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Blocking Sundays for Personal Time

You have seven days a week, five of which are spent on work if you have a full-time job. If you have side hustles, work might also be infringing on your weekends, leaving you with little room to recharge and prepare for yet another work week. It feels like your job never gets done, and you don’t have time to breathe.

If this is the lifestyle you’re used to, you’re one overtime away from burnout. It’s time to start being kind to yourself, and Sunday is the perfect way to do this.

Sundays Are for Family Catch-ups

If you think it’s hard to gather the family around the dinner table on weekdays, the day to do it is on Sunday. Everyone is busy with work and school the rest of the week, and on Saturday, all they want to do is stay in bed or hang out with friends. You’d probably use this time for a lash lift, a spa treatment, or a decluttering of your room in Salt Lake City. With everyone doing their own thing, even though it’s the weekend, it’s hard to share a meal. But not to worry. Sunday is a day away, and it’s when people prefer to stay home, sleep in, and think about the looming weekdays. It’s the perfect time to complete your cycle of relaxation with your family around you.

Sundays Are for Self-care

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Whether you’re into yoga, meal prepping, or coloring, Sunday is the perfect day to think of nothing else but yourself. On workdays, you’re glued to your e-mail and your computer that you hardly have any time to look around you, much less look at yourself and think about what you need. Your weekend is an excellent way to get in tune with your self and to address any issues that might be bothering you. This way, you will not bring over your stress to the next week, so you will be able to start anew. When you don’t deal with these issues and leave them unresolved for a long time, the anxiety that you’re holding on to will also grow.

Sundays Are for Saying No

As much as you want to go to every party that your friends invite you to, if you want some time for yourself, go ahead and say no. Decline those invitations to a shopping spree, which will only lead to you spending most of your weekly budget anyway. All the emails you don’t intend to reply to? Delete them. Do this for the messages on your phone, as well. Stay away from social media so that you will not feel like you’re missing out. The best form of self-care need not cost anything. Just know what you want to do and what you don’t want to do, and respond accordingly.

It might seem like a big decision to block Sundays for your personal needs, but in the long run, this will keep you productive and happy. No matter how busy the rest of your week goes, you’ll always have one day to think of nothing else but your own needs.

E-Learning

Optimized Online Learning: Best Practices for Your eLearning Studies

Online courses and programs have become more and more common, and for good reason: it’s convenient for students and even professionals who wish to study at the comforts of their home, and can reduce the costs for both the enrollees and the school (as they no longer need rooms and other physical assets and overhead costs). However, many are still failing their online courses, with some studies showing around 50% failure rate in internet-enrolled courses.

So, whether you’re taking an online course on certain languages such as Japanese or Mandarin, or studying a full program to get your paralegal certificate through paralegal online schools, it’s important that you develop good study habits and follow these tips so that you won’t only pass the course, but also make the most out of your online schooling experience:

Meet the (Technical) Requirements

By requirements, we don’t mean the projects and other assignments assigned to you, but even before you enroll in your online course, you should make sure that you meet the technical requirements of the course. Before you enroll, it’s important that you have a stable internet connection, and the necessary devices (computer/laptop, webcam, scanner) needed for your course. Many students end up failing either because they’re not able to get their modules or attend the live classes due to technical issues. More importantly, your daily schedule should allow you to take the online class or courses — if you’re working part-time or full-time, make sure that your work schedule doesn’t cross with your work schedule.

Time Management

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You should treat your online course like an actual job wherein you have to manage your time properly, and also schedule your projects, assignments, and other requirements wisely. If you’re both working or busy at home and taking an online course, you’ll want to plot out your weekly schedule and stick to it. You’d also have to allocate time for studying for your online course’s exams.

Optimize Your Study Space

One reason why classrooms are conducive for learning is that they’re designed for minimal to zero distraction. So, when you’re doing your online course or study, make sure that you have a designated work or study space that’s free from food, videos, games, and noise. You’d want to be “in the zone” physically and mentally, so find a good quiet spot at home with a desk and ample lighting and a comfortable temperature, and let that be your designated study space.

Participate

This may be the most underrated study habit, but active participation both in online studies and in the classroom can help you learn more. When you actively join in on the online class by asking or answering questions can help you better understand, be more involved, and be more motivated in class. If your course is more module-oriented, then don’t hesitate to ask your instructors for tips and other clarifications if there are any.

Conclusion

Online courses and programs are a gift. They allow you to study, learn and even be certified without leaving your home, letting you take care of household chores, take care of kids, or even get a part-time job easily. But as with all gifts, we shouldn’t take them for granted, so it’s best to take these study tips and habits at heart so you can succeed in whichever online course you’re enrolled to, and get the most out of it.