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5 Pro Tips To Help You Fight Procrastination

13 Sep 2017 by Lynette Goh

We are all guilty of procrastinating – which inevitably leads to frustration and anxiety when your to-do list piles up. Don’t fret, here are a few tried-and-tested tips to help you fight the P-bug and get productive instead.

#1 BREAK YOUR TASKS DOWN INTO SMALLER STEPS

Between the ever-piling workload and looming deadlines, we tend to put things off until the last minute, and end up scrambling to get it all done in one day. Consider breaking work up into smaller, more doable parts. Start by getting the menial bits out of the way, such as responding to e-mails and doing research, before focusing on the larger task at hand. Think of it as mini goals to complete so you’ll get a sense of accomplishment after each one, helping you to stay motivated. Remember, a little goes a long way!

#2 TUNE OUT DIGITAL DISTRACTIONS

You’ve gotten into the zone, but all it takes to snap you out of that smooth work flow is a tiny ping from your mobile device. Know when to set your phone aside and only allow yourself to check social media during study breaks. If you’re not comfortable going off the grid entirely, simply disable all push notifications and put it on flight mode when you get down to work.

Bonus: Turn to ambient sound generators such as Noisli or A Soft Murmur to block out distractions while helping you relax. 

#3 FIND A STUDY BUDDY

If you find yourself having a hard time concentrating while studying on your own, grab yourself a like-minded study buddy who can keep you in check should you start slipping into procrastination mode (and vice-versa). Having a trusty friend around lets you bounce ideas off one another and brainstorm solutions together, making the arduous process a less painful one. Just be sure to pick the right pal and not end up distracting each other instead!

#4 SWITCH UP YOUR ENVIRONMENT

Take a look around your current workspace – does it make you feel inspired or does it stress you out? If your answer is the latter, a change of scenary might do you good. Instead of sitting in front of your laptop all day in your unkempt workspace, head over to the library for some light reading or set up camp at a cosy cafe with a cuppa in hand. Working in a conducive environment not only helps to maximise productivity, it also puts you in a healthier state of mind to get your brain juices flowing.

Bonus: Adding personal touches to your workspace (where possible) such as plants or family photos, to your workspace will make it feel like a place you’d actually want to hunker down for hours at. 

#5 TREAT YO’ SELF

Whenever you tick a task off your to-do list, celebrate your successes – no matter how big or small – by rewarding yourself. Be it treating yourself to a meal, indulging in retail therapy or buying yourself that concert ticket to see your favourite band, make it a habit to give yourself a reward when it’s due. This gives you an incentive to work harder towards your goal, so you can go ahead and let loose knowing fully well you’ve earned the reward. You deserve it!

Featured image: Nick Morrison on Unsplash 

This article was adapted from the September 2017 issue of Teenage.

What are your personal tips for fighting the procrastination bug? Share the wisdom in the comment section! 

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Forget camping at Starbucks or McDonald’s. Here’s a complete list of the best mugging spots you can head to in Singapore, libraries, co-working spaces and all. 

THE A11EY

The A11ey
Address: S9 Building, 55 Serangoon North Avenue 4, #02-03 Singapore 555859 
Tel: 8820 2117/9487 4972
Opening hours: 24/7
Amenities: Wi-Fi, power outlets, storage locks, printing services, water dispenser, study lamps
Rates: $6 for 3h, $10 for 6h and $15 for 12h

Touted as a co-working and study space, The A11ey is a cosy nook in the heartlands that’ll provide a comfortable and conducive study environment while saving you a pretty penny. And it also has different work spaces depending on your requirements, from individual slots to group and discussion rooms. The A11ey charges their visitors in hourly blocks, with the most affordable being only $15 for a 12-hour slot – the place even has a promo offering “Free 3 hours with every hashtag”, ensuring the study session literally never ends. 

Desk Next Door

Desk Next Door

Address: 416 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, #01-977 Teck Ghee Heartlands Singapore 560416 
Tel: 8151 8068
Opening hours: 9am – 10:30pm daily
Amenities: Wi-Fi, power outlets, printing and laminating services, laptop rental, water dispenser
Rates: $3 for 2h, $6 for 5h, $10 for 10h

Buckling down sans any distractions will be easy at Desk Next Door, a simply furnished pay-per-use study area at a shophouse in Ang Mo Kio that charges as little as $1 per hour depending on which session rate you pick. 

The Study Area

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Address: Oxley Bizhub 61 Ubi Road 1, #02-40 Singapore 408727
Blk 201 Hougang St 21, #01-07 Singapore 530201
Opening hours: 24/7
Amenities: Wi-Fi, customisable workspace, power outlets, personal lockers, scanning facilities, CCTV 
Rates: $12 for 12h, $18 for full-day booking (Rates differ per group size)

Intense mugging sessions ain’t got nothing on The Study Area (TSA), highly conducive, interruption-free zones at Ubi and Kovan respectively, catered for students and working adults alike. TSA even offers Dolce Gusto capsules for coffee lovers who’d like to enjoy a good cuppa without stepping out.

Study Box

Study Box

Address: Bugis Village, 67B Queen Street, Singapore 188546
Tel: 8338 5672 (Contact via WhatsApp)
Opening hours: 7:30am-10:30pm
Amenities: Wi-Fi, snacks and drinks, power outlets, printing, scanning and laminating services
Rates: $3.5/hr, promo price of $1.50 from 2nd hour onwards

A no-frills “communal space to realise your dreams”, The Study Box is conveniently located in Bugis Village. Apart from hot-desking options, The Study Box also has discussion rooms available for as low as $6 per hour, which is perfect for project work and group study sessions. 

Study One Corner

Study One Corner
Address: [email protected], 228 Changi Road #05-08 Singapore 419741
Tel: 9155 9408/9336 4004
Opening hours: 24/7
Amenities: Wi-Fi, power outlets, photocopy & printing services, Dolce Gusto coffee machine, Snacks & drinks 
Rates: From $1.50/hr 

As Study One Corner’s Facebook info cheekily reads: “Who said corner only meant to lepak? Study also can.” This cosy ‘corner’ provides not only a conducive studying environment; it also has friendly staff that’ll help visitors feel right at home. 

Coffeemin

Coffeemin
Address: Clarke Quay Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street #02-32 Singapore 059817 
Jurong East JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1 #02-11, Singapore 609731 
Tel: 6222 6100 (Clarke Quay branch), 6904 4045 (JCube branch)
Opening hours: 11am – 9:30pm 
Amenities: Wi-Fi, power outlets, Snacks & drinks, games 
Rates: $6 for 1st hour during weekdays, $8 for 1st hour during weekends, $1 for every subsequent 10 minutes, $30 for full-day

Branding itself as “your home away from home”, Coffeemin kinda seems like the IRL version of the Room of Requirement from Harry Potter – visitors are able to study, play games or simply chill for highly affordable prices. Plus, they also offer modern calligraphy, leather crafting and other handy workshops to unleash your creative juices!

EBC Lifestyle Hub 

 

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Address: 50 Tagore Lane #05-04, Singapore 787494
Tel: 6511 2929 
Opening hours: 9am – 6pm
Amenities: Wi-Fi, power outlets, workout equipment 

Tucked away in Tagore Lane, EBC Lifestyle Hub is a gem of a building that offers self-storage solutions, serviced offices and now co-working spaces that start from as little as $14.90 a day. And don’t worry if it’s a little out off the way – EBC Lifestyle Hub also has an eatery and a grocer that’ll settle any hunger pangs. 

Lowercase

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Address: LASELLE College of the Arts Block D, 1st McNally Street, #01-01 Singapore 187940
Tel: 6337 5581
Opening hours: Mon to Thu: 9:30am – 9:30pm Fri: 9:30am – 10:30pm Sat: 10:30am – 10:30pm
Amenities: Wi-Fi, Power outlets 

Cafe by day and bar by night, it’s not uncommon to see students mugging away at Lowercase, the picturesque cafe housed within LASELLE grounds. While we’ve tried to steer away from F&B establishments, its undeniable that Lowercase is a student-friendly environment that’s perfect for a chill mugging sesh. 

HubQuarters @ *SCAPE

Scape

Address: *SCAPE #04-01, Singapore 237978
Tel: 6521 6565
Opening hours: 9am – 9pm, closed on Sundays
Amenities: Wi-Fi, Power outlets

*SCAPE isn’t just a prime hangout spot for dancers-in-training, it’s also a co-working/studying space for students and young entrepreneurs alike. And in the spirit of balancing work and play, easily unwind and reward yourself with the many food, entertainment and shopping options in the area. 

Libraries 

Heading to the nearest library is a no brainer, but there are some standout libraries worth venturing out of the neighbourhood for. 

Tampines Regional Library 

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Address: 1 Tampines Walk, #02-01 Our Tampines Hub, Singapore 529684 
Opening hours: 10am – 9pm
Amenities: Wi-Fi, Power outlets 

The newly reopened Tampines Regional Library now boasts an indoor playground, a culinary studio, a running track and even a heritage gallery spanning across five floors of the community hub. For the students who can’t snag a spot at the study lounge, you’ll still be able to settle into cosy reading nooks, or spread your textbooks over the various communal workspaces and discussion corners scattered throughout the expansive library. 

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Library Orchard
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Address: 277 Orchard Road, #03-12/#04-11 orchardgateway Singapore 238858
Opening hours: 10am – 9pm

Aesthetic isn’t the only thing keeping students from flocking back to the IG-approved [email protected] Granted, this space isn’t as suitable for long periods of studying, but it’s great for brief cram sessions in-between town hangouts. 

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Address: 8 Raffles Avenue #03-01, Singapore 039802
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm

An underrated gem, the main draw of this arts-centric library (for exam season least) would be its lush furnishings – think leather chairs and sturdy tables – that ensure maximum comfort throughout your stay.

National Library/Lee Kong Chian Reference Library

Address: 100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064
Opening hours: 10am – 9pm

The motherlode of all public libraries, this IG-worthy building is the ideal spot for muggers looking to hit the books. Whether it’s snagging yourself a plush arm chair for some light reading at the library’s basement levels, or heading up to its Reference library (level 7-11) to camp out at their many study tables, you’ll definitely be able to study in peace here. Just remember to bring a jacket as it can get pretty chilly. 

Schools

 Singapore Management University (SMU)

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Address: 71 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178895
Opening hours: 24/7 

Located in the heart of town, SMU’s city campus has outdoor study areas at their ground and basement levels that even non-SMU students often head to. It’s an ideal spot for evening study sessions, but be warned that it can get quite noisy at times – avoid if you need absolute silence to study! 

Yale-NUS Library

Yale-NUS

Address: 20 College Avenue West, #01-401 Singapore 138529
Tel: 6601 3551
Opening hours: Weekdays: 8:30am – 6pm Weekends: 10am – 6pm

Not studying at NUS? No problem! The Yale-NUS Library allows public access to not only its vast library, but also its designated Study Space during opening hours. Head down if you’d like an interruption-free cramming session during the daytime.  

Sengkang Community Centre (SKCC)

SKCC

Address: Sengkang Square #04-01/02, Singapore 545025
Opening hours: 24/7 

A popular haunt for students living in the Northeast, SKCC provides more than a proper study setup – they offer free flow of food and beverages as well! If all 3 study rooms are fully occupied, students can still snag a seat at one of the many tables located at the ground level. For group discussions, try booking one of the private meeting rooms at [email protected] CC, a recent initiative for working adults. 

There are over 200 RCs that provide study areas, especially during examination season, so if you haven’t already found a suitable spot on this list, you could try heading down to your neighbourhood CC. 

Study Area at JCube 

JCube
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Address: JCube 2 Jurong East Central 1, Singapore 609731
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm

There’s tons to see and do at the most popular mall in the West – even study. Students who don’t mind the hustle and bustle can head to the communal tables around the second and third levels of JCube for a quick mugging session during off-peak hours. 

Featured image: The A11ey

Did we miss any of your favourite study spots? Sound out in the comment section with your thoughts and recommendations! 

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The ZALORA Scholarship is back for the third year running! ZALORA will be awarding scholarships to six tertiary students from Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia and Philippines – each scholar will receive S$3,000 sponsored towards their tuition fees and a paid internship opportunity. Similar to previous years, students’ submissions will have to be in accordance to the theme, with 2017’s theme being “Redesign the online shopping experience for the next generation of shoppers”. 

 

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ZALORA encourages students to explore innovative and creative ways to conceptualise how online and offline shopping experiences will evolve in 10 years time. According to a press release by ZALORA, “Applicants can submit their compelling insights on post-millennial consumption styles based on their perceptions and analysis on factors such as shifts in social media usage, societal changes, technological changes in their preferred format including essay, video, or even infographics. Winning entries will be selected based on creativity, innovation and relevance to the theme as well as their analytical skills and academic results.” 

All entries should be submitted by 30th September 2017, 11pm Singapore time (GMT +8).  For more info on application details and eligibility criteria, head to www.zalora.sg/scholarship, or e-mail ZALORA at [email protected]. Good luck!

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6 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Studies Abroad

15 Aug 2017 by Teenage

Whether you’re heading abroad to study, participate in an exchange programme or even to work, here are some tips on how to make the most of your time in a new country.

Embrace The Culture

Don’t be a tourist – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live like a local, so make an effort to immerse yourself in their unique way of life. Hop on an open-top bus tour to discover the city landmarks, soak up the rich heritage at museums, and join in the festivities. While at it, get social with the locals so they can clue you in on authentic recommendations and the lesser-known places to visit beyond the tourist traps.

Breach That Language Barrier 

If you’re visiting a country that speaks in their native tongue, spruce up on the local lingo before the trip to avoid getting lost in translation. You can pick up a guidebook or rely on an app for a handful of essential phrases, but if you’re planning on staying for extended periods, it might be a good idea to sign up for a language course at your overseas institution and master it as you go along. Having a basic grasp of the native language will not only help to enrich you day-to-day experiences, you’ll also come home with a new skill. Win-win!

Get A Side Gig

For those who have time to spare in between classes, put it good news by getting an internship at a local firm or a part-time job. Popular options include tutoring, translation assignments or data entry work, but there are also plenty of on-campus opportunities you can find through your school’s international student centre. Apart from earning extra pocket money to fund your expenses, you are expanding your career prospects beyond your homeland. Who knows, it might open up doors to a slew of employment offers!

Make Time For Travel

The best part about studying abroad is of course, the travelling! Take the opportunity to venture out to neighbouring destinations – it’s a way to see the world, plus it’s more affordable compared to flying from home. Setting up camp in Asia? Go on a weekend getaway to nearby Thailand, Indonesia or Vietnam. On exchange in eastern Europe? Head on a road trip ad explore the western part of the continent such as France, Germany and Sweden. Bonus tip: travel with a buddy so you can share the costs!

Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail

We can’t stress enough the importance of planning ahead, especially when you’re all alone in an unfamiliar land. For a start, get major responsibilities such as finances, accommodation and academic schedule out of the way so you’ll have an easier time settling down. Also, don’t forget to familiarise yourself with the transportation routes and take note of all the public holidays to avoid turning up for school on days off.

Attendance Is Compulsory

At the end of the day, remember the you’re bounded by study commitments. Even though the attendance policy may not be as strict overseas, it’s important that you show up for classes and practice good self-discipline when managing work and play. Just think of all the fun after-school activities you can participate in with your new-found friends! 

Feature Image: Ezra Jeffrey on Unsplash

This article was adapted from the July 2017 issue of Teenage. 

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6 Easy Ways To Stand Out At Your Internship

14 Aug 2017 by Fabian Loo

As an intern, you might think that you’re just a lowly ranked worker in the giant corporate ladder – your youth and fresh perspectives does makes you an invaluable asset. Here are some tips you can adopt to help you shine bright like the diamond you’ll soon become. 

1. Don’t shun the small stuff

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“Lots of interns tell themselves they’ll have no trouble putting up with grunt work in order to get a foot in the door, only to realize how much of that drudgery is crucial to keeping an organization running.”
– Rich Bellis, Fast Company

You might think that plain old paperwork, sorting through emails, or data-entry can’t possibly value-add to your job experience (you’re here to learn after all, right?). But in the grand scheme of things, you’ll soon appreciate and realise that what you’re doing in an integral part of the company process. 

2. Take initiative

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You might be drawing an intern pay check, but the amount of effort you put in should rival that of the other full-timers in the company. Don’t just sit around and surf Facebook and wait for jobs to come to you. Nothing to do? Ask to be tasked with something. Not sure how to do it? Ask for guidance and mentorship. In the end, your enthusiasm will show, and it’ll make you look like a great team player. And you’ll learn so much more during your internship stint. 

3. Be ready for (constructive) feedback

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“Ask for feedback–constantly. Don’t be afraid to look at yourself in the mirror and improve.”
– Lauren Berger, founder of The Intern Queen (Levo)

It’ll probably be you first time doing something, so expect to get criticism. That’s the only way you can learn and improve. Don’t feel like you’ve failed miserably just because you haven’t been praised. And don’t be afraid to ask for feedback – they’re important markers of your skill level and help show whether you are ready for bigger, more important tasks. 

4. Don’t act like an intern

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This might come as a surprise, but you’re now working in a corporate world. It’s the real deal. Don’t act like the slob that you are and expect someone else to clear up your mess. The workplace is going to force you to become an adult, and the faster you learn that, the more successful you’ll stand out. 

5. Learn the language

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Different industries will have their own lingo and abbreviation. Seasoned workers would be using them so naturally that they’ll expect you to know it too. Pick them up quickly so you’ll be able to communicate with them effectively and efficiently. 

6. Let your passion guide you

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Above all, you should let your passion drive you in your day-to-day work. If you’re truly passionate about a job industry or a certain job function, you’ll naturally ask questions, seek feedback, and learn everything you need to help you gain an intimate understanding. So it’s important to choose an internship you’re passionate about, and let it guide you. 

Teenage is on the lookout for interns! Wanna join our team? Send your CV to [email protected]!

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