Alternate Title: Breaking things down yourself can go a long way
For those who don’t know, some of my most recent posts have started to sway over into self-help. And while this may annoy someone, I like it.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m always going to come up with new theories. But, it seems that I’ve reached a point where I’ll like to try and provide practical advice too. Or better yet, help you come up with your own ideas and theories to understand life.
Basically, I’m going to start including some “Do It Yourself” templates. If not make full-blown post filled with questions for you to ask yourself.
So without further ado…
Areas of study
To start off this new endeavor, we’re going to take a deeper look into my studying key areas in your life post. If you want to skip that and haven’t read it, here’s what you need to know: Studying doesn’t end when you finish school.
In fact, you’ll be facing lessons for the rest of your life. And while that may dismay you, there’s a silver lining to it. Anything can be studied if you have useful information, resources, and a way to put it all together.
Okay, but how do I do that with my own life?
I got you. Just print this template or prepare to make some notes.
1. You need to come up with a list of subjects to study.
Here are a few possibilities I threw together. Notice how each set has a different take on things. Try and keep things personalized.
- Me, Relationships, School, Future Aspirations
- Dreams, Boring Stuff, Work, Family Life, Everyone Else
- Religion, Home Life, Work Life, Hobbies, Bucket List, Charity
Now, write down your own list of major topics in life. Try to come up with at least 3.
Research and introspection
Awesome, you have some topics in mind now. But, that’s a little too easy don’t you think?
2. Get a general idea of what each topic means to you.
Describe them. Consider the pros, cons, or even priorities. Maybe define it in your own words. Or you can even jot down a bunch of things or feelings you associate with it.
Because it’ll be easier to study areas in your life once you reflect on their individual meanings. For example, maybe religion or spirituality is important to you. But there are many avenues to view those topics. Does your beliefs and practice matter to you because they offer:
- A way to connect to others
- Something fun to do
Having different reasons can easily affect your approach to studying. If you’re very serious and dedicated to a religion and/or spiritual practice, then you’ll probably prioritize it more than someone who just does it to appease others.
Creating good habits
3. Make a list of potential good habits and then test them out.
You should also keep track of how each habit affects you, whether you like it, and how well you’re able to assimilate it into your current life. [I’ll probably make a separate post or two about this in the future.]
If you don’t know what habit to develop then consider what desires you have for the overall topic.
And of course, before you can start developing good habits, you’ll need to do some research.
For some topics like improving your grades or getting healthy, there’s tons of easy-access material out there. But, for something that’s considered unusual or just not an everyday topic, you might need to brainstorm. Although, if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you have access to a solid portion of the internet. And chances are there’s someone on the web who relates to your topic and has some suggestions.
[Just remember it’s the internet and not everyone is honest and nice.]
That being said…
4. Go study.
Here’s the template again:
But of course, feel free to grab some paper or a journal and just make your own version. [I mean, that’s what I plan to do. Regardless of if I make a template for a theory or not.]
Anyway, have fun and I hope this was useful.