SGPsychStud: Procrastination - One of our biggest enemies

I read this post on the post on APA Style Blog: Procrastination: On Writing Tomorrow What You Should Have Written Last Year - and this does happen to me and I believe it does for some of you too.
In the old days, it was mostly just the television and the radio at most.  The reason why we have control of them is that we have the choice to ignore them with the TV and radio being less intrusive on our lives and less sudden.  We have the control to switch them off any time.  With the many modern distractions that we have in this world now (mobile phones texts, Facebook, Twitter, other social media, etc.), there is a high possibility that we get sucked in and going through them, even when there are no more new updates.  Have you ever clicked F5 on Facebook even when you know there could be no more new updates?  Do you notice the temptation to pick up your mobile phone whenever it makes the sound for notifications?  The issue with the new technologies is that they are highly intrusive and we cannot switch them off unless there is no internet at all.

My tips for resisting the procrastination and to keep your minds in your work or writing:
1.  Do whatever rubbish you have to do first before you start doing your work. And by the time you are tempted again to visit them, you have obviously done some work - even one of two hours is good.
2.  Switch all wireless and internet data connection off while you are doing your work. Another two more alternatives are to switch your phone into flight mode and/or to do your work in a place where there is no internet connection.  If you are a person who is afraid that your friends or close ones are unable to find you (due to the use of Whatsapp), you may choose to turn off the internet on your computer, with only phone notifications bothering you once in a while.
3.  Give yourself breaks during your work. Give yourself like a 5-minute toilet or coffee break every two hours and check your notifications or social networks in this period.
4.  Divide your work into small parts to be done daily or every work period (four to six hours) and focus wholly during this time frame.  With dedicated focus for a long period, you can get a lot of work done, and obviously more time left to do other rubbish..
5.  Have a time management plan for your work and assignments.  Plan and start early for your assignments.  Put down the dates for assignments and exams as early as possible in your diaries.  Always start doing your assignments two weeks before the due dates; if assignments due dates clash, then start three or four weeks for them.  This should work well with Tip 4, and is to help you to make sure that you finish your work despite the procrastination.

What are some tips or strategies you have for reducing procrastination??

SGPsychStud: Overhearing conversation about psychologists' pay in Singapore

Overhearing 2 psychology students on the train yesterday (I assume they are psychology students with their knowledge of careers in psychology)...

"Did you know that a psychologist's average pay in Singapore is only 4 to 5 thousand dollars a month?  But in overseas, a psychologist's pay in a private sector is around 9 to 10 thousand dollars.  That's almost like a professor's pay in Singapore.  Four to 5 thousands dollars is like a nurse's pay overseas.

The issue is that psychologists are not considered as prestigious as other professionals like doctors or lawyers.  Even teachers in schools seemed to be of quite a standard.

Maybe we should aim to become professors.  The main difference between professors and psychologists is that professors publish more papers.  Even if you are a psychologist in a private sector, you will only publish a few papers a year.  With more papers published, you get more fame and more pay too.."

I could hear no more, and plugged my earphones into my ears, and continue watching the movie I was watching on my phone. I did not really wished to correct them on the spot, though I had the urge, because they were somewhat correct.  So here I am writing about it, to release my urges, to correct whatever I felt was a mistake...

1)  Not all professors in Singapore get a pay of 10 thousand dollars. Some do get less.
2)  The reason for why the pay overseas are respectively higher is often because of their standard of living.  You do not pay for a plate of chicken rice or fried noodles overseas for $3 or $4.  Often, even in food-courts in Australia, the cheapest meal/main dish you can find is at least $7 to $8.  So a direct simple comparison of salary is quite a wrong way to compare.
3)  Being an academia is not an easy thing.
4)  Studying psychology is not only about getting the salary, the fame, or number of papers published.  There are often reasons why people remain as psychologists, than to go into academia. They probably have not read this post: Money vs Passion: Will being in this field get big bucks for me?

This might be a casual conversation between the two girls, with me overhearing just this part of the conversation, but this was the part I heard.  A final note to everyone studying psychology, if you are into psychology for the money, you are probably in the wrong field of work or studies..

Disclaimer: The conversation abstract may not be fully accurate as I am just iterating whatever I can remember that I heard. The conversation was mostly in Singlish, but I have written it to be more of a proper and correct English level.

Science Vs Arts in Psychology

This question has been asked too many times, hence it deserves a post to be used to explain it..

We often see Bachelors of Science (BSc) in Psychology and Bachelors of Arts (BA) in Psychology, and people may ask what the difference is between these programs, when sometimes both are offered in the university?

Basically I have to start off with talking about the scientist-practitioner model.  The other post that mentioned this was one of the posts that was written during the start of this blog, and it explains the scientist-practitioner model: So what am I going to study in Psychology? (Diploma/Bachelors).
Pretty much most psychological programs follows this model, and so what happens is that the BSc have their structure more towards the scientist side, focusing more on research, while the BA may focus more on the various topics required by the practitioner. However, all the theoretical concepts would be similarly taught in both types of programs, hence the main difference may be as mentioned before.

So why do some schools offer both programs?  This may be to cater to students to allow them to choose the types of electives they may want to fit their own education, hence more different types of arts and social sciences modules for the BA while more research and statistics modules for the BSc.