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Control Your Life

February 6, 2010 1 comment

Now that we have captured everything floating around in our minds on a physical medium and purged it from our thoughts, we are feeling über organized and near stress free. But wait, we still have to find time to do everything that we’ve captured! Now it’s time to take control of our lives.

The Goal

The goal is to adopt efficient and low-stress scheduling strategies that ensure we get stuff done well and on time.The Problem

Most students I know just keep a mental to-do list and then sit down around 8:00pm and ponder “What do I have to do today?” or turn to their syllabi to see if they have anything due the next day.  They start working on whatever comes to mind first, and hope to get through everything by 1am so they can get some sleep. Now, some students are a bit more organized and have all their assignments written out somewhere, and if you’ve been following us on the Study Hacks on Campus journey, then you should have everything you need to do recorded in your MTL… but that’s not enough. Read more…

The Art of Capture

January 23, 2010 9 comments

[Update: Our assessment and revision of Capture has been added to the end of this post.]

Congratulations to the team on a very successful first meeting! We had 18 of our 20 members in attendance and discussed our first SHOC topic of the year: Capture.

Before we get into discussing the Capture methods we’ve produced and will be evaluating over the next two weeks, I think a little background information on our team is appropriate.

We are a group of 20 freshman with interests all across the board and majors ranging from Undeclared to Mathematics, Economics to Literature, and Government to International Relations. We attend Claremont McKenna College, a young liberal arts school in sunny California. CMC maintains an admission rate that makes high school seniors cringe, sits on over a dozen Princeton Review Top-20 Lists, and produces graduates who have the highest starting salaries of any liberal arts college in the United States. By nature of getting here, we are all competitive, but I think if you met any of us on the street you would find us likeable and down-to-earth people. Our mission is to forge an innovative approach to higher education and help our peers at CMC and other institutions to do the same. Now on to the good stuff!

The Goal

In the words of Cal Newport, the goal for this meeting was to create “a trusted system in which all of your stuff is captured and regularly reviewed.” Such a system will be the cornerstone for the efficient and effective student life that we plan to construct. Read more…