The Ziegarnik Effect: Why you should never just ‘study’ or ‘revise’

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Have you ever said to yourself “I really need to study” or “I need to start revising” and days or weeks later you still hadn’t started but it had been weighing heavily on your mind all that time?
The problem with telling yourself to study or revise is that these tasks are too vague and they have no end point to them. […]

The Micromovement Method: A fun way for busy people to get things done

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I recently came across a great technique to help busy people get things done. In the book “Juicy Pens Thirsty Paper” bestselling author Sark presents the idea of working in “micro movements”.
Whilst her book is aimed at people who want to write a book, you can use this technique to help you complete any project in a fun and creative […]

How to strengthen your self control muscle: Part 1

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Well, here it is! Our latest mindmap on self control. In my last blog post I wrote about how psychological researchers have found self control to be a major factor that leads to academic and life success. In fact some scholars even claim it’s our number 1 success strategy.
Since there’s so much to this area, I’ll […]

Improve Your Focus: Outsourcing Self Control

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Image by Ruby RoseA few months ago I came across this picture that several friends had shared on Facebook (courtesy of Ruby Rose). Many people identified with this image making comments along the lines of –

“So sad but TRUE!”
Sites like Facebook, YouTube and Tumblr are incredibly addictive.
Deep down we all know we should be working towards our long term goals. But […]