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6 Tools to Help You Save Time Writing

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6 Tools to Help You Save Time Writing

When several professors assign you papers at the same time and you have lots of other studying to do, time-management skills become essential. The Internet is an environment full of distractions, but you can make it work to your benefit if you know which tools and apps to use. Now more and more tools and apps are emerging and it’s silly not to use them. Of course you should not forget about traditional ways of education. But adding modern tools to this process will bring a lot of benefits.  Using the tools in this article will help you write more efficiently and effectively.

1. Writinghouse.org

Being forced to pay attention to the required reference style can be tormenting and time consuming when writing papers. Citation generator Writinghouse.org will save you a lot of time and stress by enabling you to automatically implement APA, Chicago or MLA style for free.

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    2. Focus Writer

    This is the site to turn to if you have trouble staying offline while working on academic papers. Being able to write in a clean space with a subtly hidden user interface will make your brain sharper and more creative, and help you write more quickly.

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      3.  Tutorsclass

      We all know that studying can be difficult sometimes. So it may be better to ask for help than waist time trying to understand the subject yourself. And there is no doubt that studying and communicating with a tutor online is much more convenient than going to teachers or schools outside. Because this way you save your time, you study in more convenient environment for you and you have more information about the teacher you choose. Also you can use this tool to teach other student if  you think you are an expert in some subject.

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        4. Write Monkey

        If you don’t like using the mouse while working on a paper, you will love Write Monkey. By enabling you to use keyboard shortcuts, this tool makes the writing process up to 30 percent faster. Not having to move your hands away from the keyword while writing increases your effectiveness as soon as you get used to the shortcuts.

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          5. Omm Writer

          As its name implies, this is a zen environment that keeps the mind focused on the task it performs at the moment. Omm Writer is useful for students, no matter what type of paper they are working on. The free version is enough, although the paid version provides more calming theme alternatives.

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            6. Q10

            Keeping your mind free of interferences during the writing process is not an easy. The simple user interface of Q10 creates a clean environment that eliminates unnecessary distractions. All functions are accessible through keyboard shortcuts, which allow you to write faster and follow the flow of your thoughts.

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              7. WriteRoom

              WriteRoom will calm your fears that you could lose everything you have written. It includes safe and reliable backup and synchronization options that end your paranoid thoughts during writing. Besides those cool features, WriteRoom is also a great environment for writing, which keeps all distractions away and helps you stay focused on your work.

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                Students have a lot of plans and tasks, and time-management is not a skill most of them are good at. All these tools are free so there are no obstacles to use them. All the student need to advance his or her educational process is to have access to the Internet and  to be patient and hard-working.

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                With the help of these tools, students can save a lot of time on their academic writing tasks. This time then can be used for studying for exams. When you use the tools listed, you will find that you can find time for every academic challenge you face.

                 

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                How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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                How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

                Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

                Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

                The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

                Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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                Program Your Own Algorithms

                Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

                Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

                By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

                How to Form a Ritual

                I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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                Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

                1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
                2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
                3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
                4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

                Ways to Use a Ritual

                Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

                1. Waking Up

                Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

                2. Web Usage

                How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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                3. Reading

                How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

                4. Friendliness

                Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

                5. Working

                One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

                6. Going to the gym

                If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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                7. Exercise

                Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

                8. Sleeping

                Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

                8. Weekly Reviews

                The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

                Final Thoughts

                We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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