Killing distractions: 3 useful tips to stop wasting time on internet.

Hey there! It is very difficult to stop yourself from opening facebook or gmail when you know your internet is connected. You think ” what the heck? I’m just going to check the notifications” but end up spending an hour and realizing you don’t have the will to study any more. Happens more often than you would like? I’ve got some tips to help you out!

1. Don’t save passwords

Saving passwords on your browser can come in handy when you need to check email real quick. But if you want to stop the habit of checking facebook every 5 minutes, make it difficult to log in. The first step is to remove saved passwords to force yourself to enter email and password every time you log in.

2. Use plug-ins to limit browsing time/blocking websites

Facebook, stumbleupon and youtube are the most time-hacking sites in my opinion. An hour seems to pass by in the blink of an eye. So what is the solution? Is there a way you limit your internet browsing or even block the above mentioned sites? Yes. You can install stayfocusd plug-in and set daily limit of internet browsing. Here is a very useful post explaining stayfocusd and how to use it. Firefox users can check out leechblock. Here is a post about leechblock.

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3. Block websites entirely and enable notifications on phone

There is a feature of getting email and facebook notifications in every smartphone. Use it to your advantage by enabling it. Block time-killing websites on your laptop entirely and set sounds for the notifications on your phone. This way you will know there is no notification if there is no beep alert and no reason for you to open the website.

You can read my post about managing distractions and using them to motivate you to study here.

I hope you like my tips. Please give your feedback in the comments.

Hey there! College is very different from high school. The “cool” people suddenly become creepy and the nerds and geeks become “smart”. These smart people are not necessarily brilliant, they just happen to have best of both worlds. They enjoy late night parties and drinking games, yet manage impressive CGPA.

It can be frustrating to see these people succeed. I have been there. You both hate and admire them. Today I’m going to tell you, they aren’t exceptional. They are smart, smart in the sense that they know their priorities and how to maintain good rapport.

The most common mistake people make in class is not speaking up.

They sit in silence. Sometimes they are afraid to get criticized, other times just being lazy. Speaking in class is very important. It doesn’t matter whether you know the correct answer or not, just giving an answer to your professor’s question can make you stand out in his class.

Your professor must know you.

Ask questions. Use office hours. Get on good terms with him. He can help you much more than you can imagine.

 Give opinions in a respectful manner. Ask questions. Discuss. Speak up.

Eat before going out: Save money and health

Hey there! I recommend eating before stepping out of your home/room because when you go out hungry, you come back having over-eaten.

When we are hungry, our mind stops thinking rationally about food and we grab anything we can get to eat. Mostly the hunger makes us crave for sugary or salty foods both of which are very bad for our health.

You cannot control yourself when you are at McD and you have money to buy the big Mac. YOU WILL EAT IT. Hence, never go hungry. Always eat something before going out. BONUS: you will save money!

Keep a backup

Hey there! Recently I formatted my laptop and accidentally lost some crucial data. I tried a lot but there was no way of recovering. It really sucks! I lost about 40 GB of photographs, songs, notes and ebooks and I’m regretting not making a backup.

There are lots of ways these days to backup your files like storing them online or storing them in detachable hard drive. However, my experience with hard drives has not been great and I do not recommend them.

For photographs, I use DVDs because they are cheaper and durable. Even if something happens, at most I lose one or two disks unlike a single hard drive crash in which I could lose everything.

I know it is very tedious job to make small backups on DVDs but it is worth it. You get value for money, easy storage and easy distribution-organization.

In conclusion, I’m saying make a backup of your digital files. You don’t know when your system may crash(sometimes literally), and you don’t want to regret.

Walk out your worries

As I shared on Sunday, worrying is a very deteriorating habit which only consumes your time and energy. I have a problem with worrying too much. When I can’t think of a solution, my mind goes blank and I go running around in circles.

In the times of worry or any problem for that matter, getting stuck is a common occurrence. I prefer to take a walk in such times. Any physical activity will help but taking a walk is straight forward and leaves your mind plenty of thinking space. Bonus: it burns calories and keeps you fit!

So, today’s tip is, TAKE A WALK! brisk walk is even better. You can tune in to your ipod and get lost in the music. It will shift your attention from the problem and let your mind exercise out the solution.

I hope you are enjoying my tips. Please give feedback on how can I help you more and share your own tips too!

Book review: How to stop worrying and start living

Today I want to tell you about a very important book which has literally changed my life. It is “How to stop worrying and start living” by Dale Carnegie and it exactly does what it says. I read it whenever I feel like I’m burdened and can’t make it through. This masterpiece is filled with inspiring stories and strategies to help you get through any problem in life and I think everyone should read it.

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The book is divided into 8 sections (read in detail here):

1. Fundamental Facts You Should Know About Worry

2. Basic Techniques In Analyzing Worry

3. How to Break the Worry Habit Before It Breaks You

4. Seven Ways to Cultivate A Mental Attitude That Will Bring You Peace and Happiness

5. The Perfect Way to Conquer Worry

6. How To Keep From Worrying About Criticism

7. Six Ways to Prevent Fatigue and Worry and Keep Your Energy and Spirits High

8. How I Conquered Worry

The book talks about worry very practically and offers many solutions to different kinds of worries. Every chapter is centered around a personal experience of the author or somebody he knows and elaborates on how that person tackled his problems. At the ending of every chapter the main points covered are summarized again. The strategies are very simple and intuitive yet we seldom think about them this way. This book prompts you to think in a solution-oriented way and get through to your problems.

In conclusion, I recommend this book to everyone because everyone worries. This book can help you a lot, through tough and difficult times. It will help you think about the solution. It will really help.

How to stop worrying and start living is available in major bookstores and online at very low prices. You can find it on Amazon or if you are living in India, I suggest Flipkart.

If you have already read the book, you are welcome to share your reviews. If you haven’t, you are also welcome to give feedback.

Never forget a thing: set reminders

Hey there! I absolutely hate it when I go to college and forget to submit a book I borrowed from library. I usually forget such things and end up paying huge fines.

Evernote has been a great help. I set reminders to it whenever and wherever I remember and it buzzes at the right time. I love not having to worry about little things anymore. I can set reminders for weeks or months ahead and forget about it.

Here is an article about starting your mornings perfectly. They have included setting daily goals as one of the 8 ways to get a head-start in the morning.

I’ve written about evernote before. I cannot tell you how much it has helped me (I didn’t take money from them to promote, trust me). I know staying organized is a little pain to start with but in the long run it avoids big breakdowns. I’m thinking of writing a post about it. I’ll update here if I do.

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In conclusion, staying organized and taking care of things when they are small is a key step to success. Setting reminders for tasks you tend to forget can save you on time as well as other resources, like gas.

So, SET REMINDERS. AND DO TASKS ON TIME. 

Do tell me your ideas on staying organized. I’d love to include them in my post.