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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 September 17, 2018

How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

Today we are expected to work in highly disruptive environments. We sit down at our desks, turn on our computer and immediately we are hit with hundreds of emails all vying for our attention.

Our phones are beeping and pinging with new alerts to messages, likes and comments and our colleagues are complaining about the latest company initiative is designed to get us to do more work and spend less time at home.

All these distractions result in us multitasking where our attention is switching between one crisis and the next.

Multitasking is a problem. But how to stop multitasking?

How bad really is multitasking?

It dilutes your focus and attention so even the easiest of tasks become much harder and take longer to complete.

Studies have shown that while you think you are multitasking, you are in fact task switching, which means your attention is switching between two or more pieces of work and that depletes the energy resources you have to do your work.

This is why, even though you may have done little to no physical activity, you arrive home at the end of the day feeling exhausted and not in the mood to do anything.

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We know it is not a good way to get quality work done, but the demands for out attention persist and rather than reduce, are likely to increase as the years go by.

So what to do about it?

Ways to stop multitasking and increase productivity

Now, forget about how to multitask!

Here are a few strategies on how to stop multitasking so you can get better quality and more work done in the time you have each working day:

1. Get enough rest

When you are tired, your brain has less strength to resist even the tiniest attention seeker. This is why when you find your mind wandering, it is a sign your brain is tired and time to take a break.

This does not just mean taking breaks throughout the day, it also means making sure you get enough sleep every day.

When you are well rested and take short regular breaks throughout the day your brain is fully refuelled and ready to focus in on the work that is important.

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2. Plan your day

When you don’t have a plan for the day, the day will create a plan for you. When you allow outside influences to take control of your day, it is very hard not to be dragged off in all directions.

When you have a plan for the day, when you arrive at work your brain knows exactly what it is you want to accomplish and will subconsciously have prepared itself for a sustained period of focused work.

Your resistance to distractions and other work will be high and you will focus much better on the work that needs doing.

3. Remove everything from your desk and screen except for the work you are doing

I learned this one a long time ago. In my previous work, I worked in a law office and I had case files to deal with. If I had more than one case file on my desk at any one time, I would find my eyes wandering over the other case files on my desk when I had something difficult to do.

I was looking for something easier. This meant often I was working on three or four cases at one time and that always led to mistakes and slower completion.

Now when I am working on something, I am in full-screen mode where all I can see is the work I am working on right now.

4. When at your desk, do work

We are creatures of habit. If we do our online shopping and news reading at our desks as well as our work, we will always have the temptation to be doing stuff that we should not be doing at that moment.

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Do your online shopping from another place—your home or from your phone when you are having a break—and only do your work when at your desk. This conditions your brain to focus in on your work and not other distractions.

5. Learn to say no

Whenever you hear the phrase “learn to say no,” it does not mean going about being rude to everyone. What it does mean is delay saying yes.

Most problems occur when we say “yes” immediately. We then have to spend an inordinate amount of energy thinking of ways to get ourselves out of the commitment we made.

By saying “let me think about it” or “can I let you know later” gives you time to evaluate the offer and allows you to get back to what you were doing quicker.

6. Turn off notifications on your computer

For most of us, we still use computers to do our work. When you have email alert pop-ups and other notifications turned on, they will distract you no matter how strong you feel.

Turn them off and schedule email reviewing for times between doing your focused work. Doing this will give you a lot of time back because you will be able to remain focused on the work in front of you.

7. Find a quiet place to do your most important work

Most workplaces have meeting rooms that are vacant. If you do have important work to get done, ask if you can use one of those rooms and do your work there.

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You can close the door, put on your headphones and just focus on what is important. This is a great way to remove all the other, non-important, tasks demanding your attention and just focus on one piece of work.

The bottom line

Focusing on one piece of work at a time can be hard but the benefits to the amount of work you get done are worth it. You will make fewer mistakes, you will get more done and will feel a lot less tired at the end of the day.

Make a list of the four or five things you want to get done the next day before you finish your work for the day and when you start the day, begin at the top of the list with the first item.

Don’t start anything else until you have finished the first one and then move on to the second one. This one trick will help you to become way more productive.

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