Archive for March, 2010

Sunday Ritual and Work Shutdown Ritual Results

March 19, 2010

Hello all!

So, in the second meeting Carolyn and I discussed these two types of rituals.

Here are our thoughts on each one:


They’re pretty basic and straightforward. I may have a problem remembering to do it. Fighting the urge to just collapse and go to sleep may be a problem.


These two techniques seem pretty simple but that could be  a problem if I underestimate the time required. I am excited however to see if these two rituals work very well and decrease stress.

So, here are what we are going to do for the next couple of weeks:


Sunday Ritual

Pretty much the normal routine. Eat breakfast, walk, go to library, review calendar, and watch a movie.


Wake up, eat, read a book, go to the library to review calendar, and hang out  with roommate.

Work Shutdown Ritual


Check lists, brainstorm for anything the next day, say magic words, and then read for the night.


review planner, say “Stop”, read a book and watch television.

These are definitely tentative and will probably be much more complex as it develops.

Till next time,

Natasha and Carolyn 🙂

Time Blocking with Carolyn

March 19, 2010

In theory,  time blocking sounds like a pretty good idea,  and maybe it is.  Unfortunately for a former procrastinator and perpetual worrywart such as myself,  it radiates that familiar feeling of “I’m forgetting something,  aren’t I?”

While time blocking gave my schedule a welcome sense of organization,  I consistently felt as though I was failing to accomplish all that I needed to do.  There were also occaisons where I discovered I actually didn’t have anything to do during the time I had allotted.  This left me feeling somewhat addled and unorganized.

While I’m going to continue time blocking,  I think I’m going to make it more flexible and totally change it.  I might consider making it vary week to week due to the ever changing nature of college life.  Finally,  I’m going to make it adhere more to my personality.  As of yet,  I’m just not totally comfortable with time-blocking as my dominant scheduling method.

Plan for the remaining weeks…

March 18, 2010

Hello Spartans!

Phew! I cannot believe spring is nearly here. With that being said, I wanted to lay out for you topics for the remaining weeks.




Carolyn and I will explore these two rituals and implement them into our academic lives for the next two weeks.

Week 2

Work  Galore!

Topics: Hard vs. Hard to Do Work,  Hard Days, and Pseudo Work

Do you ever feel stressed when studying for 10 hours? Well, of course you do!  In this week, we’ll look at Cal’ s ideas on hard work, pseudo work, and hard days. This stuff is so beneficial, you cannot miss it!

Week 3

Deadlines, Deadlines, Hear all about it!

Topics: Retreating Deadline and Test Prep Strategies

Ever imagining no studying the night before an exam? Well, now you can with these two topics. We discuss these topics in detail. Currently, I am working on this now so I will be able to share my experience in this as well.

Week 4

No Drawing Allowed (unless you’re an art major)

Topics: Note taking and Project Folders

Focus on different types of note taking and how to organize tests. Perfect for upcoming finals week!

This is a tentative schedule for the next few weeks. More posts to come very soon!

Till next time,

Natasha 🙂

capture and control: natasha

March 18, 2010

Hello fellow Spartans!

So, for the past few weeks Carolyn and I have had our time blocking and scheduling assignments. In this post, I will focus on my experience, then Carolyn will reflect on hers later on.

It is a very hard thing to time block and keep on schedule. I am still adjusting this schedule as of now, but I have also learned three crucial lessons:

1) USE empty time spaces to your advantage.

I have Russian at 1:50 and my writing class ends at 11:40. By doing a bit of homework before Russian or afterward, I don’t need to worry about it as much. I review Russian exercises and the book as well during these times.

2) These time spaces can be used together or apart.

Now, I  sometimes do Russian homework after class at 3 p.m. Then, I may go over the homework and study a bit the next day before class. If the class is HARD, this is a good option because you can double check errors on the assignments.

3) Dear self, check yourself.

Sometimes I would need to spend extra time because I did not check each class during  its time slot. I thought I just remembered the assignment, but I was wrong. Also, you need to review the schedule frequently to remember it, unless its before or after a class. I recommend placing a schedule in paper and online (as a blog post or other website) so you have more than spot to check.  Classes with fluid reading assignments means you should check the syllabus during the appointed time slot.

Overall, Capture and Control takes real, honest effort. However, my awareness through this study is progressing as I move along.

Till next time,

Natasha 🙂