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Here’s how to make life decisions if you are a student.

Here’s how to make life decisions if you are a student.

Decisions, decisions, decisions, we are making decisions 24/7. Would you have coffee now or later? Burger or salad? Pants or skirt? Am I going out or staying in? Every day we are struggling with decisions and of course we want to make the right ones, sometimes that can be a little bit harder, to be able to see all the positive or negative effects that something will bring to you and your life.

We are used to hearing people saying: do this or don’t, asking friends and mentors for advice and even doing some tests online just to double check if we are right but well, this is something everybody goes thru.

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Choosing a degree

To keep studying and getting a degree is the most common option young people take. If you are thinking about choosing a degree there are several aspects to consider, luckily you have come to the right place. The most poetic advice is to listen to your heart and I mean that’s a fantastic start.

But if you are still having doubts, you can search and read useful information that can help you to choose a degree and make everything clearer for you, especially in that stage of your life. There are many apps like Clearing, a course search engine with useful information to help you make up your mind.

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A similar option that freshmen take, is to look for some universities abroad and enjoy the experiences of living in a new place and getting a degree or even a master’s degree at the same time. This experience can bring a lot of benefits into our lives; you can have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life and learn about new cultures.

Stop worrying too much.

Now, you might have been living alone for quite a while or it could be that you are still living with your parents. If you are already living alone, then you have manage to live on your own and congrats for that, no matter if you are still cooking instants soups. If you’re still with your old folks, it may be a little bit difficult to do the transit to your own apartment. It’s a bittersweet moment of life when the excitement for everything waiting to be discovered meets the uncertainty of the unknown.

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But that will pass. It will take time, but it’s nothing that Netflix won’t fix. Like the North Carolina Home Builder‘s say, preparing to buy your first home can be overwhelming, but you need to be financially prepared, that’s why many young people have trouble, because they do not plan ahead for it.

It’s ok to allow yourself to feel homesick sometimes, but it can be exhaustive if you let the feeling in for too long. There are thousands of students just like you. If you are experiencing something like this, it is time for you (after a good nap if you have time for one) to  jump into the shower, dress up, and go for a walk.

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You can go to the community room if your school has one, to a little pub just around the corner if you are studying in a small town, or you can check out some concerts available on the next days in your city. If you want some more tips, you can also check this list for dealing with homesickness.

If you are planning on living on the university campus, you can search for some ideas of colleges with the best dorms, ‘cus let’s face it, nobody wants to spend most of his or her time somewhere he or she feels like they don’t belong.

Also with all the new rising awareness of sexual assaults on the campus, it’s time for men and women to walk with their eyes open to everything you may face with the frats or faculties. Here are further some tips. You never know when you are going to need this advice, so better be ready than sorry.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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