I have been studying at university for just over a month now and I feel like I’m finally starting to get into the routine of being at uni, doing my work and having a little bit of time to relax in the evening. Over the past few weeks, I’ve managed to juggle uni and the workload with blog events and blog work, and not to blow my own trumpet but I’m pretty proud that I’m managing it so well…so far! There are a few things I’ve been doing to make things as easy as possible for myself, and I thought I’d share them in this post.
One thing I’ve done to organise myself and make myself as productive as possible is by filling in my diary, wall planner and revision planner religiously. I have an incredible ‘Busy Life’ diary from Busy Bee which I originally bought to keep me organised with my university work and timetable, but now I’ve incorporated my blog posts and plans into it as it has two sides for each day – it’s the handiest purchase I’ve ever made!
My wall planner is covered in sticky dots to help me organise when I’m at university, when I’m on placement and when I have annual leave. Looking at both this and my diary helps me not to double book things and enables me to do things outside of uni. My revision planner also helps me to timetable non-uni related things in, if I’ve timetabled myself to revise for so many hours a day, I know when I should stop and wind down for the evening.
I am one of those people who has to have sound on whilst I work, which is why I think I’ve struggled with silent exam conditions in the past. I also struggle to get the motivation to start working, but once I’ve started and I’ve got in the zone, I hate stopping. Something that motivates me to get my work done is listening to music or podcasts whilst I’m doing the work. This also means that I’m still doing something I really enjoy whilst doing work, so I don’t feel like I’m working as much if that makes sense?
Bluetooth headphones make this incredibly easy, as it means I don’t have to be connected to the device I’m listening on and no wires get in the way whilst I’m trying to write notes up or draw diagrams. I’d definitely recommend investing in a pair if you’re the same as me and like to listen to music or podcasts whilst working, they’re so much easier and more comfortable than having wired headphones, and you don’t even have to spend a lot on them.
Another thing I’ve been desperately trying to do is not be too hard on myself. It is physically and mentally impossible to work every hour of the day that you’re awake, and I’m trying to teach myself that I don’t need to be doing something productive constantly, it doesn’t make me a failure.
P.S. I included these outfit photos in front of Floozie in the Jacuzzi because I love the outfit, they were taken before a blog event and thought it would be more fun than including photos of my diary and other books haha.
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