Hi everyone! I always find Sundays so relaxing. I usually have my work for university completed and out of my mind by Saturday afternoon so Sunday is my day. I think the best way to make the most of your time at university, or in your day-to-day life is to plan ahead. If you have a basic plan for the upcoming week you’ll have reminders of what you need to do and when. In my first year of university I often found myself rushing around to complete work, reading and other tasks because I hadn’t planned out my week. Here are a few tips to make the most out of every week!
- Food Shopping and Planning. I find going food shopping is best done at the weekend. Making a list before you go shopping is an ideal way to make sure you aren’t picking up unnecessary (and expensive) items. If you can’t create a list based on single items, write out a weekly meal plan. By looking at meals you would want to make throughout the week you can see what ingredients you will need to buy. By doing this you should start to see less food waste and less money being spent on food. It’s always good to save where you can as a student.
- Work Schedule. I keep my semester timetable pinned above my desk so I know every morning what class I have. If this was not enough I also keep an academic diary where I keep track of class times, assignment completion as well as other key dates for the university year. You could create a reminder each week of what’s coming up so you always have a reminder.
- Reading Sprints. This is one that I have come to live by. Due to the high volume of both university reading and fun reading I get through in a week I have begun to plan “reading sprints.” I got the idea from Twitter during readathon challenges. The idea of a sprint is to stop everything else you’re doing and read solidly for around 10-15 minutes. For me this works best with university texts as sometimes I find it hard to concentrate. Plan some reading sprints in advance so you know that you have time to get all of your reading completed on time!
- Make time to relax. There is nothing worse than being overwhelmed and tired. Whilst you are working through the week, give yourself time in the evening to relax. Give yourself soft deadlines to get little tasks done and once they are completed treat yourself. Watch a film or a couple episodes of a series. Play some kind of game (Animal Crossing has been my go to since March). Wind down in the evenings. Never go to bed with something playing on your mind, especially if it is work related because you can always find time the next day to work on it.
A small blog today but I have been enjoying myself. One of my university house mates brought back some seriously delicious treats from her home and we’ve been enjoying them whilst watching a couple of films. By giving yourself one day to do nothing you can find yourself working more efficiently through the week. Just remember, once your work is done put it to one side and focus on you!