sense. do you guys get that. i feel like u get it
6. templates. something i struggle with is not really knowing how or where to start things, which templates have seemed to help with. for example if im writing a biography about someone, ill google biography templates and there will be an outline that works as the perfect guide. this tip is pretty universal and can benefit everyone, but it took me a while to figure out pls. outline = good
7. work in the dark/at night- though im sure a lot of us do this regardless, working in a situation that imitates/is nighttime is genuinely helpful for us. for me, working at night feels like a choice that i made on my own and without instruction from superiors, which is motivating for some reason. people with adhd (i think this might apply to other forms of nuerodiversity but im only certain about adhd) have circadian rhythms that naturally skew later, so working later instead of in the daytime might be the most productive time for u.
also, i get that it’s good to avoid doing work in bed because associating a place of comfort with an activity of strain is probably Not the best, but sometimes, working in my bed is just what works best for me. it’s important to know yourself and trust what you need!!
lab prep with my friend ✨
Afternoon with Hamlet
Hard to manage my time between UCAT prep, exercising, piano practice, school work and sleeping on time. But we go on x
A survival guide for finals week
It's coming up unfortunately and it's probably the most stressful week you'll have in the semester and for some reason, every time it comes around it seems like the universe has it out for you. Here are some tips that have helped me and hopefully can help you!!! Feel free to add on!
Carry water with you everywhere. Nervous? Drink. Tired? Drink. Angry? Drink. Get hydrated and drink lots of water.
Don't cram. Get GOOD sleep. No all-nighters. Please
Start studying now. When the week comes, you'll be too stressed to actually study effectively
Take walks. When you get stressed and overwhelmed, take a walk! Get out of your room and head and just walk until you feel better (please be safe though)
Eat something healthy. Not everything has to be healthy. But some foods like salmon, broccoli, whatever. Nourish your body and it'll nourish you back
Save some money so you can take the week off.
Have a relaxing outlet that doesn't take energy. Maybe a cozy game? Latte art?
Play with some animals. This is scientifically proven to reduce stress btw so it's for health reasons
Your finals don't always happen when your classes happen so make sure you triple check dates and times
Feel some sunshine
Get a good Playlist that makes you happy
Try some yoga or something to distract yourself when you wanna cry
Learn how to harvest salt from your tears
If it's a cumulative final, go through past exams and quizzes and stuff. Those tend to cover the "important" material and will likely show up
Make cute study sheets! I know if my notes look boring I CAN'T study
Naps! Bonus if they're with animals
Try to get a study group together and study and chill
Believe in yourself! You got this!!!! You're better than you think and I have full faith in you and your abilities!
If you love the class, study because you love it!
If you hate the class, study so you never have to see that fucking teacher and listen to that stupid class ever again in your entire life.
Make yourself happy, cute drinks and happy, cute meals
Celebrate at the end. Please. You deserve it
Don't let it consume your every waking moment. It's just a test. Just another test
Tell yourself how amazing you are. You're doing something not everyone even gets the chance to. That's super awesome!!!
Eat some cake
Gum and crunchy veggies are both great stress busters
Not being able to study because you're tired and not being able to sleep because you feel guilty you didn't study.
listen to your body. understand it’s warning signs. you are your own most important caretaker. and one of the hardest, but most crucial tasks, is knowing when to stop. when to rest, and heal. you’ve earned it, believe me.
my desk seems so organized lately all because I haven’t stayed in there for a long time. I’ve been sick for a week now and I can’t drag myself to work and study for our exam : (
I just wish i feel better tomorrow so I can catch up with my readings for Pedia 🤧
Today’s mood board. Source! - Preparing for exams - Day 01 of 96 -
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IT’S MAYBE POSSIBLY SORTA KINDA BEEN SEVERAL MONTHS SINCE PART 1 TO THIS POST but part two is here !!!!!!!!! and it’s all about quackity . as everything Should be
if there is ever any question as to where my loyalty lies. karlnapity is endgame im manifesting it !!!!! wilbur soot go write another incel love song for ur smp character or something lmaooo <3
debunking productivity myths
Ahoy! It’s werelivingarts and this time I will debunk some of the most widespread productivity method myths.
Some methods are not completely inaccurate, and many people successfully adopt some part of these habits. However, some will hinder your productivity, effort, and motivation if you use it in a wrong way. So please be aware of these! ✨
Hope you find the post helpful 💙💜❤️
Working on my scholarship application, studying for my exams and daydreaming about becoming an exchange student.
Accomplishing next to nothing, the grad student is still exhausted.