Lessons from The Marshmallow Test: How to work in a world of instant gratification

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Marshmallow test
You’re not going to like what I’m about to say. Here goes!
They key to doing well at school (and in life) is to become comfortable with feeling uncomfortable.

The time has come to embrace boredom, anxiety, pain, and confusion.

Resist the urge to escape these uncomfortable mental states. Don’t distract yourself.
If you can […]

What to do when you can’t be bothered studying: The Do Something Principle

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The do something principle
I recently overheard a year 12 student say to her friend:

“I can’t be bothered studying English … I can’t be bothered studying maths or biology … I’ll just sit here and do nothing.”
I suspect that this student was feeling overwhelmed by everything she had to do.
And we all […]