Stop Procrastinating, Start Conquering


Every student deals with procrastination, but not many people know how to deal with it. Procrastination is like having a devil on your shoulder telling you everything you could do instead of your homework. Don’t worry, I’m here to give you tips to say goodbye to that little evil man on your shoulder!

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Stop Being a Perfectionist

Being a perfectionist myself, I understand the struggle of always wanting everything to be just right without a single flaw. However that is not always possible, and sometimes being a perfectionist can even hold you back. If you worked hard and did your best there is nothing more you can do. Don’t stay on the same paper or homework assignment correcting and checking it for the 100th time, when your time could be better utilized on something else! No one is perfect, that’s okay, just do your best.

Make Lists

I mentioned this in a previous post of mine, “How to Stay Organized Without Losing Your Mind”, but it really does help in so many different aspects of your life. It’s a method I swear by. In short just have a notebook or to-do list pad dedicated to making lists of everything you want to do within the day. This will work as a motivator constantly reminding you of what you need and want to do in the day, and the idea of being able to check everything off will push you to be more productive. Try it out for yourself, and I bet you will get more done in the day.

The 20-10 Method

This is a great method I learned about through Pinterest ,  (Shameless promo: Check out the GCC Pinterest for tons of inspiration!) The idea behind this method is to have a timer whether it be on your phone, an app you download, or there are even some webpages meant for this method. When you’re doing your work start the timer with 20 minutes on the clock, work for 20 minutes straight without interruption. When the timer goes off give yourself 10 minutes to relax and check your phone. Then go back to 20 minutes of working. Continue the loop until you get all of your tasks done! This is a great way to work instead of trying to do everything in one sitting and getting frustrated and exhausted.

Work When You’re Feeling Productive

This may sound simple but many people don’t do it! Whenever you feel productive, get down to work! Often people say ‘I’ll do my homework at this time’, but when that time rolls around they don’t feel like doing what they planned or they get distracted. So when you feel full of energy, and you’re looking for something to do, why not get some work done.

Do Your Favorites/Least Favorites First

This is a great way to snowball your productivity. Take your homework list and do the assignments you like the most (or in some cases make you the least miserable) and do that first. I would even recommend ranking your tasks from #1 to whatever, and go in that order. Doing your preferred tasks first will get you motivated, and you will be more likely to continue working. But you may prefer to do the least favorite things first, that way what you dislike or maybe your hardest course is out of the way, and the rest of your assignments won’t seem as bad. Either way, just have to figure out what works best for you.

You’ll always have those days where you’d rather do anything other than your responsibilities. Whenever you’re in a slump, apply these tips and let me know if you were more productive and if I helped you out. I love to hear feedback!

“Work hard in silence, let success be your noise.”

-Frank Ocean


Tips for Final Season with Funny Photos


Last day of classes! It’s finals time! These tips for studying and relaxing can most likely make a difference in your finals result and help you stay calm and be happy.

  • Manage time!!!


  • Study in intervals to refuse cramming


  • Study in groups only if it benefits you


  • Get enough sleep and avoid staying up all night


  • Do a little exercise to increase your energy level and reduce stress


  • Eat high-carb, high-fiber, and slow-digesting foods for your body


  • Drink water and eat fruits to help your brain


I hope that these photos have made you laugh. Now, it’s the time to beat the finals!

Spring Break Is Coming!


After tomorrow, the spring break is really coming! Have you already planned out your spring break? To make this year’s spring break fantastic and memorable, here are some tips to stay safe, healthy, and organizing.

  • Have a plan

First, know what you need and what you want. Go on a trip? Keep company with family? Get some rest? Or catch up on homework? Think about what you need and schedule out a plan to follow. Make sure you’re not missing anything.

  • Watch your step

The most important thing is your safety. There might be some fun but high-risk activities out there. Think one more time before making a decision about to do or not.

  • Protect yourself from the sun

Getting a little sunshine can bring a lot of benefits, but staying under the sun too much can also cause some problems. If you’re going on a beach or outside for a day, it’ll be always better to wear sunscreen all the time to protect your skin. You can also wear sunglasses for protecting your eyes.

  • Be active

You’ve probably been sitting in front of books and computers so much for school. It is time for you to get some exercise and relax your body. As the weather is getting much warmer, going hiking, walking, or swimming sounds like a good idea.

  • Eat healthy

Do some exercise, and also eat healthy. Because of college life, you’ve been probably not eating healthy. Now it’s the time to think about eating and have a variety of foods. Good nutrition should be a part of healthy lifestyle.

  • Do not forget about college

This is what I really want to say – don’t forget you’re still enrolled at college. Some students forget about college totally and give up on classes after spring break. Think about this spring break as a new beginning to make this semester better. Catch up on your missed homework and work ahead to make the future easier. If you think you’re failing one class, go to talk to the professor after spring break and see what you can do. Use this time as a physical and a mental break. Have fun, but also incorporate work that will go toward your future study and career.

Relax, refresh, and renew.

Have a nice break!


College Stress


If I had to give an incoming student advice about GCC, I would tell them that it is much different than high school and is your time to turn your life around. It’s not a time to goof off and just relax all the time like you may have in high school. You have to buckle down and get your work done and done on time.

Not all the teachers worry about you like they do in high school. You are on your own now, and how you plan your time is up to you. If you don’t get work done in time it is your own fault. Also you need to learn how to plan your time wisely. Study, study, study and review your notes that you took in class that night or sometime that week to keep the information fresh in your head.  Make sure you get to know your professors and make sure they know who you are.

Make sure you come to class prepared every single day with a pen, notebook, textbook, and a folder. It is the little things that matter the most to the professors. The more you participate in class activates and show that you care the better chance you will have to grow a relationship with that professor and better opportunities. You may even have a better chance than the other students to get the extra help that you may need quicker than someone else would because that professor knows that you care and want to pass the class.

Take good notes while in class, and make sure you are listening to the teacher talk at all times during the period. To me organization is one of the most important things. If you are not organized it is much harder to find things you need in your notes that day in class or if you are not organized you can lose notes, homework, or other important papers that are needed to help you pass the class.

The most important thing to remember is to never give up even when you feel like it is impossible to get by. Don’t be afraid to ask for the extra help. Use the tutors that the school gives you if you are having a lot of trouble in a class or don’t be afraid to just ask the professor. There is always people that want to help you along the way.

-Joshua Lathan