Tuesday, 1 December 2015

A busy life isn't a bad thing

Life is really hectic at the moment, and this is about the 6th post I've started in the last fortnight....
Hand in dates are looming and I've come to the realisation that I've left myself fall way behind with work. So life is about to become even more hectic... But a hectic life isn't necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes it's good to be busy. With this in mind, there are a few things I've learnt over the last couple of weeks.

1. It's okay to take some time out for yourself
Yes, you might have 5 pieces of work due in two weeks but it's okay to take some time out from studying to socialise with friends, watch a movie, read a book or whatever it is you like to do to chill out. Last weekend was my birthday, and I decided that I wouldn't do any uni work all weekend. Now with deadlines coming up this was a pretty brave move, but it allowed me to fully enjoy my weekend and now I'm well rested and ready to crack on!

2. Stay organised
It's so easy for deadlines to creep up - I feel like only yesterday my deadline was a month away and now all of a sudden it's less than two weeks. I took my eye off the ball and now I'm feeling really behind. Despite my deadlines being in my planner, weeks tend to go very fast and all of a sudden you find yourself at the end of the term!! So keep an eye on your calendar, your diary or wherever you keep a note of your deadlines. I think I'll be adding a weekly count down for my next deadline.

3. Don't force yourself to work
I'm the Queen of Procrastination and I have recently found myself trying to force myself to work. This does not work at all for me. I've learnt that if I'm not motivated to work then there's just no point. It won't be my best work and chances are I'm just wasting my time. I know I'm a night owl and I work best in the evening. When I am motivated to work, I make the most of it.

4. Don't take your stress out on those around you
It's just not fair. They've done nothing, and chances are that if you're in halls or living in a student house, you're all in the same boat at some point or another. It's not their fault, don't snap at them when they ask you how you are or how it's going.

I've also been thinking a lot about the things I do to keep myself calm when I'm feeling under pressure, so I might do a follow up to this post - they seem to go hand in hand. What do you do when you're feeling stressed?

Siobhan xo

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