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"2017-08-26 16:31:46"
How to Stop Falling Behind on Your Homework
\\they've been playing a lot of this game called overcoat this game where you play as a chef and you go through this increasingly difficult and crazy series of kitchens basically trying to fill orders for customers and of course in the beginning it's easy to do the orders are pretty simple and there are too many of them coming your way but as time goes on more more or start showing up there's lots of little things done to the kitchens to make you work harder and the orders get more complicated and if you get behind on just one order then everything starts to pile up and you have basically no hope of clawing your way back from the brink and if you are a student this is probably sounding pretty familiar right now because it is a good representation of what basically every semester has looked like up until this point and that leads to the obvious question how do you not fall behind had he become one of those people who can stay on top of things consistently over the long term even as the semester weight is a war of attrition against both your organizational systems and your motivation well in the case of overcooked the answer is pretty simple get good but in terms of your school performance really breaks down to doing 3 things consistently first you need a well organized task management system and calendar any to keep them well organized over the entire semester secondly you take your assignments and projects even things need to study for exams and break them down into many tasks that can be given milestone deadlines which are easy to cheat and finally you need put in work frequently so you don't get rusty basically work every single day at least some small amount so in this video own hope you guys but these 3 things into action in your own life cement Diggin each of these give you some specific tips and show you how I implemented them into my own life see have some context first step to staying on top of things struck the entire semester is to make sure that your task management system which is your to do list and your calendar is the perfect representation of everything you need to do that way your brain it doesn't have to worry about those things it knows it's an external system that it can trust and building that system really starts at the beginning of this when you go to each year classes and you get the syllabus for that class take sometime transfer what's on the syllabus into your task management system for example here's the syllabus for one of my marketing classes from my sophomore year in honor there's a couple of written assignments listed would do dates and there's also some quiz dates so over into do Oeste which is my recommendation for a to do list app for most students I've written all these assignments down so that way they are in the system that I'm going to be looking at every single day now that takes care of the initial set up at the beginning of the semester but that's just the start as the semester goes on you need to be adding anything that your professor assigns you or anything that comes up into that to do list and they're really 2 different ways to do this the first method is the most straightforward one and it's the one that I like to use sits to simply add new tasks into the to do list or in your calendar app the moment you hear about them so if you're sitting in class in a professor assigned you a math assignment you open to do is to put in the details you put in a new day and you're good to go up there is a perfectly valid alternative doing this though because sometimes you have to Russia class you just don't have time to enter all the details of push that due to a button to all that little fiddling around player in class so the alternative is to use what I like to call a daily helped this is just a scrap of paper in your pocket or maybe one of those tiny little moleskin notebooks like my friend Martin has or maybe just a no in your favor no taking out where you write all the assignments everything that comes up during the day in plain English not messing with due dates or priority levels or whatever your task management system as you do using a daily no is an easy and simple way of writing down all the things you do for an assignment without having to fiddle with it apt but it is not a task management system it's not organized you can't prioritize you can't look at what's coming up the next 7 days so if you're going to do this you to establish a daily habit where you go through your daily know any transfer whatever's on it into your more trusted robust system finally you need a way to keep your calendar and especially your to do list from getting disorganized and chaotic and you're probably familiar with this happening every semester all these tasks pile up and some of them just submitted cracks we forget to check off or the details change and then you look your to do list one day and it is a mess but if you establish a review day like Sunday afternoons to go through your task manager system and clean these things up this isn't going to happen and I'm actually do this right now so the to do list at that I use these days is called a sauna and is great for working with teams which I do so that's why I use it over to do list but as you can see my personal task list here has some red due dates on now some of these tasks are things that I actually did do because forgot to check off someone go ahead and check those off and some of them I didn't do so I need to figure out what to do with those particular tasks second main thing you wanna be doing on a consistent basis is breaking your work down into manageable chunks and then setting deadlines for those chunks that we are working consistently over the long term rather than pushing everything off until the last second and you should do this for your assignments in your projects but also for the topics you need to study give a test coming up and you know we want to study should break down that studying into several different chunks that we're doing it over the long term doing this is gonna help you deal with Parkinson's law which states that work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion and I'm sure you're just as familiar with this as I am you get assigned a project you have 3 weeks to do it but in your head it exists as one task and of course you wait until 2 days before the deadline to keep start it however when you break the project down to many tasks into their own individual deadline and now you have a well defined a plan and you know you're gonna be doing things consistently across that whole 3 weeks so here's an example of this in action when I was a sophomore I had the same in one of my English classes to create a personal website which is a pretty big project so broken down into individual little milestone CCRI list pages make a wire frame mock up on notebook paper start coding things in each of those had their own individual deadline which help me make consistent progress in the project without a whole ton of stress one other huge benefit to send these milestones that it decreases the initial resistance to starting a task because this is what makes us procrastinate it's the resistance to starting something that seems really big and scary when you broken your project down that little many milestone doesn't seem like it's going to take that long and so you can jump into the work right away and speaking of right away for most projects you should make that first milestone due date be the exact same day is when you get the assignment doing this will push you to put just a little bit of work into the project will everything is still fresh in your mind and doesn't have to be big to be a very tiny amount of work for example if you just been assigned essay you to spend 5 minutes bring dumping what you know or writing down question on the other hand if you wait a few days to sort the project now I have to spend a bunch time re familiarizing yourself the requirements and getting everything reloaded and your brain and that is valuable time you could be using the play Zelda instead lastly do some amount of work every single day or at least almost every single day because frequency is your friend the novelist Anthony Trollope once said a small daily task if it be really daily will beat the labors of spasmodic Hercules this is something that I learned really well in the process of writing a book ever since 2012 I'd want to write 1 but I'd failed every single time I try because I would try to write entire chapters all at once worked 1 time actually flew down to Texas to go to a conference right try to write the entire thing in 1 weekend and I completely failed so a couple years later I tried a different tactic I set a goal of my have been a cut to write just 500 words a day and it didn't matter what those 500 words work they could've been I hate writing over and over and over again it could be horrible horrible words but I had to put the men no matter what and after just a few months putting in this daily effort I ended up writing an entire book in fact this book that I wrote is about twice as long as what I originally intended because every single day I was getting myself into the mode of writing and they would end up having more ideas coming up with more anecdotes and I initially expect the other huge benefit the frequency brings is that it prevents you from going into slumps really get rusty not use to doing the work anymore not a lot of experience with this as well at times right a lot different podcasts make a big batch it'll take weeks before I do it again and I feel really rusty here so cal Newport puts in his book how to win a college student slumps occur when you take a long break from work and find yourself unable to easily pull yourself back into working rhythm nurtured denied the opportunity for this to occur you do some out of school work every single day now if you're having trouble establishing this daily work habit one thing you can do that will help you start removing choices from the equation and by that I mean pre planning elements of your study sessions both in terms of location and at times it can be very helpful to establish a specific studies but you go to every single day and have a specific block of time when you know you're going to be studied now if you have a specific block of time every single day that's very good to have but if your calendar is such that you got like you know student organizations are night classes that make every day different at least at the beginning of every week preplanned when you're going to have lots of study time so that we you know on a given day when you're gonna be putting in that TV network now I know we've covered a lot in this video but remember it all boils down to building 3 consistent habits that you keep throughout the entire semester number one make sure your task management system both your calendar and your to do list are well maintained and we the basis number 2 breaking assignments and projects down into manageable chunks and setting deadline date so you're working consistently and number 3 building the habit of working every single day so you don't get rest of course even if these habits do help you stand up your score the semester there are going to be things that you just always seemed be fall behind upon and for me one of those things is my reading list and that's why I'm really excited tell you guys about blankets which is this week's video sponsor link us is a digital learning out that basically distills all the key lessons and most important insights from tons of different nonfiction books into these little tiny packs the you can read or listen to just about 15 minutes and personally I'm a huge fan of like us because as somebody who's interested in 800 for topics my to be read list over on good reads is about a mile long now was some books I know right from the start that I want to read the entire thing cover to cover Michael Lewis is the big shore is a great example here since I watched the movie absolutely fell in love with it and they knew I had to read the entire book but with some other books I don't always know for one read the whole thing or maybe I just want to get the key insights from it without getting into all the padding and that's reasonably gets to be really helpful because you have a limited amount of time and looks connection help you vet books before you decide to buy them and invest it's high time to them plus once you've read the summary of all the key points now you've prime your brain to be more receptive to those points if you decide to read the entire book heads are gonna be more embedded in your memory and of course if you've already read a book you just wanna reach Millerites itself with those concepts going to blink is very time effective way to do it normally subscription obligates cost about 50 Bucks for an entire year but if you use it went down description below or on screen right now you can test drive the service yourself for free and if you decide to subscribe afterwards that link will also get your 20 now once you start using the app it's gonna start giving you personalized recommendations but if you don't know where to start right now you might want to check out a couple of links I've gone through myself recently a really good one is Dan Ariel is predictably irrational which explains why our brains think irrational you can actually help you make better decisions and another one would be Benny Lewis is fluent in 3 months which is all about how to learn new languages quickly 3 months which is all about how to looks for sponsoring this video help to support this channel and thank you so much for watching you like this video and you found it useful definitely give it a like and good on the comments below if you have any tips that I didn't mention here if you don't subscribe already you can do so right there to get your 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