Avoiding The Mid-Semester Slump


Add-drop has come to an end, and papers and readings are beginning to pile up. You even might have had your first quiz this past week! As the school is going full steam ahead, you may be noticing that the initial motivation you had just two weeks ago is fading away. If you’re feeling like you are losing momentum, here are few tips to help you regain your focus and power through your work:


Computer Fatigue

Linnea Osterberg

As the end of term approaches and my to-do list grows, I have found myself spending more and more time on my computer. As much as I love my laptop, I have noticed that the more time I spend staring at my computer, the more I am prone to headaches, dry & irritated eyes, and eye strain. This is a common problem for most people, so today I thought I would share some useful tips for reducing “computer fatigue”.

1. The 20-20-20 Rule

This is an often cited rule which I have included because it works. Every 20 minutes take 20 seconds to look away from your computer screen and focus on something at least 20 feet away from you. For those with an apple computer there is a nifty free app called Time Out Free which will dim out your screen for a set amount of time every x minutes. You can even customize it so that certain programs (such as Skype, iTunes, and DVDplayer) will disable to dim-out feature when they are being used. There are many other such applications for Mac, I just happen to use Time Out Free and really like it. Computers running GNU/Linux or Microsoft Windows need not worry, there are plenty of similar programs out there for your systems. One which looks promising is Workrave (I do not have a windows computer so I have not tested it for myself but online reviews look good).


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