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Republic of Tom

Discipline is simultaneously one of the most important skills to master and most difficult to obtain in today’s world of many distractions. So heading into the busiest periods of the trimester I offer to thee, dear reader, a unique method that this arts and commerce student adopted to increase discipline in his life.

I decided what was needed in my life was a constitution: a codified document to which my life would be religiously run by.  So I paralleled myself with a nation. Welcome to the Republic of Tom, similar to New Zealand, a young nation (young-adult) in a world saturated with many, much more powerful and resource rich nations (except there’s over seven billion nations for me to contend with).

Each article of this “constitution” addressed the areas to which I wished to increase discipline in my life. Resource Consumption concerns oil (usage of time), the more a nation consumes the more polluted and useless its environment becomes (yay aging). Environment Protection concerns what was being put into and how I was using the environment (food, exercise, and spirituality). Cyber Security, protecting the nation’s digital assets (social media use and its maintenance). Education Act, this one should be pretty easy to interpret. Finally, not necessarily a constitutional article, but the national budget (monitoring spending, saving moulah, oh that’s right I have a loan).

By all means this hasn’t been my first attempt; I am a fourth year student and still wrestling with the evil axis of procrastination powers. Most of us aren’t very effective at fighting it and gossip in awe of those nations (hard working students) who are. But keep trying because eventually you will find something that will work for you and you will begin to feel control in the direction you’re taking your life.

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