10 mindfulness tips for motivation

10 mindfulness tips for motivation

With only one month left in the first year of my PhD, the “summer break” is very near and very distracting. I find myself getting easily distracted by plans in the summer (and by plans I mean more work and reading). I am needing extra help to stay focused and motivated to finish up my first year.

But most importantly, I don’t want to rush through this last month and let it pass me by either. I truly love the work that I do, I just am figuring out how to better manage it all. I want this last month to be useful, enjoyable, mindful and reflective. So, I have been incorporating more mindfulness practices in order to help me enjoy my last month in my first year. I hope you can find some motivation from these tips as well.

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How to create grad school learning goals

How to create grad school learning goals

I am a goal setting, type A personality, through and through. But when I found out that I had to create learning goals for my PhD, it felt like a heavy weight on my shoulders. I barely knew what a PhD entailed, so how could I begin to make goals to achieve it? Breaking down the goals into categories helped me create the learning goals from scratch. And more importantly, when a new opportunity presents itself, I can revisit these goals and helps me stick to what I am really trying to achieve, without veering off course.

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Creative Money Saving Tips for Students

Creative Money Saving Tips for Students

Along with the stress of achieving good grades, balancing tight deadlines, experiencing imposter syndrome and endless amounts of guilt, we students also have to deal with the constant anguish around finances. Now if you are lucky enough to receive sufficient funding through scholarships for your degree, then congratulations! But if you are like the majority of grad students (including me), then you are most likely living paycheque to paycheque, taking on extra side gigs, precarious work, and underemployment.

In order to ease this burden in academia then proposal writing will become your middle name. However, this post isn’t about how to get more money, instead, it’s about how to save the money you do have, for longer.

Here are my five creative money saving tips that I use to help draw out my dollar while pursuing my dreams as a student!

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How to take a mini vacation from grad school  

How to take a mini vacation from grad school  

Over this past weekend, I traveled to Jamaica for a friend’s destination wedding. Without a doubt, I was excited to enjoy the warm weather and salty ocean but unfortunately, my anxiety about my workload was outweighing my enjoyment. This semester is shaping up to be an extremely busy one and I still am figuring out how to manage it. My anxiety kept taking over during the hours leading up to my flight. My thoughts persisted: How am I going to get everything done for next week? And the week after? What if I don’t do these things to the best of my ability? Should I do work while I am on vacation? How much work should I do? But what is the point of me going all this way and not enjoying some time off?

These questions in my mind wouldn’t stop spiraling.

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How to get back into grad school mode (post-holiday season)

How to get back into grad school mode  (post-holiday season)

Is anyone else struggling to get back into the grad school mode, after the holidays? I was able to accomplish a lot over the break and I also worked a few days at York University. However, I mainly rested, slept in and watched TV (crazy, right?) because that is what my body was telling me it needed. So when I returned back to Ottawa, I thought that I should feel energized and ready to go, but somehow I still feel tired and unmotivated.  I am continuing to learn how to deal with the transition but here are some my tips and tricks that I will be using to ease myself back into the grad school zone.

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Tips to tackle procrastination

Tips to tackle procrastination

The struggle is real and it happens to all of us grad students. It seems timely to write a post about our evil friend, procrastination. I know we don’t have much time here, as its #grindtime to final assignments, deadlines, and exams. So I am going to keep this short and sweet for now and perhaps I will dig a bit deeper into this issue next term.

Here are some quick and easy tips that help me tackle my procrastination:

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What to do after losing motivation in grad school?

What to do after losing motivation in grad school?

Whether it be two months into grad school, one year or almost done your thesis, we all reach a point where we lose motivation.

Looking back at how wide-eyed and excited I was at the beginning of September (almost as if I have never experienced grad school or school for that matter), I realize I am not at that place anymore. I’m tired, there is not enough time in a day and find myself getting distracted more easily (cough – wedding planning). I am left wondering, how can I get myself back to that place of motivation, inspiration, and zeal after experiencing tireless days of reading, assignments, stress, and anxiety and those days that still await?

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Must-Have Online Platforms for Grad Students

Must-Have Online Platforms for Grad Students

These two online platforms have been keeping me on my A game during the first month of my doctoral studies. They have saved me SO much time in researching and editing during my busy schedule.  Here are my two must-have grad school online platforms. And the best news is – they are FREE!

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How to Take Notes on Assigned Readings

How to Take Notes on Assigned Readings

In a typical graduate-level course, professors will assign 100+ pages a week, per course.

That’s a lot of reading.

Have you ever read an assigned reading and when it comes time for class, you don’t remember what you read or the point of it?

You are not alone.

This far into my academic career, I have learned how to navigate readings, record the important information and believe it or not, actually retained the learnings. Here are my how to’s for effective note-taking and reading techniques for your assigned readings.

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TIP OF THE MONTH: iCal + iReminders

TIP OF THE MONTH: iCal + iReminders

Straight up, I’m an Apple girl.

 

I’ve had a Mac and iPhone since 2008 and never looked back.

I know this can be a big debate but this style and level of detail fits my needs and has always worked for me.

The two main tools that keep me organized AF are iCal and iReminders.

Here is how I use them:

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