Gaining momentum [B-School, Italy]

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I started studying to improve how consistent I am with my goals, to better my study methods and my general cognition, knowing that these (meta) skills will be more valuable than ever in the world to come.

Obviously I'm also interested in the doors having a degree will open, although this is secondary to using university as a feedback system to improve said skills.

Moreover I'm still on the path of getting to know myself more and more, in order to find the best fit for my work life to come.

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So far I've improved enormously. Until a couple years ago I was totally addicted to digital entertainment: from tv shows to online dating, from pornography to texting. These behaviours got so bad that I felt demented. On an average day I wouldn't even have known which day it was, let alone have any idea where I was headed on the longterm.

I started fixing my dysfunctional behaviours before starting university. At that time the situation was much better, but I was still unable to push myself to study what I needed to and I was super inconsistent at all my longterm goals. I do tend to change my mind very easily. I'm very dispersive and love researching anything.

For example, I have a solid grasp of how to manage my lifestyle to be healthy and retain most of my cognitive skills despite aging. I know drugs and the human brain to the point I could list it in my CV.

The thing is: I would have much preferred to study stuff that can make me a living or work instead. It's cool to have hobbies and know a lot of interesting and borderline useful stuff.. but it's secondary to making a living, having an enjoyable job, being with people you appreciate and so on.

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So, I did the first year all-right, nothing spectacular. I could have done better. I tried and tested many study and learning ideas (hint: they were mostly useless and I would have done better just by focusing on studying like anybody else).

Back to us. My GPA is 3.4 and hopefully it will be slightly higher after I'll have my next exam.

During this year I'll need to catch on 3 courses that I didn't complete tho, while increasing my GPA (I aim at about 3.65).

I plan to do so by having an extra course for each semester. One course will be left out: I plan to study and have it during the summer.

I have to add the I'm an italian student, so our education system works differently (if I do any bad grammar mistake, please tell me).

I intend to stay tv shows free for the next 6 months or more. I'm keeping all my socials under control as well as anything digital related. Another goal of mine is to spend less time researching random things online, be more social in my day to day life, eat better, train smarter, meditate daily, and so on.

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I think it's important to improve the process I have to go through in order to reach my long-term goals.

In this case I'm working on improving:
0. Do not focus on researching stuff, focus on studying and as a side goal you can experiment with the following (and a few more) points.
1. my constancy (decreasing how often and how many days I take off)
2. my study volume (how many hours I can study per day, only 3-4 until now)
3. my study intensity (how can I retain what I read/study on the first go? how can I decrease how much time I need to finish studying?)
4. my study speed (how can I avoid any distracting thought while studying? how can I speed up how fast I read/study?)
5. how can I make my study time more enjoyable?

I found some hypothesis to be tested:
1. increase social engagement (this is one of the reasons I'm having this diary log); eliminate smartphone use until study time is completed; go to bed early, wake early; learn to have more fun and relax more during the off time; go studying somewhere else than your bedroom
2. stay offline longer, have better sleeping patterns, decrease overall stimulation in my daily life (this way the alternative to studying will be very close to studying and it will be easier to choose to study instead); go studying somewhere else than your bedroom
3. This is something I'm sure I can improve upon. It's strictly a method and practice matter. I'm confident that by studying more a better way to do so will emerge. I want to do more Active Recall practice, especially in my off time while I do other things
4. decrease how much I care about studying perfectly, do it in a less anal OCD way. Other avenues include: dual-n-back? fasting? But I have no idea whether it's possible to study faster than this for me honestly.
5. increase social engagement, keep it stimulating enough but not too much (anxiety, risk of failing because your goal is too high, etc.), aromatherapy; go studying somewhere else than your bedroom; research more about the topics you find interesting; start studying earlier so that you can study at your own pace; have solid relax time when you don't study; do not study the whole day, delineate clearly what you will dedicate your time about.

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So how will I put some of these things into action during the next days?

I'm trying to improve my workflow. I noticed my focus starts to swindle at about 12:30am and I want to find how to avoid this (I will try changing my eating pattern, going to bed earlier, restraining from taking bacopa monnieri, and coffee).

Moreover once I get home I keep failing at going back to study after lunch. I'll try to fix this by not using my smartphone at all until I'm done studying, it doesn't matter it's my lunch break. Also, I won't even step in my bedroom (or spend the least time possible inside).

I'm also waking up earlier (from 9:30-10 to 6:30-7am) as I noticed it makes me feel better, more engaged and more productive (yes, also a bit more nervous and irritable, but that's the price to pay to get things done I guess, and I enjoy feeling that way).

I created an online study group with people from my classes to increase my social engagement and I also opened this diary.

I have my next exam Wednesday of the next week. Wish me luck!

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Any advice is welcome, I hope it wasn't a boring read. Feel free to skim it.

More to come soon, with more details about my courses, grades, future courses, goal grades, ways to improve or put into action some idea I hinted about and much more.

Cheers,
Deco
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Wow! You seem very organised and motivated

Best of luck for the year ahead! :woo:
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Wow! You seem very organised and motivated

Best of luck for the year ahead! :woo:
Thank you, you are very kind

I read some other diary in this section and I noticed they are much more linear. It made me think that I keep overcomplicating things. So I'll try to keep it easier. I'll update it soon.

For the example I'd benefit more just by relaxing less and focusing more on studying more time. And yes, that's it.
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