Hey there french fries!
Long time no speak 🙁 I think I’ve just been going through a bit of an unmotivated phase this March. But I have definitely missed writing on here.
I feel like we are getting passed the introductory parts of the year, where things are easy going and still new and the stressful times are slowly going to sneak up on us. Especially for those of us who are in uni, you’ll probably know what I mean. Assessment deadlines are approaching even though it feels like we just started the course last week.
I figured I would share a few of my super easy ways to stay a little more organised to hopefully help some of you and re-motivate myself as well.
Use a Planner
Doesn’t need to be anything big or fancy. In fact, up until last year, I was just using a little note book and writing the days of the week and what I had to get done. A planner is the best way to see an overview of all your tasks for the week and move things around to suit you. Personally, I prefer a paper planner over a digital one because it’s a physical reminder for me. I’m less inclined to open an app or calendar on my phone. Plus I like to have it open on my desk so I can always see what’s going on.
In this case, I actually prefer digital sticky notes. A few years ago, I downloaded sticky note widgets for my phone (just from the Play Store) and laptop and it’s made it super easy for me to write quick notes; things I need to buy, a phone number or even a quick thought for a project that I don’t want to forget. I have them on the front screen of my phone or desktop, that way they are the first thing I see when I turn on the screen.
Prepare The Night Before
If you’re anything like me, you love your sleep in the morning. I hate early wake ups; so once my alarm goes off, I start my list of excuses of why I don’t need to get out of bed just yet. To make my life a little easier and to make my morning routine a bit easier, I try to prepare everything the night before. I put together everything I need in by back, roughly plan my outfit (even do my hair) and lastly, I just have a quick look at my planner so I don’t feel stressed the next day if I have lots on.
Trick Yourself with Assessments
So this one is more for uni students, especially uni students that tend to leave things to the last minute. The first thing I do to avoid this is write the wrong due date in my planner (sometimes one week earlier). Now, you might be thinking, wouldn’t you just remember that it’s not the actual due date? Well, that depends on how early you write it down. I usually go through all my assessments at the start of the semester and write down wrong dates. That way, you’ll either start and finish your assessment early, or if you’re really stressed around that time, you will be pleased to discover that you have some extra days to get your work done.
Spread Out Your Work
This is another assessment related one, but you could definitely apply it to other things too. Let’s just say you have a 1500 word essay to get done. It doesn’t sound like much. But when you have to look for sources and do readings, it definitely adds to the amount of time you spend on it. What I like to do for starters is make a little plan by splitting up the word count and writing my theme for each paragraph. Then, in my planner, I will break up the word count so that I’m only writing about 300 words a day. 300 words is not much at all and it sounds a lot more doable. By doing this, you don’t feel overwhelmed when the due date is approaching and you won’t be forced to spend a whole day writing out one assessment.
Hope you got something out of my suggestions and if you have any of your own tips, please do share!
Have a lovely and productive start to the week and we shall talk again soooon!
Bye bye for now xx