Think!If you think positively and realistically about your homework as soon as you get home from school, you will be much more likely to get it done. Plan ahead. Will you have the whole night free? Make sure you don't spend your time playing (if you do your homework first you won't have to plan this as much). If you are someone who needs pressure to get things done, plan activities after school so you will be productive inside and outside of schoolwork. Even just seeing the great benefits from following these steps means you are serious about becoming more responsible and are heading in the right direction. Good for you!
Act! As soon as you get home, it's important to act quickly so that you do not fall into the temptation of the computer, or whatever else is preventing you to complete your homework as soon as you get home.
- Put all the supplies you will need to do your homework in your room, on your desk, or wherever you do your homework.
- Grab a bottle of water the morning before, and a pack of something or a piece of fruit- nothing that has to be refrigerated -and put them with the school supplies, so that you have a snack in case you are hungry after school.
Determination! It's great that you'd like to do your homework with your precious after school hours, but it's important to keep determined. Although the weather might be nice, or that new something or other is begging you to play it, you have to stay determined, or you'll be back to square one.
Breaks! Although you want to do your homework as soon as you get home, it's important not to overwork yourself. Take a ten minute break every hour, and get some water, take a short walk, or even check your Facebook/Myspace. Just don't start going onto Facebook/Myspace if you aren't yet determined, or you'll probably spend your night on there.
Concentration! It's important to concentrate when you are reading that book for your book report or writing your history essay. If you have a cell phone beside you, switch it off and don't use it at all until you have finished your homework. If you are watching a television program while doing your homework, do not do that because you will be looking at the television all the time and you will never get any homework done. If you are surfing Facebook or Twitter while doing your type-out essay, quit the Internet.
Discipline! When you get home from school, immediately shower, have a nice little break that lasts for about 20 minutes and start your homework immediately. Check to see what homework you have so you don't remember to do something at the last minute (a planner might help keep track of your different assignments). Try to get what you can done- do not tell yourself, "I'm going to play that new video game. I can always do my homework later.", because often times you'll get carried away with playing. You can plan a timetable of your activities or think ahead and plan a schedule beforehand. Keep a notebook with you to do these, e.g. if you want to start your homework at 2.30, write down 2.30-4.30PM - Homework and make sure you stick to your schedule. Reward yourself if you follow that schedule, and do it every day.
During the latest Parisian fashion week, a young brand, Afterhomework Paris, has stood out for its experimental and innovative design, inspired by the work of French artist Pierre Soulages.
Our curiosity has increased when we found out the brand's founder is only 17, and his stylist just 18. In an era dominated by big fashion Houses supported by as many luxury groups, Pierre Kaczmarek has managed to get noticed in a week overflowing with events, with a brand whose name suggests that in fact, as he told us in this interview, Afterhomework Paris is nothing but his activity after (high) school, and after homework, of course.
Pierre Kaczmarek & Elena Mottola at Afterhomework Paris SS17 show
You’ve started your brand at the age of 15. What has changed in your life over the past two years?
Now I have more experience and more inspiration. I learned a lot with my brand, both from a technical and a business point of view.
I guess you’re still at high school. What are you studying? Where did you learn how to create a dress?
I study literature at high school. I learned what I know about clothes on the Internet and with my older friends who were already working in fashion.
If you could intern for a French brand, what would it be and why?
Hermès, it is the most beautiful brand in the world. It’d be really ideal. But I want to keep my brand for now, I still have many things to do with it.
What (and who) are your main inspirations?
Normal people. In particular those I see the most: my friends. My city is a big inspiration too.
Where do you usually hang out in Paris?Is there another city you would like to live in?
When I go out, I like to hang out with my friends on the street by night, or go to a coffee and sit on the terrace, doing nothing, watching people. Paris is my favourite city and so it will remain. I love France so it would be difficult to leave.
The fashion system is very crowded nowadays. What makes your brand different from the others?
My history and my vision, because I’m not only in the fashion world so I have a different point of view about things.
Many brands are gradually opting for coed shows, and your brand is extremely androgynous. Are you planning your next show during the men’s or women’s fashion week?
I don’t pay attention to the notion of genre. For me, like for most of my generation, the mix is normal, so I will continue presenting my collections during Women’s fashion week, because it’s the best for me in terms of timing considering my studies, and it gives me more visibility.
You're working alongside your girlfriend, Elena. What's her role in the project?
She helps me shaping the collection, she advises me and did most of the styling for the show.
See Afterhomework Paris FW16 lookbook below: