Night Owls Are More Successful

I Don't Care What Anyone Else Says, Night Owls Are More Successful Than Early Birds

The early bird doesn't always get the worm.

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I am a night owl and I say this maybe because I want to find evidence for myself stating how I can be more successful in the future. But, one thing is for certain, my mind does work better at later hours of the day. If my parents want to wake me up at five or six in the morning, I notice that my mind does not function. I would need a huge amount of coffee, preferably a large cup to get my mind going, yet at night, I don't need coffee or energy drinks to keep me alive.

Why?

Maybe it's because I'm a gamer. I like to stay up all night to beat my levels. Maybe it's because I like working in the dark, away from glaring eyes and judging expressions. The dark is something I embrace, which explains the nightly episodes of watching "Batman" and singing in the dark. There is a certain peace that I love, and working in the daytime is just sometimes too much noise.

My brother waking up, having a temper tantrum about how much he doesn't want to go to school, my parents rushing to and fro finding their car and house keys simply give me a rambunctious headache in the mornings. Compared to the nighttime after everybody dozes off in their bed, that is when I can give my mind the quiet it deserves, and that is when my gears start turning.

That is when I start thinking of writing plots for my currently working novel, the goals I will be having for next semester, helping my family by doing chores around the house. That is where I can multitask by eating a bag of chips and switching it off with Netflix and Chill (by myself, of course). Sitting in the dark away from all the people in the outside world gives myself the impression that only I can make my own choices, with no one else disrupting my thought process.

However, my parents don't understand it. They believe that "the early bird catches the worm." And no matter how many times I say to them, that phrase is WAY too overrated, they can't understand. They will not be open-minded about it.

Why?

Because they were raised by their parents a certain way. At their time and age, their parents have told them to keep pushing themselves to be able to get into college. Back then, it was more challenging considering only a certain percentage of their graduating class would be lucky enough to get a proper education. Both my mom and dad worked hard to achieve their goals by waking up early to memorize lists of vocab and do thousands of problems to improve their expertise in school subjects.

Times are changing, though. Now, there are so many selections of schools out there students can apply to, and each school has their own form of excellence. Whether it would be art, science, research, humanities, math, the list goes on and on, every student can find a certain trait or skill in themselves that they can depend on to give them their own individual success.

Mine is writing. And because it is writing, I struggle with it a lot. Not because I don't know what to write, but because morning just isn't my prime time. The morning correlates to sleepy eyes and messy ruffled hair. Most of the time, when I do wake up at a normal prime early time of the day, it takes me ages to drag myself out of bed. Between 6 AM and 6 PM, I would personally say I am more active around 6 PM. Maybe that's why I sleep so late.

And that's where the pattern keeps continuing.

But one thing is for certain: if you're a night owl, don't try to be an early bird. Your mind isn't wired that way. You do you and keep pushing forward.

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27 Things To Do With Your Friends When You're Bored

A little bit of fun for any season.
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I am sure many could relate: you are texting or sitting around with your friends and no one knows what they want to do, everyone is bored, and everyone is flat out of ideas that are actually realistic and achievable. Boredom makes an appearance at it's finest moments... always.

Here are 27 things you can do with your friend in just about any season (some are exclusive to a particular season) when boredom takes over!

1. Find a local coffee shop to try out.

2. Or better yet, find a local restaurant that you’ve all been wanting to try.

3. Go shopping at each others' favorite stores.

4. Tie balloons with positive messages inside of them to random places in your town to uplift a few souls.

5. Cook a homemade meal for a homeless person and deliver it.

6. Get crafty and create a time capsule that you and your friends can open after (x) amount of years.

7. Make your own sushi.

8. Plant flowers in little pots for your homes.

9. Road trip to random local cities and do some exploring.

10. Have a photo shoot.

11. Buy or create a blank page’s journal filled art, writing, sketches, and pictures of your friends that can be used as a memory book.

12. Visit a pumpkin patch.

13. Go stargazing in the middle of the night with a blanket and a few midnight snacks.

14. Go to a haunted house.

15. Go to a movie with the group.

16. Have a giant sleepover with board games, snacks, movies, and crazy pajamas.

17. Have a game night with the peeps.

18. Have a gingerbread making contest.

19. Have a bonfire when it gets cool outside.

20. Make homemade ice cream.

21. Search on maps for the nearest natural spring or river and go swimming or canoeing.

22. Take a camera, your group of friends, and stroll around town taking pictures of your adventure.

23. Use the pictures you take on your adventures and create a photo wall in your home.

24. Have a "Madea" movie night.

25. Throw a themed party.

26. Write letters of encouragement to children (or adults) in hospitals.

27. Look up random keywords on YouTube for possibly some of the best videos ever.

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12 Ways To Save Money During The Summer When All You Want Is To Spend It

Saving is important year round, but it's most important in the summer

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Over the summer, everyone normally has more free time than during the year, and that means more time to spend more money. Saving money over the summer is important, not only so you can be prepared to pay for things in the future, but also so you can enjoy your summer and no be stressed about how much money you've spent. Saving money is something that should happen year round, but it's especially important to do in the summer.

1. Create a budget

Starting the summer off on the right foot is super important to stay on track throughout the rest of the summer. A budget is something that you should have year round, but it's important to adjust it for your summer plans.

2. And stick to it

Not only do you have to make a budget, but you have to stick to it. If you don't follow your budget, you're wasting time and money, and it's hard to keep on top of finances.

3. Take advantage of student discounts

During the summer, college students find themselves with a lot more free time than in the school year. When you're planning what to do with your extra time, make sure to look if the place offers student discounts or not. Why pay full price when you don't have to?

4. Don't always go out to eat

College students tend to spend time with their friends going out for food or for drinks, and that adds up fast. If you have friends over to cook dinner, it can be healthier and cheaper to do.

5. Sublet

If you have an apartment you're not going to be staying in, or need to stay in Columbus, it's beneficial both ways to sublet. Neither way do you have to pay full price on an apartment, and any discount, no matter how small, saves you money

6. Take day trips

Obviously, no one wants to stay in one place the whole summer, but travel is super expensive. By going on day trips you get to see more of the state or city, but you don't have to pay for lodging overnight. It's a good way to get out without eating into your budget.

7. Walk around

Columbus has great parks and trails that not enough people think about using when they're planning what they want to do. If you walk around outside, you can spend as much time you want there and you don't have to pay anything.

8. Split costs with friend

Do both of you need a Hulu and a Netflix account? Why not share the costs and the passwords with each other, so that you both can save some extra cash in the future. This doesn't just have to be with streaming services, but it can apply to food and parking costs as well.

9. Don't impulsively buy big items

Maybe you've worked a ton recently to start saving for summer, or you have graduation money flowing in. You feel like it doesn't matter how much you spend, but it does. If you hold off on those purchases, and you save your money, you'll be in a better spot financially at the end of the summer.

10. Get a job

The obvious one. If you're doing an unpaid internship or your normal job isn't offering you many hours, then getting a second job where you can work to have a little more money can help you achieve your savings goal.

11. Don't be too hard on yourself

The hardest part of setting goals is when you don't achieve them. Even if you haven't saved exactly as much as you wanted, making even a small change can help your financial wellbeing and can be enough to make small changes in the future.

12. Don't force yourself to make big changes

Everyone's saving tips to Millennials are to stop getting coffee every single day from places like Starbucks. While cutting down on spending in these ways will greatly help you save money, it's not the only thing that will help. There's no reason to make yourself miserable in order to follow the rules of someone else for a small change financially.

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