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5 Ways to Get Your Degree for Free

5 Ways to Get Your Degree for Free

The cost of education is a hot topic these days. Millennials are on track to be the most educated generation ever, but rising costs mean that many graduates are set to be in debt for the rest of their lives. This is a bit of a catch-22 situation.

A more educated population means that we will be able to work more efficiently and make greater contributions to society. But when you have a higher number of degree-holders competing for the same jobs, there will be many unsuccessful applicants with no hope of ever paying back their student loans.

If you know where to look, there is actually a simple solution to this problem. With a little digging, you can have somebody else pay for your degree.

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1. Get Good Grades

Merit is one of the most well-known ways to get your education paid for. If you are able to keep your grades up through high school, many educational institutions are willing to give you a free ride through the entire process.

Unless you’re one of the most brilliant students in the country, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to get a scholarship for Harvard or Princeton. But simply qualifying for entrance into these school is usually enough to earn you a full ride scholarship at another excellent educational institution.

2. Look Everywhere

Even if you can’t get the school to pay for your education, there is still a lot of money out there just waiting to be found. You just need to look for it. Most financial institutions offer their own scholarships. HonestlyNow Banking, for example, has a scholarship application form located right on their homepage. You can also try local credit unions.

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They often are required to spend a certain amount of money to better the community. What better way to do that, than by helping locals get their education? If you’re still coming up short, there are a number of websites online that allow you to search for scholarship programs located all across the country.

3. Join The Military

What do the Coast Guard, Air Force, Merchant Marines, and Naval Academies all have in common? Every one of them offers free education to their members. Not only do you get a chance to serve your country, but you’ll have the opportunity to get your degree while you do it.

The military actually have their own colleges, and you complete your training while you study. This can even give you an edge in the job market, as military schools are often very well respected in the commercial marketplace.

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4. Be in Demand

If you’re in a high demand field, you can often get your future employer or even the government to pay for your entire education. Jobs like Nursing, teaching, and social work are in desperate need of employees, so there are plenty of programs that can help prospective students pay for their education.

Nursing, for example, has a program where your student loan is paid off provided you work in an underserved community. This does require that you take out a student loan in advance, but as long as you’re willing to live in a rural community your educational expenses could be nothing.

5. Take an Apprenticeship

If you like to work with your hands, apprenticeships are usually incredible opportunities. Typically, an apprenticeship takes 4 years just like a degree. Instead of studying for the entire four years, you’ll usually be working, for 10 months of the year you learn on the job, followed by two months in school.

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The best part of it all is that your employer almost always covers your educational expenses. Even if you do have to pay for them on your own, you have ten months to save. Plus, because the courses are so short, the cost is usually minimal compared to a traditional education. On average, trade school charges $1500 per session. This is more attainable than the $10,000 per year that Universities charge.

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Last Updated on April 6, 2020

15 Best Productivity Hacks for Procrastinators

15 Best Productivity Hacks for Procrastinators

Let me guess.

You should be doing something else rather than reading this article. But due to some unknown force of nature, you decided to procrastinate by reading an article about how to hack procrastination. You deserve a pat on the back.

Fortunately, procrastination is not a disease. It’s just a mindset that can be changed, however, here are some productivity tips you need to start getting work done:

First, you need to acknowledge that procrastinating is an unhealthy habit. Not only you’re prioritizing unimportant things, basically, nothing gets done. Still unsure if you’re a procrastinator? Check out this article: Types of Procrastination (And How To Fix Procrastination And Start Doing)

Second, your commitment to change is very important. You should be physically, emotionally, and mentally determined to change this habit. If not, then you’ll just succumb to the tempting lure of doing other things rather than your tasks or chores.

Here are sthe best productivity hacks to improve productivity and keep yourself from procrastinating at work:

1. Give (10+2)*5 a Try

Let’s start with a classic but very effective hack called (10+2)*5 created by Merlin Mann,[1] author of 43Folders.com. Don’t worry. This is not a complicated Mathematical formula you need to solve.

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The (10+2)*5 simply means 10 minutes work + 2 minutes break multiplied by 5, completing 1 hour. It is crucial to stick with the time limits and not skipping work and break schedules. The point of this is for you to create a jam-packed routine of work and break schedules. The result? You will eventually skip your break schedules.

2. Use Red and Blue More Often

Clean your desk and remove things that might distract you. According to a Science Daily study[2] about which colors improve brain performance, red was found out to increase attention to details while blue sparks creativity. Surrounding your workplace with these colors not only benefits your brain, it’s also pleasing to the eye.

3. Create a Break Agenda

List all the things you want to do on your break, be it surfing the web, checking your emails, snack time, taking selfies, Facebook/Twitter—everything.

Like the (10+2)*5 hack, squeeze these in between work time but the difference is you schedule these activities for ONLY 20 minutes. Eventually, you’ll take your break minutes wisely. You’re finishing tasks while sidetracking to doing the things you enjoy.

4. Set a Timetable for Your Tasks

Like any other habits, procrastinating is a tough wall to break. Replace this habit with another habit. When you’re assigned a task, set a timetable for each step. Let’s say you have a big research task. Here’s a sample timetable:

9:00 – 9:10 am – Set up all your tools, browser tabs, emails, coffee, etc..
9:10 – 10:00 am – Internet research
10:00 – 10:45 am – Look through existing files
10:45 – 11:00 am – Break time!
11:00 – 12:00 pm – Outline the research report

Deadlines are the best hack for getting things done. Setting a specific time to finish a task creates time pressure even if the deadline has passed.

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5. Take It Outside!

Do yourself a favor and don’t ruin the comfy vibe of your home. If you need to work on a stressful project, do it in a library or coffee shop. You’ll never finish it anyway. Your cozy sofa and toasty bed will just lure you into napping yourself to doom.

6. Become Productively Lazy

Instead of finding all sorts of ways to unproductively procrastinate, use your habit to look for shortcuts and new ways to finish your tasks. Staple multiple papers at a time or master the 3-second t-shirt folding technique. A strong drive combined with laziness sometimes bring out the productive and creative side you never knew you have!

7. Assign a ‘Task Deputy’

It could be your colleague, your supervisor, or your significant other, anyone who has the unforgiving guts to reprimand you when you procrastinate. You could go the extra mile by paying up unfinished tasks or times you open your Facebook or watch a funny cat video on YouTube. Let’s see how five bucks every time you procrastinate will change you.

8. Consider a Gadget-Free Desk

According to a study by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, average users check on their phones 150 times per day and having your phone just an elbow away just creates sizzle to this habit.[3]

Removing mobile devices and gadgets allows you to focus on your work without the constant interruption from notifications, calls, and text messages. It eliminates the very distracting ambiance and the urge to unlock your phone just because.

9. Prepping the Night

Before hitting the sack to oblivion, prepare everything you’ll need the next day. This will probably take you 15 minutes tops, saving you more time for coffee in the morning.

Spin class at am? Pack up your gym clothes, shoes, socks, etc. or better, create a checklist so you don’t miss anything. You can also prep your food into containers and just grab one before leaving.

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10. Do a 7-Minute Workout in the Morning

Exercising is proven to increase productivity and stimulate release of endorphin or “Happy Hormones”.

Take a jog outdoors and get warmed up for the day. Don’t feel like running outside? Hop on a treadmilli. It’s a great investment and there are a lot of ways you can use a treadmill like endurance running and metabolism training. On a budget? Here’s a 7 minute, no-equipment needed workout you can do at home:

11. Set-up Mini Tasks

If you’re given a big project, break it down into mini tasks. Create a checklist and start with the easy ones until you finish. Got an article to write? Just start with the title and the first sentence. Or perhaps you have a visual presentation to make?

Spend 15 minutes on your outline, take five minutes coffee break, then finish the first two slides. Accomplishing something, no matter how tiny, still gives you that sense of fulfillment.

12. Create an Inspirational Board or Reminder

I found these mini desk chalkboards from Etsy you can use to write motivating quotes.

Or you know what? Simply write “Do it now!” and stare at it for 10 seconds every time you feel like dropping by on Reddit.

13. Redecorate Your Room

Redecorating my room motivates me to maintain that ‘new’ look for some time until I get use to it and eventually stop. So I redecorate again and again, it became a monthly habit really. Here are some DIY ideas you can do to any room without spending much.

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14. Ready Your Nibbles

You know that trip to the pantry? It’s just seconds away but it took you several minutes just to get your fruit snacks in the fridge. Before starting a task, prepare your nibbles on your desk to avoid zoning out and losing yourself on the way to the pantry.

Bonus productivity hacks you can do at home:

15. Schedule Your Chores

Write down your chores in a weekly basis with matching day and time when you should be doing these.

For the artsy folks, you can create fun chore charts like these or simply stick the list somewhere visibly annoying e.g. mirrors, doors, TV. The trick is listing as many chores as you can for the week and including unfinished chores the following week. Who likes seeing a long list of chores first thing in the morning?

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