Recharge in grad school

5 Ways to Reboot During Grad School

 

You know that feeling. The one where you could sleep for 12 hours and still feel tired. Where you sit down to study and have to read paragraphs two or three times because your brain refuses to process what you are reading.You’ve reached the point where your efforts to get everything done are delivering diminishing returns. It’s time to take a step back and hit the pause button. All of the hard work does no good if you burn out in the process. Take some time for yourself, the to do list will be there when you get back. Here are a few ideas to get you started on relaxing.

Run With It#1 Do Something Active

Sometimes the best way to shake off that sleepy feeling is to get moving. Whether that means going for a run or walk or cranking up the music and having a dance party, physical activity can wake up your muscles and get the endorphins pumping. It may take some effort to get going, but after a few minutes you’ll likely find that you feel more energized and generally less stressed.

 

#2 Take  A Weekend to Veg Out

Veg OutWhen your schedule is packed it can be hard to find time to take a complete break, but it
may be exactly what the doctor ordered. Setting aside even one day where you don’t think about work or school and dedicate time to doing something relaxing will pay major dividends when you go back to your to do list. Binge on movies or Netflix, sleep, craft, anything that you find relaxing and does not draw your attention back to work. While the end result may be a more relaxed feeling, finishing homework does not count as vegging out, so don’t do it! Maybe you can’t take an entire weekend off, either logistically or because it will drive you nuts, but at least take one day to recharge.

#3 Take A Vacation (even a staycation)San Diego Harbor Social Media World 2016

If you are like me, even weekends where you have time to relax often become packed with things to do. Whether that is chores, social events, or getting ahead on homework, it can be hard to focus on relaxing when those things are staring at you while you sit on the couch. Getting away from your every day may be just what you need to reboot. Taking a vacation can remove the every day noise and stress and allow you to finally relax.  Feel like you don’t have time for a vacation? Your destination does not need to be a tropical paradise (though that would be amazing) or even another city. Take a weekend to explore your hometown in a way that you normally don’t. Check out the bed and breakfast or treat yourself to a nice hotel and dinner at a restaurant you’ve been wanting to try. Trying something new can be rejuvenating for your mind, body, and spirit, giving you new vigor to take on school.

#4 Unplug for a Weekend

Does the idea of being disconnected for a weekend terrify you? If it does, good, do it anyway. It can be impossible to relax and reboot when work and school are only a tap away. Remove those distractions by disconnecting from email, social media, and even text if possible for a whole weekend. If you need to check in with family, significant others, etc, limit your device use to only a few minutes and only for that purpose. Better yet, ditch the device and go see those people in person. It may be hard, but the digital world will be there when you reconnect on Monday. In the meantime, you can focus on nothing but you.

#5 Treat YourselfMesa Grill

Constantly being busy can leave you feeling beat down and can cause taking care of yourself to fall off the priority list. Dedicate some time to giving yourself a little TLC. Get a massage, a mani/pedi, go shopping, or treat yourself to a nice dinner or special bottle of wine. These little things can do wonders for making you feel human again.

 

Grad school can be tough, especially when you are balancing it with other life demands. As busy as you get though, taking time to relax and recharge is critically important to your long term success. While taking a break may delay the completion of tasks, coming back to them rejuvenated will help you  be more productive and ultimately more effective in your endeavors.

How do you recharge? Let me know!

Advertisements
Adobe Summit 2016

Vegas Baby! Adobe Summit 2016

3/23

Hello from Las Vegas! Coming to you from the beautiful Palazzo Hotel, the last few days have been quite a ride. I can now say that I have been in the same room with George Clooney, Donny Osmond, and Abby Wambach. Along of course with many other very intelligent and influential people (but come on, George Clooney? <3). This conference has been cool for a lot of reasons, from the practical applications to my job and seeing George Clooney, to the less tangible but maybe more important impact and motivation of seeing and listening to people who are truly passionate about they do and what they have been able to accomplish. I have big goals, and I have talked about them in previous posts, but what I have only mentioned in passing or perhaps skipped on is the the pressure I place on myself and the doubts that sometimes creep into my mind. This is true both in school and in the professional world. I don’t want to just be good at my job or get decent grades in school. I want to excel and I want to climb to the levels that those who inspire me have reached. Two speakers in particular today touched on those motivations. The first was Abby Wambach Adobe SummitAbby Wambach, who should really come as no surprise as an inspiration for achieving goals. However, it wasn’t her accomplishments on the field that struck me, it was her desire to have a real impact on the world outside of soccer. She has undoubtedly already made a huge impact, in particular on young girls who see her as the example of making dreams come true and being a strong, independent woman; but she wants to do more and impact more big issues that are facing our world. Her quote today was, “I am willing to do the work, and I am not scared.” She isn’t afraid of doing the work, but more than that she is not afraid of it being hard. As someone who is also willing to do the work and is not afraid of it being hard, my question would be is she afraid to fail? It isn’t something I like to admit, but there are times that I fear failing to accomplish goals and fear falling short of my ambitions. Sure, you can always, and should always, learn from failing, but that doesn’t make it any less challenging to face or somewhat disheartening when it happens. I put a large amount of pressure on myself to accomplish and I do not like to think about the possibility of not accomplishing what I set out to do. I think that is true of most people and it is one of the reasons for this blog, to talk about the fact that those fears exist and how you learn from them and push through them.

The second speaker that really struck me was a bit more of a surprise. Richard Dickson is the COO of Mattel, also known as the creators of Barbie and Hot Wheels. His talk was much more marketing and brand centric, but at at conference where the theme was experience and storytelling, he stood out. Not only did he present a great story about Mattel, how they lost their way, and how they’re reconnecting, but he made me, and I believe many in the audience, reconnect to their memories of playing with these toys. Barbie and her recent transformations were heavily featured as an example of how Mattel wants to be an innovation and imagination company and that they had to disrupt the world they had created, without completely reinventing the Barbie brand. Where Abby was inspirational from her accomplishments and motivation as a person, Mattel was thought provoking in how a brand maintains its authenticity through a storied history and how it can find its way back if it goes astray. I think it was one of the best talks so far (though Clooney’s section scores high because he is George Clooney and his hilarious in person)

More later!

3/24

On the way home, unfortunately waiting for a delayed flight,  but I suppose that gives me time to recap for you. The last few days have been an exciting, exhausting, and awesome Adobe Summit 2016whirlwind.The Summit gave me a lot to think about as I develop content and strategies in my professional career. It also gave me a lot to think about to think about in terms of my own goals and accomplishments. I listened to and spoke with  some of the best in my field and in others, and it served to strengthen my resolve to be one of the best at what I do. The theme of this summit was creating experiences for consumers, not just content, and I have to say, Adobe did a good job in creating the full experience for their customers as this summit. They showcased heir technologies in effective ways while getting attendees to really think about not only how to incorporate Adobe products, but on how to be a better marketer. Sure, they were trying to sell software and grow their business, why else would you make an investment to host 10,000 people, but they were also contributing to making markers better in the face of a changing consumer landscape.

Throughout Summit I also made some great connections who I plan to stay in touch with and even meet with soon. Some were Michigan based, others were not. One of them is the CEO of a drone company who I will be visiting when I am out in San Diego next month. It should be an exciting trip.

I will leave you with a few of my favorite highlights of Summit and Las Vegas. If you would like a more complete view of my trip, check out my Twitter, KJacoby26, to see all the sessions I live tweeted from.

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

 

 

Pinterest success, strawberry basil avocado toast

Monday Motivation 3/7/16

Alright, I missed my weekly Sunday Shenanigans post; I traded blogging time for dancing around my house while cleaning. While that led to a rather productive day, it meant that I didn’t get to share my excitement of my successful Pinterest recipe. Now, I have tried plenty of recipes from the site and seen a high success rate in creating tasty meals and desserts. I have even created some cute DIY crafts. However, most of my Pinterest efforts lack the visual appeal of my inspiration. Not this time! It may only be avocado toast with some strawberries and balsamic vinegar, but my creation was just as pretty as the picture! It was also delicious. With that in mind, this also serves as my motivation Monday post. I have over 10,000 pins on Pinterest (I’ve been on the platform almost since it started) and have attempted less than 100 of them. This includes my failed attempt at those so called easy up dos (easy for who?!). This success should motivate me to tackle more of those great ideas; assuming school doesn’t absorb all my time and my soul.

Speaking of school, I took the entire weekend off from studying. If you read my post from last Friday we talked about the need for rest days. Well I didn’t intend to take 3 days off from school but I do not think it will hurt me in the long run. In fact, I went back to work today feeling refreshed and without the weight of tiredness on my shoulders. It was a nice feeling. Now that the work day is over, it is time to tackle the workout before dinner and Bachelor Night. Judge if you will, I know I did at first, but spending Monday nights with friends making dinner and laughing at reality TV is in fact fun. Though I have to admit, last week I felt really bad for one the girls. If you watch the show, I’m sure you know why. Tonight is the Women Tell All episode which I am sure will be entertaining.

I will leave you with a little more Monday Motivation; here are 4 unlikely places to find inspiration via HubSpot. Hope they help! http://bit.ly/1M3aFzI

Best,

Katherine

Monday Highlights

Sleep: 8 Hours

Work: 8 Hours

Study: 1 Hour reading

Workout: 2 mile run, POP Pilates Total body day