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It’s Already November?!?

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It’s overwhelming when you realize how fast time goes by. I can’t even believe we’ve been in school for two months! I’m still grasping the fact that I’m a senior. After thinking about this I asked myself, “How do I make the most of my time?” Here’s the answers that I came up with:

1. Less screen time. Most iPhone users have the ability to check how long they are using their phones per day. My average screen time is over three hours per day. I’m not going to lie and say I was shocked by my results. I spend a lot of time mindlessly scrolling on my phone looking for nothing. This is time I could be spending doing something more productive, like getting a head start on a class project.


2. Live in the moment. There’s this unsaid pressure of capturing every single thing you do on camera. Go out and forget about having the perfect picture to post later.


3. The fear of missing out is real. There have been plenty of times I have had to stay in to do work on the weekends instead of going out with friends. At first I always felt like they were going to have the best time ever and I was missing out on something great. Then I realized there is always a next weekend and it will probably be virtually the same. Plus, getting work done early means the week ahead of me will go by smoothly.


4. Don’t save everything for Sunday. I typically do all of my homework for the following week on Sundays. I recently realized this isn’t the most effective way to work. I will be typing up papers and staring at a laptop screen for hours on end. By the time I get to my last assignment my brain is checked out. Going forward I am going to make an effort to try and evenly spread out my classwork on the weekends.


5. Don’t worry about the past. I spend a good chunk of my time thinking about things I wish I would have said or done differently. Focusing on minor mishaps in life is a waste of time and takes away from living in the present. I have to remember I can’t change the past, but I am in control of today.


6. Be the person your younger self would be proud of. Whenever I see a childhood photo of myself I think, “Would they be proud of who they are today?” I’d like to think they would be. I try my best to always listen to what people are saying and be present in the moment. It’s never a waste of time to be a good person.

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