According to Brian Tracy’s research, 85% of why we do anything is because of what we’ll get out of it. Sometimes having a visual board picturing our long term goal is just not enough. We tend to be impatient and in need of some kind of short term reward.

Defining and structuring rewards once a small milestone has been accomplished is very important in order for you to associate the accomplishment of your “baby step” with something pleasurable.

Plan these rewards at the beginning of each day so you have something to work towards. Whether it’s a social event, a piece of cake or an episode of your favorite series, make sure that you find something that works and helps you achieve. Don’t forget to reward yourself for your biggest accomplishment this month.


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I never use to believe in “order and organized room”. I found peace in the chaos and always told myself that “I know where stuff is, its okay if its chaotic”.

And I kept believing that until the video of Brian Tracy slayed that thought with the following statement: “you may know where every item is, but you are using your memory, energy and precious will power in order to recall where the specific item is. By having a specific place for everything, you increase your productivity by 20% to 40%, solely because you don’t lose time and effort remembering where XYZ is hiding.”

I am not saying that your workplace needs to be tidy all the time! Some people, my mother included, are extremely visual and need their papers spread everywhere to perform well. I am not saying that you shouldn’t be that kind of messy. Some people need to create a mess to do great things.

My point is: do not start creating a mess when your workplace is already a mess. Make sure that before any project or task, that your place is tidy and clear. Then mess it up if that’s how you work.


Some people demand way too much from their body, draining it from energy by working too hard. A good lesson I learned was to work more when you’re in the zone, and relax when you’re not. So don’t force it: once you’ve tapped out, take a nap, a walk, ice cream, recharge.

It’s normal to have days where you just can’t work and days where you’ll work 12h straight. – Alain Paquin, Whatsnexx.


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Write down anything that distracts you: google researches, random thoughts, new ideas, whatever. The point is, if you write them down, they’ll stop bubbling up when you’re in the zone.

I day dream, trail off and unfortunately lose a lot of time doing so. To all the day dreamers out there, I get you. Focusing and concentrating for more than 5 minutes on a task is quite hard for us. Our mind tends to drift and show us images and stories that appeal to us and that we’d love to watch instead of bossing out that boring essay.

But this guide is about disciplining ourselves, and as much as I get that day dreaming is good for the soul, we need to stay on track. The distraction notepad is what helped me: every time I started thinking about an emergency I needed to attend or an important phone call I needed to do, I would write it in my distraction pad.


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Set the mood with background music. Some people love the “Piano in the background” or “Deep focus” playlist on Spotify. But I personally never liked to work to music. Silence is better as I find everything else a distraction.

Until I’ve found the Working in Hogwarts background sound. I like to pretend I am with Hermione and, since she’s portrayed as a good student, I automatically make myself her study buddy, increasing my value as a good student. This simple role play helped me believe that I am highly effective and in the long run, at achieve more.


By picking a spot and recurrently going there to study, your brain will be more inclined to work when you arrive there. Work out your optimum study method by trying different things out and find a dedicated study space and time.

While looking for your study zone make sure it’s a place that minimizes interruptions: it helps you concentrate and get things done faster. Once you’ve figured that out, make sure that when you work, you work and that when you play, you play. Don’t mix the two.

Hope this helps! The one that worked the best for me was the system of rewards, not necessarily because I was getting something out of my work.. but because it would remind me to what frequency I was smashing goals. Most of us forget how far we have come and this reminder has helped me have more self-confidence over time.



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Over the years I have created many guides and checklist that aim to help you save time. Here are a list of them just in case you might miss out on a few:

  1. My 1st E-Book: a resource that has help me become a boss at Time Management. Moreover, it has also helped me create more time for what I love and get to my goals faster. It is lengthy, however it is arguably the best Time Management piece of research out there.
  2. The Time Management Actionable Sheets: a summary of my E-Book. These sheets have conserved the absolute essential actions you need to take to make the most out of your time. Do not skip any steps!
  3. My Before & After CV Transformation: a resource that has collected my CVs for the past 7 years to help you not only craft a great CV, but to also show you that everyone can start mediocre and grow exponentially.
  4. How To Land a Job Faster Guide: a resource that aims to give you all of the tips and recommendations I have used during my career. This will help you avoid some common mistakes students do when starting off with their job applications.

To conclude, the aim of this website is to help you have the best fresh start at University and with your career. There is nothing that gives me more happiness and joy but to hear your positive feedback on how helpful my content has been. Contact me if you have any feedback for me!


Much affection,

Francesca Michaud

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