Self-Management Skills

By Ann Lautrette | Collected resources to help improve self-management skills.

Does 'phone separation anxiety' really exist?

Researchers last week warned that nomophobia – a phobia of being without your smartphone – is affecting everyone<p>You know the feeling – you have left your phone at home and feel anxious, as if you have lost your connection to the world. “Nomophobia” (short for no-mobile phobia) affects teenagers and …

Anxiety

Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away

As laptops become smaller and more ubiquitous, and with the advent of tablets, the idea of taking notes by hand just seems old-fashioned to many students today. Typing your notes is faster — which comes in handy when there's a lot of information to take down. But it turns out there are still …

Teaching

Five proven hacks to help students tackle revision

We know more about the science of learning than ever, but too few pupils use these strategies when preparing for exams<p>We know more about the science of learning than ever. Working smarter involves using your time and energy efficiently, but many students still do not use many of the most effective …

Teaching

How lack of sleep affects the brain

<b>Scientists in Canada have launched what is set to become the world's largest study of the effects of lack of sleep on the brain.</b><p>A team, at Western University, Ontario, want people from all over the world to sign up online to do cognitive tests.<p>The specially devised computer games test skills such …

The Brain

Putting off the important things? It's not for the reasons you think

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do now, especially if you’re holding back in the hope of doing it properly<p>All you really need to succeed, according to the writer-philosopher Robert Pirsig, who died last month, is gumption. “Gumption is the psychic gasoline that keeps the whole thing …

Mind

Wake up! Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook are running our lives

We need to take these tech giants to task. They must acknowledge their influence and become truly accountable for their actions<p>Let’s say you woke up this morning and after stopping your alarm clock, asked it to play some get-up-and-go music. You go to make breakfast and see that you’re out of …

Facebook

Neil Robertson says video game addiction damaged snooker career

2010 World Champion was obsessed with Fifa and World of Warcraft ‘The years I had the 100 centuries, I should probably had around 120’<p>Australia’s former world snooker champion Neil Robertson says an addiction to video games across his career has harmed both his professional and personal life.<p>The …

League of Legends

What is a more effective way of taking notes - laptop or notepad?

Walk into any modern university lecture theatre and you can expect to see a wall of laptop lids, with students' eyes peering over them. Past research …

Simple Habit | Modern Mindfulness for Your Busy Life

BreakFree

<b>How many times a day do you think you check your phone? Once every hour? Once every 30 minutes? You most likely are wrong. Study shows that an</b> …

Appy New Year: the best apps to help you achieve your resolutions for 2017

Do you want to see more gigs, get more sleep, keep a diary, or learn a language this year? Here’s a roundup of the best goal-oriented apps<p><b>Stick to your reading goals</b><p><b>Bookout</b> <b>(iOS – free)</b><br>A common New Year resolution is a vow to read a new book every week and Bookout could keep your literary motivation …

Stephen Hawking

Smartphones are stealing our time. This new year, I want to claim it back

Apps offer an enticing temporary escape, but my resolution for 2017 is to swap Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram for facing real life head on<p>I sit with a friend having some seasonal drinks. The second she gets up to go to the toilet, I catch myself reaching for my smartphone. But instead of taking …

Emotions

Why time management is ruining our lives

All of our efforts to be more productive backfire – and only make us feel even busier and more stressed<p>The eternal human struggle to live meaningfully in the face of inevitable death entered its newest phase one Monday in the summer of 2007, when employees of Google gathered to hear a talk by a …

Time Management

The science of revision: nine ways pupils can revise for exams more effectively

Ditch the highlighter and teach a friend. Psychology shows us a lot about how to improve our memory and avoid distractions – here are some dos and don’ts<p>Six ways students can prepare for success on the day of an exam<p>The weeks and months leading up to exams can be challenging for students (and …

Teaching

Cheer corner: how to cope with the new world order (with kittens)

Breathe in ... and out. Here’s how we liveblogged all the lovely, heartwarming things that are happening in the world right now, plus some anti-anxiety tips

I spent years chasing perfection. Then I decided to embrace messiness

Trying to live out my upbringing as the perfect wife and mother left me sick, broke and alone. What if I tried all that I’d been afraid of instead?<p>Growing up in a mentally ill, violent, addiction-riddled home with Catholicism lurking, I was filled with fear. I never learned to look to myself for an …

Want to 'train your brain'? Forget apps, learn a musical instrument

Musical training can have a dramatic impact on your brain’s structure, enhancing your memory, spatial reasoning and language skills<p>The multimillion dollar brain training industry is under attack. In October 2014, a group of over 100 eminent neuroscientists and psychologists wrote an open letter …

The Brain

How sleep became the new must-have

Whereas once it was a mark of honour to exist on only a couple of hours’ sleep, now the opposite is true. But can good sleep really be bought?<p>If tiredness was measured in duvet togs I’d currently be at a winter-weight 13.5; my eyes made of crisps, my body a Frube. It’s been a long week, with a sick …

Wellness

Need to declutter? Don't bother

Rather than obsessing over tidiness, look for peace of mind whatever your surroundings, says Oliver Burkeman<p>It’s a mysterious truth of the digital era that we can build self-driving cars and astronauts can tweet from space – yet there’s still no half-decent, non-maddening system for organising the …

Self-discipline is overrated, so go easy on yourself

Too little self-control makes you impulsive and prone to taking dangerous risks, but too much isn’t great, either<p>Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed by work or other responsibilities, my first instinct is to make a plan. This usually involves drawing up a schedule of rigid severity. I’ll get up an …

Ten tips for a better work-life balance

If you’re happy working every hour God sends, good for you. If not, here’s some advice on how to give your wellbeing a boost along with your career<p>1. Step away from the email<p>Earlier this year, a report circulated that a French law banned employees from checking work emails after 6pm. It wasn’t true …

20 Successful Traits of a Good Student

According to Pablo Picasso, “action is the fundamental key to success.” You don’t only sit there and wait for the success to come. It is about taking …

5 Lessons You Won’t Learn About Entrepreneurship in a Classroom

No disrespect to higher education. Don't get me wrong, I believe in getting a University degree and I <i>do</i> have my degree in business and economics. …

How to do the most work in the shortest time

Here are eight simple rules to be time-efficient (so you can do some really focused work when you’ve finished). What are you waiting for?<p>We are designed by evolution to be busy. That’s OK for the caveman, who needs to feed himself; not OK for you in the 21st-century when you have to deal with an …

Time Management

The science of learning: five classic studies

Want to know how to learn better? Here’s what psychologists have discovered about the mental processes involved<p>A few classic studies help to define the way we think about the science of learning. A classic study isn’t classic just because it uncovered a new fact, but because it neatly demonstrates …

The Brain

Why do you leave things until the last minute?

The number of people trying to register to vote in the EU referendum, moments before the deadline, caused the site to crash. Why do some of us procrastinate – and can it ever be helpful?<p>It’s been three years coming, yet on Tuesday night, thousands of us had spent too long chillin and chattin to get …

How physical exercise makes your brain work better

Research shows different activities have quite specific mental effects – here’s how moving your body could sharpen your ideas<p>The brain is often described as being “like a muscle”. It’s a comparison that props up the brain training industry and keeps school children hunched over desks. We judge …

The Brain

How to beat procrastination and get more productive with your work

Douglas Adams - author of <i>The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy</i> - once famously said: “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they …

How much sleep do I need?

The amount of sleep adults need has once again come under the spotlight, with a recent Wall Street Journal article suggesting seven hours sleep is …

Wellness