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My Favourite Productivity & Studying Apps

Hi guys! Today, I’ll just be sharing some of my favourite apps for studying and productivity. 1. FocusTimer This app tracks the amount of time for which you are ‘focusing’ i.e. have your phone faced down. I love it because it deters me from using my phone when I’m meant to be doing work. You can also customise the number of reminders to take breaks and the notifications between intervals of using the app. I find that this app really motivates me as it allows me to set goals for how many hours I want to study per week, and I always end up trying my best (in most cases) to meet that goal. Using my phone during a session also interrupts the app and it actually makes me feel guilty for using my phone, so I’m able to keep phone usage during a study session to a minimum. Pros: You can create different “themes” or categories to separate your activities. For example, you can have a studying theme and a reading theme. It keeps track …

On burning out;

I think all students have been there. A school afternoon, sat at our desks and nothing is going into our head. A Saturday morning, when getting an extra few hours of sleep makes us feel guilty yet when we finally drag ourselves out of bed, there is no motivation to get anything done. Any time of day or night, exhausted. You’re probably burned out. That was me in 2016. The perceived need and expectation from both myself and others to do well in my preliminary courses that, ultimately, have no weighting on my final ATAR or what university courses I can get into or anything except people’s perceptions of me resulted in 4 or 5 hours of sleep, constant stress, lack of exercise and probably a bunch of negative impacts that accumulated into, in hindsight, serious burnout. In retrospect, I know that I was burned out at the time. But I was stuck in a perpetual cycle of internalizing other people’s expectations (which were based on previous academic achievements) and forcing myself to strive for unrealistically high …