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how to maximize your productivity and create habits
As we enter into February, you might have fallen off the wagon when it comes to keeping those new year’s resolutions. But that’s okay! The beginning of a new month can be the perfect time to refocus on the goals you set earlier. I’m sharing my tips with you on how I have learned to create habits, and use my time in the best way possible.
Start small. When you’re first creating your goals, you might want to take on a lot. But it’s best to start with things that you can actually attain. This way, you will build confidence, and can slowly take on more as you go.
Reward yourself. Whether it be a quick nap, or a small treat. When you have something to look forward to, you’ll be much more likely to complete your habits.
Manage your energy. If you know your super tired in the mornings, try to do your harder tasks at night. Knowing what type of energy you have at certain points in the day will help you stick to a schedule that will allow you do be the most productive.
Have a morning routine that you stick with. Whether this be meditation, a warm shower, or sitting at the table and eating breakfast. Having a routine that you follow every morning will help you feel prepared for the day.
scholarships, scholarships, and.. oh, more scholarships
Hey mohawks! I hope you’ve all been having a great week! This has been a stressful one for me. I’ve been trying to get on top of applying as many scholarships as I can, and a lot of deadlines are approaching. I’ve also been thinking about my final decision for college, but I’m not quite there yet. Anyway, since I’ve been super overwhelmed I’m sharing some tips that some underclassmen will hopefully put to use in the coming years!
Always, always, always keep an updated resume!
Remember that stupid naviance resume you had to fill out in 9th grade? That’s actually going to come in handy. When you’re a senior trying to remember what on earth you participated in and for how many hours, you’ll be happy you kept it updated! So be sure to log into naviance frequently and update it with volunteer hours, organizations, awards, etc! If you don’t want to use naviance, that’s okay too! Try using google docs. This is another easy way to create your own resume, and it will also give you the flexibility to add color, and other features that naviance doesn’t include. Google docs is also great because it’s accessible from any computer. I’ve linked an article below on how to create a resume, check it out. Additionally, this resume will be SO helpful with applying to colleges as well. And a professional resume can give you the edge you may need to get into your favorite university.
Make a to-do list
Be on the lookout for scholarships that are available. Keep a list of due dates and a to-do list for application processes. Many scholarships will require work from your guidance counselors, transcripts, ACT scores, etc. So a to-do list will help keep you organized so you don’t forget something important. You can find scholarships on naviance and also on our website.
Be on the lookout for scholarships, and apply to as many as you can
Start looking for scholarships early. There are a lot of great sites that can help you search for scholarships applicable to you. Additionally, when you find those scholarships, apply to them! The more you apply for, the better chance you have at being awarded one!
Keep all your old essays
That poem you wrote for your english class, a research paper for science, keep any essay or writing that you have done. Many scholarships require essays for applications, and you can reuse your old ones. You never know if you may come across a scholarships that has a question that fits an essay you already have. You may also be able to use old writings to add to your new essays. Again, I recommend google docs for this. You can save all your essays here and easily access them whenever you need!
Choosing to radiate positive energy
I think there are 3 main concepts in choosing to be positive in your life. I'm going to break them down for you.
1) What you focus on, creates your reality.
This is a simple concept, that I think many of us overlook. When something negative happens in our lives, we tend to dwell on it, and let it continue to upset us or hurt us even after it's over. If you take a second to think about that though, doesn't it seem unavailing? When we continue to focus on the negatives of the past, what is that doing to better us? The answer is nothing. What it's actually doing, is bogging us down. It allows that one negative encounter, to continue to affect your life even after it's over. So why do we choose to let what is done, control our future? As humans, we want to be perfect. But the truth is none of us can be. So when that negative experience occurs, we let it control our thoughts. The trick is to focus on the good. When something fun, exciting, or interesting happens, center your day around. Allow the feeling you felt in that moment, radiate from you the rest of the day. Allowing yourself to really take in the good, will help you to center yourself around it. And when something bad happens, let it go. You can't go back, you can't change it, but you can choose to let it control you, or you can control it.
Look for the good.
When you have a negative experience with someone, look for one thing you admire about them. Sometimes this can be challenging, but it's possible. When you focus on that one thing about them that you like, it becomes your reality. It's hard think about the good in someone, and still be angry or upset with them. If you can really center your thinking on the good, it becomes so much harder to dwell on the bad. And if you really, really, can't find the positive in them. Remove that person from your life. Don't waste time on people who offer you nothing but negatives.
Be the light & radiate it.
To be a light, you have to change your mindset. Center your life around the positives. When you do, it will show from the inside out. You have to realize that no one is perfect, including yourself. People make mistakes, and life doesn't always go the way we plan. Implement an optimistic attitude into your day to day life. Believe that good will happen, and pass good onto others. Smile. Show kindness, and gratitude. Most importantly, focus on the good in yourself, and in others. You'll be happier and your outlook will change!
Making the best of your 2018: a guide to creating goals & achieving them
-Make it about you. The most important thing about creating goals is that you do it for yourself. If you are self motivated, you are SO much more likely to do what you set out to do. So make goals that will make YOU happy and fulfilled.
Blogmas: Part 3
Holiday Hours (December 15 – Jan 1)
Monday – Sunday: 9a to 11p
Cost: $6.00 admission and $4.00 skate rental.
Sunday – Thursday – 5p – 9p
Friday & Saturday – 5p – 10p
Cost (general admission): Adults: Online $17 (Gate $19)
Child/Sr: Online $12 (Gate $13)
(Now through Dec. 30th)
Friday & Saturday 6-10p
(Now through Dec. 31st)
Sunday - Thursday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Friday - Saturday 5:30pm-10:00pm
Cost: 13$ per car load
(December 15-23 and 26-30)
5:00 to 8:00p
Cost: Free, but does not include $5 parking or food, retail items, zip lines, camel rides, museum exhibits, and shows.
Check website for showtimes and cost.
I’ve seen this play and I would highly recommend it!
Check website for showtimes and cost.
I’ve also watched this one and it was amazing!
I hope you all had a wonderful break, and got to enjoy time with your family and friends! I know I did. I went to two Thanksgivings so I got to eat tons of yummy food. On Friday, our history making football season came to an end. It was such an awesome ride, and I’m so glad I got to be apart of it for my senior year. I’m so proud of the football team and how hard they worked to make it this far. Over the rest of break I worked, shopped, and spent time with my family. Yesterday, we decorated my house for Christmas which is one of my favorite things to do! I absolutely love Christmas and the holiday season in general. Here’s to hoping these next three weeks of school and finals go by quickly!
The Best of Senior Year (so far)
I’m a quarter of the way through senior year, and with that comes applying to colleges, essays, scholarships, and big decisions. While this all can be overwhelming, it’s good to take a step back and appreciate everything that makes being a senior, and a mohawk so awesome.
Friends: This is the last year that your class will be together, so it’s important to make time with your friends.
Family: Realizing this could be your last year at home makes you appreciate them and all they’ve done for you a little extra.
Football: There’s so much to love about Friday night lights and the fact that our team is making history senior year makes it even better.
Classes: Taking a few more laid back classes has made this year feel a lot less stressful. Having free time to work on applications, hang out with friends, and focus on yourself has made everything feel a lot less overwhelming. If you can squeeze an aiding period, or an elective that you truly enjoy in your schedule senior year I highly recommend it!
I know it sounds cheesy, but you really need to take in every part of high school. Go to every game, participate, and have fun, because it goes by so fast!
PS) Be sure to come to the FIRST PLAYOFF GAME IN SCHOOL HISTORY for the Mohawks, Friday @ 7:30 at home! Be sure to purchase your pre-sale tickets for $8 Tuesday-Friday (8am-2:30pm) at the MJSHS Athletic Office or Wednesday and Thursday (5-7pm) in the field house community room.