Ten Tips for Cleaning Off Your Desk and Keeping it Clean!

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Ten Tips for Cleaning Off Your Desk and Keeping it Clean! By: Janet L. Hall

On July 15, 1993 Walter S. Mossberg, the author and creator of the weekly "Personal Technology" column in The Wall Street Journal, was quoted as saying: "The promise of the 'paperless office,' [and home] where documents are entirely created, distributed, read and stored on computers, has been about as reliable as the promise of a check in the mail."

Now, almost a decade later, that statement is as true as it was then and possibly even worse! Many still have the mind set that everything that is on their computer must also be printed out, never of course to be seen again! You WILL have paperwork, in some form or another, until you die. It's a fact, a part of life that will not go away. The truth is you will continue to have piles and junk cluttering your desk unless you take control of the situation and learn how to handle everything that lands on your desk.

Take a second and look at your desk, your countertop, dining room table, or what ever you call your desk or workspace. How much of your desktop can you actually see and use? Do you even know what's in those piles? Does it look like something might be starting to "grow" from all the yesteryears of lunches, snacks, and dinners you've had there? Do you have so many gadgets and doodads, personal items and pictures scattered about on your desk? When was the last time you saw the whole top of your desk and it saw a can of polish?

Here are just three interesting statistics from two polls from Coopers & Lybrand and USA Weekend:

The average desk worker has 36 hours worth of work on their desk and wastes up to 3 hours a week just "looking" for STUFF!

7.) 5% of all documents get lost and 3% get misfiled.

Professionals spend 5 to 15% of their time reading information, but up to 50% looking for it!

Think about your desk for a minute and how your days play out:

Estimate how many hours of work you have piled on your desk?

Estimate how much time you waste each week looking for stuff on your desk?

How many documents did you lose or misfile last year?

Are you scheduling regular time to read?

What do you do with the article, magazine, or memo you have read?

After reading, if you keep, can you find it if needed?

Ten Tips to Clean Off Your Desk

1.) SCHEDULE a date and time with yourself. Write it on your calendar and keep this appointment, just as you would an important meeting with a client or a doctor. 2.) TOOLS: Set a timer for the length of time you have decided to work on this project. Make signs or mark boxes with the following: Current Paperwork, Reference Paperwork, Historical Paperwork, Refer to someone else or take home, Supplies, Reading, and Data Entry (those business cards or scraps of paper that you need to put into your database, address book, or calendar). Box of garbage bags. Pad of Paper and Pen (to write down anything you think of doing or to make a to-do list for later. 3.) CLEAR and EMPTY: Take everything off your desk and out of your desk drawers. 4.) SORT everything into new piles that you made signs for or the boxes you marked from number 2 above. 5.) File or Toss: Click up a FREE copy of our "5 W's of File or Toss" at mailto:fileortoss@sendfree.com 6.) Read or Toss: Click up a FREE copy of our "5 W's of Read or Toss" at mailto:readortoss@sendfree.com 7.) Polish your desk and get the dirt and grim out of your desk drawers. 8.) After sorting ONLY put back on your desk what you use Daily, such as: Pen, Pencil, Phone, Phone Pad, Desk Workbook, Tickler File, Computer, Calendar, and Lamp. 9.) Do NOT put back on your desk items that are seldom used and NOT used daily, such as: Gadgets/Toys, Glue, Scissors, Hole Puncher, Pencil Sharpener, Ruler, and In/Out Box (your Tickler File will replace this). 10.) Drawers: Before you start putting things back into your desk drawers, think of how you would like to utilize them, and consider which hand is habit for you to open a drawer. The hand that is "habit" should be the same side of your desk drawers that you store frequently used items, such as: Supplies, Stationary, and Current Files.

Ten Tips for Maintaining a Clean Desk

1.) When you stop working on a project put it away. 2.) Put date or calendar related papers/files into your tickler file as soon as they land on your desk. 3.) Sort through mail and toss out all junk mail as soon as it arrives. 4.) Schedule regular reading time and put "to read" material in a reading folder. 5.) Do NOT use scraps of paper or sticky pads. Use your Desk Workbook to record all your notes, ideas, phone numbers, web site and email addresses, errands, and to- do's. 6.) Schedule regular desk maintenance. 7.) Schedule filing time and store your to-file in the corresponding date of your tickler file. 8.) Make a frequently called numbers sheet and store under your mouse pad or inside a drawer. 9.) Create a Pending Folder to store papers or files in that you are "waiting" for more information, someone else to get back to you on, or something you have ordered. 10.) Dust, polish, and wipe down your desk weekly.

About the Author

The Organizing Wizard, Janet L. Hall, is a Professional Organizer, Speaker, and Author. She is the owner of OverHall Consulting and Organizing By Phone. Subscribe to her FREE organizing newsletter at http://www.overhall.com/newsletter.htm or visit her web site at http://www.overhall.com

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Urban Nerd 28.04.2013. 06:48

How can I regain focus on school and achieve good grades? Hey everyone, I've been slacking off A LOT over the years in school.
I'm currently a Junior in High School, and I seriously do not want to screw myself over.
I used to be so competitive academically back in my elementary and middle (junior high) school years.
I would get honor rolls, and back in elementary got a few Principal Awards. I have 3 of the trophies they give out for those, and every time I look back at them I feel so proud. But at the same time, I feel pretty bad because I'm not as focused or dedicated as I was back then.

For the most part, it's the video games that have taken my focus away. I realize it, and I don't play as much now. But I've become generally lazy too. It really sucks when part of me wants to do so good in school, yet I'm holding myself back.

As of now, I've received 1 "F" in first semester, but luckily the average of my 1st and 2nd quarter grades kept me safe from failing the semester entirely. Now I have a 2nd "F" in 3rd quarter, and I have to get at least a high "A" in 4th quarter (now) to keep me safe at a C for the last semester.

All my other grades don't seem to be doing that great as well. Mostly B's, a couple C's and one D throughout the school year. I think I've only gotten an "A" 3 times. Now I know this might not be bad for some people, but to me this really is depressing.

What's worse is most of the time not a lot of my teacher's talk to me about my grades slipping. Heck, they rarely ever do. I know it really is my responsibility to look after my grades, but I feel as if the teachers should at least say something too.

Sorry if this is too long, but I need some tips and help to get back to my former academic stature. I really want to be able to get into Honors and AP classes in my Senior year, and also get into a good college after. I really feel as if I won't leave a good enough impression to get me anywhere.

Any help would be appreciated. I live in the U.S. if for some reason that helps.

Urban Nerd

Admin 28.04.2013. 06:48

1. Stay organized. A lot of people say this, but it really does help! Organizing your locker helps you remember to bring your supplies to class and to your house to do your homework and study.Once every semester or quarter, clean out your locker full of nonsense papers! it only takes a few minutes of your day! Organizing your notes will make them much easier to understand later on. Also, keep your desk/study space tidy, and make sure you have a clean, quiet place to study and do homework that is withdrawn from the main part of the house.

2. Take notes on everything. For most courses in middle school, high school, and junior/community college, most of what is on the tests and homework will be discussed in the class. If your teacher draws a diagram on the board, copy that down - it can help you remember the information. Don't just copy what they write on the board, either; take extensive notes on everything. Most of the time in middle school, though, the teachers will take it easy and ask you to copy it down or give you specific instructions. Still, if you want to get the best marks, copy it down.

3. Keep track of your grades. You won't get a high score if you don't aim for one. Some schools have an online place where you can check your grades whenever you want. Utilize this and make sure that you have a username and password from your teacher. If not, ask your teacher for your grade. You can average it yourself, or you can wait until the next progress report.

4. Ask for help. If you're not sure what's required for a good grade or are struggling with the coursework, ask your teacher for help. It doesn't have to be a complex question; your teacher is always happy to help you. Ask after class or in an e-mail for assistance. If your teacher is unavailable (i.e. on a vacation), ask the substitute, your parents, friends, or anyone else! Some people seem to think you are stupid if you ask questions, but ignore them. Asking questions will improve your grades and help your understanding.

5. After reading one line revise it ten times without seeing. It will stay in your mind for a longer time. It is particularly effective when you have less time for studying. Get a good night's rest. You need sleep in order to stay focused, and without it, you will have a hard time staying on task and may forget what you just learned.Put homework first. Set yourself goals and make sure you reach them before you go out and party. Having a social life is important, but your grades can affect a lot of your choices for the future. Schedule time each day to study, just as you would schedule dates or parties.

6. Think about your future. Think about it whenever you are in a hard test/quiz. People will see this, and the people will mean something to the rest of your life. The things that you do now, especially the ones that count for your grades, will be important and count for your whole life, career, college, and more. Get good grades, do your homework, and remember, homework isn't actually for "home work." It is for the teachers to know that you know the topic well and for you to get some more practice of what you need. Never slack off on something when it comes to school and think more about the future then the moment you are in during that moment in time. Keep working hard!

This may be pretty long, but hey it's good tips!
Goodluck
xoxo

Admin

Sophii 18.09.2008. 14:49

What are your top ten tips for getting organised/getting homework done? ? just wondering. im a very busy girl . . .
im trying to create a study of how to revise and get organised so i can put it all in a big list and refer to it whenever i feel like i am going to go insane.

Sophii

Admin 18.09.2008. 14:49

Keep an agenda or schedule.
Make rules....no TV or computer until after my HW is done.
Clean desk weekly.
No TV or computer on to distract me while doing HW.
Go nowhere until HW is done.
Use a wall calendar as well as personal agenda book.
Have a set routine daily to stay ORGANIZED (correct spelling!).
Do HW as soon as I get home to get it over with.
Don't eat supper until HW is done...if you're hungry, you'll finish HW!
Mark off things on agenda as they are completed.

Admin

Sophii 24.09.2008. 15:57

How do you revise? Easy ten points!? appreciate any tips, or anything at all.

Sophii

Admin 24.09.2008. 15:57

The first, and probably most important step is to get your enviroment right, an important factor is the kind of light that you revise in. Sometimes main lights are too bright and make you squint. Hence not seeing the words right. A good light is maybe a desk / table lamp. Another thing is space, if you are in a crowded place, even if its big but it has loads of rubbish around, get rid of it and clean it up! It may suprise you how a cleaner room will improve the altomosphere for revision.
Step2
Good enviroment
Make sure you have all your equipment in the room you are revising in so you don't have to keep on stopping to run and get something else.
Also make sure all distractions are gone, this means television off, phone off and family out - ask your parents to keep younger siblings out of the room if need be. You can listen to music whilst you are doing it if it helps but TV OFF!
Also bring plants into the room your revising in, the plants will give off oxygen which will help you alot as when you revise, you tend to lean forward making your ribs pressure your diaphram, which will prevent appropriate breathing for your brain's concentration so this will improve that.
Step3
5 Senses
Another important thing to do is to use the 5 senses, these are SIGHT, TASTE, HEAR, FEEL and SMELL. Sight and hearing are the main ones. Try actually making pictures and stuff too, so your doing something, which is your sense of touch. Maybe answer alot of questions too.
Step4
Tangerine
The next important, shall I say, law for revision is exaggeration!
Trying using colours and pictures for this. If you think of alot of colours and images, then it becomes easier to remember. Also, try exaggerating it all. Your brain doesnt remember boring, normal stuff. But it remembers outradious daft stuff. For an example, in maths back in year 8, we were doing about circles and they showed us a picture of a circle on a line and my friend shouted out "IT LOOKS LIKE A TANGERINE ON A ROAD" Then the teacher then said it was called the Tangent and everyone has remembered it for that ever since!
Step5
Elephant!
This might be the most important law on here, law 4 is small chunks!
try revising in small chunks. A good technique is revising 7 facts in 20 minutes, then have a 3 minute break, and revise 7 more facts. This breaks it down and your brain will also remember its maximum amount. Sometimes try using 19 minutes learning 7 facts, and the last minute to review everything you have learned / revised so far.

Just think of it as trying to eat and elephant.. You can't shove it in as one.. has to go in small chunks!
Step6
REPEAT
Law 5 is repetition!
Repeat things around 6 times. Your brain needs to something to repeat 6 times before it has a strong connection. It's the way it works.
So, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat!!!
Step7
Sleep
Law 6, Nutrition and Rest!
You need atleast 8 hours sleep for 3 days in a row, before your exam. Make sure the times are correct too. No point having 8 hours sleep, but from 2am - 11 am. That doesnt work! You need to time your sleeping pattern so you are used to being awake at the times for school. Also, make sure you steadily drink pure water throughout the day, around 2 litres in total, but if you cant drink that much, try just glasses at a time, drinking slowly. Keep yourself hydrated.
Step8
Fun!!!
Finally law 7 is FUN!
Make sure you keep your revision interesting and fun. If you revise with a friend or do something wierd whilst revising, like sitting in a tree etc. It makes your revision more appealing.

Admin

edwardxbella<3 19.10.2009. 22:50

Improving myself in school, help?!? I have been skipping the same class for about..idk a week! I feel guilty and I think my grades are already going down really low. :| I need help tips on improving myself. My dad is not going to be happy about it either. What can you guys think of to help me improve in my grades?
plus, my teacher is going to ask questions of why I wasn't here for the past week and idk what to tell her. :| Should I just be honest?

edwardxbella<3

Admin 19.10.2009. 22:50

Honesty is the best policy. If you are skipping the class because it intimidates you in some way, let your teacher know that, too. If the teacher has a sympathetic streak, this could bring out the best in that teacher's desire to help you. So does saying that you can't believe you did that (skipped) and you want to turn this problem around before it gets any worse, as skipping isn't something you want to get into the habit of doing, that you want to learn to face your problems like an adult.

In other words, talk in the language that a teacher can understand...most teachers will feel like superstars if their students come to THEM for help. They need to feel valuable, too. This could be a win-win for both of you. And if you are reeeeely lucky, you might even avoid any serious consequences for skipping class.

Basically, I've just suggested some ways to improve yourself in the area of relating to your teachers. This is actually good practice for life, because most people like to help people that ask for help. And believe me, everything you get in life comes your way because someone GIVES it to you. They give paychecks, sales, orders, smiles, grades, gifts, promotions, etc. And things are given, usually, because you have given something of value FIRST, like showing up and doing your job, giving a good sales presentation, asking for the order, the first smile or helping hand, hard work on assignments, thoughtfulness, exceeding expectations, stuff like that. Sometimes the thing you give can be as simple as honesty in an increasingly dishonest world.

As for improving your grades, it is hard to know how to advise you without more specifics, but you might need help with the subject itself (look for a tutor, ask your dad to hire one if possible), or with study skills (a tutor or librarian or teacher or one of the many books available on the topic can help with that...tricks like knowing how textbook writers think so you can take good notes).

Sometimes the problem is just self-management. It isn't that you can't do the work, maybe, but that you just feel like the work for that class is too scary in some way. One of the absolute best ways to handle this problem is with a simple kitchen-type timer. Tell yourself that you will work on the dreaded assignment for just 5-15 minutes (you choose a time frame). The first few times can be something as simple as "I will clear my desk or table to work for five minutes." "I'll put my paper, pen, book, laptop, whatever, on the desk/table in five minutes." "I'll turn on the laptop/open the book to the right page in five minutes." "I'll search for articles on my topic for ten minutes." and so on. The idea is to break up any dreaded or boring task into bite sized bits, and feel a sense of accomplishment as each small task is completed. You can (and should) periodically reward yourself. For example, if you have been steadily accomplishing things for thirty or forty five minutes, set the timer and do something that YOU like to do for ten to fifteen minutes. Then get right back to work. The mental break will help you work better and faster, too, in the long run.

Get plenty of sleep at normal hours. Lay our your clothing for the next day each night. Make your bed, keep your room and bathroom stuff tidy. Don't keep too much stuff. Too much stuff = chaos and too much time needed to clean and rearrange your junk. These simple tips REVOLUTIONIZE LIVES. Don't underestimate them.

Keep a calendar that has deadlines for assignments and aim to finish them all in advance of their due date, and ask for help whenever you feel stuck or don't know what to do! Remember, "stuff" happens at the last minute that can throw you off track. It will be like that for the rest of your life, it is a fact of life for everyone. Leave "margins" in your life by getting things done before they are needed/due.

Admin

Why Yes, I AM a Princess 10.08.2009. 22:29

Organizing Tips for a Teen Girl? hey! i'm a 16 year old girl and my room is ALWAYS messy. when i need to clean it when company comes, it literally takes me a week to clean, working for like 4 or 5 hours a day. i'm going into my junior year and i know that i really need to get more organized since i'm taking AP classes and stuff. so, i had some questions.

*how can i keep my closet organized? its a walk-in closet with a shelf around the top and a shoe rack on the back. but the shoe rack looks messy 'cause of all the flip flops (like at least 15 pairs). are there any better alternatives to a shoe rack? i've heard its better to just get a cute basket and keep it on the floor of your closet and put all your shoes in that...but i dont know.

*how can i keep my desk clean and organized? right now the big drawer on the bottom is almost overflowing with stuff like binders/notebooks and random stuff like that. how can i get that all organized? also, the top of my desk looks like a tornado came through. there's just stuff everywhere and it doesnt really have a place anywhere. where can i find some cheap desk organizing things, like cups to put pens/pencils in, etc?

*as far as school goes, i'm a little more organized, but not much. what are some good tips for keeping my binders and locker organized? the lockers at my school are too skinny, so i can't buy like shelves or anything for my locker 'cause they never fit. what should i do?

any other tips would be greatly appreciated as well.


thanks in advance. y'all are loved

Why Yes, I AM a Princess

Admin 10.08.2009. 22:29

From your answer, and the fact that you're a busy junior in school, I'm going to assume here that you only really clean your room whenever company is over. The truth is, the best way to keep things tidy is to keep on top of it.

I run my own editing business and I'm in school pursuing a degree. That being said, things can get really messy, really fast, especially since I also have another job on the side and a longhaired cat. My place is also the regular "stop off" for all my friends, meaning everyone comes for lunch here and crashes here for the night. You can imagine how messy the place gets, and how quickly.

I take one day a week, every single week, to clean. I usually do it on Monday, since I never get it done on the weekend because I'm not in the mood. Pick one day a week minimum that works for you, and do a full cleaning. I mean vacuuming, taking out the trash, washing your sheets, dusting, organizing everything, total clean up.

On top of that, once a night before you go to sleep you should take about ten minutes to just tidy things up on your desk and around your room. I bet that will make a big difference. You might also sleep easier in a clean, tidy environment.

What you really just need to master is staying on stop of things, not letting everything turn into a disaster and then spending a week cleaning it up. You might feel like you're wasting time tidying up at night and then spending some of your day cleaning up a lot, but you'll be able to save yourself a week of grueling tidying up.

* For your closet, I have a very similar closet and I have a shoe rack as well. I honestly think you have too much stuff. My suggestion would be, if you want to keep all your flip-flops for sure, get some sort of box to put in ones you wear less often and put it way in the back of the closet, out the of way. Just put shoes you wear very frequently on the actual rack. Or, like you said, get a cute basket to put them in. Maybe even one or two so it isn't just a big messy pile shoved in one basket. A great way to make closets look instantly cleaner is to organize clothes by colour. It'll make everything look magically tidier instantly. Just keep clothes of the same colour together whenever you put them away!

*Again, for your desk, I think you have way too much stuff crammed in one space. I would suggest going through everything, and if you haven't used it in the past three months just throw it out unless it is absolutely essential.

For the top of the desk, you can buy really cute cups and things to store your stuff in at any dollar store. You could easily organize your entire desk for probably under ten bucks. If that doesn't float your boat, check out Staples. It might be pricier but I absolutely love all their organizing stuff--it looks super classy and is excellent at keeping things organized. Plus, try talking to your parents. Most folks are thrilled that their kids are taking initiative and want to tidy things up, and as a part of back to school shopping they might pitch in and help you buy things to stay organized.

*For school, I'll repeat that it's all about staying on top of things. When your teacher gives you a hand-out, put it in the correct part of your binder immediately. No excuses. Make sure you have dividers for all your binders so that they are organized. For your locker, I would suggest buying these really cool magnet things for it, either shelves or cups. You can keep things in the cups, while the shelves can hold the binders. If you can't find that, just honestly keep the less amount of stuff in your locker as possible. Every Friday bring home whatever you don't need anymore, and every Friday also go through your binders and organize everything. Maybe Friday can also be your day to clean up your room.

I hope some of these tips help you out. It's all about keeping on top of things and making a habit of it, no matter how tired you are or how much you don't feel like doing it that day.

By the way, kudos for caring about being organized. Most sixteen year olds don't give a rat's tutu about being tidy. Good luck with your junior year. :)

Admin

Colby 12.07.2010. 02:15

Harmony. How is it so far? This is the start of a little test book I am writing. Could yall proofread what I have so far and tell me what you like about it?

Chapter One: Mail
For the first month after the divorce of my parents, I kept blaming myself. Like, somehow I had forced them to separate. Right. Still, the thought of it was in my mind. And even though I know that I didn?t do anything that could make this happen, it still hurts sometimes.
I chose to live with my father after the divorce because I decided that for the last three years of high school, his house would be the most bearable. Much less rules to follow and expectations to meet. Of course my dad wants me to help with bills, so I have a job at a local diner. Four hours, starting soon after school, of serving undercooked chicken sandwiches and cherry pies to middle class people who tip little if any. Eight hours in summer. Minimum wage, of course.
Dan, my father, and I live in a small home near the trailer park. People come up to our door on a monthly basis wanting to know how to get a trailer. We have tried nearly everything to stop this from happening, but it still does. We are clean people, but my house embarrasses me. Not that we don?t keep it relatively clean, but our yard feels like the playground for trailer park children.
Soon I will be going to school for my first day in this town. I know nobody here and I have no connections to this school whatsoever. Should be interesting.
I?d never even been to Oklahoma before I moved here, let alone Beedle. It?s one of those odd little towns with a high school in the same building as the middle school. Population: 451. That?s not much, especially coming from New York City. There?s not much else except a gas station, a market, and, oddly, a neat-looking little amusement park. I?ll put that high on my list of things to check out in Beedle.
I start school on Wednesday, and I am in one of those moods where I just want to get the year over with. Too bad a year can?t pass in a day.
Dan?s house is pretty boring. Nothing to do but go on the internet or watch TV. Although I doubt changing my Facebook status or watching reruns of some stupid comedy will help things. I think there?s a library ten minutes from town in Tulsa. I?ll check it out tomorrow, maybe brush up on my reading while I?m here.
Dan came into the room.
?You have some mail. I?ll just set it on the desk and leave you alone,? he said.
?Thanks. Dan,? I said, letting my sentence run because I didn?t really know what I wanted to say.
?Yes?? he responded.
?Thanks,? I said, feeling somewhat embarrassed as I realized that this was the most conversation we had had in months, ?For everything. I mean, letting me stay here and all. It?s really great.?
?Yeah, well,? said Dan, ?It?s the least I can do. I mean, I?ve never been too good with this whole dad thing, so as long as I know your safe, I guess I?m okay too.?
My father left the room. Neither of us were that great with talking, but he was worse. That conversation was probably the most I had ever heard him talk.
When I think of it, it really is nice to have this house to ourselves. I mean, the whole place is beautiful. It?s an old Victorian style home with a wraparound porch. It faces the street at an angle. The corner closest to the street features a circular tower that goes up to the highest point of the house. Windows are on the tower so you can see all around. There are extravagant doors on all sides leading to a yard which is fenced in with a white picket fence.
Inside the front door is a long, wide hallway that leads to the tower and opens at different places to rooms on both sides. If you walk to the tower, you will come to a spiral staircase that twists all the way to a thin storage space at the top.
The first floor has a vast living room which has a huge TV, a kitchen that has recently been renovated, a bathroom with a large shower, and three closets.
The second floor has my bedroom, a master bedroom that belongs to Dan, an office, a small living area which has a few leather chairs and a smaller TV with a couple gaming systems, a bathroom, and a closet.
The only problem in the entire place: nothing for me to do! Dan was always working in his office, and I was always alone.
I glanced over at my desk and remembered my letter. Who would send me anything? Who even knows that I live here? I walk across the room and pick it up, tearing the fold. Glancing at the sender?s address, I see that it is from The City of Beedle, Oklahoma. Odd.
I read though the message. It went like this:
Dear Rhian,
It is nice to have a new resident in our town. We hope you will enjoy your stay! You will find that while there may not be much to do in Beedle, there is much more to do in the surrounding Tulsa area. Thank you for coming to Beedle.
Your Mayor,
Tasmian Mitchell
Tasmian Mitchell
SD
The first thing I thought was, who names their kid Tasmian? Then I realized, what kind of town sends out

Colby

Admin 12.07.2010. 02:15

I wanted to say - I love your avatar. =) Wind Waker!

The story you posted is cut off, but I'm sure this is a good enough excerpt. The pacing is a little too fast. A little more description would probably help.

I'm curious to see where this is going. Is Beedle, OK gonna be one of those creepy small towns where something unusual happens? Or is this story focusing primarily on Rhian?

Admin

Wonderwall 28.06.2013. 23:00

HELP WITH SCHOOL PLEASE FRESHMAN? im a freshman in a new school system and im a three sport athlete and i took all the highest classes. big mistake bc i have a gpa of around 3.4 (un weighted) and a 3.8 (weighted) i don't know what do. i thought i was smart ive had a?s all my life. i want to get into a presigeous/good college like darmouth, duke, brown, cornell, stanford but i dont think i can after this year. any advice?
my grades
honors alg 2 (its a sophomore course!) B-
honors physics C+
english 9 (everyone takes same english at my school) A
honors history A
latin intermediate 2 A-/A
Next year im thinking of taking
ap history
honors english
honors precalc
honors bio
latin intermediate 3
Im tkaing a precalc course ova the summer tho so it might help
and i dont get distracted when doing homework and studying i work really hard but my life isnt working.

Wonderwall

Admin 28.06.2013. 23:00

You're doing amazingly so far! But you're asking for tips and advice to succeed high school to your highest potential to get into the Ivies, here are some tips that I learned... (hehehe I'm a freshman too.. This is a bit lengthy, but I took my time writing this so pleaseee read! Thanks:)

Here's some thoughts of how to prepare for next year, since it's the new school year these are tips to start strong and end amazingly, so your senior year shines liek diamonds!

1. Stay organized. A lot of people say this, but it really does help! Organizing your locker helps you remember to bring your supplies to class and to your house to do your homework and study.Once every semester or quarter, clean out your locker full of nonsense papers! it only takes a few minutes of your day! Organizing your notes will make them much easier to understand later on. Also, keep your desk/study space tidy, and make sure you have a clean, quiet place to study and do homework that is withdrawn from the main part of the house.

2. Take notes on everything. For most courses in middle school, high school, and junior/community college, most of what is on the tests and homework will be discussed in the class. If your teacher draws a diagram on the board, copy that down - it can help you remember the information. Don't just copy what they write on the board, either; take extensive notes on everything. Most of the time in middle school, though, the teachers will take it easy and ask you to copy it down or give you specific instructions. Still, if you want to get the best marks, copy it down.

3. Keep track of your grades. You won't get a high score if you don't aim for one. Some schools have an online place where you can check your grades whenever you want. Utilize this and make sure that you have a username and password from your teacher. If not, ask your teacher for your grade. You can average it yourself, or you can wait until the next progress report.

4. Ask for help. If you're not sure what's required for a good grade or are struggling with the coursework, ask your teacher for help. It doesn't have to be a complex question; your teacher is always happy to help you. Ask after class or in an e-mail for assistance. If your teacher is unavailable (i.e. on a vacation), ask the substitute, your parents, friends, or anyone else! Some people seem to think you are stupid if you ask questions, but ignore them. Asking questions will improve your grades and help your understanding.

5. After reading one line revise it ten times without seeing. It will stay in your mind for a longer time. It is particularly effective when you have less time for studying. Get a good night's rest. You need sleep in order to stay focused, and without it, you will have a hard time staying on task and may forget what you just learned.Put homework first. Set yourself goals and make sure you reach them before you go out and party. Having a social life is important, but your grades can affect a lot of your choices for the future. Schedule time each day to study, just as you would schedule dates or parties.

6. Think about your future. Think about it whenever you are in a hard test/quiz. People will see this, and the people will mean something to the rest of your life. The things that you do now, especially the ones that count for your grades, will be important and count for your whole life, career, college, and more. Get good grades, do your homework, and remember, homework isn't actually for "home work." It is for the teachers to know that you know the topic well and for you to get some more practice of what you need. Never slack off on something when it comes to school and think more about the future then the moment you are in during that moment in time. Keep working hard!

Good luck! I'm sure you'll get far!

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hihi 30.07.2010. 20:25

Grade 7 , supplies jr high ,advice ,please help :P?...? uhh , im going into grade 7 this year ,, and im wondering .. what are some good tips ? , like for school homework , and taking notes in class , paying attention (espicially in social studies -,-) lol , and do you think a 3 inch binder is good for 2 classes? , what's a good waay to be organized ... :S ,, please helpp , annd what's a good waay to organize your home work, time , not get sleepy , and finish 1-2 days before the due date...:S
Thnxx (: besst answer 10 points x3

hihi

Admin 30.07.2010. 20:25

Hey :]

My little sister is going into grade seven too, so I have a good idea of the stuff you'll need.

STUDYING:
- Study for twenty minutes each night, at most thirty. Don't overdue it, but at the same time, don't procrastinate.
- Study in a calm environment. Make sure the room is as quiet as possible; no stereo, no TV. If you're doing homework then music is OK but other wise keep it quiet and keep your stuff neat on your desk.
- Eat a healthy little snack when you get home or before you study. Like an apple, crackers, cheese, carrots.... something healthy if possible. Junk food makes you sleepy.
- During class, take notes. If the teacher really talks about one subject, make sure you write it down.
- Ask questions in class; even if it sounds stupid, ask it. If you don't understand it, then talk to the teacher at the end of the class or something .

HOMEWORK:
- Only listen to music, or nothing. Keep the TV off if your doing homework, it'll distract you and you'll get the answers wrong.
- If you're confused then call a friend or have them come over, you two can do it together. But make sure you're not just copying, you need to understand it. They won't be helping you on the test.
- Ask mom or dad if you get confused in something. Chances are they can help. Or if say Division is what's confusing you, ask someone on Yahoo Answers how to do long division, but do the work yourself.
- Get an agenda, when the teacher tells you your assignment then write it down RIGHT AWAY. That way you can make sure you won't be helpless that night. If you forget to write it down in one class, then call a friend for the assignment.

IN CLASS:
- When your writing notes, use clear, clean hand-writing or printing, it's your notes so what ever is easier to read for you. Write in pencil or blue pen, never red pen because you'll use that for editing.
- For notes, write down the date, title, when the assigment is due, and any other important information.
- Put the papers in your binder right away, make sure you don't leave them behind
- Get an agenda and right down your assigments as well as when they are due. As soon as the teacher says what you need to do, right it down.
- If you have homework time, try to do as much as you can in class, so you don't need to bring it home
- Don't sit next to people who will distract you, because you won't pay proper attention.

SUPPLIES:
- Binders
- Note Books
- Test Folder
- Pencil Case
- 5 Mechanical Pencils
- 2 Blue Pens
- 2 Red Pens
- 2 Erasers
- Pencil Crayons (Small Pack)
- Markers (Small Pack)
- Sharpies
- Highlighters
- Ruler
- Protractor
- Compass
- Calculator
- Mini Stapler & Staples
- Q-Cards
- Sticky Notes
- Page Keepers
- Book Mark
- Combination Lock
- Scrapbook Paper / Pictures (Locker)

YOUR QUESTIONS:
1. I put tips above the supplies :-)

2. No, use a binder for each class. You can get binders at Walmart or the Dollarstore, and they'll be pretty cheep. Trust me, you need to stay organized.

3. To be organized, keep your locker clean, your bedroom clean and make sure you write down the assignments write away. Put the papers directly into your binder and highlight only the important things, not the whole text.

4. Homework: keep them in your binders, write notes, use highlighters, study and make sure you don't take it out of your binder.

4. Time: Do your homework as soon as you get home, then you have the rest of the night to yourself. Study ten - twenty minutes each night. Also, make a schedule. Example:

- Wake Up at 6:00
- Shower at 6:10.
- Eat Breakfast at 6:30.

And keep it going for the whole day, print it off of your computer or do it on a blank page. Also, get a calander for each month and right down what your doing each day. You can right down when assigments are due, when you need to do projects, test days, what your doing with friends and more.

5. If you don't want to be tired in class, then the best thing to do is to wake up, strech, shower and then have a good fresh breakfast. Also, try to get eight hours of sleep a night. I went to bed at 9:30 in grade seven and I woke up at 6:00. When you go to sleep, turn off the lights and nightlights as well as any computer lights. Dark is better. Take a nice bath or something before bed to relax yourself.

6. Well, for assignments a lot of them are due the next morning. Just do them as soon as you get home. For projects, work on it about an hour a day until your done. If you do more then an hour you'll get frusterated, unless it's art and you like it or something.

And last, just be yourself. Make new friends, but don't forget the old ones. It's a little scary at first, but I think you'll love it.
<3 Megan

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Emerald 03.10.2008. 04:07

Help please!? About body weight!? Im not "entirely" uncomfortable with my weight. But, its just im started to get a "gut" and I really dont like it! Is there any exercises I can do to get rid of it and work effectively??? Please help! And also what can I do to make me butt tighter and my legs better??? Or to just get in shape!
What type of exercises?
I dont want to go on a diet though. I love to exercise, I just dont know what exericises to do.

Emerald

Admin 03.10.2008. 04:07

Steps

1. Determine the amount of time you will dedicate to exercising.
2. Decide on your target weight.
3. Estimate the amount of weight you must lose the first week. Increase as you progress
4. Figure out your main form of exercise- walking, treadmill, running, etc.
5. Do this exercise every day around the same time.
6. Start out slowly, your sessions will get longer as your body adjusts to the exercise.
7. To prevent yourself from getting discouraged, give yourself a small reward at the end of each day.
8. Move around every chance you get- climb stairs instead of taking the elevator, park in farthest spot in the lot,clean house more(housework burns calories too, especially vacuuming and scrubbing bathroom)
9. Anytime you're standing still, sway back and forth, tap your foot.
10. Go inside the fast food restaurant. Don't use the drive-through. Better, yet, avoid fast food restaurants altogether. Fast food tends to be very high in calories and fat.
11. If the bank's open, go inside. Resist using the drive-up ATM.
12. Don't pay at the pump. Go inside the gas station.
13. Get a stability ball and bounce or just sit on it (making sure to keep your back straight and abs firm) while watching TV, working at the home computer, etc. Special desk chairs with "stability seats" are also available at a number of stores. Once comfortable with sitting and bouncing, add some toning exercises. These too become automatic and won't distract you from watching your favorite shows.


Tips

* Set a target weight for a specific occasion, i.e. a friend's wedding in which you're a bridesmaid.
* Drink lots of water. In addition to making fat more soluble, the water provides much needed sustenance to the muscles as they become accustomed to exercise. Choose water that is fortified with minerals like potassium,magnesium and calcium. These minerals, important to maintaining electrolytes in the blood, are depleted from sweating during exercise. They also aid in keeping blood pressure down which is important to any healthy person, especially one embarking on a serious exercise regimen.
* Avoid caffeine and "diet pill" supplements containing caffeine. Although it will often decrease appetite and cause a greater initial weight loss, caffeine merely strips off water weight and dehydrates the body. If you are a coffee drinker, try to gradually reduce your intake or substitute half of your usual coffee grounds with chicory (French Market makes a coffee and chicory blend) to decrease the overall caffeine per cup.
* Lift weights. Adding muscle to your body increases your metabolism which in turn helps your body's natural ability to burn fat.


Warnings

* Don't be too hard on yourself. You won't lose ten pounds the first week. Expect a gradual weight loss.
* You will have soreness and muscle aches if you haven't vigorously exercised in awhile. Don't worry. The more you exercise the more you'll stretch your muscles and the pain will greatly decrease.
* You can lose weight just by exercising only if you keep a moderate eating pattern- not a diet, per se, just eat sensibly three times a day with healthy snacks. No one can lose weight eating a whole bag of cheddar cheese Lays every day.
* Watch for overall body condition changes, not just weight. Sometimes when making a major change to activity level, actual loss of weight is slower due to a gain in muscle tissue. Watch for changes in the fit of clothing and how you look in the mirror, not just the numbers on the scale.

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