For this week’s blog post, you get the pleasure of a triple humanities major’s take on the scientific method.

The Background

A key part of my responsibilities as a Clools intern is posting on our various social media accounts. During the hours I’ve spent searching for articles, I’ve come across quite a few very interesting ones boasting a number of ways entrepreneurs can improve themselves. When I went to decide what my Clools blog for the week was to be about, I thought it may be interesting to try one of these articles. And so I choose one called “5 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Invest In.” The experiment was simple; I would invest time into the five things the articles lists: meditation, sleep, speed-reading, exercise, and mentorship.

The Experiment

Meditation

I’ve heard a lot about the benefits of meditation, but it never interested me. The last 10 minutes of the yoga class I take at home are spent meditating, but I always left class before that part. Well Tami (my yoga instructor), you’ll be proud to know, things are about to change. I downloaded the app the article recommended, Headspace. The plan: to meditate for 10 minutes the first day (19/10), adding 5 minutes to every day thereafter. I would meditate during my lunch break, which is typically from 1:00 p.m. till 2:00 p.m. to try to calm myself in the middle of the day.

Sleep

As a college intern, I have a horrific sleep schedule. I go to bed late, stay up for an extra hour or more on my phone, then wake-up early. The lack of sleep is enough to drive anyone mad. The plan: in bed by 10:30 p.m., with my phone away by 11:00. I will get up in the morning between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. depending on my agenda for the day.

Speed-Reading

Because this is a five-day experiment, I’m making an alteration to the speed-reading suggestion in the article. The plan: instead of speed-reading, I’m simply going to read. I spend my whole day reading for work, so at night, after yoga perhaps, I’m going to read a book I’ve chosen, and not something for work, for at least 30 minutes. While this doesn’t have the same goal as speed-reading, I could discover other benefits.

Exercise

I exercised a lot at home in the States, but once I arrived in Florence, it was no longer a priority. It’s been two months since I’ve properly exercised so this blog is the perfect excuse to get back into it. The plan: to join a yoga studio and go after work as much as possible, the minimum being three times per week. I want to go more than that, but sometimes life happens, so I’m being nice to myself.

Mentorship

This one is probably going to be the easiest because I already have mentors through my wonderful boss, Suzi, and one of the location coordinators in my internship program. The plan: nothing really. I’ll just carry on learning from them, and if you’re lucky I’ll share some of their gems of wisdom.

Stay tuned for the results!

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