Plan for Life Don’t Let Life Plan for You

By | 2017-06-29T13:52:23+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Careers, Productivity, Success|

  Photo: Clker-Free-Vector-Images | Pixabay | CC0 “Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.” John Lennon Many an opportunity has been missed because people were too busy with their head down just trying to get through their day, week, month or year. All of sudden they have ended up on a different course to the one they imagined they would follow a few years before. How did that happen they might wonder? 

Stay Calm Stay Focused

By | 2017-06-29T13:52:23+00:00 March 9th, 2017|Productivity, WellBeing|

There are times when you may feel completely swamped with work, social pressures, or extra curricular responsibilities. And at these times it can feel like there is no other mode of operation but to stay busy. You're always on the go, never stopping to enjoy yourself. It's at times like this more so than any other that you need to step outside of the busy bubble. Here's a great video from the makers of Headspace, an app that can help you to relax and take your mind off whatever it is that is currently bothering you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmqI1u72QLU

Unwind Your Mind with Music

By | 2017-06-29T13:52:23+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Productivity, WellBeing|

If you’ve had a long day and need to switch your brain off you could try this ambient music from a British band by the name of Marconi Union. The track, which was created as part of a scientific study, has been found to reduce anxiety by up to 65% according to the Mindlab institution.

Zen and the Art of Uni Success

By | 2017-06-29T13:52:23+00:00 March 5th, 2017|Success|

"Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water." There are different views as to what this means, and it is, like many other zen sayings, subject to interpretation. Whatever the true meaning, from a university student's perspective it could be safe to say that it is really about hard work and persistent effort. Whatever you are working on, keep working. Don't expect an essay to write itself or willing survey participants to appear from nowhere and offer their time to help you gather data. Keep striving to complete the small tasks and academic enlightenment may

Warning! Do you settle for good not great?

By | 2017-03-04T22:02:02+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|Study Hacks, Writing|

It's very easy to settle for 'that'll do' and to be honest that is how a lot of us approach assignments or exams. However, if you want to achieve a higher level of success in University you need to start asking yourself 'How can I make this even better?'. After slaving for weeks, months or even years on a course or project it is often tempting to draw a line in the sand and submit a completed piece of work that is good but not great. Why not set yourself an early deadline? You could make it a few weeks