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More on Procrastination

Hey Guys! It’s Wellness Wednesday once again and today we’re going to look deeper into the topic we touched on last week–Procrastination.

This can be such a big problem for people, because honestly sometimes it can be so comforting pushing off a major assignment till “later.” The problem with this is, it always comes back to bite you when the time you set aside for that thing is suddenly occupied by something else. You see, it really is best to do things as early as you can.

So, how do you beat the procrastination devil when it’s breathing down your neck that there’s a new series to watch or foosball to play?

  1. Just do it… NOW. – Stop planning how you’re going to do it and just jump right in. Sometimes, it has to be a now or never thing.
  2. Kill the distractions–Yes that means Facebook and the rest. Kill them with fire.
  3. Be Prepared– Have the knowledge you need to do the task, so you don’t get discouraged because you’re totally clueless about what you have to do.
  4. Rest Strategically – Sometimes you just need a quick break to get yourself buzzed enough to work. So a power nap to prepare you to work is allowed.
  5. Set a  Deadline – If there were no deadlines, procrastinating would not even be an issue, but since we do have deadlines for things we have to do, setting personal deadlines can push you to work. Tip: Set your deadlines as early as possible before the actual deadline.
  6. Chop it up – If the task you have to do looks big and scary, break it down into small tasks. This way, you get to check things off your list more often, which can be very motivating
  7. Think about the pros and cons – What will happen if you do your work on time as opposed to submitting late? Ask yourself questions like this
  8. Have a reward ready – Pizza or a long nap, we all have things we love. Reward your hard-working, non procrastinating self with a treat at the end of the task.

Happy concrastinating not procrastinating!

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The College Essay Struggles

It is that time of the year when almost all second years are cradling their laptops, editing and over editing their college essays. It is really difficult going through this time because you’re never really sure what’s going to happen. What if colleges don’t like your essay? What if your essay sends the wrong message?

Don’t go through it alone. Talk to anyone who you trust and that will listen.It’s way better than panicking all by yourself. Whether you are applying ED, RD or doing something else, the second years all share this worry about the future. We shall go through it as a community and come out smiling. Have a good support system with your friends. Give each other feedback on your applications. And most of all remember that everything will be fine in the end.

Seconds years, don’t stress, unite with friends! First years please support your second years as they are going through nerve-wracking times. Buy them sweets! Make their beds if you can! Just show them love!

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Tomorrow is SAT-urday

It’s the best of times it’s the worst of times. It’s a Saturday spent glued to a chair doing a test that seems to be able to determine your future no matter what anyone says. Tomorrow, second years will be writing the SAT’s

In case somehow, you’ve been lucky enough to avoid this topic, SAT stands for scholastic aptitude test and is a standardized test that many US colleges use to make decisions about applications. Also, they feature in every highschooler’s nightmares at least once.

But it’s not that bad, honestly. It’s just a test. Yes it could make or break you getting into a college of your choice, but the best way to face it is with poise and tranquility. This is advice to both overanxious firsties and the second years. Chill. Obviously you must study for them and do your best, but don’t kill yourselves.

Second years, errythang will be fine. If you want to go to college, you will and you will make the best of it wherever you go! So smile and be calm tonight,  and enjoy yourselves tomorrow afternoon no matter what happens!


Goodluck to everyone taking the SAT’s tomorrow! 

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The Adventures of HKM

Hey Guys!

ALAians Media is piloting a new web comic. We hope it at least makes you say L-O-L with a straight face :D

Just click on the comic strip below :D

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Happy Birthday Mr. Adler!!

mr adlerHappy Birthday!!Thank you for being a great advisory father as well as offering useful financial advice to all second years. Advisory lunch is never the same without you
From your advisory family: Ms Kofo,Roua,Rebecca,Jean Pierre,Shanice,Zacky,Zviko and Nkanyiso‎.
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Wellness Wednesday: Time Management and Procrastination

Hey folks, it the middle of the week and you know what that means- Wellness Wednesday’s here again! This Wednesday is dedicated to the twins that are Time Management and Procrastination. Heard of them? They don’t really get along. When Time Management is good, Procrastination gets upset and hides, but comes out to play when Time Management decides to misbehave.

So, what is Time Management?images (1)

Time management is the ability to use one’s time effectively or productively, especially at work. As a member of ALA, this means carving out time for both work and play. That’s right…in ALA it’s good to balance things out, have time to study for that Econ test but also have time to watch the new episode of The Vampire Diaries.

Why pay attention to Time Management?

Here’s a nifty trick to get people to do something, show the downsides of not doing something and that should get more people on board to do stuff (you’re welcome…this will come in handy in E.L)

Not managing your time well has many downsides. Some of which are: missing out on glorious sleep to catch up with work (or leisure), being disorganized (it’s not a pretty sight) and a lower quality of work produced (no one wants to get a “D” on a Maths test because they didn’t set aside enough time to study).

On the brighter side of things, there are many perks to managing time wisely: lower stress levels, adequate sleeping hours, having time for leisure, good quality of work (and play) and lower stress levels (yes…it’s repeated for emphasis).

How can you manage your time wisely?

After looking at the benefits of good time management and the consequences of  bad time management, you should all want to manage their time wisely (we hope.) So, here are some ways to effectively manage time:

1. Have some sort of timetable to plan how you spend your time out of school hours each week. Prioritize work and play based on importance, deadlines and the time it will take to do them effectively.

2. Use times already allocated to work (classes, prep) effectively so that those assignments and tests don’t come haunting you during a Tamasha party or open mic event.

On to the next one,

Procrastination.

What is procrastination?

Besides being something you really don’t want to do whilst in ALA (and most other places), procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing something. Remember you going to study for that biology test in the next five minutes that turned into the next ten, then an hour, then a day and–oh look there’s a test paper in front of you! That was you procrastination at work.

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Why shouldn’t you procrastinate?

Let’s try drawing up mental chain, shall we? Procrastinating leads to piling up things, which leads to stress, which leads to low quality work (and play), which leads to mediocre results (which we don’t want none of) and finally to disappointment (and no one like being disappointed, especially by themselves.)

How can you avoid procrastination?

1. Remember the part that talks about “how can you manage your time wisely?”? This is a good time to scroll back up and read it again.

2. Visualize the advantages of doing something right now rather than later. It’s much better to  be struggling to stay up to watch a movie than to do your homework, so do that work. Don’t procrastinate!

Good Luck with your Time Management, and with avoiding procrastination! Know any other ways to manage time wisely and to not procrastinate? Share, Share!

Have a great Wellness Wednesday!

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