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How to Eliminate Distractions

How to Eliminate Distractions - The Guide to Staying Focused

While writing this blog post alone, I checked my phone, fixed the time on my clock, peeled off nail polish, wrote a job application and made my bed. When left to my own devices during a long winter break in which all of the “to-do” tasks are not mandatory, but rather tasks I have brought upon myself, I find it very difficult to conquer distractions. But, I’ve certainly gotten a lot better as of late. The ability to eliminate distractions is both inherent and learned, and there are a lot of things to be done in order to eliminate distractions without turning everything into a procrastination session. Let me explain…

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How to Take Control of Your Life

How to Take Control of Your Life - Taking Control of Your Life // eyeliner wings & pretty things

My desk is almost to the point of being unusable. I am typing with my laptop dangling off of the edge with my arm leaning on a notebook. The notebook is filled with a list of ways I might be able to add another minor to my plate in my last semester of senior year. My desk is also full of six sticky notes with reminders and notes to myself, my planner, a to-do list, another to-do list, two bananas, a master to-do list, a journal, an open textbook with the reading assignment not yet completed, two workouts I printed but have not done, a magazine, a night cream sample and a mirror, which also has a sticky note stuck to it, reminding me to do laundry.

With all of that being said, and wow, it’s a lot, I feel like I’m seriously taking control of my life. These past few weeks have been incredibly busy and overwhelming, but I feel¬†powerful. The upcoming weeks are no better. Taking control of your life doesn’t always mean having a clean desk, an empty calendar and everything figured out. In fact, that’s a rare thing in life.¬†Chaos can’t necessarily be avoided, but taking control of your life can certainly make managing the chaos a lot easier. Here are a few ways to do just that.

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How to Survive Being Home for the Summer

How to Survive Being Home for the summer - Being home from college in the summer - ew & pt

Whenever I’m home from college for the summer I encounter a lot of dilemmas:

  1. I now have to answer to my parents and they want to know where I am whereas, in college, I could be wherever whenever and only had to call them once a week.
  2. I’m away from all of my close proximity college friends and am given a huge expanse of free time.
  3. I spend way more money than I did while I was in college. Who knew ice cream and shopping trips could add up so quickly?!
  4. I’m so freaking bored and have endless amounts of time and nothing to do with it and thus fall into a bottomless pit of unproductiveness.

I know, I just spooked you for the summer. You’ve got a sense of dread that used to just be joy because finals are almost over. It’s okay, though! Being home for the summer isn’t a bad thing, but it will take some adjusting. Here’s how to survive being home for the summer without losing your sanity and productivity.

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12 Ways to Master Small Talk

12 Ways to Master Small Talk - How to Master Small Talk - Guide to Making Conversation // ew & pt

If there’s one thing you will be forced to take part in no matter what age you are, it’s small talk. Learn how to master small talk and you shall prosper. Well, probably. It takes two people to have a conversation (unless you’re talking to yourself), so remember you can only do so much when it comes to good conversation.

Lately, I’ve been preparing for a lot of small talk. Next weekend I’ll be attending a wedding as a plus-one date and a few weeks later I’ll be starting a new internship and meeting plenty of new people. Small talk is often dreaded, but it’s necessary and easy once you get the hang of it.

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