Note: Moving this from Medium.

According to the strengths test, one of my strengths is love of learning. It’s true. I love learning about everything, have sparkly eyes whenever I learn about something new, and have a virtual garden of things I know and things I want to learn. In fact, my laptop homepage has a picture of my learning donut.

I currently study in the health allied professions while pursuing UX design and marketing. I worked for companies completely unrelated to my course. As interests, I love reading on psychology, learning how to code, calculus (lol), and a lot of other things. I enjoy reading, writing, and dietetics. I also have the habit of reading virtually most write-ups I come across upon. I’m not an expert — on anything perhaps — but I love growing my garden.

As someone who tries to live by “No to mediocrity!”, I’ve had multiple tumbles and falls through my whole journey of balancing my life. Plus, I’m honestly still in the middle of reading life advice books. I’m still in the middle of my journey, but I’ve picked up a lot of learnings along the way.

Here are 146 things I learned as a multi-hustle obsessed college student:

  1. Self-care before everything.
  2. You are responsible for your own growth and learning.
  3. All journeys are not linear.
  4. You develop yourself as a person too.
  5. It’s okay to be passionate about a lot of things.
  6. The best way to learn is through doing.
  7. The world is filled with vast knowledge.
  8. Every person is an opportunity to learn.
  9. You can pick up insights from conversations.
  10. Time blocking is key to creating dedicated times for the areas of your life.
  11. “Screw motivation, what you need is discipline”
  12. Take your large vague goals and divide them into quantifiable steps.
  13. Learn about yourself too.
  14. Think of time as an investment.
  15. The extra time scrolling online to find opportunities pays off.
  16. Create a system that works for you.
  17. What works for others may not work for you.
  18. Visual cues help in monitoring your learning and keeping you motivated.
  19. Checklists!
  20. Have daily private victories.
  21. Pareto Principle.
  22. Pascal’s Law.
  23. Consider what you want to achieve and distribute your efforts.
  24. Listen to podcasts.
  25. Never settle.
  26. Assert your skill set.
  27. Learn about elevator pitches.
  28. Uncertainty is fun.
  29. Be honest about your shortcomings.
  30. Prioritizing your health and taking care of yourself helps you maximize your learning.
  31. Subscribe to newsletters.
  32. Read the news.
  33. Good ideas come during unfocused work.
  34. Try the Pomodoro technique when studying.
  35. Really focus on your focus times.
  36. Clear distractions when you need to focus.
  37. Medium article suggestions are the best.
  38. Use keyboard shortcuts.
  39. Maximize efficiency in your workflow.
  40. Usually, the less steps, the better.
  41. Practice till the skill feels natural.
  42. Plan your day ahead.
  43. Practice foresight.
  44. Don’t spend too much time planning. Do it.
  45. Process your mistakes.
  46. Reflect daily, monthly, and annually.
  47. Literature is timeless.
  48. Create action steps after you understood and learned something.
  49. Flashcards.
  50. Join organizations.
  51. Perfection is the enemy of progress.
  52. You don’t have to do everything perfectly.
  53. Learn about philosophy.
  54. Learn how to learn.
  55. Self-talk is the worst talk.
  56. Life advice books are worth it.
  57. Always ask yourself “Why?”
  58. When trying to learn something, ask yourself, “Can I explain this to a 5 year old?” to check your understanding.
  59. Understand before remembering.
  60. There will always be people who are better than you.
  61. Your strengths are not the strengths of others just as much as their weaknesses are not your weaknesses.
  62. Never compare.
  63. There is always room for improvement.
  64. It’s normal not to get things on your first try.
  65. Embrace your mediocrity.
  66. Never be afraid to ask questions.
  67. Never stop till a question you have is answered.
  68. Learn how to type faster.
  69. There are different types of notetakers. Learn about what you are.
  70. Maximize productivity tools.
  71. Analyze your learning style and work around it.
  72. Strengthen your weaknesses.
  73. Don’t sacrifice the quality of your work.
  74. Learn about the things that make you happy.
  75. Read books.
  76. You learn things from TV shows too.
  77. Persistence and grit are key.
  78. Your brain is a muscle. Practice.
  79. Embrace your love for multi.
  80. Find a buddy you can talk with about your interests — each one.
  81. The internet has everything.
  82. Learning does not have to only start and end in school.
  83. Free trials.
  84. There are a lot of free resources online.
  85. Journalling.
  86. Take notes.
  87. Sleep.
  88. Learn when you can best use your brain power.
  89. Exercise when you feel overloaded.
  90. Be productive on your downtime.
  91. Different people have different stress thresholds.
  92. Trust your gut.
  93. Think outside the box.
  94. Have an inspiration.
  95. Have a clear mission statement.
  96. Define who you are and who you want to be.
  97. Set your boundaries.
  98. Be mentally present in meetings.
  99. Learn how to say no.
  100. Look for mentors.
  101. When doing something, always think “Does this lead to who I want to be?”
  102. Own up to your identity.
  103. Acknowledge your limits.
  104. Invest in your workspace.
  105. The interdisciplinary mindset pays off long-term
  106. You become more innovative and creative from wearing multiple hats.
  107. Being multi-talented makes you stand out.
  108. Invest in good working cultures.
  109. Active recall is key in studying.
  110. Don’t spend too much time on social media.
  111. Expand your connections.
  112. There’s no shame in being a productivity nerd.
  113. Good ideas come in the shower or while walking.
  114. Join communities of people with the same interests as yours.
  115. Teach what you learn to people.
  116. It’s okay to “nerd out”
  117. Have a second brain.
  118. Create a daily dump.
  119. Always have anything you can take notes with around.
  120. When learning something, see how it applies in your daily life.
  121. Your degree choice does not completely define your career.
  122. Your habits define who you are.
  123. Your habits on learning control your learning.
  124. You can shape, learn, or unlearn your habits.
  125. Be a good workmate.
  126. Attend webinars and conferences.
  127. You’re bound to be confused.
  128. Failure is okay.
  129. You might get questions about what you really want to do in life — or it can be recurring thought.
  130. You become more holistic.
  131. Avoid multitasking.
  132. Never be afraid to read through multiple sources.
  133. In self-directed learning, it’s harder to create learning paths but more fulfilling.
  134. Stay organized.
  135. Surround yourself with like-minded people.
  136. Keep and dream journal.
  137. Create plans about your learning.
  138. Learning styles are different for everyone.
  139. Practice kind self-talk.
  140. Support yourself.
  141. Acknowledge how far you’ve come!
  142. The more you know, the more things you can draw inspiration from.
  143. Don’t fall into the hustle trap — hustle culture promotes burnouts.
  144. Take breaks.
  145. Never stop learning.
  146. You can’t learn everything.

To all my multi-disciplined hustlers, we’re doing greeeat!

I hope my tiny musings offer some insight.

Side note: I wrote this while at a beach with no network connection. Most ideas popped up while I was walking with my legs immersed with the water. It was peaceful.