Time tracking productivity boost

Time tracking productivity boost

Yesterday, I listened to the newest episode of CGP Grey and Myke Hurley’s podcast Cortex. In this episode, they talked about Toggl, which is a fairly easy and efficient time tracker website/app. As of writing this, I haven’t yet familiarized myself with all its functions, but...

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What works for you?

What works for you?

Of all things, I’ve started to have this Pavlovian response to Bossa Nova Jazz. I was having a particularly unproductive day, where I just sat by my computer from about 7 till 10, watching old Vlogbrothers videos from 2007. And I tried everything...

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Making time for deep work

Making time for deep work

Now that we’re off from uni for the holidays, I can’t really update you on what we’re doing at school lately (not that I’ve been sticking to the Sunday=weekly summary plan religiously). Therefore, I want to write about finding time for deep work during...

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10 questions to ask yourself before an exam

10 questions to ask yourself before an exam

At the time of writing this, I have precisely two months left until my cell biology exam. And although that may seem like a lot of time, I assure you, it isn’t. If I am to be able to get through all the learning goals before the end of Christmas, I have to...

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Trying out weird memorisation tools

Trying out weird memorisation tools

We’re already a week into the genetics part of the cell biology course, and even though we’re well into our fourth (!) book this semester, I thought I’d take my own advice and try out some spaced repetition. As I mentioned in my last post, our professor suggested a strange memorising tool, namely connecting biochemical processes to weird or even lewd concepts. I’ve decided to take this one step further, and combine three different tools for remembering, in this case, glycolysis.

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How I prioritise - Week 3 of the four-week project

How I prioritise - Week 3 of the four-week project

The belated third entry of the four-week project is here, and this week I’m discussing how to focus and prioritise as a first-year vet student. However, this can be applied to almost any type of university degree, or transition to a larger amount of coursework, as figuring out the 80/20 of your efforts, that being the 20 percent of work that produces 80 percent of the results, is hugely beneficial regardless of field.

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When the going gets tough, the tough work smarter

When the going gets tough, the tough work smarter

I’m not a huge believer in the saying «when the going gets tough, the tough gets going», and I very much subscribe to the engineering school of thought of finding smart solutions to repeated problems. If you find yourself struggling with the same thing day after day the best solution will never be gritting your teeth and simply “pushing through” whatever obstacle you’re facing, it is implementing a sustainable system to deal with it. This goes for almost any repeated issue, whether it is conflict at work, a leaky faucet, or that clothes pile on the chair in the corner. Today however, I’m taking on the daily annoyance of distractions and procrastination.

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What we're doing this week, and how I work with biochemistry

What we're doing this week, and how I work with biochemistry

Today marks my twentieth blog post on vettobe.com! I can’t believe how fast this autumn is going, it feels like it was September 1st yesterday. So since the Sunday posts are dedicated to the four-week project for the next three Sundays, I thought I’d give you a bit of an update about what we’re currently learning, and how I’m keeping up with my coursework.

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A quick note on decision fatigue

A quick note on decision fatigue

This entry will have to be short, but hopefully useful. It’s a sort of a hybrid between the weekly vet school summaries and the study techniques section. If I’m going to try to recap the week in two words, it would be microscopy courses. Three of them to be exact. This week has been mostly histology focused, and we’ve moved on from epithelium tissues to connective tissues. (We’ve also had an “aqua-day”, but I’m saving that for another entry.)

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How to stay motivated – on grit and stick-to-itiveness

How to stay motivated – on grit and stick-to-itiveness

Motivation is a lie. It’s a fleeting, unreliable source of energy, spurred on by whims in the middle of the night, or arbitrary dates like new-years-eve, or Mondays. This summer I vowed to build a bunch of nightstands and side tables after binge-watching about 50 “how it’s made” videos, and this guy on YouTube. Do you want to know how much carpentry I did this summer? You guessed it, none.

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How to spread your workload throughout the semester

How to spread your workload throughout the semester

So if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably had to deal with the procrastination monkey one too many times. Since we’re about to embark on one of the toughest subjects of the semester, which is basically cell biology, genetics, bio chemistry and histology combined, I’ve devised a plan to make my work load look more like this:

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Some more resources

Some more resources

The blog post on how to ace difficult subjects is going to have to wait, as the seniors pranked us today, and threw us a huge party. I’m pretty sure that I’m not allowed to tell what happened there, so therefore I’m just going to link you some of my favourite video resources.

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