The Weeks of Our Life: Why We Should Measure The Time We Have Left 130

weeks of our life

I’ll start with something you already know.

Time is our most precious possession. It’s a finite resource, and as such – we should cherish it.

According to some people, however, it’s way too much and there’s enough time for everything. So they decide to spend each day doing what they feel like doing, indulging in activities that make them feel good, take no time, are easy and comfortable.
But soon, they end up having almost no time because they’ve wasted so much of it without having done anything meaningful.

Others always complain about not having enough time (during the day and in general) to do all the stuff they should and want to do.
And instead of actually doing at least some of it (maybe the stuff that’s most important to them), they spend so much time thinking about all the tasks and projects waiting to be completed, they compare themselves to others who somehow manage to reach some level of productivity, they are negative about it, feel like life is unfair, and so on.
And they too don’t do anything meaningful and don’t make the most out of each moment of the day, and thus of their life.

But time is our most precious thing. Its value is beyond measure as it’s given to us just like that, and we can do whatever we want with it.

Yes, we all know that.

But why do we keep taking it for granted then and not doing anything positive, productive, beautiful, creative, healthy and passionate with each minute of the day?

Maybe because we’re not reminded often enough of how finite this resource is…

A daily reminder of how limited our time is

The harsh truth is that this time is going to be over some day. We don’t know when exactly (although we have a vague idea), and we don’t really need to know that.
But it’s important to be aware of that fact.

Today is a gift. And after it, there will be many more. Just like this one.
But one day, there won’t be another one. What then?

The point of all this is to prevent you from being full of regrets, never realizing your potential, never getting things done, always being under the control of your bad habits, and ending your life in disappointment.
And a simple trick you can do to skip all these unpleasant feelings, is to have the time you have left in front of you and see it daily.

The weeks of our life

We can do that in days too, or months. But I think measuring life in weeks is the best choice.

time we have left

That’s a picture of the life of a person from his birth to his 90th year (considering everything goes fine and he lives this long).
It’s something the guys from WaitButWhy.com (a pretty interesting, educational and unusual blog) created.

Click on it to zoom.
Now eliminate all the weeks you’ve already experienced. And fill them with color.
Then, look at the rest.
That’s all you have.

Originally, it would be 4680 weeks. But considering you’ve lived for some time, it’s less now.

It can be a short time but it can also be more than enough to make the best of them, achieve a lot, feel great and have fun, and eventually leave something behind.

It’s how you choose to spend each week that defines your overall performance on this planet.

And before you get sad or depressed because of that (as that’s how most people react once they’re reminded of how short life may be and how long they’ve got left), realize that this can be a good thing too.

It may open your eyes and – if you look at this picture (preferably have it printed out) daily – you can start living consciously, doing more important things with your days, eliminating all unproductive activities and finally focusing on your goals and the things you’ve always wanted to do/have/be.

What can you do right now with the weeks you have left?

Here are the 3 best ways to make the most out of each week:

• enjoy it;
• build something to make the next one better;
• help others enjoy their weeks.

And here’s more advice on what to do so that you can start living your life to the fullest and be mindful of everything you invest time in:

1. Accept all the weeks that are gone, wasted or not appreciated without feeling bad for them (as this can only ruin your current week).
2. Self-awareness – know where you are now in your life, what you have and don’t have.
3. Reflect.
4. Take the decision to change – your approach to the weeks you’ve got left will change once you decide to take this journey to a more meaningful life.
5. Make a step-by-step plan on how to spend the rest of your weeks.
6. Go back to the calendar (the picture) in the end of each week and measure how you’re doing.
7. Accept it’s a process and love every part of it.

Tim from WaitButWhy.com suggests that you use such a calendar of the weeks of your life (which he also sells in the store of the site) to:

• highlight weeks and segment them into life chapters;
• set goals and make a mark on a week in the future and see how long you’ve got left;
• feel good because after a bad week there comes a fresh one as each empty box is an opportunity given to you.

So what do you think about that strategy – to use such a reminder and see the time you have left every single day?
Do you think it will work for you?

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How to Stay Focused When Studying: 5 Tips to Keep You From Getting Distracted 17

How to Stay Focused When Studying: 5 Tips to Keep You From Getting Distracted

All people have been interested in studying at one moment in their lives. There are different goals set for diverse learners and each of them requires serious learning at one point in time.

Successful learners are those with full concentration during their studies as this helps them in remembering what was learned and apply it in the undertaken tests. However, irrespective of the reasons as to why people study, most of the times one would have his mind invaded by different thoughts distracting his concentration.

It is also possible to have one diverted by noises and stories made by one’s roommates, children, and neighbors among others.

With these intrusions, an individual would lose focus and this is what is required to be successful in what one was reading. It is therefore important to identify possible issues that can lead to distraction in order to come up with the most appropriate ways of remaining focused. Here are some tips:

1. Pick the right time and place when reading.

This helps in getting rid of the clear distractions.

For instance, a person would not easily focus if he chooses to study in the presence of friends who are engaged in other activities. Similarly, one would not read well if with music, television, phone, or computer on.

Once the phone vibrates or rings, an individual would be tempted to answer and this would divert his attention.

In understanding how to stay focused, it is recommended that a reader has conducive environment bearing in mind that different learners would stay alert at different circumstances.

This is an indication that no single environment fits all types of students. The right time would also involve studying at the moment when a learner feels comfortable with the schedule such as in the evening or very early in the morning.

The place chosen should not be the classroom or bedroom. But rather a quiet and nice place with a relaxed sitting position such as the library or the office.

2. Take frequent breaks.

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In addition, tips for students indicate that instead of succumbing to distraction, a pupil has to take short breaks.

When engaged in 45-minutes of learning, the student should take breaks of between ten and twenty minutes. Taking longer of breaks of over 20 minutes are dangerous for they might lead to forgetting what one was initially studying.

By planning breaks with an alarm, you not miss them or accidentally take longer ones.

Breaks are considered very crucial because they help the brain to recharge after processing the earlier acquired information. Breaks involving walking around should also be taken as an opportunity to improve recalling memory and test scores.

Breaking in between reading is, therefore, a good way of ensuring that a reader does not overburden his brain/mind with information that would not be processed. Taking pauses in between the reading session refreshes the brain and makes it possible to read for long and wide volumes.

3. Staying focused while reading is also linked with staying motivated.

As stated on EssayZoo, there are different forms of distractions for varied learners and this can be addressed by understanding the reason behind one’s studying.

This is done by taking a test or exam as something meant to challenge the reader’s learning. Since a person’s learning would eventually be rated, the process should start by setting a goal.

Even though the set goal should not be unrealistic, it should be challenging so that the learner can perform better than he has been found in the past tests or maybe better than people expect.

Once an individual is able to surprise others based on their expectations, he would feel motivated to continue studying.

Additionally, learning should be motivated with a reward, which acts as a form of self-control by ensuring that a student is compensated for hard work, studying well, being prepared, and performing well in an exam.

Encouragement should also be done by understanding what learning is important, which is different for diverse readers but all meant to enhance attentiveness to achieve personal goals.

4. Getting enough sleep during studying is a vital way of improving concentration.

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Even though many of the times pupils learn under pressure especially when exams are near, this does not mean an individual should read without sleep.

Just like taking breaks during a day of reading, sufficient sleep refreshes the brain and makes it ready to be fed with and process acquired information.

Learning is successful if one can remember and apply the learned information during a test. This is possible if a person is able to actively concentrate during the planned hours of studying.

According to tips for students, studying for long hours without break or sleep is on strenuous and does not bear the expected results.

Dedicating at least 6-8 hours of sleep ensures that a person wakes up fresh, alert, ready, and relaxed for the day’s scheduled learning activities.

Once ready to learn, a student would be organized and in an ordered place with only the reading materials a person requires, aware of the number of hours to spend on a topic, and the number of breaks he will take including their times.

5. Stay calm to concentrate.

Lastly, remaining focused when learning can be done by practicing concentration.

Once a student has everything he needs on the table, he should not postpone the learning exercise. It is advisable that a pupil is aware of the most crucial information to study first before proceeding to the rest. This is to ensure that one is guided by key concepts that would make the learning enjoyable and encouraging.

Also, practice concentration by not panicking, minimize computer and phone use, don’t listen to music unless it aids in studying, and remaining on topic.

It is notable that by panicking, one would make mistakes.

So make sure you remain calm, take deep breaths, and convince yourself that you read, understand, and pass the exams.

Further, a student should turn the computer, Internet, and the cell phone off to ensure maximum concentration. This is to avoid responding to text messages or searching via the Internet things that are not related to the topic of study.

It is arguable that listening to music when learning acts as a distraction because the learner is provided with additional information to process thus interfering with the real intention of the learning process.

In order to stay on-topic, you shouldn’t explore different subjects at the same time more so when studying boring, complex, and unexciting topics.

Studying would thus be effective if a person remains focused in order to achieve the set goals. Nobody enrolls for a course or learning institution without a goal. This would be achieved if concentration is always at its maximum.

While there are major ways of enhancing attentiveness, the discussed ones in this essay are picking the right time and place, instead of succumbing to distraction, taking short breaks, staying motivated, getting enough sleep, and practicing concentration.

The aim is to ensure that a learner understands the importance of learning and is committed to achieving his intentions.