My grades are not at a level which pleases me. Something must be done. Here are a few initiatives that I am installing into my life in order to maximize my efficiency. As you can tell, I'm a huge fan of alliteration. Regular Reviews I will strive to spend my free time each day reviewing the material that was gone over in my classes that same day. This way, I can stay on top of my work so that when it comes time for the next round of exams (in 2 weeks), I will be ready and won't be cramming.
Facebook Fridays. Until the end of this year (2009), I will only be checking my Facebook once a week. Caleb and I decided that this would be a great way to cut back on our usage, but stay connected at the same time. If deemed successful, this policy will most likely be extended to next semester.
Telephone at Ten From this moment onward, I will keep my cell phone OFF as much as possible. I may even begin leaving it in my room, treating it as if it were an old fashioned land-line telephone. I will however turn it on for 10 minutes at 10 PM each day to check any crucial messages. My reasoning is this: Phones mean social interaction. Social interaction means fun. Fun generally distracts me from my work. (That was meant to sound a little crazy. In this desperate time of preparation for approaching final exams, I've got to really watch how I am spending my time.) DISCLAIMER: This policy is waived in regards to phone use for anything relating to church, my job, extracurricular activities or *certain* personal relationships.
Television Trophies I have five shows that I really enjoy. A little Desperate Housewives to start the week right on Sunday night, a scandalous Monday night of Gossip Girl plus back-back episodes of How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory, Wednesdays full of Glee, and of course The Office on Thursdays. I have abstained from these shows for 2 weeks now. I will be using them as a reward system over the next few weeks. A day of hard work will warrant the opportunity to view one show. However, one week's show allotment is not to exceed 3 viewings.
These initiatives are just a start. If you have further ideas to help me structure my life and succeed, please feel free to recommend them by commenting on this post or emailing me at cbrentlane [at] gmail [dot] com.