So, I know what this looks like… recipe planning of some sort?! Well, kinda. This is typically how I balance blogging and my studies. Trying to cram so much stuff into one day can be quite the challenge but I have been able to manage thus far. People question whether or not one can truly multi-task, I guess it depends on the tasks at hand! I am a firm believer that dividing your attention between studying and other activities is just inefficient. It’s hard to study the notes on your page while managing other responsibilities. Us college kids, or should I say young adults, perform this juggling act on a daily basis. Go ahead, give yourself a pat on the back because you are doing awesome! Growing up is scary and no one can really prepare you for all of life’s obstacles. Your parents, professors, and older siblings can definitely warn you, but actually encountering these new, adult-like responsibilities is enough to throw anyone off balance. It is comforting to know that you are not alone!
Whenever I feel like I have too much on my plate- like during a busy week- I find myself multi-tasking with studying, grad school applications, and blogging. Like I said before, this isn’t very effective. If you spread yourself thin you’re unable to put forth your full attention and effort into the immediate activity. This is when performance struggles. But one important lesson I have learned over the years was a simple piece of advice my older sister Katherine shared with me. She said, “wherever you are, be all there”…
This advice is the key to success. Rather than trying to do everything at once I decided I would set aside time blocks for each of my activities. There is a time for school/studying, cooking, taking care of yourself, and leisure time. If you can give yourself a blocked out time slot for each of the things you want every day, and stick to that schedule, you will find that you are way less stressed. Having experienced this first hand, I came up with some simple study rules for myself:
1) Space Things Out: distribute your practice over the course of a few days. Set a number of hours each day that you can devote to studying, or to the task at hand, and stick to that responsibility. Do this in reasonable time amounts over the course of a few days. This will leave you feeling accomplished but not overwhelmed.
2) Make The Material Meaningful: Don’t just skim over passages and mindlessly read over notes. Make the material you are attending to meaningful- make it make sense to you. If you elaborate on what you are doing you will be able to better recall the information later because it truly makes sense.
3) Take Care of Your Brain: Your brain is a machine and requires a lot of energy daily simply resting. Imagine what it consumes when you are putting your noggin to work! Give yourself a healthy study snack to provide your brain energy while at work.
With that being said, I have provided a healthy study snack recipe to try out! It is a spiced up version of those toasted chickpeas I recently made. So whip yourself up a batch and try out these tips and I am sure you will see some success!
-1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas
-1 Tbsp olive oil
-1/2 tsp ground cumin
-1/2 tsp chipotle chili pepper
-1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drain and rinse your chickpeas well and spread over a dish towel to dry (you can use another dish towel to dry them faster). Allow these to dry for 15 minutes or more (the dryer they are the crunchier they get!). In a small bowl combine ground cumin, chipotle chili pepper, and salt and stir until fully mixed. After chickpeas have dried, lay them on a cookie sheet and place in the oven for 16 minutes. After this, move them to a mixing bowl, drizzle with olive oil and mix well. While stirring, pour some of the spice mixture over the chickpeas. Do this until all the seasonings are used and the chickpeas are evenly coated. Spread them evenly across the cookie sheet, sprinkle a little more seasonings on them, and place in the oven. Cook for 15 minutes, toss chickpeas, then cook for another 5 minutes. Once chickpeas are done, remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Serve right away or store at room temperature.