Category Archives: Work/ Life Balance

8 tips to improve the way you study

Improving your studying approach is an important skill to master for your university studies. Add on the stress of a full-time job and it becomes even more essential to master the art of studying effectively. Instead of burning the midnight oil, scientific research has proven ways in which your brain can process and learn information smarter and within shorter time spans.

How to study smarter

Here are a few tips you can apply to your own life so you study smarter:

  1. Study in short small chunks. Break up your studies into twenty 30-minute sessions. According to scientists, your brain is better at coding information in short repeated chunks as opposed to one large chunk.  This is also true when you’re learning different skills.
  2. Set up specific times to study. Scientists suggest that after prolonged study sessions, reasoning and memory may be affected by up to 4 days. Setting up specific times to study trains your brain to develop a routine, and overtime studying becomes easier as your brain is trained to study during those times.
  3. Use key cards to understand concepts. Key cards are said to be the most effective memory reinforcement tool. Plus, you can always whip them out during times of heavy traffic congestion.
  4. Have a specific goal for each study session. Aim to master one concept per study session. This will enable you to grasp what you’re study. To test your knowledge, see if you can to someone in simple terms. If you’re unable to, it’s a sign that you perhaps don’t understand the concept well enough.
  5. Study like you’re preparing to teach a lesson. When you study like you’re going to deliver a lecture your brain organises the information in a more coherent manner.
  6. Practice, practice, practice. As with anything you’re learning, nothing comes too easily unless you practice. Writing a practice test will enable your brain to become accustomed to the learning environment. In addition, if you make any mistakes, the practice test will help you identify gaps in your knowledge.
  7. Designate a study spot. A go-to study area that is well equipped with every tool you’ll need, will prime your brain for studying.
  8. Put your earphones and phone aside. Interruption caused by a notification on your phone is the same as to the effects seen when users actively use their cell phones to make calls or send text messages.

Don’t forget to take breaks between your studies. Keeping your body refreshed, will keep your mind refreshed too.

5 bad reasons to quit your job

5 Bad reasons to quit your job

A couple of bad days are inevitable and sometimes even necessary in any professionals career. However, if in your frustration you’re adamant that it’s time to quit, here are a few bad reasons to quit your job.

You’re feeling overworked

On top of the deadline you have to meet, you’ve also got a pile of documents you must sit through. Not forgetting the in between meetings you must prepare for.  A huge workload can often leave you feeling overwhelmed which can quickly lead to stress and job dissatisfaction.

Take into consideration whether overtime the workload will become more manageable. If you find it’s not the case, talk to your manager about changing your deadlines and adjusting your workload.

You’re having a bad day

Bad days are part and parcel of any job. Even an innocent waking-up-on-the-wrong-side-of-the-bed can turn into a dreadful day. Bad days can even stretch into bad weeks or month.

But when the only reason you’re considering a career is because you’re feeling frumpy, think about all the other good days you’ve had. Also consider whether the things that made them enjoyable are still there.

 You’re bored

You may feel like your full potential in your current role isn’t  being tapped into and that your work has become redundant and tedious. But is this reason enough to look for a new job?

If there’s still room for growth in your company, talk to your manager about taking on new responsibilities. You can also search for ways to be promoted or sign up for extra training.

You dislike your colleagues

Slackers, oversharers, complainers – the list is endless. And because over your lifetime you’ll spend approximately 90 000 hours at work , you’re bound to work with annoying colleagues who’ll rub you off the wrong way.

You’re envious

Your friends go on about how much they love their jobs or that they’ve received a pay rise. But do they tell you about the downside: late nights, early mornings, increased workload or the added stress?

Every workplace has its ups and downs – the reason why you can’t compare your job to the people around you. Next time you consider leaving your job, make sure it’s not to keep up with your peers.

6 Things not to do to if success is what you’re after

Things not to do to achieve success

We all want to achieve success at some stage in our lives. But some of us don’t realise that to ignite that success fire, sometimes the trick has less to do with what to do and more to do with what not to do.

Unproductive habits and thought patterns can have a crippling effect on how much success we actually achieve. So to help you on your quest to become victorious, we’ve summed up a few habits you need to let go of… Today!

Don’t wear a mask.

Life’s too short to live each day worried about what people think or say about you. Be it the way you dress, the way you speak, the way you feel or what you believe in; you cannot stop being you to please other people. So refrain from living in people’s shadows and start living your own life.

Don’t wait for someone else to do it.

One thing you need to realise is that life ends the instant you choose to silence yourself and hold back from addressing problems that matter. Don’t let the stresses of the world stop you in your tracks. Don’t shy away from your thoughts and feelings. Instead, let your voice be heard. Know your worth and do whatever it takes to get things done.

You are braver than what you think, stronger than what you seem, and twice as capable as you’ve ever imagined. – Marc Chernoff

Don’t hold on to everything.

Life does not stay the same. It changes. And as it evolves so should you. When things don’t seem to make sense in your life, it’s okay to let go. Always remember: Giving up and moving on are not the same thing. And it’s ok to change your mind.

Remember, to learn is to grow, to grow is to change – change for the better.

Don’t neglect your close friendships.

It’s important to hold onto good friendships. Friends are good for your health; they increase your sense of belonging and purpose and can boost your happiness. Stay connected to your friends, fight for them and allow them to fight for you. Don’t push them away by being too distracted, busy or tired. And don’t take them for granted.

Don’t make everything seem like such a chore.

Remember that to live is a privilege. Therefore, refocusing your thoughts from feelings of “having to do” certain things to “getting to do” them will do so much for your energy levels, happiness and effectiveness.

Don’t be lazy

Contrary to what you may think, the world doesn’t owe you anything. Instead, it is you who owes the world something. So stop sitting around in hope of something happening. Get up and make things happen. Substitute laziness for determination.

Laziness is being unable to find the time you have.  Determination is being able to find the time you don’t have. – Marc Chernoff